WandaVision - Episode 9 - Review

The first television show set firmly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to a conclusion. For all intents and purposes, it did exactly what it was supposed to do. It broadened the story of Wanda Maximoff, and explored grief and loss in a way that was not explored in the universe previously.

WandaVision had no big bad. It had no bigger scheme. It was a pretty self contained. It was a woman dealing with her grief in a way that many people would have if given the opportunity.

She was really one of the only Avengers not made whole again after Endgame. To explore that is a bold move from Marvel, especially to put it in the format they did. The sitcom format was a fresh approach, and offered laughs with sinister undertones. It works at first watch. But the laughs will just be sad on future rewatches knowing the context of them. That isn't a bad thing, it is just another layer of the show.

Wanda is one of the only Avengers in the MCU without a superhero moniker. This show had her earn it. Episode 9 might not be what everyone wanted it to be, but that is the fault of no one but themselves. Marvel told the story it wanted to tell, and while there was no Fantastic Four, X-Men or any other deep cuts characters like Mephisto or Nightmare, it still teased many different threads that will be pulled in the future.

Monica is learning to use her powers, and is seemingly being recruited by Fury at SWORD's space station. While the character is confirmed to appear in Captain Marvel 2, it seems like she will also show up in the Secret Invasion show and maybe even a few other properties. Monica is one of the best products of WandaVision, and it will be exciting to see her future in the MCU.

Vision might have a future too. The philosophical debate between both Visions was a highlight of the episode. White Vision had the memories of the original Vision restored, and he sailed off into the sunset. So his future in the MCU is very much out in the open. Comic book character deaths often never last, and Vision is just the latest example of that trope happening on screen.

WandaVision will always be something special. It is the biggest risk that Kevin Feige has taken so far, and it paid off. Now the Scarlet Witch is a force to be reckoned with, has one of the greatest costumes in the MCU, and will be a presence in this universe for the foreseeable future.

We will get more of Wanda's story in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but until then, we can go explore another corner of the MCU with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premiering in a couple of weeks.

All 9 episodes of WandaVision are now streaming on Disney Plus.


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