With the debut season of WandaVision now concluded, here are the best moments, ranked, along with 4 amazing honorable mentions! SPOILER WARNING TO THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO FINISH WANDAVISION!!!
Honorable Mention: The First Ten Minutes
The first ten 10 minutes of the series premiere was unlike anything we’ve ever seen from the MCU. From laugh tracks to the costumes, the show did an effective job at cementing the concept of a TV-show within a TV-show. But let’s be real: This show wouldn’t be what it was if it wasn’t for the amazing chemistry by the two leads, Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany (Vision). Olsen and Bettany were terrific in the premiere and even brought us the MCU’s first sex scene (for real). Whether it came from Vision singing “Yakety Yak” or portraying himself as a drunk robot after chewing a piece of Big Red gum, the series premiere was a breath of fresh air for Marvel fans, everywhere.
Honorable Mention: Vision the Superstar
The chemistry between Darcy and Vision in episode seven was tremendous. Even deeper, there was some real truth brought to light here for the first time in the series. Between Monica confronting Wanda and Darcy breaking down the events of Infinity War to Vision, the series finally moved the needle forward when it comes to our favorite characters coming to grips with the truth. Beyond that though, the comedy in this episode was the best yet. The scenes of Vision speaking to the camera was laugh out loud hilarious. Especially when Vision throws away the mic on his suit. Epic.
Honorable Mention: Vision’s Search for Truth
Overall, episode 6 was a step back compared to later episodes. However, the final moments laid the groundwork for the final three episodes that were groundbreaking television. Watching Vision get torn apart, piece by piece, was truly gripping. Especially when you realize that Vision would rather accept the truth and his demise rather than return to The Hex and live a false reality with Wanda and his family. Looking back, it’s now clear that Agnes’ motive was to have Vision question everything going on in Westview and separate himself from Wanda. Well done Agatha, well done.
Honorable Mention: The Hex Confirmed
WandaVision has been amazing at providing us content to create wild theories each and every week. Episode 3, directed by Matt Shakman and written by Megan McDonnell, gave us a major reveal for the series moving forward. This episode made it very clear that Wanda was the one who created the false reality, but also hinted that she wasn’t the only one pulling the strings behind the curtain. This episode was a stark reminder (pun intended) that Wanda was truly struggling to deal with all the tragedy in her life. The moment Wanda kicks out Geraldine (errr Monica) when she realizes that she knows too much was incredible. It showed us that Wanda’s reality was not only created in her head but a reality manifested physically in the real world.
#10 The Hero Shot
We got an amazing “hero shot” of Wanda and her family fighting against Agatha in episode 9. The finale was a rollercoaster of emotions. Way more tears than cheers, but this moment was the most fun moment from the finale. It was also a fantastic nod to one of my favorite films of all time, Pixar’s The Incredibles.
#9 Wanda Meets the Mind Stone
In order to move the MCU forward, we had to take a few steps back in episode 8. “Who are you?” says Agatha Harkness in the opening sequence as she took Wanda on an emotional journey featuring critical moments in her life stemming from her childhood. A central theme deeply rooted within Wanda Maximoff’s character has always been family and grief. We even got to see the final moments Wanda had spent with her family while watching an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. The most critical moment was seeing Wanda receive a glimpse into her true destiny with the Mind Stone. In this scene, we learn that it wasn’t the Mind Stone that gave Wanda her powers. Rather, it was the Mind Stone simply amplified them.
#8 Agatha All Along
I’ll never forget the official arrival of Agatha Harkness. “You’re not the only one with magic,” says Agatha as she utilizes her powers to control Wanda with the credits hitting. There were so many implications to this sequence. It’s revealed during an Agatha theme song that she was the one who killed Sparky! Oh the horror! But seriously, we also get our first glimpse of the Darkhold, an ancient book of spells that is also causing havoc in Westview. We also got our first taste of the Hell dimension, which will be heavily present in the MCU moving forward. What a time to be alive as a Marvel fan.
#7 The Name Drop
We learned a lot about Agatha Harkness in episode eight. We learned that she’s essentially a witch thief. We see that she has absorbed the powers from her mother and sisters during the introductory sequence. We also finally learned her motive: stealing Wanda’s powers. Regardless, Agatha name dropping “SCARLET WITCH” was triumphant and has to make it as one of the best moments of the series. Kathryn Hahn’s character has been incredible all season long. Similar to Teyonah Parris, she might have had very little screen time. However, she was easily one of the biggest scene stealers throughout the duration of the series.
#6 THAT Introduction Scene
The epic beginning to episode four of WandaVision has to make the list of top moments! As we see Monica returning from snap 2.0, we see the pain and panic induced as Monica struggles to grasp the shock of missing the previous 3 years. This was hands down one of the best intros in MCU history. There were several key variables learned in this sequence. We learned that SWORD has been established for longer than we had previously known. We also learn that Monica’s mother, Maria Rambeau, has built SWORD from the ground up and passed away from cancer. This was a triumphant moment for Marvel and one of the most heartfelt sequences of the season.
#5 Wanda’s Breakdown
If you’ve been reading my reviews, then we all saw it coming. First of all, Elizabeth Olsen deserves so much credit for the work she has put in for WandaVision. Not only did Scarlet Witch arrive in this episode, but so has Elizabeth Olsen as an actor. The scene of Wanda mentally and physically breaking during episode eight was as gut wrenching. This was such a beautiful and emotional rollercoaster of an episode (I gave it a grade of 10/10). Just as Vision was ripped piece by piece by SWORD following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, so too were the viewers watching Wanda mentally break in Westview, New Jersey.
I’d like to give a quick shout out to Christophe Beck, who composed the score for WandaVision. The majority of his work included catchy jingles and tracks based on sitcoms. But in episode 8, we saw his amazing work truly shine during the moment Wanda fell and The Hex was created. Like a lot of fans, this moment really messed me up emotionally. The character development of Wanda Maximoff has been nothing short of spectacular in WandaVision.
#4 Monica’s Transformation
Monica’s transformation into Photon was my favorite moment of the series to date. This was the first sequence where the visuals of WandaVision truly shined. I love Teyonah Parris. There is something so charming and lovable about her character. Despite Wanda tossing her out of The Hex and verbally threatening her countless times, her fierce loyalty and optimism has completely won me over. She refuses to concede Scarlet Witch as a villain. She fights for what she believes in. As great as Elizabeth Olsen’s acting has been this season, Teyonah Parris has been the biggest standout for me and I cannot wait to see what is in store for her in Captain Marvel 2.
#3 The Fietro Reveal
The biggest moment of episode 5 easily came from the reveal that Wanda’s brother Pietro has been recast. Played originally by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Wanda’s twin AKA Quicksilver, was written off during Avengers: Age of Ultron. Peters’ Quicksilver, who played a different iteration of the character named Peter, was last seen in 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This ultimately led to countless hours debating whether or not the X-MEN franchise on our podcast The Suit Up Geeks. Even though we now know that it was all misdirection, it still ranks among the best moments from WandaVision.
#2 Agatha vs Wanda: Fight Night
The action sequence between Agatha and Wanda were terrific. From the costume to her display of powers, it was the most beautiful character reveal I’ve seen since Ahsoka Tano in season two of The Mandalorian. It was beyond obvious that Wanda could not become Scarlet Witch until she fully accepted the truth of who she is and all the tragedy that she has endured. On the surface, the scene of Wanda defeating Agatha Harkness was yet another triumphant moment for Marvel. Digging deeper, it was a celebration of overcoming all the hardship endured for Wanda’s character. This sequence was awesome.
#1 The Final Farewell
What a gut wrenching and heartfelt ending for Vision and Wanda. “I just wanted to see you clearly,” says Vision as he stares at The Hex closing in. “Before I go I must know, what am I?” asks Vision in his closing words. “You are my sadness and my hope, but mostly my love” responds Wanda. This is the modern day version of Romeo and Juliet and it was handled so beautifully. Wanda finally grasps the truth as Vision’s existence fades and Wanda returns to the site where it all started.