SPOILERS: ‘WandaVision’ finale is equal parts exciting and disappointing

The finale of WandaVision is now available on Disney+. (Lori Leiszler | Collegian Media Group)

“WandaVision” premiered on Disney+ half a semester ago, and it’s been the only thing keeping me on schedule these past few months. Now that I’ve watched the finale, I’ll have to wait for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” to figure out what day it is.

Before I go any further, I must warn you that this article will contain spoilers, so continue reading at your own risk. If you have not watched the finale yet, stop reading and avoid all social media.

After last week’s episode took viewers on a “Magic School Bus” field trip through Wanda Maximoff’s traumatic past, viewers were given an intense revelation; Wanda’s experimentation with the Mind Stone didn’t create her powers, it just amplified the abilities she’s had since childhood.

Agatha also gives Wanda the official title of Scarlet Witch — a name most people knew, but it had never before been explicitly used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The finale opens with Agatha holding Wanda’s children hostage, causing Wanda to use her powers on Agatha. This is exactly what Agatha wants because, based on her earlier flashback, she has the ability to steal powers from other witches.

After a thrown car crushed Agatha, we see a Wicked Witch of the East reference with her shoes alone left in the rubble. Just as Wanda thinks she is safe, Vision 2.0 — White Vision — shows up and tries to “neutralize” her. This leads to a huge fight between Hex Vision and White Vision.

Oh, by the way, Agatha is still around and messing things up for Wanda. She “cuts the strings” of all the people under Wanda’s spell, causing them to surround her and beg for either freedom or death. The whole interaction is conflicting because — yeah — she’s been holding all of these people hostage in their own heads for who knows how long, but at the same time I can’t help but see them as her emotional support hostages.

Outside of the hex, Agent Jimmy Woo is in S.W.O.R.D. custody, with Hayward pulling the old villain “join me” trope. Jimmy says the F.B.I. will arrive within the hour, and Hayward orders someone to take him away. However, Jimmy uses his sleight-of-hand to grab a phone and contact his team.

The development of Jimmy’s character is beautiful. His appearance in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” painted him as a somewhat incompetent agent, but he has been an absolute king throughout “WandaVision.” The next Marvel show should revolve around Darcy, Monica and Jimmy. They are the real heroes of this show.

Wanda opens up the hex and tells everyone to leave, but in doing so allows Hayward — gag — and his team to enter the town. Opening the hex also causes Hex Vision, Tommy and Billy to disintegrate, as their existence is tied to the hex.

She closes the hex and runs to her family, who then have a stand-off with White Vision, Hayward and Agatha that looks like a scene straight out of “The Incredibles.” The family splits up, with Hex Vision taking on White Vision, Wanda taking on Agatha, and Tommy and Billy taking on a literal S.W.A.T. team. Honestly, what kind of parenting style is this?

While all of this happens, Monica Rambeau is trapped in Fietro’s man-cave. She digs through some mail and discovers he’s just some guy named Ralph Bohner that Agatha is controlling. No multiverse here, just a cheap boner joke. I imagine Twitter is having a field day with this.

Monica uses her new abilities to find the source of Agatha’s spell, breaking Ralph from her control and freeing Monica from his man-cave. She gets downtown to the action just in time to stop Hayward from gunning down two 10-year-olds, jumping in front of them to absorb the bullets.

Hayward attempts to run them all over, but Darcy saves the day by ramming into him with the stolen van from the previous episode. Sadly, this is the only time we see Darcy in this episode, which I find incredibly insulting. This just furthers my belief that we need a Darcy, Monica and Jimmy spin-off show.

Hex Vision and White Vision take a break from their brawl to have a philosophical debate about which one of them is actually Vision, or if either of them is Vision. Seeing how I stayed up to watch this at 3 a.m., I was having trouble maintaining my own vision.

Hex Vision ends up restoring the original Vision’s memories into White Vision, who then proclaims himself the real Vision and flies away, never referenced again. Yeah, I have a headache too.

Meanwhile, Wanda pulls her old “nightmare” trick on Agatha, taking her back to the Salem Witch Trials. However, Agatha pulls a UNO reverse and causes all the corpse witches to go after Wanda. Agatha says she will fix Wanda’s hex if she gives up her powers, and Wanda seemingly agrees.

They leave the nightmare and start fighting as red lightning and thunder clouds fill the sky. Wanda’s hex is falling apart, turning into the chaos it was created from. She starts hurling her magic randomly in the air, hitting both Agatha and the walls of her hex. Agatha absorbs Wanda’s powers, making Wanda look more like a mummy than a mom. I’m sorry.

Just when Agatha is about to rescind her deal and take Wanda out, her magic stops working. Wanda de-mummifies and moves the clouds, revealing ginormous runes etched into the walls of the hex. Since only the witch who cast the runes can use magic, this turns into the Marvel version of the “Call an ambulance, but not for me” meme.

This time Wanda pulls out the UNO reverse and drains all of Agatha’s powers. In doing so, Wanda evolves into her “final form,” donning a sick new outfit and embracing the title of Scarlet Witch.

Wanda puts a spell on Agatha, reverting her back to Agnes, saying she’ll be back if she ever needs guidance from the now powerless witch. She accepts that she has to stop the hex, goes home and has an emotional goodbye with Hex Vision and her children.

Westview reverts back to its original state, and Wanda leaves, knowing everyone in town sees her as a monster. However, she takes with her the Darkhold, Agatha’s book of dark magic.

There are two end-credit scenes in the finale; a mid-credit scene and a post-credit scene.

In the mid-credit scene, we see Jimmy taking over the “crime scene” of Westview while Monica is asked to meet with someone in the local movie theater. She walks in with an F.B.I. agent who reveals they’re a Skrull agent, a shape-shifting alien introduced in “Captain Marvel.” The agent says she was “sent by a friend of your mother,” and alludes that the friend is in space. It’s clear Monica’s story has just begun.

The post-credit scene focuses on Wanda, now living in a remote cabin, location unknown. The scene shows her making tea in the kitchen before panning to the bedroom, where an astral-projection of Wanda is studying the Darkhold. We hear Wanda’s children call out for her before the screen cuts to black.

Overall, the “WandaVision” finale both excited and disappointed. With the onslaught of fan theories popping up after each episode, it was pretty much inevitable that some people would end up disappointed. I think the ending answered just enough to tie things together while leaving enough up in the air to keep things interesting.

Viewers will have to wait until the release of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” on March 25, 2022, to continue Wanda’s story.

My name is Jared Shuff, and I am a former editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I worked as the arts & culture editor and as a contributing writer for the news desk. I am a senior in secondary education with an emphasis in English/journalism. I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, and attended Hutchinson Community College before transferring to K-State in 2020.