According to WandaVision’s Elizabeth Olsen, the star of the MCU’s first TV show, tragedy has always been the story of Wanda and Vision.
According to WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen, tragedy has always been Wanda and Vision’s story. After months of waiting, WandaVision finally debuted on Disney+ to kickoff the MCU’s Phase 4, as well as their first foray into TV shows. Thus far, the response to WandaVision has been mostly positive, and Kevin Smith even said a scene from last week’s episode was one of his all-time favorite MCU scenes. WandaVision is set after Avengers: Endgame and one of the big hooks is how Vision’s return will ultimately unfold, as he memorably died in Avengers: Infinity War and was not brought back to life in Endgame.
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The first three episodes have shown Wanda and Vision living happily in the suburban Westview, with each episode also taking inspiration from different sitcoms like I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch. However, the sitcom feel and the world of Westview is seemingly a creation of Wanda’s, with each episode providing more and more hints that chaos is just around the corner. A driving factor behind the world Wanda has apparently created seems to be her desire to get what she was previously unable to get with Vision, a happy ending. Whether it was in Civil War, where the two burgeoning lovers were split by their team, or in Infinity War, where Wanda and Vision tried living a quiet life before Vision is ultimately killed (first by Wanda) by Thanos. Tragedy has most certainly been a theme for Wanda and Vision in the MCU, and that’s not lost on Olsen when she reflects on the MCU’s love story.
In a recent interview with Elle, Olsen dived deep into the traumatic history of her character Wanda Maximoff, even reminding people of the mental health aspect of her character. However, she also discussed the history of Wanda and Vision’s story, explaining how WandaVision has allowed the pair to “start fresh” after recalling how “tragedy” is a consistent theme.
“Wanda and Vision’s journey to this point is a story of pure, innocent love and deep connection with another person. It was also very traumatizing. Tragedy has always been their story. In our show, we kind of wipe that clean and start fresh.”
Olsen’s observation of how tragedy has been ever-present in the superhero couple’s love story thus far is no doubt an accurate one. Their relationship is in many ways rooted in “pure, innocent love,” but that love has never been able to truly blossom, and despite mentioning the fresh start, bringing up the theme of “Tragedy” may also be an inadvertent tease of what’s to come. Considering Vision is dead, and episode 3’s clever glitch even highlights how he’s being controlled by Wanda as well to avoid finding out the truth about their life in Westview, it feels inevitable that the story is about to take a dark or tragic turn. According to Olsen, even the sitcom parodies become more cynical to match the change in TV trends, but perhaps to also match the WandaVision’s shift to a more slightly more serious tone.
WandaVision has relied heavily on its sitcom format in the first few episodes and has offered only small teases of the potential chaos that is about to come. It is a departure from what some Marvel fans have grown accustomed to seeing from Marvel, and it’s even led to a portion of the audience labeling the show as boring. However, Bettany previously called for fans to be patient, and showrunner Jac Schaeffer even stated that WandaVision season 1 feels like a complete story. Fans might want to enjoy the happier moments Wanda and Vision have been experiencing thus far. The next episode of WandaVision reportedly offers a big perspective shift, and it might be the start of more tragedy for Wanda and Vision.
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