Marvel’s first-ever Disney+ series, WandaVision, concluded its run. The show had a total of nine episodes. WandaVision finally introduced Wanda as the Scarlet Witch after six years of her debut in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The show is not like any other sitcom. It focuses on a log of VFX, and a storyline that dates back to years. A lot of elements were to be included while focusing on character development. The show is no stranger to last-minute changes. WandaVision heavily focused on Wanda’s powers of reality-warping. The series premiered first in January 2021.
WandaVision was not an ordinary sitcom. This comes in with the reference to the crazy level of VFX that the show has used. Plus, the massive storyline the show has followed is unbelievable. Moreover, the show is the stepping stone for Marvel’s Phase 4. WandaVision has successfully set up the stone for the rest of Marvel’s projects from here on now. WandaVision surprisingly had two post-credit scenes. The Maximoff Anomaly in Westview, New Jersey is finally resolved after Wanda herself took down the barrier that housed her idealized reality despite having to say goodbye to her own family. But the adventures of the Scarlet Witch in the MCU are just getting started.
There are still several questions left unanswered with regard to its specifics. That includes the mystery of the glitching people towards the outer pockets of the settlement as seen in episode 6, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” when Vision ventured farther from the town center. Aside from fewer people living in the area, they’re all malfunctioning; some of them appeared to be simply stuck doing the same action over and over again, but as they’re closer to the border, most of them stop moving altogether. This made the synthezoid more suspicious of his wife’s shenanigans following a series of odd happenings.
It’s still unconfirmed whether or not Wanda was totally in control of the town. There were hints in the outings leading to the reveal, but considering Wanda’s many red herrings, this was something that wasn’t officially certain until it was explicitly revealed. Now, Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of WandaVision, is revealing why exactly these people were almost non-functional, and if they’re trapped, how come they didn’t simply move closer to the border in an effort to escape. Elizabeth Olsen explained that the farther the people were from Wanda, the lesser they were controlled by her powers.
Scarlet Witch functioned as a wireless power source; she may have not dictated exactly what the residents of Westview needed to do, but she’s important to keep them operating as normal as possible. Since Scarlet Witch was understandably more concerned about making sure that the town center worked properly considering that she and her family mostly exist in that core area, there’s little regard for what happened in the outskirts of Westview where they don’t visit anyway because of its proximity to the force field that borders Westview. Bettany expanded on this idea by adding that those living nearer Ellis Ave. were “less well-drawn” mostly because Wanda doesn’t interact with any of them. So, she didn’t really need them to function properly to keep up this illusion of a perfect suburban life in Westview; essentially, out of sight, out of mind.
While people like Mr. and Mrs. Hart, Herb, and Dottie were supporting characters to her sitcom life, the people living near the Hex were extras. They’re there to make the show more realistic primarily in terms of aesthetics, but whatever they do didn’t have any impact on the narrative that Wanda wanted to project. In hindsight, it’s curious if things were more harrowing for them considering that aside from being mind-controlled, they also barely physically moved.
As seen in the finale, WandaVision’s supporting characters were mentally drained when Agatha Harkness snapped them from Scarlet Witch’s spell. The pop-up SWORD base, which was turned into a circus with its officers becoming performers, and the Westview residents who lived closer to the edge of the Hex, are not covered in the finale. It’s not known if they were able to escape the Hex when Scarlet Witch initially opened the barrier, or what happened to them after she eliminated the Hex, though it can be assumed that they were released like those characters near the center of the town.
It is said that WandaVision did not need a particular ‘Big Bad’. This is because Wanda’s twisted psychology is the big bad In the show. Plus we had Agatha add the cherry on the top. Kathryn Hahn has beautifully portrayed the role of Agatha Harkness and did seem to be the real villain. WandaVision was truly a compelling series. What did you think of Wanda’s confrontation with the residents of Westview? Did you like the finale? Let us know in the comments below!
WandaVision is on Disney+, with a total of nine episodes.