Spoilers ahead for WW84! Well, really just one spoiler. In fact, you don’t need to have seen Wonder Woman 1984 streaming on HBO Max to understand the real significance of the super-secret post-credits sequence. This kind of post-credits sequence (probably) doesn’t set-up a future sequel for another Wonder Woman movie, but instead, is a kind of gateway drug designed to send you back to 1970s. Here’s what the WW84 post-credits sequence “means,” but also why it’s probably going to force you into ’70s binge-watch for the next week or so. Seriously, minor spoilers coming now.
After the plot of WW84 is over, and we assume that Pedro Pascal’s goes to jail, a post-credits sequence briefly introduces Lynda Carter in a wink-wink-nudge-nudge cameo as “Asteria,” a fabled Amazon Warrior who originally wore that golden-angel suit Gal Gadot wore in this movie. In real life, Lynda Carter is the actress famous for playing Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series of the same name. And, yes, HBO Max, the home of WW84 and a slew of future Warner Bros movies, just made all the old Lynda Carter Wonder Woman episodes available to stream at home, too.
How does the show hold-up? Well, if you’ve just watched the newer movies — Wonder Woman (2017) and WW84 (2020) — back-to-back, you’ll find something similar in terms of the format. In the first season of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, the entire show takes place in the 1940s, during WWII. But, in the second and third seasons, Diana jumps to the 1970s, which is possible, of course, because she’s basically immortal. ( To be clear, on HBO Max, “Season 1” and “Season 2” are the 1940s stuff, while “Season 3” and “Season 4” are set in the 1970s. If you want to jump straight to the ’70s stuff, start with “Season 3″ and the episode “The Return of Wonder Woman”)
Are the seasons set in the ’70s slightly better than the season set in the ’40s? Eh, it’s kind of a toss-up? Having Wonder Woman fight Nazis is oddly more appealing than having her basically existing in a glorified cop show. That said, she does fight “Mind Stealers From Outer Space,” in the ’70s, so that’s something to look forward to. The series doesn’t quite approach the kitsch brilliance of the 1960s Adam West Batman, but then again, nothing does.
Is ’70s Wonder Woman better than WW84? Well, that depends on your taste. But, it might be easier to watch with the kids.