What’s Wandavision? Wandavision is the first series from the MCU, and as such a lot of curiosity surrounding it. Its intriguing premise involves Wanda Maximoff and Vision living an idyllic suburban life in the town of Westview while strange events start to occur.
The series is very different from what we’ve seen so far in the MCU. It draws inspiration from sitcoms at various time periods and mixes it with superhero action to create a fresh and entertaining twist to the superhero genre.
Moreover, its events are bound to have significant resonance in phase 4 of the MCU and other phases to come. What initially seemed to be an experiment in storytelling for Marvel is actually a well-crafted story with strong repercussions for the shared universe.
Let’s see how the series wraps it all up!
Warning: spoilers ahead.
Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience
The first episode comes straight out from the 1950s, with amazing set design, 4:3 black and white photography, and post-World War II sitcom optimism. It showcases Wanda and Vision trying to be a normal couple and prepare a nice dinner for Vision’s boss.
The humor of the episode is in the day-to-day missteps of two people trying to fit in in a normal society. Even though it is silly, it is fun to watch. However, as the episode unfolds, we get glimpses of weird things happening. Finally, the narrative takes a darker turn, just for the things to resolve in a second.
Don’t Touch That Dial
Episode 2 keeps the black and white aesthetic, but now in the ’60s. Still trying to fit in, the protagonists attempt to participate in the community’s talent show with a magic performance. Ironic, right?
The magic is intended to be an illusionist show. As a funny occurrence changes Vision’s behavior, Wanda has to try her best to keep the community in the dark about their true nature.
This episode offers us more breadcrumbs as we try to make sense out of what’s going on. Therefore, the weirdness ramps up. The first elements of outside influences appear to make us wonder how things connect with the reality we’re used to.
What’s Wandavision? And Why is it in Color?
If the surreal elements in the series weren’t obvious enough for you, this episode scales everything up with Wanda’s pregnancy. She becomes 9 months pregnant in just 24 hours.
Wanda’s powers are magnified by her state and she struggles to keep things under control and hide what’s going on, including her pregnancy, to both Agnes and Geraldine.
Amidst the chaos, we finally witness Wanda’s labor and everything seems to be fine until a blip in the matrix challenges everything. Wanda’s role becomes clearer while the implications of the episode’s ending lead us closer to a big reveal.
We Interrupt This Program
The secret of the strange reality Wanda and Vision are living in is revealed. We follow Monica Rambeau’s investigation into the force field around Westview, also known as the hex.
Other familiar faces show up in the form of Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis, to bring up much-needed insight into what we’ve seen so far, as well as comedic gold.
This episode provides a much-needed interruption. It provides a more serious account of what is really happening, as opposed to an entertaining sitcom fest. With a quick pace and a lot of information, it sets high stakes for the rest of the series.
On a Very Special Episode…
We’re back at Wanda and Vision’s domestic life, but now in the ’80s. Their twins, now children, start discovering their powers which include the ability to speed up their growth.
Despite seeming to be the perfect family, problems arise. As Vision becomes increasingly suspicious about their reality and starts to investigate weird events through the memories of Westview’s inhabitants.
His shocking discoveries have the potential to shake his relationship with Wanda. And that possibility, along with the appearance of a special guest at the end are the highlights of the chapter.
All-New Halloween Spooktacular!
Now in the ’90s, the family prepares for Halloween. Vision disturbed by his earlier findings decides to distance himself and investigate more. Pietro steps up as the cool uncle and helps the boys deal with their powers and have fun.
The costumes are meta, as the characters dress as their comic book versions. A great addition to fans!
Back at S.W.O.R.D. facilities, Monica, Darcy, and Lewis disagree with Hayward’s methods to deal with Wanda and have to find a new way to solve things. As Visions makes more discoveries the two storylines merge putting the synthezoid at risk.
What’s Wandavision? Breaking the Fourth Wall
In a 2000s setting, Wanda decides to take the day off and leave the boys with Agnes. All the While Vision finds the S.W.O.R.D. agents inside the boundary and teams up with them to avoid more chaos and destruction.
When the agents on the outside fail to enter the hex, Monica has to come up with a new and risky plan. Looking for her sons, Wanda stumbles on a shocking reveal that turns all the things she thought she knew upside down.
Wanda embarks on an emotional and troubling mental journey as Agatha Harkness tries to understand the source of her powers. Almost all questions from the series are answered as we see Wanda’s life from her childhood right until weeks before the beginning of the series.
The reveals about her family origins, the exploration of her relationship with Vision, and even the explanation of the sitcom-themed reality are all essential to make this episode the most emotional moment of the series and one of the saddest stories of the MCU.
The episode closes in with a bang leaving us yearning for the conclusion! Definitely the high point of the series.
The Series Finale
As things get tenser Wanda has to battle Agatha while Vision has to fight against the White vision. This episode is full of action sequences and intense moments that bring the series to a close.
While as a chapter, it is not better than the previous installment it provides a well-rounded and emotional ending. As Wanda is left to deal with the impact of everything that happened a door to the future of the MCU is opened with her confirmed appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Magic in the MCU
So far, we’ve seen many types of magic in the MCU. For instance, there’s Asgardian magic, which is considered to be an advanced field of science. It is a part of everyday life, but some kings are able to use a stronger type, called Odinforce, which is connected to the user’s life force.
There’s also Eldritch Magic. Used by the Ancient One, it is harnessed from other dimensions of the multiverse to cast spells and conjure objects. On the other hand, there’s witch magic and its somber version, dark magic, embodied by the witches we are used to seeing in fiction at large.
While witch magic and dark magic are powerful and give the user incredible abilities, it is no match for Chaos magic, the source of Wanda’s powers. Chaos Magic is wielded by the Scarlet Witch and can create and alter complete realities in an unstable and chaotic way.
The importance and implications of becoming the Scarlet Witch
Chaos magic is the strongest type of magic, and it is easy to see why. Even after years of training, Agatha is no match for Wanda’s instinctual magic. In the series Agatha explains The Scarlet Witch is a being capable of spontaneous creation, as such, we don’t even know if there are limits to what she can do.
At first, Agatha thinks this power is being wasted on Wanda and that with the former’s knowledge she will be able to do so much more. However, she is still afraid of the power and wants to take it from Wanda, before she learns how to use it to the maximum.
When in the end, Wanda embraces her identity as the Scarlet Witch she compromises to learn all she can about her powers. She has the power to change the multiverse and that can bring great impact to the MCU.
In the penultimate episode of the series, we discover that the vision we’ve been following all along is actually a construct of Wanda’s powers. The body of the original vision was never recovered by her, instead, it stayed at S.W.O.R.D and it was subject to all sorts of experiments.
As the experiments progressed, they were able to finally bring the synthezoid back to function, but not completely. Besides not having his original color, the White Vision doesn’t have his memories or emotions. It is just a shell of what he used to be; a lifeless bot ready to obey any command.
Though the series subverts this in the end, we don’t know what happened to him, yet.
Wandavision is an incredible breath of fresh air for the MCU. It is able to take risks and experiment. However, it keeps our favorite elements from Marvel movies in an emotional and exciting story.
From this tale, there are still lots of room to explore, and the implications of these events will be talked about for years to come.
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