If you haven’t seen the animated Marvel series What If…? you’re missing quite an entertaining series. The show features some of our favorite Marvel characters primarily voiced by the actual actors who play them in the movies in wildly different scenarios that have become more and more fascinating as the weeks go by.
This week’s episode, What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? went in a completely unexpected dark direction. No, this episode wasn’t about highlighting an evil Doctor Strange. This episode highlighted the power of grief and what it could do to someone with the powers of someone like Doctor Strange. And of course, because this series is canon, I immediately began to think of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch.
WandaVision was a nine-episode study of grief and the pain it caused a simple town and its inhabitants as Wanda Maximoff accidentally took them by hostage through her own power. This power is called Chaos Magic and it is the most powerful and volatile source of magic in the universe.
Through Chaos Magic Scarlet Witch was able to bring Vision back to life and create two children while also changing the reality of a little town, turning it into her own eutopia inspired daily by different sitcoms. Of course, she ultimately is reminded that she’s an Avenger and undoes the wrong that she has caused but that doesn’t mean she’s not capable of turning back into the woman who will get what she wants, no matter the cost. Remember the haunting words Agatha says to Wanda in the season finale, “It is your destiny to destroy the world.”
Hmm…now that sounds grimly familiar.
Just think about The Watcher’s final words in the latest episode episode: “One life, one choice, one moment, can destroy the entire universe.”
It’s the last part of this updated ranking and now we’ve reached my new and improved top ten characters in the MCU moment. Some things will stay the same but there will definitely be some changes so, with no further delay, here are my ten favorite characters.
I’ve said this multiple times but her drunken entrance into the MCU was the instance that made me realize I loved this lady. She wasn’t your typical, flawless heroine who’s eye candy and a potential love interest for the male protagonist. She was a tough, heavy-drinking warrior lady with nice biceps and an even nicer sword/outfit to match.
When Valkyrie made her return in Endgame I loved her even more, specifically with her beautiful Pegasus and new spear. She’s always been one of my favorite characters and now I can’t wait to see her being King of Asgard.
9. Black Panther
King T’Challa is one of the greatest characters ever brought to the big screen. I mean, he’s an African king who just so happens to also be a superhero! How awesome is that?!
To think that Chadwick Boseman won’t be a part of the MCU anymore moving forward due to his passing last August is honestly still one of the most heartbreaking things that could happen. We’ll see how Ryan Coogler handles his death and how it fits into the sequel in a powerful, moving way but he will always remain one of my favorite Marvel characters for his epic contribution from 2016-19.
Yesterday I decided to watch all of WandaVision. It took me two days to finish it but I did this morning, coming away from the series with rekindled excitement for her role in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. But what I didn’t notice the last time I watched the series as a whole roughly two months ago was how clearly the writers depict Wanda as the hidden antagonist of the series.
Watching this show with the knowledge that the Westview-sitcom reality was all created by Wanda allows the viewers to see how Wanda is constantly manipulating everything and when things don’t go her way, she simply rewrites history.
It gets to the point where even Vision is not only angry at Wanda for having an entire town hostage for her own perfect imaginary eutopia but he is most of all terrified that his wife would do such a thing and not seem to mind.
I know it’s hard to stomach, but Agatha is ultimately the hero of the series. If it wasn’t for her butting in and making Wanda snap out of her self-induced amnesia Westview’s citizens would’ve been held under Wanda’s influence forever. Of course, we know that Agatha’s intentions are bad and so it looks like she’s the villain at the end of the story but honestly, Marvel Studios has already clearly begun to spin Wanda’s story toward the dark side.
I love it though. Wanda’s most likely going to be the primary antagonist of Phase 4 (“It is your destiny to destroy the world,” says Agatha Harkness to Wanda during a pivotal moment in the WandaVision finale) unless Kang the Conqueror becomes the ultimate baddie for this phase. And now we’re getting Sharon Carter as the Power Broker, a slightly villainous gangster boss who doesn’t mind killing to get what she wants or to retain her power.
Phase 4 is finally giving us compelling female villains and I love it!
This was just an observation I noticed while watching WandaVision that I wanted to share. Do you think Wanda will be the main villain of Phase 4? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
Marvel has a lot of characters and all of them have their own charm. To write these sort of ranking lists pertaining to the MCU is so much harder for me than something like Star Wars because I love so many of the characters but for now, I’ll give it a go. Enjoy!
Agnes a.k.a Agatha Harkness was an instant favorite of mine when she waltzed into Wanda’s life in the first episode of WandaVision and as the series continued and the mystery only deepened she only became more and more fascinating.
By the end, when she revealed herself to be a witch by the name of Agatha Harkness I just really, really enjoyed the character. I’m so relieved that they decided not to kill her off because I want to see her again in the future.
WandaVision is over, yes it is, and it kind of ended on a sour note but that alone isn’t enough to dissuade me from continuing to think about this series that has dominated my excitement for the past two months. In nine days I will be able to move on to a new obsession, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but for now WandaVision is still very much on the brain.
And who do I keep thinking about? Director Hayward. Yeah…that guy.
Hayward is about as annoying as they come. His punchable face had people on Twitter mad for weeks and with each passing episode he seemed to get worse and worse ’till by the end, he was trying to shoot Wanda’s (imaginary-made-real) children without even blinking.
His actions, however terrible, seemed justified though. In a conversation with Monica Rambeau in Episode 6, he tells her how hard it was during the five years after Endgame when half of all life had been blipped. His hatred for superheroes had coalesced and hardened him into a no-nonsense type of fellow whose only goal seemed to be wanting to permanently end Wanda.
And yet there’s a moment that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a small blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type of moment but its impact may be felt long after Hayward’s role in this series. And it’s during the eighth episode.
This latest episode of WandaVision was next level sad. I’m talking punch after punch of emotion all the way to that chill-inducing conclusion that left me utterly floored. I have a lot of thoughts but I’m going to whittle it down to struck me the most.