Scarlet Witch and the Vision carry the emotional arc in Avengers: Infinity War and deserve more screen time in future installments.
Yes, we all know this isn't the most conventional of relationships and as a comic book fan even I sometimes have a hard time reasoning how this relationship would work in real life. So when the masterminds behind the MCU decided to set up the romantic trajectory for the pairing of Wanda with Vision I was both excited and wondered, "How the hell are they going to pull this off."
The MCU already did a fantastic job setting up the character's journey - even with the small amount of screen time they've been given. Which is a very big critique that I give to all the people making the MCU films - Wanda and Vision need more screen time! Okay, now to continue.
Wanda and Vision have been intrinsically linked since the beginning. Wanda's powers come from the Mind Stone which now rests on Vision's forehead. Also, the Mind Stone is the basis of the human side that is growing within Vision.
After the death of her brother Pietro in Age of Ultron Wanda is left alone with the Avengers alongside the newly born Vision. The pair begin to bond as any two lonely people (or person and android made out of synthetic vibranium and artificial tissue) would as seen in Captain America: Civil War.
Now Captain America: Civil War shows the two characters opening up to each other about how they feel different and out of place. We can see these characters forming the foundations of a relationship that I personally think is believable in this world of superheroes.
Anyone remember when they tried to make us believe that Black Widow and the Hulk were a thing? Probably better to forget that because even big time Marvel fans didn't like it or believe the pairing to be genuine. But we do believe in Wanda and Vision. I only wish that we could have seen more of a battle between these two in the big airport fight sequence.
The apology that Wanda and Vision give each other after big skirmish is so heartfelt and genuine that you somewhat forgive Marvel for not giving them more screen time. But only somewhat!
Now we come to Avengers: Infinity War where we see more of the loving pair. After rewatching Avengers: Infinity War I'm even more happy with how the relationship between these two unfolded - again even with the limited scenes that they had. They really do need more screen time Marvel!
The two have now been together for two years since the events of Civil War and have grown incredibly close. With the Mind Stone causing Vision pain he asks Wanda what she feels as she inspects the stone with her powers. After concentrating for a bit she responds with, "All I feel is you." That's important.
The climactic battle in Infinity War sees Wanda having to destroy the Mind Stone (and Vision in the process) to save the universe from Thanos. Anyone with a pulse can guess that it's super hard to have to kill the one you love even for the sake of the universe. But what the directors of Infinity War slipped at the beginning of the film makes it even sadder.
The directors have already established that all Wanda feels when she uses her powers on the Mind Stone is Vision. That makes the turmoil and the entire process destroying the stone deeply saddening for Wanda. She can literally feel herself destroy Vision on another level besides the most obvious one. Even sadder, Vision mutters the same words back to her before exploding, "...all I feel is you." Cue some major tears!
Even with the small amount of screen time we've seen these characters, I'm completely onboard the Wanda and Vision train. But, this is hugely in part to the amazing acting talents of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. If it weren't for these two talented actors I don't think audiences would have responded to the relationship as well as they have.
But the MCU really need to step up their game and give us more Scarlet Witch and Vision. We can only hope that with all the emotional trauma the MCU Wanda has faced that they're setting her up for the Avengers: Disassembled story arc!
Avengers: Infinity War is now available for digital purchase and is scheduled for DVD release on August 14, 2018.