This is not a drill: the final episode of WandaVision arrives next week and all the pieces are in place for a truly epic conclusion to Marvel’s first Disney Plus series.
After a slow start packed with intriguing mysteries, answers have been flooding in the latest episodes, with today’s instalment taking us on a revealing journey through Wanda’s troubled life.
The trip down memory lane culminates in revealing exactly where the “hex” originated from, following weeks of speculation and suspicion cast on several Westview residents.
Fans should buckle up for next week’s season finale, which co-star Teyonah Parris (aka Monica Rambeau) has described as “epic and incredibly sad” (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Even with the new information, there are still a lot of questions looming over WandaVision and we can’t answer them all just yet – but we do have all the latest details on the mysterious White Vision as well as the force known as Chaos Magic.
While the series has dominated social media every Friday since its debut, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a second season just yet, with producer Kevin Feige revealing the story will instead continue in 2022’s Doctor Strange 2.
WandaVision kicks off an exciting slate of Marvel TV series on Disney+, all of which will be connected in some way to upcoming movies in the juggernaut franchise.
Here’s everything you need to know about WandaVision on Disney Plus, including release date, episode count, cast and much more.
WandaVision release date
WandaVision premiered on Friday 15th January on Disney Plus.
Notably, this is was slightly later than some fans might have expected, as the series was originally said to be arriving on the streaming service in late 2020.
The series also launched on Disney+ with a double episode, with the remaining installments having been released on a weekly basis from then on.
In total, there will be nine episodes of the series which will be released weekly, with the season finale set to air on Friday 5th March – conveniently, just two weeks before the premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Episodes began around the half-hour mark, but have fluctuated to longer lengths as the show has progressed.
Filming was largely completed by March, just prior to the pandemic spiralling out of control, meaning the crew have been able to focus on post-production in the months that have followed.
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As you’d probably expect, Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff, the superhero known as Scarlet Witch because a) she wears a lot of red, and b) she has witch-like powers that can manipulate minds and matter.
Paul Bettany is also back as Vision – although it’s not exactly clear how. The android died during the events of Avengers: Infinity War before Thanos’ snap, and he wasn’t brought back to life in sequel film Endgame.
Teyonah Parris also plays a key role in the series. The Dear White People actress plays an adult version of Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maria (Lashana Lynch) from Captain Marvel. Interestingly, in the comics, Rambeau becomes super-powered herself and even leads the Avengers for a time. Could Carol Danvers have some competition?
Two other Marvel Cinematic Universe stars who make a welcome return in the show are Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Randall Park, aka Agent Jimmy Woo, and (surprisingly) Kat Dennings, who played Jane Foster’s assistant Darcy Lewis in the first two Thor movies.
As we near the series finale, all of these characters have now appeared in some capacity, though we could be in for a surprise WandaVision cameo at some point in the final few episodes according to Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen.
Is Evan Peters in WandaVision?
Yes! Evan Peters made his shock debut in the series at the end of the fifth episode, but it remains unclear who exactly he’s playing at this point.
The character seems to have the memories of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron, yet he has the appearance of Evan Peters’ incarnation from the X-Men film franchise.
Prominent fan theories at the moment suggest that Wanda has pulled this version of Pietro Maxmioff into the MCU from a parallel universe, or that Peters’ casting is simply a misdirect and that he’s playing an entirely new role.
He could well be just another Westview resident forced to comply with Wanda’s warped new version of reality or perhaps a sinister villain in disguise. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
WandaVision age rating
WandaVision is actually more age-appropriate than any Marvel release to date – while the movies are usually rated PG-13 in America, WandaVision has been dubbed TV-PG – in other words, more suitable for younger viewers.
This may be because, in the earlier episodes at least, there’s no sign of the usual superhero bust-ups or violence – though the series can be a bit creepy, which could be too much for younger kids.
Properly showing off the dreamlike TV-sitcom premise of the series and the strange and warped reality Wanda and Vision appear to be trapped in, the full teaser is a seriously mind-melting look at Marvel’s first Disney+ series.
And later, in December 2020, a second trailer was released – once more showcasing the Golden Age sitcom style of the new series.
In January 2021, Marvel Studios dropped a new TV spot promoting the imminent premiere of WandaVision, which spotlights the original music created for the series by Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
The lyrics humorously recite the faux premise for the fantasy series: “A newly-wed couple, just moved to town, a regular husband and wife.” Of course, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Check out the musical teaser below.
Was WandaVision affected by the coronavirus?
Originally it seemed that WandaVision had largely dodged the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down a number of other Disney+ productions and delayed others, given that filming had wrapped in March.
However, in July Disney apparently carried out more filming for the series, suggesting that some planned pick-up shots or reshoots were delayed. It also seems likely that the extensive postproduction needed for a series of this scale would also have been slowed down by production staff needing to work from home.
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