If you haven’t seen the WandaVision finale yet, stop reading now. But if you have, let’s continue.
The first (and for now, only) season of WandaVision finally came to an end more than a week ago. Director Matt Shackman warned viewers that those with theories would be disappointed by the finale. Did you have theories? If you did, did you try to keep an open mind? A few of my theories were totally wrong, yet I still enjoyed how the WandaVision finale episode played out.
But despite resolving the main plot concerning Wanda’s takeover of Westview (which might have repercussions going forward), WandaVision has left us with plenty to digest! Besides the obvious knowledge that the show will tie in to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there are other little plots that still need to be resolved.
What is Wanda up to?
The last scene we were shown in the WandaVision finale was of Wanda reading the Darkhold. This seemed like the biggest reference to the sequel to Doctor Strange. Twitter user Brian | tFatWS era noticed a connection to the Master of the Mystic Arts in the music. Can you hear Doctor Strange’s theme here with a more sinister tone?
If you need a refesher on what the Doctor Strange theme sounds like, here you go (you should be able to hear the similaries right at the beginning):
With that out of the way, the scene of Wanda reading the Darkhold could mean horrific things for the rest of the world. The book previously featured heavily in season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as in the the third and final season of Marvel’s Runaways. In AoS, the Darkhold corrupted those who read it, either turning them mad and eventually killing them or causing them to crave more power at the expense of anyone. It eventually fell into the hands of Aida, a Life Model Decoy (LMD) created by Holden Radcliffe. While Aida originally used the book to help the team, even its mainframe was corrupted by the Darkhold, leading it to secretly kidnap the entire team and imprison them in an artificial reality. Eventually the book helped Aida to create a body for itself that it infused with the inhuman abilities of electrokinesis, regeneration (close to immortal), teleportation, superhuman strength, and superhuman reflexes.
If the same thing happens for Wanda, it may push her to break down the barriers between the multiverse, especially since it was implied she’s trying to get her “children” back. Or she could end up summoning the original owner and author of the book, who, in the comics, is the demonic elder God, Cthon. That could definitely cause Doctor Strange to take notice and do something about it.
Alternatively, the MCU may continue to disregard the facts about the Darkhold established in AoS. If so, the book could help Wanda gain greater understanding of her power, which may lead to Doctor Strange requesting her assistance with with the threat to their reality.
What was Agatha warning Wanda about?
Before Wanda imprisoned Agatha in Westview, the witch claimed that Wanda didn’t know what she had unleashed. Was Agatha holding something in place with her magic? And now that she was disabled, it was now free? The witch clearly showed her lust for more power, so perhaps she had been taking magic from others for hundreds of years. Could she have imprisoned several powerful beings, and now that her control over those prisons was destroyed, they would all wreak havoc on the world?
There are plenty of possibilities that Agatha’s warning could mean. It could also be that her warning of what’s to come will feature heavily in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Whatever it is, Agatha Harkness fans would love for the witch to continue to star in the MCU. We certainly need more characters as complex as Loki. After all, in the comics, Agatha played a more supportive role for the Scarlet Witch.
Where did the true Vision go?
The confrontation between Westview’s Vision and the White Vision ended with the latter learning that he is the true Vision. But as soon as he realised this, he left, instead of going to help Wanda. So, where did he go then and why did he leave?
We should remember that while the true Vision returned, he came back without the Mind Stone. His emotional state wasn’t revealed, although his initial reaction might be to confront those who used his body as a weapon. Could that mean he would go after former S.W.O.R.D. Director, Tyler Hayward, who we last saw being led away in cuffs? That might seem out of character for Vision but even though he has his memories, is he the same Vision? His departure does cause doubt.
Vision might instead turn up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness although the movie is being kept tightly under wraps not to give anything away. Also, Paul Bettany was not announced to be part of the cast. The title gives away that the issue of the multiverse will be addressed, and Vision encountering other versions of himself could help him understand who he is now.
Alternatively, Vision could find more understanding of his current state if he explored the legacy of Iron Man that will be addressed in Armor Wars. It’s very early to make any predictions on that series, although Hayward’s abuse of Vision’s body is the first clear instance of Tony’s technology being used in a way he had not intended, esecially after the debacle with Ultron. The comic series that Armor Wars will be based on did feature Iron Man confronting those who were using his technology for their own gain.
Have we seen the last of Tyler Hayward?
While Hayward was arrested in the WandaVision finale, is his story finished? While some characters in the MCU have made only one appearance, others have returned after long absences. William Hurt returned as Thunderbolt Ross in Captain America: Civil War, eight years later after his last appearance in The Incredible Hulk.
WandaVision showed that Hawyard had those who were loyal to him in S.W.O.R.D. Perhaps his supporters might break him out and he could cause further harm for the agency. It’s also unclear what the state of S.W.O.R.D. is after Hayward’s departure. Monica is clearly on a different path as revealed in the final episode.
Since Hayward appropriated Stark technology for his own gain, he also might appear again in Armor Wars. This remains to be seen.
What’s next for Monica Rambeau?
It was announced ahead of the WandaVision premiere that actress Teyonah Parris would feature in the sequel to Captain Marvel. But it’s also been rumoured that she could reprise her role as Monica Rambeau in the upcoming series, Secret Invasion. It is pretty obvious Captain Marvel 2 will see Monica come to greater understanding of her powers she acquired from Wanda’s hex. Perhaps she might seek out Carol for some pointers? In an earlier episode of WandaVision though, it seems there are some unresolved issues between Carol and Monica.
Another question that must be answered is which friend of her mother’s was the skrull referring to? “He” could either mean Nick Fury or Talos. The last we saw those two, the former was somewhere in space commanding other skrulls while the latter was impersonating Fury on earth. Based on that scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home, the most likely answer is Nick Fury, since the skrull in the Wandavision finale pointed up to space when speaking to Monica.
Dicussions on Twitter also pointed out a question of the MCU timeline. WandaVision revealed that it was set about three to four weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame, while the best guesses regarding Spider-Man: Far From Home put it at about eight months after the last Avengers sequel. That could mean that Monica could have been with Fury already before the second Spider-Man movie in the MCU. Why didn’t Fury send Monica down instead of asking for Peter’s help? If this question ever gets answered, it could be because Nick wanted to test Spider-Man since Iron Man had been grooming him to join the Avengers. It could also be that Monica was somewere else on a mission for Fury during Spider-Man’s battle against the fake Elementals.
Also, what’s next for FBI Agent Jimmy Woo and Doctor Darcy Lewis? Both characters were more than welcome additions to the story of WandaVision and both shined more than they did as supporting characters in Ant-Man and the Wasp and Thor and Thor: The Dark World respectively. Fans have already put forward that they would be interested in a show focusing on the two characters.
That’s all the questions and unresolved threads I could pick up from the WandaVision finale. Was there anything you spotted? Let me know in the comments!