Long-form storytelling is a hallmark of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After being around for over a decade, the characters have undergone massive arcs.
In addition to sustaining these characters' stories, we can revisit past installments through a different lens after seeing where they ended up.
Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is perhaps the character who benefits most from Wanda's retrospective ability.
As a frightened youth, a misguided soldier, an Avenger, and finally the Scarlet Witch, her story is one of the most dramatic in the MCU. The way this happened in WandaVision can tell fans a lot.
As we know that Wanda will eventually turn into a villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it is interesting to see each act she performs in WandaVision as one step along a dark path.
When we view Wanda's journey in its entirety, it almost seems inevitable. It is true that she did a terrible thing in WandaVision, and it seems strange that an Avenger could do something so heinous. However, it was explained away largely as an unconscious act.
Wanda didn't intend for it to happen. As a result, the show's events make more sense since she would then become consciously evil.
In the comics and the movies, Wanda was always a villain. Though she tried to be a hero, perhaps the dark source of her powers was too much for her to resist.
In Multiverse of Madness, Wanda's fate was not revealed. She might have died, but that wasn't confirmed. We do not know if the Scarlet Witch will return. WandaVision would then be just another stepping stone on her journey.
However, this show also gives an extraordinary view of how grief and trauma devour a person, justifying the worst parts of their character.
Good storytelling elevates not just the story itself, but the stories that came before it as well. This is where WandaVision stands in relation to Multiverse of Madness right now.
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