WandaVision Director Compares Finale Twist to Iron Man 3's Disappointing Mandarin Reveal

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By Bri Constantino | More Articles Socially awkward straightedge fraud.
March 09, 2021  12:06 PM

Days removed from WandaVision's epic finale and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are still gushing over what transpired in the series. While I genuinely enjoyed Episode 9, there were apparently fans who didn't like how the series ended and it's safe to assume that it has something to do with the fan theories that didn't come to fruition.


Surprisingly enough, a lot of viewers were dismayed over Episode 9 and even called it "boring", "disappointing", and "anticlimactic". For starters, they didn't like the fact that the show's surprise cameo turned out to be Paul Bettany as White Vision. Aside from that, the revelation about Evan Peters' true identity was considered a huge letdown by fans, especially those who were hoping that he'd be revealed as the same Quicksilver from the X-Men franchise.


He wasn't even Mephisto as previously speculated by fans. Instead, Peters' character was revealed to be a Westview local named Ralph Bohner, as in that "Ralph" Agnes aka Agatha Harkness has been referring to as her mysterious husband.

Now, director Matt Shakman is sounding off amid the growing complaint from fans regarding Fietro's underwhelming identity twist. In an interview on Kevin Smith's Fatman Beyond show, the director addressed the backlash against "Ralph" and even compared the situation to Iron Man 3's equally disappointing Mandarin twist.

Shakman explains: "Just out of the blue, no idea who the person is, sent me this tirade of like, ‘Didn’t you guys learn from Iron Man 3 with the fake Mandarin?’ and my first takeaway was [how] that was my favorite part of Iron Man 3, when Ben Kingsley came out of the bathroom saying, ‘Don’t go in there!’ I was like, ‘This is amazing!’"

He added: "Trevor, the fake Mandarin, was fantastic. Playing with expectations, turning things around, is always enjoyable, and what I would say to the Marvel fan who’s a little disappointed that the X-Men didn’t show up, or the multiverse didn’t show up clearly right there, is that they’re coming. You know they’re coming, right? You’ve got a movie called 'Multiverse of Madness.' You’ve got mutants announced at Comic-Con a year and a half ago. Like, they’re coming. And guess who else is coming? The Mandarin is coming! He is [going to be] the villain in Shang-Chi! So your patience will be rewarded."

I totally agree with Shakman's statement about fans being a little too impatient and it's been like that for years. Now, as for Peters, I am still genuinely convinced that there's a lot more going on with his character than just being a guy named after a sexual joke. I mean, Agatha Harkness personally handpicked him to trick Wanda into believing that he's indeed Pietro when she could've used someone else from Westview. I believe that the actor's MCU journey is only getting started and I'm excited to see how it all plays out.

WandaVision's grand finale is now streaming on Disney+.

Also Read: WandaVision Fans are Extremely Disappointed with 'Luke Skywalker' Cameo & Ralph Reveal

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Bri Constantino lives and breathes everything pop culture. He’s into movies, superheroes, comic books, action figures, pro wrestling and music. A writer and musician by profession but a massive kid-at-heart. Oh, he’s also hopelessly in love with Elizabeth Olsen.
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