WandaVision didn’t need a big surprise cameo to be amazing

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

WandaVision has come to an end on Disney Plus and it certainly left fans talking.

WandaVision became one of the most-watched and most talked about shows on Disney Plus and, indeed, in the world. It also gave people an idea of what kind of quality to expect from the MCU on the streaming service as more series debut.

As great as the finale was, some fans were expecting a massive cameo from a well known MCU character like Doctor Strange or the debut of someone like Mr. Fantastic. But it never happened which was the best possible conclusion for an incredible show.

WandaVision inspired wide ranging theories

From the very first episode, the events of WandaVision were perplexing to everyone watching. The strange evolving sitcom setting combined with the inexplicably resurrected Vision caused fans to claw through each episode for clues.

Anyone drawn into the show started searching any remotely relevant Marvel Comics storyline for clues. This led to a seemingly endless barrage of wild theories about what was going to happen in the series and where everything was leading.

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The funny part was that basically no theory was right. One of the few that panned out was Agnes turning out to be Agatha Harkness, which was thoroughly telegraphed and not exactly a huge secret. Plus, Katharyn Hahn was just too amazing for there not to be more to Agnes.

Anyone who said they knew what was going on was simply making an educated guess at best. The emphasis belongs on the word guess as that’s all anyone could actually do. But as the mystery deepened, theories started growing out of control.

No big WandaVision cameo

Somewhere along the way, virtually everyone watching WandaVision started talking about some sort of big cameo that was expected on the show. In everyone’s defense, Paul Bettany didn’t help matters by intentionally throwing gas on that online fire.

One of the earliest theories was that Mephisto was behind it all, which was solid. There was supporting evidence from the comics for that one. But there was never any evidence in the series that he was involved. Fans started seeing his face in posters to justify this belief.

Next up was Marvel’s resident bad dreams expert, Nightmare. This one also had some support as he is purported to be the villain of the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Again, there was no actual evidence of his involvement in WandaVision, though.

The most insane cameo theory was that Mr. Fantastic was going to debut. This theory spawned from Monica Rambeau mentioning a mechanical engineer, which could have been anyone. As it turned out, it was no one. There was no indication that Reed Richards was debuting in this show.

In the end, there was no big MCU cameo or debut to close out the series. While this upset some fans, this was the right move for the show. What WandaVision gave fans was so much more than Doctor Strange showing up for five minutes.

WandaVision delivered

If fans were looking for big debuts, they still got it. Agatha Harkness could, and should, factor heavily into future series and movies. Additionally, they got the debut of an adult Monica Rambeau and her making the transition to being a powered hero, likely Photon.

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Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. Photo by Suzanne Tenner. ©Marvel Studios 2021 All Rights Reserved. /

More than that, the MCU also now has a proper Scarlet Witch who is aware of her power and only getting more dangerous. And the Vision has returned to the land of the living, albeit in a new form and with a much different color scheme.

On top of all of that, FBI Agent Jimmy Woo and Dr. Darcy Lewis were brought back to the MCU and given bigger roles. Fleshing them out as stronger secondary characters might be the biggest gift the series gave fans as that’s something the MCU needs desperately.

WandaVision turned out to be one of the best explorations of the power of grief ever seen in TV or movies. It was just done through a story about androids and witches. Bringing in a character like Nightmare or Mephisto as the “real villain” would have diminished that without question.

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This was a wonderful, engaging series that was brilliant from start to finish. While a Season 2 in the same format is all but impossible, the future for every character involved is bright to say the least. And WandaVision did it without a superfluous and unnecessary cameo.