What If … The Watcher Broke His Oath? Episode/Season Finale Review

We’re back on this fine Wednesday (I say like it’s not raining where I live, then again, I do like rain) with another Marvel review – What If … The Watcher Broke His Oath? Spoilers for the episode ahead!

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What was it about?

The Watcher assembles a team from across the mulitverse to fight Ultron.

My thoughts?

This was … a good episode? Still a little packed, because of the minimal run time, but overall one of the better ones. It definitely felt like a season finale more than anything else, but then again, it seems like Marvel still has something up their sleeve for the upcoming season. Either way, this was an action-packed episode. Let’s break it down!

  • The Watcher finally decides to intervene and plucks the candidates for a team of his own from across the multiverse. Eventually he assembles the “Guardians of the Multiverse“, which consist of characters from previous episodes such as Captain Carter, Star Lord T’Challa, Killmonger, Party Thor and evil Doctor Strange. However, he also recruits a version of Gamora, who managed to kill her Thanos and save her universe with an infinity crusher (a device, designed to destroy infinity stones). I wonder why we haven’t gotten to see her story.
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  • This odd mix of characters was quite fun to watch, but they don’t get a lot of bonding time before getting thrown into a fight with Ultron. It’s here that the zombies make a cameo again, but easily get defeated by the AI.
  • As T’Challa manages to steal the Soul Stone, the gang flees to another world, where they meet Natasha, the only survivor on her planet and the version we met the previous week. Ultron quickly catches up, but they manage to hold him down long enough to use the infinity crusher. Unfortunately, this course of action fails, as each infinity stone is unique to its world and the crusher was designed for only those of Gamora’s universe. I guess this is their way of talking themselves out of the power of the stones cancelling each other out once there are multiple versions in one world? 
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  • Ultimately, it all comes down to the Zola virus Nat managed to save because of Clint’s sacrifice last week. With Peggy’s help, she manages to drive the arrow home and Ultron is destroyed, but nothing is ever that easy.
  • Killmonger betrays the group and takes the stones for himself. He suggests to make everyone’s world the way they want it, to give everyone what they need/desire, but the other’s are having none of it. Before anyone can intervene, Zola wants to reclaim the stones though, starting a power struggle with Killmonger.
  • It’s at that moment, that Stephen realizes what he has to do. Now that the stones aren’t attached to a body, he freezes the fighting Zola, Killmonger and the infinity stones in a pocket dimension, becoming their watcher in the process. Let’s face it, he didn’t have anything else going on.
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  • Everyone returns to the moment they were taken from their universe, their sacrifice unknown to everyone. Except for Nat, who gets taken to a world that had lost their widow. For a moment, I carried the slight hope that it would be our universe and that the Black Widow movie wouldn’t have been for nothing and way too late, but it wasn’t “ours”.

In the end, this was a decent episode. Very action-packed and not so much character focused, but it really tied what we had seen so far together. I appreciate that it wasn’t all for nothing.

This isn’t something really big about the episode, but I feel like, if you shipped Steve with Nat in the live-action movies, then you should 100% be able to ship Nat with Peggy because of what we’ve seen. Their chemistry was off the charts and I don’t care if they call each other BFFs or not. Usually, I’m not someone who needs to find characters to ship and advocate for loving platonic relationships, but some comments on the internet pissed me off. Consider this my rant, because I can’t tolerate intolerant people.

For some reason, I thought this was the penultimate episode, but alas, I was wrong. This felt like it tied up things neatly for the season, so it makes sense to end the story here for now. Maybe we will get to find out about Gamora after all some other time? I don’t really think so, but I also don’t know what’s about to happen. I would, however, love it if the episodes would have tied together with the finale of Loki and would explain what happened there. But again, this did not happen.


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WandaVision: Episode 9 “The Series Finale” Review

So, this is it. My final WandaVision review/recap on the blog. In case you haven’t been here for the rest, the following post includes SPOILERS and is meant to be read after watching the episode. I will, however, give you a little heads up and tell you that there are TWO post credit scenes, just so you’re prepared.
Now, let’s dive in!

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What was it about?

In a final battle, Wanda has to decide whether to save the town or her family. Will she make the sacrifice?

My thoughts?

I read somewhere that the creator of the show apologized before the finale aired, because they were afraid that fans would be disappointed. I get how it can come across that way, because there were some wild theories flying around, but I tried to not expect anything out of this world. I would have enjoyed many of these theories come true, but I also appreciated that the big bad of the season was what we’ve known all along – grief! And yet, we still got an epic fight scene too. Everything was very much in tune with what we had gotten so far, which is why I personally was not disappointed. By sticking to the narrative they have given us all along, I don’t see how that’s not delivering what they’ve promised?

Let’s break it down a little:

  • Agatha vs. Wanda: Agatha claimed to take power from the undeserving, although I have a feeling she just thinks everyone but her is undeserving. While Wanda was theoretically the more powerful witch, she lacked knowledge, which led to Agatha getting a couple hard blows in. She made Wanda realize that, as a hero, she would either have to pick her family or end the town’s suffering, which was now confirmed could feel Wanda’s pain and grief the entire time. The townspeople are definitely allowed to be mad at her for what she has done, but if Monica could show empathy, maybe they can forgive her too someday.
    In the end, Wanda turned the tables though and used the information Agatha gave about runes to carve them into the hex field and strip Agatha of her powers. Now, my question is: how does that not lead to a huge plothole? Ultimately, Wanda breaks her spell on Westview (more about that later), which means the hex field with the runes is gone too. So, how does that bind Agatha to her role as the nosy neighbor still?
  • Vision vs. White Vision: While they started out fighting with their fists, it quickly became a battle of the minds, when Wanda’s created Vision questioned White Visions programmed directives. Neither of them was the “true Vision” and ultimately White Vision allowed for his memories to be restored, giving him back autonomy and empathy for humanity. What does that mean for the future? We don’t know, as he was not seen again after flying off into the sky.
  • The twins: Unfortunately, the finale cleared up that the boys could not survive outside the hex either. It was heartbreaking to see their parents say goodbye as they tucked them into bed, knowing they’d never see their children again. But at least we got some fun shots of the boys messing with the military (they were born for this!) and Monica stepping in to protect them. I love to see it!
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  • Ralph: The huge Ralph mystery was finally cleared up. We already knew that Agatha wasn’t an original Westview resident and just took it upon herself to live in a random house there. Ralph Bohner was the original owner of that home and she claimed him as her husband, later using him to be her puppet Fietro (=fake Pietro). It’s too bad that it wasn’t an actual nod to the multiverse, but just a bit of fun messing about with us fans.
  • Monica/Jimmy/Darcy: These three remain my unsung heroes. Jimmy used his smarts to get some reinforcements from the bureau. Monica protected the boys and had a beautiful closing scene with Wanda and Darcy just plain drove her truck into Hayward’s car. It’s what that man deserved. I’m not even going to give him a separate bullet point, because he was a very boring villain and it was just nice to see him get taken away in cuffs.
  • Wanda: That girl does not get a break. I don’t understand how she is still standing, having to sacrifice everything she loves time and time again. When she made the decision to make things right for everyone but herself, my heart broke, because she keeps on losing.
    It was amazing to see her go full Scarlet Witch and to realize that she does not even understand a fraction of her power yet, but I still wished that she could have kept her family. But this is not the end of her story, even if it is the end of the show.
    I loved her arc, her exploration of grief. It gave such a human spin on a very decisively Marvel show, that usually would have felt more removed from reality. But the emotions were always grounded in something real and authentic.
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As I said in the very beginning, there’s TWO post-credit scenes. So, I hope you didn’t skip out on anything here. I may have expected some more “interesting” cameos in the end, but it’s still setting up some intriguing stuff:

  • First scene: In the aftermath of Westview coming free, Monica gets asked to follow an agent into the theater, where it turns out that the person is a Skrull. We know them from the Captain Marvel movie and someone (in space) wants to speak to Monica. I think the pronouns used were “he”, but I could have misheard that, so I have no clue who exactly they’re talking about. (Someone in the comments mentioned that it might be Fury? I honestly forgot about that part.) Is this a segue into Captain Marvel 2 or something for Monica herself?
  • Second scene: Wanda is in a remote cabin, studying the Darkhold (which was confirmed to be the book in Agatha’s basement). While doing so, she hears the twins call out for help to her, meaning they are still out there somewhere. Maybe our Mephisto theory is not out of the question entirely.
    I can definitely see her seeking mentorship from Doctor Strange still. Either way, seen as he is the Sorcerer Supreme and she is even more powerful than him, I gather their paths will have to cross eventually.

Ultimately, there’s some questions that remain for me in general. Who was Jimmy Woo’s person in witness protection? Where is White Vision? How is Agatha now bound to Westview? Where is she going to live considering that she has no house in town? What happened to Hayward to make him so angry at superpowered beings? Will we ever see Ralph Bohner again?
One thing is for sure, if we ever should get answers, it won’t be in a second season of WandaVision, because that is done. But many of the people are confirmed to appear in other Marvel projects and Elizabeth Olsen is currently filming Doctor Strange 2 aka the Multiverse of Madness, so … we’ll know more in a couple years!

Just because I felt like it, here are some of my favourite and most heartbreaking quotes from the episode:

“Family is forever. We could never truly leave each other, even if we tried.”

“Thanks for choosing me to be your mom.”

“You are the piece of the mind stone that lives in me.
You are a body of wires and blood and bone that I created.
You are my sadness and my hope.
But mostly you’re my love.”

“I’ve been a voice with no body. A body but not human. And now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be next?”

“We have said goodbye before, so it stands to reason …”
“We’ll say hello again.”

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