The first episode of Marvel Studios: Legends showcasing Wanda Maximoff is the perfect intro. But it doesn’t do justice to the MCU fans.
Marvel released the much-awaited Marvel Studios: Legends this week, starting with Wanda Maximoff. The 7 and a half minute episode showed all the moments which built and added to the character of Wanda Maximoff. This seems to be the perfect timing as it would help anyone get a grasp of the character before moving to WandaVision which premiers on January 15 on Disney+. As helpful as it would be for someone new to MCU, the first episode does not really give anything special as such to the MCU fans.
Spoiler Alert!! But not so if you have been following the MCU. The first episode of Marvel Studios: Legends is all about Wanda Maximoff. Period. To put it into perspective, if Wanda Maximoff’s character is the large arc reactor powering Tony Stark’s factory at home, the first Legends episode is the miniaturized arc reactor in Tony’s chest.
Scarlet Witch: The Rise of an MCU Legend
Marvel Studios: Legends kicks off in an expected but yet disappointing manner. The episode begins by showing scenes from Avengers: The Age of Ultron where we come across Wanda for the first time. Strucker’s words, “…there is nothing more horrifying than a miracle” echo in our ears as we see a glimpse of Wanda’s inherent rage. The base of the character is anger and pain. And we have seen Wanda and how much both these emotions control her, right to the moment where she had almost got the better of Thanos in Endgame.
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Ultron was able to manipulate her to wreak havoc among the Avengers by using her mind-controlling powers. But when she finds out by reading Vision who was then in an unformed state, she realizes that she has been tricked. But it was Hawkeye who was able to bring her back to herself and make her realize that deep within, she still has a choice to amend her wrongs. “It doesn’t matter what you did, what you were. If you step out that door, you go out there, you fight…you are an Avenger.”
Wanda and the War in MCU
The episode then moves forward to one of the most significant events in the MCU. If we think deeply, Wanda does seem to be the root cause that ignited the debate about the Avengers not taking responsibility for their actions. People were quiet for long, after New York, Washington DC, and Sokovia. But after the accident in Lagos, the governments lost cool. And we can agree that many people around the world did too. We all know what happened in Lagos, how Wanda lost her control while trying to control a bomb explosion that cost the lives of many. This is what led to the formation of the Sokovia Accords and eventually to the Civil War. And things have never been the same since then.
The End is Not the End
Following in the Marvel Studios: Legends, we see the incidents of Infinity War and Endgame and Wanda’s role in them. Her relationship with Vision flourishes post Civil War and we see her staying with Vision. However, things change for the worse as she is required to destroy the Mind Stone that Thanos doesn’t get hold of it. But if she does it, Vision dies. She chooses the greater good. But to no avail. Thanos turns back time, acquires the stone, and kills Vision.
In Endgame, towards the end, when all the superheroes are brought back, apparently by Doctor Strange, we see Wanda again. And as we mentioned earlier, she does almost kill Thanos had he not ordered for the “rain fire.” The episode ends on this note that we will see her legend continue in the upcoming Marvel Studios: WandaVision.
The Question that Lingers Towards WandaVision
The one thing that everybody is breaking their head over is that if the events of WandaVision are taking place after those of Endgame, how is Vision still alive. We know that Bruce’s snap bright back everyone but Vision was not one of them. The only theory that persists is that all the WandaVision is taking place inside Wanda’s head or in a pocket dimension. She has created a reality where she is living happily with the love of her life. This is also to avoid all the horrors of the real world.
What Marvel Could Have Done
Although we cannot say that there was more they could have shown, Marvel Studios: Legends could have added many things. For example, words shared by Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff as to how her character has grown and her experiences. It would be lovely to listen to an interview with Scarlett Witch, wouldn’t it? Since Vision (played by Paul Bettany) is a crucial part of Wanda’s life, Marvel also could have had him to share his thoughts. Imagine an interview with Scarlett Witch and Vision talking about how their relationship has grown, their personal battles during Captain America: Civil War, and more!! This as well as some glimpses from the comics and words from the creators to give us more info about what the character is going to be like.
However, we aren’t complaining. We somehow wanted something more than usual. What you will see in the first episode of Marvel Studios: Legends, as well as those of the upcoming, is something that you already have seen. But then this is just to give a brief intro before Phase 4 kicks off in real. So, suit up, Marvel is bringing the party to you after almost a year of restless wait.