The following contains spoilers for both the WandaVision Episode 9 finale and The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 8 finale.
Now that both WandaVision and The Mandalorian Season 2 have come and gone, it’s become clear that the longer format of Disney+ original series could be used to “course correct” some controversial elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars franchises.
Enter: The Scarlet Witch. (And it’s about damn time!)
Case in point: By the end of WandaVision, Wanda Maximoff finally, finally, becomes The Scarlet Witch and dons a costume approximating her comic book appearance.
And it only took Disney six years to get us there.
The Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful characters in the history of Marvel Comics, and to see her reduced to a young lady who just hurls red energy bolts was a major letdown for many Marvel Comics fans (myself included.)
We finally did see hints of what Wanda could become in Avengers: Endgame, as a grief stricken Wanda Maximoff took on Thanos and almost single-handedly destroyed him.
WandaVision effectively retcons the Age of Ultron‘s disappointing origin of The Scarlet Witch, which saw her gain her powers from the Mind Stone. In WandaVision, it is explained that the Mind Stone simply amplified her innate magical abilities.
Given the limited amount of screen time that each Avenger would see in the movies, it makes sense for some characters to have altered origins in the MCU as a standalone Scarlet Witch movie would’ve been unthinkable even a few years ago.
Now that Disney can tell longer stories in the MCU and in Star Wars, it seems like it’s possible to fix some of those mistakes.
The FIRST female Captain Marvel has entered the chat.
It’s not just The Scarlet Witch that Disney+ has “course corrected.”
Monica Rambeau was the first female Captain Marvel, and actually led the Avengers back in the 1980s. Carol Danvers was then known as Ms. Marvel (a moniker taken up by Kamala Khan decades later.)
While Carol Danvers does predate Monic Rambeau in the comics as Ms. Marvel, it was Monica who went by Captain Marvel way back in 1982. Carol Danvers wouldn’t take up the “Captain Marvel” name until decades later in 2012.
Disney would model the MCU version of Carol Danvers on that 2010s comic book incarnation, when in fact, Monica had already “been there, done that” 30 years earlier.
With the increased calls for POC representation in the wake of BLM, many comics fans were stumped as to why such a prominent, powerful Black superheroine was backburned for blonde white girl in the movies.
In Captain Marvel, Monica was introduced as a wide-eyed kid who looked up to Carol Danvers, which was kind of insulting when you think about how Monica actually predated Carol as Captain Marvel.
It really wasn’t a “good look” as they like to say.
So enter the adult version of Monica Rambeau. This version of Monica has the powers and leadership skills of comic book Monica, and frankly, Teyonah Paris is more charismatic and likeable than Brie Larson.
Could Disney be setting up Monica to become the next Captain Marvel after Captain Marvel 2, course correcting yet another MCU movie mistake?
The mid-credits scene during the last episode of WandaVision seems to indicate that’s a distinct possibility.
Proper Luke Skywalker returned in an EPIC cameo.
Many, many Star Wars fans were jaded by the treatment of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. Even Mark Hamill himself seemed to have pretty strong opinions about Rian Johnson’s “sad sack” version of a pop culture icon.
You can absolutely tie the decline of the Star Wars brand under Disney to The Last Jedi. The shoddy treatment of Luke Skywalker undoubtedly played into this.
John Favreau and Dave Filoni brought proper Luke Skywalker back in The Mandalorian to ecstatic fan approval.
Of course, the celebrations were short lived. Lucasfilm exec Pablo Hidalgo openly mocked a prominent Star Wars YouTuber for getting emotional over Luke’s cameo.
Well, maybe it’ll go better for Marvel than it did for Lucasfilm.
Still, the potential is there for Disney+ to continue to course correct Disney’s feature films going forward, and, hopefully, hone in on what fans really want from these franchises and characters.
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