WandaVision has a lot in common with Fox’s film adaptations of the Dark Phoenix Saga, but improves on both.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 5, “In a Very Special Episode …”, which is now airing on Disney +.
John Byrne and Chris Claremont’s “The Dark Phoenix Saga” is one of the most well-known and respected X-Men comic book arcs ever created. It’s also a deeply psychological and personal story told in a cosmic realm, which is possibly part of the reason Fox’s X-Men live-action movies had such a hard time adapting it to the big screen. Somehow, however, the series WandaVision It’s not just Fox’s Marvel Cinematic Universe version Dark fenix, is a more solid exploration of the same themes and concepts.
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WandaVision was partially inspired by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel’s 2005 comic series House of M, in which Wanda Maximoff created an alternate reality while reeling from the loss of her children. The obvious superficial differences aside, it’s an arc that addresses themes of grief, trauma, and manipulation similar to those explored on Fox. Dark fenix Y X-Men: The Final Decision before that. There is also the shared aesthetic of the most powerful superhero in their respective universe, who happens to be a red-haired woman capable of manipulating energy, in addition to her telepathic abilities.
If something, WandaVision gets even closer to Dark fenix that House of M does. Both titles examine Wanda and Jean Grey’s pent-up anger at all they have lost, which then emerges through their abilities. This, in turn, leads them to unleash their powers in ways that hitherto seemed impossible, with Wanda changing an entire city and controlling the minds of its citizens to perform in sitcom-inspired settings. Of course, just like Jean’s evolution into Dark Phoenix gets different responses from different individuals, some people in WandaVision they are much less understanding of Wanda and her plight than others.
However, unlike Fox’s adaptations of “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” WandaVision So far he has done a good job of telling this story. For one thing, it feels less rushed and builds on previous events in the MCU in a more organic way than Dark fenix did with Fox’s X-Men movies. Also, the show has focused squarely on Wanda, rather than dividing its attention between two separate story threads like X-Men: The Final Decision was forced to. More important, WandaVision he’s actually taking the time to unravel Wanda’s trauma without painting her as a clear victim or villain, which is something of Fox. X Men the movies often failed to do with Jean.
To be fair though, a lot of the issues with both Dark fenix Y X-Men: The Final Decision arose out of Fox’s creative interference. Also, to say that WandaVision it’s basically just Dark fenix without aliens it would be to ignore the fact that WandaVisionIn essence, it is also a love story in ways the last one was not. Furthermore, the relationship between Wanda and the men in her life is very far from those between Jean and characters like Cyclops and Professor X in Dark fenix. This item specifically adds an extra layer of meaning to Jean’s story that just isn’t incorporated. WandaVision.
Still, there is an interesting parity with WandaVision Y Dark fenix, especially now that the MCU seems to be using the former as a way to start incorporating Fox’s X-Men into the mix. It also puts less pressure on Marvel Studios to dive right into adapting “The Dark Phoenix Saga” to the big screen for the third time, immediately following a project that is as thematically similar as it is. WandaVision. If nothing else, the latest series more or less proves that it is possible to do justice to Jean Grey’s most famous story in a live-action format and could help point the way forward once the mutants are firmly embedded in the game. MCU.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn like Agnes. New episodes airing Fridays on Disney +.
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