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WandaVision's Critics Are Missing The Point


WandaVision, the first Disney+ MCU show, is a breath of fresh air after a decade of Thanos-centric storytelling in the movies.

When 2020 passed without a single Marvel Cinematic Universe release, fans were anxious for the next piece of the massive puzzle. The releases of Black Widow and Eternals on the big screen were delayed, while Disney+'s Falcon and the Winter Soldier was pushed after production was halted during the pandemic. Then, at long last, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. WandaVision became the first MCU Phase 4 entry and, it should be argued, it's also one of the strongest projects Marvel Studios has released yet.

Not only did WandaVision end the drought of MCU entries, but it's helping to redefine what a live-action Marvel story can be. On one hand, WandaVision is a celebration of TV history, with different episodes paying tribute to different eras of family sitcoms--from 1950s shows like I Love Lucy to early-'00s favorites like Malcolm in the Middle. Each episode has painstakingly recreated the shows it's inspired by, from the ridiculously silly special effects of old sitcoms to the fourth-wall-breaking moments of later eras, in which characters speak directly to the camera--not to mention a new era-appropriate theme song each week.

Beyond that, though, WandaVision is a story of loss, trauma, and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. That's surprising given the characters of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have more or less been third-tier players in the MCU. Now, they're thrust to the forefront and given the kind of character development most of the MCU roster could benefit greatly from, telling a genuinely heartbreaking story.

Which is why it's so surprising to find criticism of the show that calls it a Marvel movie stretched into nine episodes of television, or a series lacking a central villain that gives it the kind of depth people have come to expect from the MCU. Complaints like this are missing the point of WandaVision completely.

Make no mistake about it, while the show fits into the larger picture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and there is likely a "greater power" behind so much of the terror that's unfolding (we see you, Mephisto), searching for a "big bad" on which to blame the events of the show is a waste of time, because it's already been introduced. The trauma Wanda has experienced is the villain of this story.

This is a woman who was experimented on, watched her twin brother murdered in front of her, found herself responsible for an untold number of accidental deaths that led to the Sokovia Accords, then chose to kill the only being she loved to save the universe, only for Thanos to rewind time and kill him even more brutally in front of her, rendering what she did pointless.

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