8 May 2022 › Character Assassination of the Scarlet Witch

I don’t know. I really don’t know. On the one hand, I will watch just about anything Sam Raimi directs. On the other hand, everything that’s been done to Wanda. I don’t know where to begin.

I’ll try to keep this short, but I think I’m going to fail. So have you ever read the interview a certain writer/artist did when he took over West Coast Avengers in the late 80s/early 90s?

Wanda was a great character. She was truehearted. She was loving. She was moral. She wanted to be a better person and convinced her brother that they had to be better people. They had to leave the brotherhood and join either the X-Men or the Avengers.

Her relationship with the Vision was a metaphor for interracial marriage. It was a loving, trusting, and equal partnership between two people who knew they would be hated for going against societal norms.

The children were a metaphor for IVF pregnancy and how people who could not have “children of their own” could still have a loving, well-adjusted family.

Well, a certain writer/artist made it very clear in his plans for West Coast Avengers that he didn’t like any of that. He didn’t like the kids. He hated the marriage. He thought it was wrong.

He referenced a specific comic book. The issue included people protesting Wanda and Vision’s marriage. One of the protesters made it very clear that he considered the marriage unnatural and perverse. The protester was so angry about the loving and happily married couple that he wanted to commit violence against them. In the interview, the writer/artist said he identified with and agreed with that protester.

The West Coast Avengers happened.

The Vision was brutally lobotomized, eviscerated, and murdered between issues. The children were tortured and murdered. Wanda was driven insane.

This happened because a certain writer/artist did not like the metaphor for interracial marriage and unconventional family that Wanda and the Vision represented.

And then a whole bunch of creators after that continued to do horrible, terrible things to one of the strongest and most purehearted Avengers.

And I don’t know. I just don’t know. It leaves me sad and depressed just to think about everything that’s been done to the character over the years.

The MCU does not have the best track record with female characters: Natasha, Gamora, Frigga, Aunt May, and Wanda (That’s just off the top of my head, too).

So I don’t know. I love Raimi’s work. The first Doctor Strange flick was fun, but I don’t know. I simply do not know if I’m going to watch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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