content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Is WandaVision's Heartbreaking End Hidden in Plain Sight?The sad truth may have been staring us right in the face.
March 4, 2021
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Anyone who watches Marvel movies knows that they almost always end with a splashy, CG-enhanced fight between the heroes and the villains where might equals right, and “good” carries the day. But WandaVision is a very unusual story in the larger Marvel context—and it's doubtful that it will end with Wanda punching Agatha into submission, then getting her happy ever after. In fact, it's possible that despite all the wild theorizing and speculation, the show's poignantly emotional and psychological conclusion has been right in front of us all along.
This week, the Still Watching podcast broke down some last-minute speculation about the finale. You can listen in full here—but the juiciest theory is laid out below.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, director Matt Shakman said he was worried that off-the-wall fan theories (guilty) would lead to “disappointment” in the finale. And in a 2019 interview, showrunner Jac Shaeffer indicated that she wasn't all that interested in a big good-versus-bad blowout:
My kids are really obsessed with ‘good guys vs. bad guys.’ Sometimes I explain [to them], ‘Every good guy can be a bad guy’ and vice versa. It’s complicated, but that’s sort of lost on them. That’s one thing that I think can be explored more in the future — I would hope that there are ever-increasing moves toward the gray and toward complexity.
Add to that the fact that Wanda has repeatedly told Agatha “you're a lifesaver!” in their sitcom-world interactions…
…and we're likely leading to some kind of detente between Agnes and Wanda. Maybe as they unify against S.W.O.R.D. incursions. Who's to say?
But it's not Agatha or S.W.O.R.D. that Wanda needs to confront most, of course. It's reality, and the truth that the Vision she's created does not belong in this world. Here's where the hiding in plain sight may come into it. In Episode 8, we saw Wanda's origin story. She was blasted with the Mind Stone, and in that blast she saw a figure. Here's that figure with the contrast dialed up.