Well folks we did it You and I along with all of our WandaVision viewers saved the universe – the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the beginning of this series it was hard not to feel like that The MCU was approaching irrelevance in our brutally disillusioned and attention-defying era and yet over the past two months this series has rekindled the fire for better or worse, it brought in new viewers, it introduced new conflict, it teased new secrets, it took new directions and now it has a new life. To paraphrase Robert Browning: fig is in his heaven, all right with the world

But have we learned anything? Was it all just a memory of past sitcoms and comics? To some extent it was, yes, too much, I would say it was innovative in the context of the MCU, but nowhere near as ambitious on an absolute scale.The meditations on grief were often deeply moving (especially in this episode), but Largely predictable nonetheless, the show had something to say and something is terribly relevant. After about 35 minutes of this series finale, it struck me: This was a show that was intentional or not about what it’s like to be in love at the end of the world / p>

We’ll get back to that in a moment, so let’s get back to exactly where we left off first: with a series of CGI mishegosses Our first image is Wanda’s face, contorted with worry and strain as she looks at Agatha, the Tommy and Billy still in ethereal lariats, Wanda shoots a magical shot at Agatha and his lariats disappear Wanda tells the boys to run home and they’re gone. Wanda tries another magical explosion on Agatha, but she catches it and absorbs it. “I’m taking power from the undeserved,” the older witch crows. “It’s kind of mine Ding “Wanda looks at her hand and sees that it is changing color, as if it has been stripped of blood. Wanda throws a car at Agatha and hurls her through a window Then we get a little Wizard of Oz gag: Aggie’s boots protrude from under the wreckage. The wicked witch is dead or so it seems

The lily white SWORD version of Vision – Fake Vision or Fision as I’ll call it here (though I think it’s more the real one than the one we saw but whatever) – is drifting from there down heaven Wanda goes to him in disbelief and asks: “Is it really you?” Fision gently clasps her face in his hands and mumbles “Wanda” Then she begins to squeeze so hard that we can hear her skull creak. Not so nice to see you again, huh?

But a Deus ex machina arrives just in time – or is it more of a Machina ex deus? It is our beloved, colorful vision that Fision throws into a vehicle. Wanda apologizes for not telling Vision everything beforehand and replies that everything is fine. Then a voice sounds from above: “Oh, this is uncomfortable – yours Ex and your boyfriend together at the same party “Tis Agatha! Vision and Wanda fly off to find Fision, but then we see Monica, who is trapped in the mansion along with Fietro (hey, I just use Agatha’s nomenclature) against that Window knocks and tries to get Wanda’s attention It’s pointless, says Fietro, noodling around on a guitar while wearing a hat she tries to run and Fietro knocks on her and throws her around. Vision catches up with Fision and they perform some extremely uninteresting MCU fights, all laser beams and impractical effects I suppose that was inevitable on this series?

Meanwhile, Hayward, back at the SWORD base, barks orders while Jimmy is handcuffed. Jimmy notices a cell phone on a table and says to Hayward, “You will never be able to cover it up.” Hayward says he doesn’t have to: “Wanda canceled her show so there is no footage to prove there was ever more than one vision Woo secretly reaches for the phone from behind. Hayward, who doesn’t realize it, goes on to say that everyone will just be happy that he neutralized Wanda and they will think Fision is the same one who tried to steal Wanda, which makes Hayward a hero to regain a valuable asset. “You could be a part of that victory, Jimmy,” he says, “if you had just a little more” – pause for emphasis – “vision” (Oh, for Pete’s sake) Jimmy is then thrown into a nearby barn by himself for some reason and uses a safety pin to somehow unlock the cuffs had to Then, even more unlikely, he unlocks the stolen phone and calls the FBI to God to make sure, all that Jimmy stuff on this show really sucked

But even so, Wanda finds everything in downtown Westview contemporary and clean, with a happy population around her. A wild Agatha shows up and hits Wanda with some magic to knock her down Then she says that there is an entire chapter in “The Darkhold” devoted to Wanda’s fate The Scarlet Witch’s Prophecy “Her power surpasses that of the Sorcerer Supreme,” she says, referring to Doctor Strange, “It is your fate that Destroy the world! ” “I am not what you say!” Wanda counters Agatha just smiles and says: “Oh, really?”

Agatha sings in Latin (why is it always fucking Latin?) and suddenly Dottie, the local queen bee from the second episode who was standing nearby, gets mad and nervously walks up to Wanda, who says her name is Sarah and she has an 8 year old daughter who could be friends with Wanda’s children “if you like this story” – anything to keep the child out of her room for her mother to hold. Wanda tells Agatha to free Sarah , but Aggie replies: “She’s your meat doll, I just cut her threads. Then Agatha removes the mind control of everyone in the town square who suddenly look at Wanda, her kidnapper, with hatred and revenge in their eyes. Ruh-roh!

Monica and Fietro are still in the mansion, which Fietro says is his “man’s cave”, where he has a “place to chillax”. Monica sees a bank statement on a table for someone named Ralph Bohner, as well as an actor’s head shot Mr Bohner, who looks exactly like a younger Evan Peters “Agnes doesn’t live here,” says Monica and realizes what’s going on, “You’re doing! You’re Ralph Bohner!” Fietro just giggles: “Boner Heh” Monica grabs and throws Fietro and pulls off his necklace, which glows comfortably like a necessary object in a video game and somehow eliminates Fietro’s mind control “Please spare my life!” he whimpers. Elsewhere Billy and Tommy look through another window at the reddened sky, but Billy gets magical visions of what’s happening to her family downtown and they run out to help. Good luck kids!

Back in the city center, all the townspeople yell at Wanda for their complaints, “If you let us sleep, we’ll have your nightmares!” they say “We feel your pain!” says another “Your grief poisons us!” cries a third one (all a bit on the nose, but hey, it’s a superhero story) Wanda argues that she didn’t want it and that she was just trying to get everyone to safety, but no one is buying what she is selling in the middle of the Cacophony freaks Wanda and her magic starts to choke everyone around her “If you won’t let us go, let’s just die, please!” A townspeople (played by Debra Jo Rupp, God bless her) asks Wanda, says she’ll let her go and shoot a magical bolt in the air.It hits the edge of the hex, opens it, and she tells everyone to run out, and Westview begins to disturb and scurry back and forth between periods. Welcome to the endgame. Wait, no, we already had one of these in the MCU

Speaking of which, there are a ton of more classic MCU-esque video games scrapping between Vision and Fision in the sky over the town square, in which Vision has its imaginary ass whipped below, a SWORD convoy races into the open hex, seeing begins to dissolve and dissolve, just like his children. We come to Agatha who intones, “You tied your family to this twisted world, and now one cannot exist without the other vision and the twins ask Wanda to help them, and Wanda reluctantly closes that Hex again Agatha hits them all with a magical lightning bolt and Wanda’s protective field drains them further and leads her other hand to turn gray and disgusting Then the SWORD trucks come and the guns are drawn And then there is also Fision We have the ultimate Showdown of ultimate fate achieved

Fision slams vision into the library where Fision says his instruction is to destroy vision and they do even more MCU laser tag nonsense “But I’m not the true vision, just a conditional vision” Vision says “I ask for a draft,” replies Fision. Before we get it, we’re back outside where Agatha is playing with the soldiers: “Same story, different century,” she says, “For women like us there are always torches and pitchforks a plan: “Guys, take care of the military – mom will be right back” (Okay, I was on that line) Billy freezes the soldiers with magic and Tommy zips up to grab their guns. Well, everyone but one: Hayward is suddenly in front of them with a gun, shooting the boys, but Monica walks in to take the bullets that don’t seem to harm her. Light shines out of her. She has indeed become a superhero, which is always pretty predictable w Ar, but still – nice for her Hayward runs into his vehicle but is slammed from the side by a familiar van. It’s Darcy, here to save the day! And never to appear in the episode again later! Kat Dennings has to have a busy schedule these days

And then we have to grapple with a number of lumbering dorm philosophies between vision and fision in the library as they circling each other blah blah ship from Theseus, blah blah Mind Stone, blah blah memories define our identity and so on TL; DR: Vision convinces Fision that he should refuse to be a weapon, and after Vision touches his forehead, Fision suddenly has human-looking eyes (they were all robot-like before) and says, “I am Vision“And flies through the skylight, never to be seen again this episode. So long, white boy!

Our vision is going outside to reunite with Monica and the boys.Agatha is up on the roof looking devilish, but Wanda does her classic Age of Ultron move where she sneaks up behind her and hers Target hits the head Suddenly she and Agatha are back in the 17th century Salem Century, immediately after Agatha’s murder of her circle. The dead witches rise and move towards Agatha Aggie screams and then smiles as the zombie sorceresses turn on Wanda. Mama witch wakes up and says, “You are the scarlet witch, harbinger of chaos!” “Power is not your problem,” says Agatha to Wanda. “It is knowledge” A magical crown in the classic Jack Kirby comic book style appears on Wanda’s head Agatha offers to fix everything and save Wanda’s magical family unit, if only she does Agatha hands over their power “And no one will ever have to feel that pain again – not even you. But Wanda blasts them all away and attacks Agatha to turn them back into reality.”

There is a lot more MCU silliness with the women flying around and pew-pew magic shooting at each other (plea that this show not end with a ton of expensive stuffing lessons was like pleading for a fish that doesn’t swim, a bird that doesn’t fly, a geek who doesn’t tweet angrily about the destruction of their childhood Let’s call it genre tropes or indolence, but it was always meant to be) Agatha begins, Wanda’s entire life force / magic / qi / whatever always soaking up, causing the latter to dry out and wrinkle “Once cast, a spell can never be changed,” says Aggie. “This world that you have created will always be broken Just like …” – pause for emphasis – “… you”

Agatha gets ready to fire a big blast, but it won’t work.She can’t conjure anything Wanda’s cheeks are starting to turn rosy again and she points up to where runes are forming in the walls of the hex, meaning that only she can use her powers according to Agatha’s pre-established rule. “Thank you for the lesson,” says Wanda. “But you don’t have to tell me “- pause for emphasis -” who I am ”(Lotta emphasis, for which a break has to be made in this episode!) Wanda switches on by sucking the energy out of Agatha and transforming herself into the scarlet witch, in full red regalia and crown” Oh God ” says Agatha “You don’t know what you’ve done”

Wanda lowers her to the ground and the sky stops red. Agatha asks if Wanda is going to lock her up somewhere, but Wanda just says that she will give Agatha “the role you chose: the nosy neighbor” Agatha asks: “You have no idea what you have unleashed! You will need me!” “If I do that,” counters Wanda, “I know where I can find you. She makes Agatha be Agnes, who says cheerfully : “Hiya, honey! Tell me, that’s kind of a getup that you wear Did I leave the oven on or is it just you, hot stuff! “Wanda says that Agatha lives here now and will never be bothered again” Okey-dokey, artichoke! is the captured woman’s response, and that’s it (I’d be slightly shocked if we never see her at the MCU again)

The WandaVision Clan goes away as the Hex resigns. They enter their house where it is suddenly night I hate to describe in detail everything that happens next because I’m going to cry uncontrollably and take a break have to do like I did when I saw it and that would mean I wouldn’t get this summary in time.But suffice it to say that Vision and Wanda put the boys in bed and tell them they are them love “You know,” says Wanda, “a family is forever. We could never really leave each other even if we tried. You know that, don’t you?” They kiss their children good night and walk to the door like a grieving Columbo Wanda turns around and says something else: “Guys? Thanks for choosing me as your mother” Great, now I’m tearing up


Wanda wanders through the living room and turns off the light, but Vision comes in and turns you on again. “I just wanted to see you clearly,” he says, “And?” She asks, “And there you are,” he says (this was the point where I started crying) The couple hold hands as they stand by the window and watch the witch walk over to them and know what’s to come “Wanda, I know we can’t stay like this,” he says, “but before we go I have to know: what am I?” Wanda thinks about it and replies that it is “the piece of the spirit stone that lives in me”, “a body of wires and blood and bones that I created” and “my sadness and my hope. But most of the time you are my love “They caress each other’s faces and hands.” I was a voice without a body, “says Vision,” a body, but not a person, and now a memory that becomes reality “A single tear runs down his wife’s face as he does continues, “Who knows what I might be next?” He adds that they “have said goodbye before, so it stands to reason “and Wanda finishes the sentence:” We will say hello again. The hex arrives The house changes The vision begins to dissolve “So long, darling,” he says and disappears

And that’s what I meant by being in love at the end of the world. As I gazed at these two beings as they gazed at the impending catastrophe, I almost woke my wife to cry with her about what we all see as a species But I’m on the deadline, damn it I’ll do that this afternoon

Wanda is now in real reality amid the unfinished foundation for her and Vision’s dream home in Westview.She walks to the town square with her hoodie on to avoid the scornful looks of townspeople.She meets Monica, who says she doesn’t hate Wanda because if she had the power to bring her own mother back, “I know I would” Wanda says she is sorry and she doesn’t understand her power but will one day howl sirens Wanda turns into the Scarlet Witch and Flies away as Monica wishes her luck. Wanda reaches the edge of Westview, looks back and zooms out of sight. Roll Credits

But wait, there’s more! In the mid-credits sequence, we see Jimmy telling the newly arrived FBI what to do when they round up the SWORD people and get everything under control, thanks, cops! We can always count on cops, right? Anyway, a cop says Monica is needed at the local movie theater, so step in (the marquee lists a movie called Tannhauser Gate, which is a reference for Blade Runner – Vision’s ending wasn’t quite as poetic as Roy’s Batty, but it will do) Inside the cop turns into … a Skrull! Do you know this changing race of alien refugees from Captain Marvel? “I was sent by an old friend of your mother’s,” says the Skrull policeman. “He heard that you were grounded. He would like to meet you.” “Where?” asks Monica The policeman just points up and Monica looks very pleased I can’t tell if I should know who she is referring to, but this summary is already too long So speculate yourself, roll the credits again

Ah, but there is more! After the credits, the camera hovers somewhere over mountains and trees.We come to a secluded hut where Wanda is sitting outside with a coffee mug and looking thoughtful.She goes in to pour something more, and the camera keeps moving backwards into another room in the cabin where we see another Wanda? But in Scarlet Witch mode? Thinking about that book of the damned from yesterday? And somehow she hears the screams of her children coming towards her? Cut black Should I know what’s going on here?

And that’s a wrap for WandaVision I’m going to record my big thoughts about it for a future piece, but I’ll say that I was impressed with how well the creators played me in the end, and the general outline of the conclusion should have been largely from the beginning pretty easily predicted, but while they stayed within the usual thematic lines and introduced a lot of silly punching and blasting, and while the first seven episodes were varying degrees of “meh” (in this recapper’s humble opinion), they mostly stuck that Landing solid Here in our universe we are surrounded by death and fast approaching the end of the world (at least as we know it) And like Wanda, we all build these elaborate fantasy areas in our heads to escape.But one day the Hex will step back and we will have nothing but the grim truth All I – and the show – can advise is, finding a hand to hold when it happens

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Wandavision Episode 9, Paul Bettany, Wandavision-Finale

World News – USA – WandaVision-Finale: Ding, Dong, the witch is sad

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