WandaVision Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

“WandaVision” / WandaVision

Genre comic series
Creator Jack Schaefer
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff), Paul Bettany (Vision), Katherine Hahn (Agnes), Teyonah Parris (Captain Monica Rambeau), Randall Park (Agent Jimmy Wu), Kat Dennings (Dr. Darcy Lewis) and others.
Disney+ channel
Release year 2021
Series 9
Site IMDb

“WandaVision” / WandaVision is a really unusual series. Each of his episodes, at least in the first half of the season, is not like the previous one; after the fourth episode, the series changes dramatically, and when you get used to what is happening, it changes again. At the same time, the main storyline, forgive me those who are afraid of spoilers, was perfectly calculated even at the announcement phase. We know what happened in Avengers: Infinity War, we remember the ending of Avengers: Endgame, we know what Scarlet Witch’s chaotic magic is capable of. Not only that, in every episode of the first half of the WandaVision season, we are strongly told what is really going on.

It’s almost impossible to talk about WandaVision’s storyline without spoilers. Let’s limit ourselves to saying that the newlyweds Wanda and Vision come to a small town and settle in a neat, tidy house. Vision goes to work, Wanda looks after the house. All this in the format of an American sitcom of the 50s. of the last century: black-and-white picture in 4×3 format, scenes only in the studio, appropriate editing and shooting techniques, texts consistent with the time period, jokes and … advertising. By the way, advertising in the show is a separate song, it is she who actively spoils what is happening and refers us to other MCU films.

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If the first episode pretends to be a sitcom of the 50s, then the second is already a sitcom of the 60s. There are a number of scenes on the street, a different style and shooting techniques. Color appears at the end of the episode. The third series is the 70s, the fourth is the 80s. 90s, early 2000s, 10s. WandaVision is a real declaration of love for American television, for sure, viewers in the USA will notice in each episode a lot of references to real shows that they parody, while for domestic viewers they will not be so obvious.

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But WandaVision is not only a homage to American television culture (why the world of Wanda and Vision looks like this will be explained in episode 8, you will probably guess even earlier). There is also a typical superhero movie plot here. The struggle of powerful organizations for influence, insidious opponents, etc. This part of the series will give us a little (very little) glimpse into the MCU universe after Stark’s backsnap, even right at the moment of the snap. And then all the information about this period that we currently have is limited to only a couple of scenes in Spider-Man: Far From Home. And, apparently, in the films of the fourth phase, more attention will be paid to space and the multiverse than events on Earth.

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WandaVision is beautifully filmed. Thanks to the format, the authors are free to experiment with styles, costumes, scenery, dialogue, and I must say, they do it really well. Plus, this is a rather expensive show, so no one saved on special effects. As for the actors, it was nice to see the duet of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany on screen again, they look great together.

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To be honest, after watching the first eight episodes of WandaVision, I was already ready to call the show the best thing that Disney / Marvel and their partners have done on TV … Alas, the last episode made me change my mind. It’s one long and boring three-way battle stretched out over 40 minutes, plus another 5 minutes of goodbyes and credits. Incredibly pretentious, very snotty and yes, somewhat stupid. And even a funny reference to the Theseus Ship paradox does not really save the situation. It is clear that the authors needed to somehow finish this story, but why would Wanda not understand on her own that what she is doing is bad. No, it took another 50 people, a few superheroes, a couple of special forces and the destruction of one small town. Do all Marvel heroes always need an outside push to change? Do they evolve on their own?

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However, if we ignore the events of the last series and do not require the series to jump above its head, then WandaVision is a really good example of a superhero TV show. It is funny, beautiful, diverse, and it contains fragments of the history of the heroes we love from films. Since a big movie is not yet available to us, this is a completely acceptable substitute. Yes, in part WandaVision is a filler that fills the gaps between big films, but in this case, it’s a pretty good filler that’s nice to watch. So yes, ITC.ua recommends.

There will be no second season for WandaVision, this is a complete story.

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PS At the moment, 13 (!!!) Marvel Studios series are at different stages of production. The premiere of the next one, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is already in a couple of weeks – on March 19, 2021. The next one is Loki, which, by the way, will have two seasons – we are waiting for it on June 11, 2021. By the end of 2021, three more series can be released – What If…?, Ms. Marvel (with Kamala Khan from Marvel’s Avengers) and Hawkeye. But this, like everything in this year full of delays and transfers, is not yet certain.

PPS As it should be in Disney/Marvel films/series, after several episodes of WandaVision, including after the final one, there are scenes after the credits. Do not miss.

Pros: Interesting experimentation with format, style, filming and storytelling in the first half of the season; the ability to place characters in different time frames; some expansion of the MCU lore after the events of Avengers: Endgame; good visual effects Cons: Predictability of the main storyline; excessive pathos of the final series Conclusion:

WandaVision is a tender declaration of love to an American TV classic. In addition, the series continues the story of one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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