Recently, in the world of pop-culture, WandaVision took all the MCU fans by storm with its excellent plot of mystical witches personifying insanity alongside a town of mind-controlled citizens. With just 9 episodes, it drew a beautiful character arc of Wanda Maximoff by exploring her heartbreak caused by the loss of Vision during Infinity War.
A superhero’s trauma is not usually taken seriously as they are shown to us as “unique” individuals who shoot energy balls from their hands or can manipulate the human mind. Hence, everything about them is considered abnormal and supernatural – including their psychological ups and downs. However, a TV show is not the only place where heartbreak and associated grief is taken lightly. These sort of mental struggles are still very much looked down upon by our society and this is what WandaVision explores – the multiple layers of grief.
Despite being portrayed through sorcery and witchcraft, WandaVision portrays a very realistic picture of heartbreak. Maximoff is a character who loses a part of her life in almost every movie. As a child she loses her parents, and then Ultron kills her twin brother. Later she is forced to destroy Vision only to have to watch him be brought back to life and killed in front of her again. And then comes this mini-series, where we see her psychological response to all her sufferings and losses.
With its nine episodes, WandaVision is a journey of facing the horror of pain and emotional emptiness. It is a gothic picture of breaking down because your heart was shattered again and again which causes you to hurt others too. And later, to take accountability as it is time to let go and heal. Hence, even though this show is about alternate existence, ironically, it is still about our reality.
I have been a huge MCU fan since the early Iron Man days, and believe me when I say this, I have hardly seen any superhero films handle this sensitive matter so intricately. We all have lost someone we loved at one point of our lives. That loss has made us felt horribly weak and broken. We never thought we would survive that, but here we are, moving on and stronger than before despite the trauma we have endured. This is exactly what WandaVision has shown us, Wanda’s transformation to Scarlet Witch by battling her grief.
WandaVision is more than just a piece of the puzzle for MCU’s future. Its message will last in our hearts forever, which is: “What is grief if not love persevering?” This show is a brilliant depiction of healing from heartbreak which is accepting that love and grief come hand-in-hand. With the horrible times going around us, where COVID-19 is snatching more and more lives and spreading grief like a wildfire, this show could not have come at a more impactful time, as its message will touch the heart and perhaps help anybody who may be dealing with loss.
To conclude, being an MCU fan I am extremely proud of this show as it shows that MCU is just not about superheroes doing their supernatural things, but it also talks about beating a villain mightier than Thanos – human greif that arises out of heartbreak.
Written by: Tasnia Shahrin
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