WandaVision ending explained: Rise of the witch

Marvel Studios’ enigmatic debut web series, WandaVision, had a mystique about it before release, and even after airing its season finale, the show has left fans scratching their heads about the outcome.

The show that begins with a ’50s sitcom monochromatic vibe, soon transforms into an intense drama focusing heavily on irregular realities. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is shown to have hypnotised the entire town of Westview, New Jersey in an imaginary world where she lives a joyous suburban life with her husband, Vision (Paul Bettany) and their twin sons, Tommy and Billy.

However, Vision soon realises that this entire existence, including him, is a manifestation of Wanda’s desperation to have a peaceful life which wasn’t fulfilled owing to his death in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

With S.W.O.R.D. agents trying their best to free the people under Wanda’s control and her facing unexplained anomalies of her own, what actually goes down in the series finale?

Here is the WandaVision ending explained in detail:

The Scarlet Witch

When Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) re-enters the Westview anomaly and confronts Wanda, she is shooed away by her neighbour, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), who is later revealed to be a 17th century witch named, Agatha Harkness. It is shown that she was the one who killed their dog and sent a fake version of Wanda’s brother, Pietro (Even Peters), into their lives.

She adds a bit more of her hocus pocus into Wanda’s spell to find out the secret behind her controlling an entire town, and makes her re-live her past memories.

Agatha realises that Wanda, as a kid in Sokovia, always enjoyed watching sit-coms and had magical abilities since infancy as well. The mind stone experiments just enhanced her powers and transformed her into one of the most powerful witches in the world, with her abilities exceeding those of the sorcerer supreme (subtle Doctor Strange reference).

Wanda had earlier visited S.W.O.R.D. to bury Vision but saw his dismantled corps with not even a hint of life in it. Unable to bear this loss anymore, she flew to an empty lot in Westview that Vision had purchased for her in hopes of settling down, and encapsulated the entire town in a hex, creating her version of an ideal life, out of grief.

Agatha is astonished by this revelation and exclaims to Wanda that she possesses an ancient form of magic called ‘chaos magic’, naming her the ‘Scarlet Witch’. Desperate to steal this power from her, Agatha goes head-to-head against Wanda and a deadly battle begins.

Vision confusion

Contrary to what was assumed earlier in the series, Wanda does not steal Vision’s dismantled corps and S.W.O.R.D. acting director, Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg), still possesses it. After successfully reassembling it, he uses a sample of Wanda’s magic lingering on a drone, to activate a completely white version of Vision which is devoid of all emotions and memories.

As Agatha and Wanda battle it out, white Vision enters the bout and attempts to kill Wanda. However, her manifestation of the original Vision shows up to face-off against his impassive counterpart.

Agatha decides to guilt trip Wanda into dismantling her spell by releasing people from her control. It initially works as she tries to lift the anomaly but stops when she witnesses her Vision and her sons, who are a part of her magic, vanishing with it.

S.W.O.R.D. agents, including Hayward, use this temporary lapse in the hex to enter Westview and attack Wanda, but her sons, who also have abilities, take care of them. Furthermore, the two Visions manage to reach an agreement which leads to the white one regaining his memories when the original interacts with his power source.

Wanda then uses magical runes to nerf Agatha’s powers and imprisons her as Agnes. Post that, she takes a moment to express her love for the version of Vision she’d created and bids him goodbye. She then collapses the barrier once and for all, disappearing into the shadows.

Post credit treats

It wouldn’t be Marvel if WandaVision didn’t tease the audience with snippets of future projects. Initially, a mid-credits scene sees Captain Monica Rambeau interacting with F.B.I. agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). They talk about their astrophysicist friend, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) being responsible for the arrest of Tyler Hayward, as she hacked into his servers, collecting evidence.

Later on, Rambeau is confronted by a female FBI agent who reveals herself to be a shape shifting Skrull — the same creatures first introduced in ‘Captain Marvel’. She tells the confused Rambeau that a friend of her mother’s would like to see her in space.

Since her mother was best buddies with Captain Marvel herself, it is safe to assume that the secret friend is none other than Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), the leader of the Skrulls, who also made an appearance in ‘Spider-Man Far From Home’, working with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). This is likely a very clever setup for ‘Captain Marvel 2’ as Teyonah Parris is set to appear in the sequel.

Furthermore, a juicier end-credits scene shows Wanda in hiding, living in a secluded cabin along a mountainside. She is seated outside wearing regular clothes and walks inside to pour herself some coffee.

However, the camera pans across her and enters a room where we see her in the Scarlet Witch avatar, reading the book that Agatha mentioned — the Darkhold — in her astral form. As she works on enhancing her skills, she hears cries of help from her twins.

This is curious as the boys aren’t supposed to exist anymore since the hex at Westview has been lifted. Unfortunately, before any explanation can be given, the screen cuts to black. The secret behind this interesting development will be likely be revealed in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ which is supposed to be a direct continuation of WandaVision’s story.

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