Marvel Studios has done a phenomenal job building their universe, and with awesome characters. Every superhero, or Avenger as they’re now known as in the MCU, is someone we’ve become highly invested in. It’s a big reason why Captain America: Civil War was a major success, because the conflict between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man was the sum of everything that built up through Phase One and Phase Two. But as great of a job as Marvel has done with their Avengers, there is one problem that, until barely recently they’ve started addressing. We’re 13 films into the MCU, and where are the female superheroes?
Scarlett Johansson is always great as the fierce Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, but outside of The Winter Soldier, her character is hardly ever given anything in a film to build on, besides taking orders and kicking ass. Thankfully, Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson) is on the way with the studio’s first female led superhero film scheduled for 2018, and I’m very excited about that.
My favorite part of Avengers: Age of Ultron was the introduction of Wanda Maximoff, otherwise known as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). I thought the casting and performance was perfection, and by the end of the film I was excited to see that her character was here to stay. She remained one of my favorite characters for awhile. That was until someone else’s opinion made me see her in a different light (because that’s the wonderful thing about talking movies among other fans. We share opinions, and either agree or disagree). I came across a rant through a photo caption on Instagram from a user named TonySnarks. In that rant, this person argues why Scarlet Witch is not a very likable character, and how she doesn’t deserve to be an Avenger:
Not gonna lie, I have a very strong dislike for Wanda. I mean, she’s literally nothing more than an arrogant child. For starters, she puts herself forward for experimentation with a high chance of death, all because she was hellbent on revenge. That alone has to imply something is wrong with her. Secondly, she VOLUNTEERED to work for hydra, a terrorist cell. She did all this purely because she wanted Tony Stark dead, because he invented a weapon that killed her parents. Invented it. He did not pull the trigger, he did not directly sell them the weapons with the intention of hurting innocent people. That’s like my sister being shot with a glock, and instead of me going after the man, I decide it would be better for me to go after the CEO of the gun company. She is desperate to destroy the Avengers. Not just kill them, she literally wants to destroy them. She warped the whole team’s mind (Tony’s, Natasha’s, Steve’s, etc.), and made them see their worst nightmares. She didn’t even need to, but did out of pure spite, because she could. But what pains me the most is what she did to Bruce. She unleashed the part of him, which he admitted in the past that he literally tried killing himself over. Sent him into a populated area and probably killed a few people. You can tell me ” but she was just a kid! She doesn’t know any better! (*coughStevecough*)”, but okay. If she’s a kid who doesn’t know any better, then why is she an Avenger? And in the end when she helps the Avengers defeat Ultron, ya’ll just forget the past crimes she committed? And if Ultron had only intended to kill the Avengers and no one else, she would have done it without hesitation, without regret. The ONLY reason she helped the Avengers in the end was because she didn’t want to kill the ENTIRE WORLD. She only wanted to kill the Avengers. “wow, what a hero!”
NOW LET’S MOVE ON TO CIVIL WAR. We see her then for some reason given a place in the Avengers, despite the fact she had been working for HYDRA literally a few months previously. She makes a mistake (Lagos), people die, not her fault, I will give her that. But because of the mistake there’s a lot of backlash. She is no longer safe, because she is not an American citizen and therefore not protected by the law. So Tony Stark steps in, keeps her in the compound to MAKE SURE SHE DOES NOT DIE, and for some reason Wanda decides this is unacceptable. She refuses to accept that maybe it’s better for her to stay inside. That maybe people are actually afraid of her power. “I can’t control their fear, only my own” is ridiculous for her to say. You are suppose to be a hero, and do everything in your power to make people feel safe. Running away and refusing to follow the law DOES NOT DO THAT. And then she attacks Tony for ‘locking her in her room?’ HE WAS TRYING TO KEEP HER SAFE AND SHE THROWS IT BACK IN HIS FACE LIKE THAT? WTF? The way she fights is ridiculous and childish – throwing ten expensive Audis at Tony, completely uncaring of the consequences. You know who’s gonna have to pay for the damage you caused whilst attacking the person who gave your sorry ass a home, despite the fact you attacked and tried to kill him in the past??? You guessed it, Tony Stark. Paying for your b*tch ass tantrums JFC.
This person brings up some fair points regarding her immaturity and how fast the Avengers were at recruiting her. Prior to Doctor Strange, Scarlett Witch offered powers unlike anyone else. The way she put Vision in his place during Civil War was just awesome, and only a taste of what her powers are really capable of doing. That mean her role will be very important once the Avengers come face to face with Thanos.
That being said, I’m now leaning towards finding her very unlikable for reasons stated above. The story of Civil War is so focused on the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark that I didn’t even think about how Scarlet Witch “bit the hand that fed her.” Then again, I’m someone who chose Team Iron Man, so maybe there’s a bit of bias opinion. Perhaps, and hopefully, she’ll find a way to further redeem herself as her story continues into Phase Three. Scarlett Witch is confirmed to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released May 4th, 2018.
Now that you’ve heard my thoughts, what do you think? Do you agree with TonySnarks opinion about disliking Scarlet Witch, or are the reasons given in Age of Ultron and Civil War justifiable enough to forgive her actions?