Disclaimer: This article contains major spoilers for WandaVision. So, if you haven’t watched anything from the Marvel show or know nothing about it, I would advise doing so. After that, you can go ahead and read this article. But if you’re not a stickler for spoilers, please, feel free to read on.
Fan theories are awesome. It has been and still is an integral part of the comicbook movie and superhero sub-genre. In my opinion, the stories of these fictional, mythical beings which have become one with pop-culture discourse invite such theories. I am sure that if a particular IP doesn’t attract any speculation based on the plot, the characters, etc., even the creators will be disappointed. But (And this is a big but), there comes a point when the fan theories become bigger than the movie/show and people begin to critique it based on the said fan theories instead of what’s actually happening on-screen. And I am seeing the discussion around my favourite (For the lack of a better word) thing that’s airing on the small screen i.e. WandaVision heading in that direction and it’s a tad bit troubling.
Now, I won’t lie that I haven’t seen this happen before and as a viewer/fan myself I have been guilty of getting swept away by what can or should take place and forgotten to focus on what the storyteller is actually telling. To be specific, the time when I saw it happen in real time (And didn’t particularly engage with it) was when Star Wars: The Last Jedi released. Fans kept wanting Luke Skywalker to be a certain way and Rey to take certain decisions and when they didn’t, they shaded it to the point where it was difficult to even associate with the fandom. And the time when I saw it happen and unfortunately engaged with it as well was when Batman V Superman came out. When I think about it, I feel immensely guilty and I’ve actively tried to rectify it. So, based on all that experience, I guess help fans from avoiding the same mistakes that I made after watching the finale of WandaVision.
In an interview with EW, the showrunner of WandaVision, Matt Shakman, while talking about what he hopes people will take away from the finale, said that,
“I hope that they feel like the journey was satisfying for them. I know there are so many theories out there; there will be a lot of people who will no doubt be disappointed by one theory or another. But we’re always telling this story about Wanda dealing with grief and learning how to accept that loss, and hopefully people will find that the finale is surprising but also satisfying, and that it feels inevitable because it’s the same story they’ve been watching the whole time.”
I really want you all to focus on that. WandaVision was made before you started theorising about it. This is not happening in real time. The makers are not sifting through the comments that we are making after watching the teaser, the trailer, an episode, and then going back and altering the plot accordingly. At some point in time, they had a story in mind, they wrote a script based on that, they brought in the people who will be able to turn it into a show, then they made the show, then they probably presented it before a test audience and fine tuned it accordingly, and then they opened it to the global audience. And once that was done, there was no going back no matter how amazing somebody thought their theory was. It very well could’ve been better than what the writers had to offer but maybe, just maybe, if the fans would’ve been in the position of the writers, they would’ve done the same thing the writers would’ve done.
Time to get into specifics. Fantastic Four. Everyone thought that the aerospace engineer that Monica Rambeau was talking about was Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four. Why? No reason. There’s not a single line, not even a joke, that hinted at the inclusion of the Fantastic Four. Nothing about the Fantastic Four has been announced. There aren’t even rumours. So, why are you dissing the show for the aerospace engineer being an aerospace engineer and not Richards? Yes, you can very well argue that it’s a well-kept secret, just like Evan Peters’s Pietro. True. But doesn’t his inclusion make sense? He is an established character from a part of the larger Marvel universe. He has appeared in multiple X-Men films. And although the MCU has only name-dropped the Multiverse, he is a character that isn’t randomly dropping out of nowhere. There is precedence. FYI, be prepared for him to be just a regular guy who resembles Evan Peters’s Peter Maximoff in Earth-199999 and Marvel is just doing what they did with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury (It’s a long story, read here).
Then there’s Mephisto. Again, is it a character that has been namedropped? Is it a character that has appeared previously in any other movies ever? Then why are we even talking about it? Oh because Fake Pietro once said “devil spawn”? Really? Really? Really? Should I say “Really?” two hundred more times or do you understand the point I am trying to make? You have Wanda, Vision, Darcy, Woo, Monica, Hayward, Fake Pietro, Wanda’s kids, and the NPCs of Westview. Stick to them. Then there’s Doctor Strange. Why? Two reasons. It’s because of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness where Wanda is supposed to appear and because Paul Bettany has mentioned that he is eager for people to see this actor he has never worked with before. The first reason kind of makes sense. Then again, WandaVision is about Wanda and I doubt Shakman and Co. are going to shift the spotlight to Strange. Why would they? The second reason is shite because Bettany and Strange have worked together and he could very well be trolling us and the actor he was talking about is this guy…
So, here are all the things which I will be thinking about going into WandaVision’s season finale. How will the show deal with Wanda realising that she has created Westview and how it’s the only place where she can co-exist with Vision and her kids? What is Agatha going to do to Wanda, Vision, her kids, and Westview? Is she going to shatter it or will she understand Wanda’s pain and instead help her heal? What’s the altercation between White Vision and Wanda’s Vision going to be like? Are they going to fight and destroy each other, is one of them going to survive, or are they going to become one whole Vision? What did Monica and Fake Pietro do after they found the trapdoor to Agatha’s basement? Is Mephisto behi— I am just kidding. But yes, these are some of the things that I will have on my mind and I will be judging the finale based on that and how well it’s directed, written, edited, shot, scored, acted, etc. And although I can’t regulate your thoughts (Nor would I want to. I am not a fascist), here’s to hoping that you do too.
The purpose of this whole ramble is to help you understand that a movie or a show, like WandaVision, is made from the blood, sweat, and tears of hundreds of artists. It’s great to accentuate their work with your theories and whatnot. But to turn it into just that, a vehicle for appeasing our theories, that’s horrible. I sincerely hope that this message reaches some people who have become way too embroiled in their own expectations from the show and are forgetting to watch what’s transpiring on-screen. Because what is transpiring on-screen is truly magical. Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, and the rest of the cast have given some amazon performances. The writing by Laura Donney, Jac Shaeffer, Peter Cameron, Bobak Esfarjani, Megan McDonnell, Mackenzie Dohr, and Cameron Squires is fantastic. Matt Shakman is brilliant. It’s mind-boggling on a technical level. As for those who can’t, well, I wish that somewhere down the line they give WandaVision a rewatch and shower it with the love they deserve.
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