Warning: This article contains spoilers for all nine episodes of WandaVision, as well as some Marvel movies. Also, episode nine of WandaVision has a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. If you finished the episode but forgot to stick around for those, go back and watch!
In many ways, WandaVision functioned like no other Marvel project before it, and exactly like one in others. On one hand, the show undoubtedly gained traction week by week with the help of fans sharing theories and Easter Eggs, or delighting over clever MCU tie-ins and casting choices. Look, Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) mastered the magic trick from Ant-Man! How will this tie in with Dr. Strange 2, which we know will include the Scarlet Witch? You get the idea.
On the other, WandaVision was never supposed to be a simple introduction to Phase 4 of the MCU. Above all else, WV was a thoughtful exploration of grief as Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) avoided processing the death of her soulmate Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War by accidentally enslaving the small town of Westview and casting the citizens in her own little sitcom.
Jumping decades week to week, this storytelling model was unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Marvel and gave escapism through television a whole new meaning. And yet, WandaVision largely abandoned this fascinating vehicle in favor of a somewhat typical MCU fight scene for its big finale. All of these things can be true.
This is why it’s fair to feel frustrated by the WandaVision finale even if you loved it. No, WandaVision never promised to introduce the Multiverse or villains like Mephisto, but it’s also not true that fans were pulling these theories out of absolutely nowhere. The biggest example of this, and the reveal that caused the most frustration online, was the decision to cast Evan Peters as fake Pietro Maximoff, only to discover that he was really just Agatha/Agnes’ (Kathryn Hahn) husband Ralph Bohner the whole time.