I’ve had nearly a week to digest all of the fascinating and monumental storylines presented in Avengers: Infinity War and what surprised me the most was the level of importance Gamora, Scarlet Witch, and Vision presented to the movie which I was sooo happy about. Finally these three characters that have always been some of the strongest heroes in their various movies were getting some recognition and some real character development…and then they all died. I couldn’t believe it. Gamora for example, was finally getting some well deserved attention and then they killed her off! What’s up with that?! So today, I’m going to look at these three characters and determine if their stories were utilized fairly or unfortunately wasted in the MCU? Enjoy!
Throughout her participation in the MCU Gamora has never truly shined. She’s supposedly the most dangerous woman in the galaxy but did we ever get a feel of that in the Guardians of the Galaxy films? Um, no. In the first Guardians movie she was presented as this awesome assassin who could handle herself easily in a fight but she was utilized into the movie as more of a love interest for Peter rather than an asset to the team. Of course we did get to see her in action several times but I was waiting for some story revolving around her to arrive in the sequel and that didn’t happen in the slightest. They took her and diluted her presence in the MCU so much that soon I began to think of her as Peter’s girlfriend and “the most dangerous woman in the galaxy” was a title I didn’t even know she had.
Now we come to Infinity War where we finally get to see her rule the narrative and I was totally into it. Gamora was the important one this time around and Star-Lord was playing the co-star. I couldn’t be happier. And then she was brutally killed out of the movie as Thanos sacrificed her for the Soul Stone. I couldn’t believe it. She finally gets a compelling storyline and then was erased out of the movie as quickly as she had come into it. I feel that the MCU’s treatment of Gamora was unfair because she never was given the chance to shine and to grow beyond just her relationship with Peter. Even in Infinity War she was used as a tool to further Thanos’s story rather than it being a stepping stone to her own betterment in future movies. I don’t know why the writers couldn’t figure her out but I definitely believe she was a waste of a chance for something truly awesome.
Another character that I was waiting to see get a compelling storyline was Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch. In Avengers: Age of Ulton we saw her grow from being a Sokovian science experiment bent on revenge to an Avenger willing to give her life to save humanity. And then she lost her brother, Quicksilver, which should’ve been a huge development for her story but instead wasn’t even brought up again. We saw her mourn her brother for a few minutes and then when we meet her again in Civil War it’s like she never even had a twin sibling. You would think she would bring him up at least once in the movie but the writers completely didn’t even think about utilizing him into her life anymore even though they clearly should have.
When we finally saw her in Infinity War it was definitely nice to see her have a larger part in the movie but as I figured it was more of a romantic aspect for the film than a chance to highlight her personal story, without Vision. Now I did enjoy seeing them truly utilize the full magnitude of her power and not hold back on great she can actually be. In Civil War we got a glimpse at how mighty her powers were as she pushed Vision deep down into the earth but this movie really unleashed her strength and it was kind of amazing. I mean, she was so powerful she could hold off Thanos (yeah, Thanos with five Infinity Stones) and still manage to blow the Mind Stone away. That’s impressive, most impressive.
I think Scarlet Witch has been utilized decently in the MCU. Yes, most of her time in the MCU has been used as a tool for romance with her and Vision but there’s nothing exactly wrong with that considering that she was never turned into a damsel in distress and that’s what is most important.
Vision is one of the most powerful Avengers (because he’s got an Infinity Stone in his head!) and yet he never did anything but participate in conversations and get all sappy with Scarlet Witch for nearly the entirety of his involvement with the MCU. The reason why I was so excited for him to join the Avengers in Age of Ultron was because I thought he was going to be this powerhouse of a hero but instead it feels like the writers didn’t know what to do with him throughout his three movies because he was so much more powerful than the other heroes. Even in Infinity War he fought for I think a combination of fifteen seconds and the rest of the movie he was either getting chased for his Infinity Stone, having romantic time with Scarlet Witch, or asking Scarlet Witch to obliterate him so that together they can save the galaxy.
When Vision died it could’ve been so much more emotional if he had been a cooler, more powerful character with a bit of intriguing and compelling character development but he didn’t. Now don’t get me wrong. I actually cried the second time I watched the movie when Scarlet Witch had to kill him (I’m a sucker for love stories.) I just wish Vision could’ve been utilized more.
All in all, these three characters had lackluster character developments but they provided Avengers: Infinity War compelling storylines and some heartbreaking moments that I wouldn’t have seen coming and I’m glad to see that at least they were used to make the movie that much better.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about my theories on how these characters can be brought back from the dead and I can’t wait to share that with you. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.