In the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it is safe to say Phase 4 has been the most chaotic. Shows like Loki and What If, were part of this phase. It has brought forth all the fascinatingly complex elements of the Multiverse and made the MCU that vast.
It can’t be argued that the multiverse twist enhances storylines. It has given us the most entertaining projects. However, it is not easy to overlook that the brand-new nuances have made everything hard to follow. There was one show that could have greatly benefitted from some multiverse mention. But there were none.
The Fan Beloved WandaVision is Flawed
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch was in a whole new realm of powers and ambition in the 2021 television miniseries WandaVision. The show, which kickstarted the MCU Phase 4, was loved unanimously. Wanda’s hex on a suburban New Jersey town and seeing her live the best life (inspired by the sitcoms she loved in childhood) made for great entertainment. The show’s exploration of awareness of American sitcoms and serious themes such as mental health garnered it a lot of critical acclaim.
Strangely, such a successful project has a flaw that makes it full of discrepancies. Amidst all the plot twists and thrilling action sequences, Marvel missed something that resulted in some plotholes.
The Problem in Marvel’s WandaVision
There is but one mishap in one of the subplots, which makes things questionable in an otherwise impeccable show. The infamous Ralph Bohner story is one of the key elements of the show. The audience meets Bohner when he shows up at Wanda’s door uninvited.
As Wanda is questioning, rather, debating the ethics of her actions of mentally controlling all inhabitants of Westview, she gets a visitor who claims to be Pietro Maximoff, Wanda’s brother-also known as the superhero Quicksilver. But the guy on the door is not Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who played Quicksilver in Age of Ultron), but Evan Peters.
As only longtime fans would know, Evan Peters brought Quicksilver to life on-screen long before Taylor-Johnson played the role. Peters played the character in three of the 20th Century Fox’s X-Men films.
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Keeping this trivia in mind, it would have made for an amusing plotline if we had considered that this was a parallel universe happening. Considering, Scarlet Witch was announced to be a part of the Multiverse Saga before the show. However, this did not happen. This subplot concluded in a way that made things complicated. And not in a good way.
How did the Pietro Maximoff Mystery Unravel?
In the show, it is later revealed that the guy imposing to be Pietro Maximoff is a Westview inhabitant named Ralph Bohner, who owned the house next to Wanda’s. Bohner was being controlled by Agatha Harkness who took his house and pretended to be a woman named Agnes. The witch wanted to take Wanda’s power and used Bohner as a spy to gather information on Wanda’s Hex.
This storyline raises some questions. Oddly, Agatha’s more supernatural powers made Bohner able to have Superspeed and control his mind. This is not how Agatha’s power is known. Moreover, Wanda forgets nuances of her own Hex making it all the more convenient for the plot to progress but it ends up feeling forced.
This plot twist was unnecessary and strange. Leave it to Marvel to make things complicated when keeping it simple would have brought in better results.
WandaVision is available for streaming on Disney+.