After eight episodes and some of the strangest MCU storytelling to date, WandaVision‘s finale promises to close out the story of Westview and Scarlet Witch’s fake sitcom-inspired reality. With less than an hour left of the Phase 4 opener’s runtime left, there are multiple set-ups to pay-off, tragedies to overcome, and possibly one of the most exciting set-ups for the rest of Marvel’s behemoth franchise in the shape of the img of the multiverse.
Despite not being the intended starting point for Phase 4, WandaVision‘s portrait of grief and the fallout of Avengers: Endgame arguably suited the MCU better than the original plans. On top of that, the show’s willingness to embrace unconventional story-telling and unprecedented areas for the franchise has set out a stall for Phase 4’s other less typical events in a way that a step back to Black Widow could never have done. It has been water-cooler television in a world without water-coolers, discursive cinema on a platform still finding its way in a world temporarily without cinemas. It may have started slowly, by design, but the pay-offs have been huge when they’ve come and the finale offers more of the same.
After the stunning revelation of White Vision at the end of episode 8 and Agatha’s episode 7 twist, WandaVision has a lot of loose ends to tie up before the credits roll. It’s not the kind of event show that feels like it can get a sequel, particularly with Wanda’s involvement in Doctor Strange 2, so at least most of them require a satisfying pay-off. Here’s all of the key events that could happen in the finale of WandaVision.
Monica Rambeau’s absence from episode 8 of WandaVision when she had seemingly been captured by Pietro in the previous post-credits scene was a surprise. To go from teasing her powers after she broke through the Hex to totally vanishing posed serious questions, but the narrative focus on Agatha’s trip through Wanda’s psyche made up for the oversight. What is clear from the hints is that Monica will indeed become the MCU’s second active Captain Marvel (or at least her other alter ego Spectrum) and her powers will be fully on show before the end of the season. There’s already been an origin confirmed, a change in her make-up detailed, powers teased and all that’s now needed is the money shot.
It makes sense that that comes during the final showdown against Agatha Harkness because of how the post-credits was set up. Pietro taking Monica into “custody” sets up a fight between the two, but it’s more interesting to see both of the abominations in Agatha’s eyes taking her down. Agatha’s insistence on the sanctity of ancient magic makes Wanda a walking violation but it also sets up the uniquely intriguing prospect of Monica as a permanent product of that magic proving beyond a doubt how powerful Wanda is. And Monica’s powers are strange and different enough that she is a completely unknown quantity, particularly to Agatha, which inevitably means she’ll be the deciding factor.
Beyond the defeat of Agatha, Scarlet Witch will likely be reunited with her children and the returning Vision after he sat out episode 8 for the most part for the other big threat in the finale: S.W.O.R.D.’s White Vision. Judging by the first look image revealed by Disney+, the family will all get together to fight for Westview in a symbolically-loaded battle for Vision’s soul. Unfortunately, White Vision is the only tangible part of that equation beyond Wanda herself and if WandaVision takes the lead from the comics, only they will remain for the final conflict. And that much is fitting: Vision in his “original” form – stripped of memory, emotions, and humanity – is a personification of all of Wanda’s fears of what she and Vision could have become if either had followed their origin stories as they were initially planned. As WandaVision is the tale of her grief, Wanda needs to fight her past.
WandaVision‘s entire run so far has been punctuated by fan speculation on several notable set-ups. The question of when Mephisto was going to debut seemed a given at several points, even when Evan Peters’ Quicksilver followed through on an early leak, while Mr. Fantastic, the Blue Marvel, Nightmare, and Nicholas Scratch have all been pushed with near certainty by the MCU community. But WandaVision leaving a final big reveal for the finale would be a disservice to the show and to Agatha’s status as a real threat.
Agatha’s backstory established her as a big deal in her own right and adding a final act reveal that undermined her would be poor story-telling, while almost everything else in possible cameo terms would just be distracting. In short, do not expect to see Denzel Washington as Reed Richards. Or as Mephisto. If there is a hint of another villain coming to set up the multiverse movies of Phase 4, then that would make sense, but the idea of a Marvel Studios property being able to hide an entire casting is illogical. Even the most closed of MCU sets couldn’t manage that and the majority of WandaVision‘s big twists and reveals were all known information. The show just cleverly built so much direction around them that they felt like new reveals.
Given the link between Wanda and Doctor Strange as hinted by Elizabeth Olsen’s confirmed role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Strange’s own presence would make the most sense of any MCU character in the finale. His role on Earth is as a protector against magical and mystical threats, so the fact that he hasn’t yet turned up in Westview doesn’t quite make sense. There can be no way he’s unaware of the events in New Jersey, given he has a list of the biggest threats to the Earth in Thor: Ragnarok, and his involvement with the multiverse storyline requires him to enter this particular thread of the MCU. The problem, of course, is that Strange is arguably too powerful to turn up before the fighting is done without undermining Wanda, so the best fit would be for him to turn up right at the end, perhaps even in a post-credits stinger to set up Doctor Strange 2 as a sequel (via Spider-Man: No Way Home).
No matter who wins at the end of WandaVision‘s final episode, Wanda Maximoff loses. The simplest route to that is Wanda’s defeat, but that choice would underline the show’s thread on grief. And the idea of a happy ending where Wanda manages to marry her Vision and the White Vision she’ll be forced to fight fits with some establishing work but wouldn’t allow Wanda to actually overcome her issues. To fix grief by simply removing the cause and walking back the pain is not a satisfying conclusion. More likely is the fact that Wanda’s true progress will require her to take on all of her trauma head-on, rather than hiding it in the deeper parts of her brain or running away from it. Fighting White Vision alone represents the best opportunity to overcome her past; both she and Vision were originally weapons of someone else’s design, targeted by someone else’s agenda and White Vision is a chilling reminder of that. White Vision represents that haunting fear but also Vision’s Infinity War death and the loss of Wanda’s perfect life; for her to move on, Vision needs to die.
Even if Vision comes through the fight with White Vision, Wanda cannot hold onto Westview. She has unwittingly made victims of the town’s residents, causing them a pain she cannot simply accept as part of her own happy ending without her straying too far into villain waters. The heartbreaking reality is that Wanda will have to leave the Hex and Vision simply cannot. So having already died twice in Infinity War, WandaVision could see Vision die twice again. As for S.W.O.R.D. director Tyler Hayward, killing him would not be fair. He may have done wrong, but like Iron Man and Thanos before him, Hayward’s mentality is warped by his traumatic past thanks to the blip. His hint that it was unthinkably difficult appears to be the catalyst for Project Cataract, putting him more in the same empathetic circle as Civil War‘s Zemo. Ultimately, he might not be one of WandaVision‘s victims when the credits role.