Wanda and Vision’s story is over, sort of.
WandaVision is over, and the finale shattered every wild, elaborate fan theory, closing with a safe, predictable conclusion.
But even after two mid-credits scenes (teasing Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange sequels), the finale left several important questions unanswered, such as:
What Happened To White Vision?
Marvel has a reputation for endings that see two characters with identical powers exchanging blows, laser beams, or glowing globs of magic. But Vision, ever the intellectual, managed to talk some sense into White Vision, turning his battle to the death into a philosophical debate.
White Vision’s memories are fully restored, and he realizes that both of them can be described as “the real Vision.” Then, he just … flies away?
It’s a bit of an odd moment in the finale, as the character simply vanishes, almost as quickly as he was introduced, leaving the audience to draw their own conclusions. Can White Vision replace Wanda’s Vision, now that he remembers who he is? I suppose not, because, well, he didn’t. But we’re never given a reason why.
In the comics, White Vision is unable to feel emotion, so perhaps we can conclude that the MCU’s version of White Vision is the same. It seems probable that White Vision was flooded with memories, but didn’t care to act on them, and flew off to find a new purpose, seeing as the story had no further use for him.
No doubt, the character will return at some point down the line; it just would have been nice to have been given a clue regarding his intentions.
Can’t Wanda Just Make Another Vision?
The point of WandaVision was that Wanda learned how to process her grief, and understands that she has to move on and accept her loss, instead of, you know, mind-controlling an entire town of souls inside an alternate reality.
But before Vision evaporates back into the ether, Wanda reveals that he is always inside her, a fragment of the Mind Stone. Does this mean that Wanda can simply reassemble Vision again, without the mind-control Hex?
Perhaps she can, after she learns how to control her Chaos Magic. And from the mid-credits, it seems that her sons didn’t really disappear, but are trapped inside another dimension.
So, did Wanda really learn to process her grief, or did she learn to be patient, understanding that if she wants to resurrect the dead, she has to do it properly? During his goodbye, Vision practically promises that he will return.
I guess we’ll find out in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Speaking of which …
Where Was Doctor Strange?
One of the most prominent, but less ambitious fan theories stated that Doctor Strange would make an appearance in the show, similar to his cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. But the good Doctor didn’t show his face, although Agatha did mention him, telling Scarlet Witch that she is even more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme.
But perhaps Strange’s absence begs the question, what was the Sorcerer Supreme doing during the Hex? After all, his sacred duty is to protect the universe from malevolent magic; he was very quick to swoop on Loki and Thor the moment they entered New York.
Why didn’t he seem to care when an entire town was being held hostage by Wanda, or when her Chaos Magic was spiraling out of control? Doesn’t Scarlet Witch have the ability to tear the fabric of reality, if she’s not careful?
Perhaps the incoming Doctor Strange sequel will give a solid explanation for Strange’s absence – but I must say, I don’t think the Ancient One would have let this happen.
What Was Hayward’s Plan, Exactly?
By the end of WandaVision, Hayward revealed himself to be one of the emptiest Marvel villains of all time; what was he doing during the finale, other than being villainous for the sake of it?
Remember, Hayward’s goal was to reanimate Vision so that he could have a superweapon for the military. And he did just that, after using Wanda’s magic to bring his puppet to life. And that was it – he accomplished his goal.
He could have simply abandoned Wanda inside her bubble, knowing that White Vision was under his control, and that the original Vision was permanently contained in the Hex.
But for some reason, Hayward just had to roll into Westview with the army so he could … kill Wanda? Murder two children? I’m not sure he even knew what he was doing.
The threat of Hayward served a single purpose, and that was to highlight Monica Rambeau’s cool new powers; he could have gotten away with it, if he had simply kept White Vision to himself.
Did The Inhabitants Of Westview Forgive Wanda?
Personally, I had hoped that WandaVision would embrace Wanda’s dark side, and have her choose illusion over bitter reality; grief is a great motivation for a villain. Of course, Wanda chose to say goodbye to her lover and children, so that Westview could be free.
Amusingly enough, none of the characters seemed to have a problem with Wanda putting an entire town under agonizing mind-control for several days; Monica Rambeau even frames the ending of the Hex as a noble sacrifice, rather than a return to normalcy.
One would imagine that if the Avengers were informed of this situation, devoid of context, that they might seek to punish or imprison Wanda for her actions. After all, Agatha is now imprisoned under mind control, and she did far less damage than Wanda; I guess it pays to be a member of the superhero elite.
It will be interesting to see if Marvel ever explores the resentment of the townsfolk, who are likely traumatized after their ordeal. Might Wanda’s merciless mind-control have spawned a future enemy, the way Tony Stark’s weaponry sparked the wrath of Wanda?
Hopefully, Wanda will have to deal with the consequences of her actions, at some point down the line; it’s always fun when Marvel includes the perspective of civilians, caught in the crosshairs of superhero drama.
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