What Wandavision Says About Grief


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HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 13: General view of a billboard above the El Capitan Entertainment Centre promoting the upcoming season of the Disney+ Marvel Studios flagship show ‘WandaVision’ on January 13, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Written by Zoey Foss, A & E writer


Marvel’s latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, has quickly become one of the most popular shows today. Each Friday, one episode aired on Disney+, and the time between these was used for theorizing and rereading the original comics. At the beginning, Wandavision was formatted as a sitcom, bringing an air of mystery to the otherwise action-packed MCU. Wanda and Vision’s lives seemed normal, until strange things began to happen. A woman laughs as her husband chokes, a modern voice issuing a wake up call is quickly silenced, and Wanda gives birth after an extremely accelerated pregnancy. As the season progresses, more and more cracks appear in the reality created within the “Hex.”
The show centered around previously overlooked characters, including Jimmy Woo from Antman, Darcy Lewis from Thor, and Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel, all of which are working for SHIELD. The trio are the only ones that believe Wanda isn’t in the wrong, even though she created the Hex and is holding thousands of people captive. It is later revealed that the only reason Wanda created the Hex was due to her psychological abuse and dealing with the loss of her family, making her lose control of her powers. However, even subconsciously, she creates a better reality for those within the town of Westview, giving them skills and bringing back their loved ones along with Vision.
In this fake reality, Vision is still alive as Wanda’s husband, and they even have children later. It seems to work out just fine in the beginning, but it becomes apparent that it doesn’t work at all. Wanda’s emotional pain spilled over into the people of Westview, who live in a constant state of manipulation and acting. In the finale, Wanda realizes that it’s wrong and that she must deal with her grief another way, and she lets her new family go in order to release the innocent people. She isn’t villainized for lashing out or losing control, instead, she faces her mistakes and decides to learn from them. In the post credits scene, she lives alone where she can’t hurt anybody while she practices magic.
While extremely different from most media, Wandavision was an entertaining way that showed it was okay to make mistakes, to not be able to handle your emotions, as long as you grow from your experience. It wasn’t a story about a villain who broke from her grief. Wandavision was a story about a woman who just wanted to heal.