It didn’t take long for the WandaVision faithful to become haters of director Tyler Hayward. The jury was still out in E4, but by E5 we saw Hayward collectively as some sort of bastard who was condescending, rude, and probably a future antagonist with a suspicious agenda. To date, this theory has come around with bad decisions, portraying a typical Military Industrial Complex attitude in the form of an attempted murder of our favorite witch and the ex-communications of the only three agents who have proven helpful so far. . That’s not to say anything about his cruel, albeit strategic, behavior towards Wanda at his first meeting, as seen in the most recent flashback episode of Wandavision: Previously On. Sadly, there’s probably more life in our hatred of Hayward in the E9 conclusion coming this Thursday.
The trauma of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff has driven our emotions from the first episode. Really since the first time we got to know her again The Avengers: Age of UltronIf you’re a provider of comic history, we saw that House of M’s loosely adapted storyline adds even more suffering to a character who is already struggling, especially one we care about, and breaks our hearts. And why shouldn’t it?
At this point I have to ask fans to suspend their emotional attachment here to really analyze the ‘in-world’ reality that we are supposed to witness when we are not vicariously looking through the eyes of others so we can be more realistically connected. are alive with this fiction that has been brought to us. After all, that’s what storytelling is all about.
Psychologists theorize that there are three types of empathy: emotional, compassionate, and cognitive. When we think about empathy often, we tend to encourage and practice both the emotional and the compassionate forms of empathy in our daily lives and in our interpersonal relationships. We certainly both feel and project that kind of empathy onto the fictional characters and the stories we love, especially one so affected by pain and loss that Wanda has. But the other form of empathy, cognitive, is no less important here, and one we need to look at to better understand and support Director Hayward’s motives. Cognitive empathy is the “ability to see another person’s perspective, but in a more logical and analytical way.” In short, it is the ability to remove emotion from an objective understanding of a situation or an individual.
“Last year, Earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge that razed a small town … not only are we not alone, but we are hopeless, hilarious, outwitted.” -Nick Fury
Step out of our blind commitment to the characters we love and consider the realistic implications of a post-blip world if you were to live in it. Since the Battle of New York in 2012, Earth and its inhabitants have come to understand that not only do alien powers exist, but they also caused widespread death and destruction in New York before being stopped by the Avengers. There is a poignant scene in the SHIELD Helicarrier where Nick Fury defends the Phase 2 weapons program by reminding our heroes: “Last year, Earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge that a small town was crushed to the ground. not only are we not alone, but we are hopeless, hilarious, outwitted. “Thor goes on to say that Asgard only wants peace with Earth (ala Monica Rambeau) to which Fury responded:” But you aren’t the only people out there? And you’re not the only threat (ala Tyler Hayward). “
This juxtaposition of Monica and Hayward’s talk at E4 can be seen as the opposite of how we heard it, because we want to agree with Monica, not because we should. This is Fury and Thor’s talk, but reversed, and Fury was right.
Imagine the pre-blip world with the arrival of the Sokovia Accords. 117 world governments coming together to make an agreement and register species, from super-powered creatures to put some checks and balances on these heroes, some of which could do untold damage if they went astray and despite Wanda’s trauma and what we Feeling for her, this is what we see in Westview folks. How many questioned our beloved Tony Stark when he manipulated Bruce into creating Ultron. We remember these words: “This could be Bruce, the key to creating Ultron … if we can harness this power, apply it to my Iron Legion protocol …” And what about this great analogy ? time aliens rolled over to the club, and they will, they couldn’t get past the bouncer. “Most of us agreed with Tony and why not? Even if there was no limit to superpowered creatures, and there is in the present reality, how do we know they will always be able to face the threats that come. and why would world governments completely relinquish their responsibility to protect public trust, individuals who could be legally good or legally bad at any time due to the myriad of things that could affect them emotionally, psychologically, physically etc. Isn’t this human nature, don’t we see this in our own life?
“Our strength invites challenge, challenge provokes conflict, conflict causes catastrophe … surveillance is not an idea that can be rejected outright.” -The vision
Later in Avengers: Civil Warwe see the emergence of the aforementioned Sokovia Accords, the first method world governments tried to implement to mitigate and control both the destruction and the actions of our superheroes. In arguably one of the best exhibit scenes in an MCU property to date, we see the Vision’s strongest arguments (our cognitive empathy) when he says, “Our strength invites challenge, challenge evokes conflict, conflict causes catastrophe . ” Tony and Natasha also have worthy moral and ethical arguments here.
Pre-Blip, Tony’s perspective and the Sokovia Accords were rational answers to an increasingly dangerous world. Post-blip, however, these issues became more important and the danger level with half of all life on our planet being decimated became more dangerous. This provoked an even greater response from our government.
Imagine all of this was true. How would you feel? What would be your expectations of your world leaders, the UN, the European Union, what about your military and law enforcement personnel. What responsibility does your country’s governor have for ensuring the safety of its citizens? Would you even feel comfortable with a group of super-powered creatures under military or government control? Would the idea of a Mutant cure (coming soon) or the Sentinel program be so far-fetched? We may not trust our government, but we would trust it just as much as a group of superheroes that no army could withstand with conventional weapons if they ever changed their allegiances or motives, right?
See, I can agree with Steve Rogers that these bodies have agendas and agendas change. This is true. Regardless, there is also a degree of transparency that exists, check-and-balance systems, protocols and laws that define the basic expectations and behavior of our society operating within these structures and hierarchies. Aren’t many minds more involved than a few? If we say no, we are moving towards dictatorial socialism when power rests only with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men … in other words, a few mighty ones. This contradicts the makeup of our government.
In any case, I would expect, if not demand, that our government take the defense of its citizens seriously and use every possible technology to protect us from these threats, and frankly I think you would too, no matter what they did to do it.
Imagine this differently. Suppose there was an armed standoff of a city of 3,000 people where the population of this city was held hostage, oppressed, and an even more dangerous outcome was unpredictable. What would you have done? Intervention would be necessary and justified, especially when it came to your loved ones. The agenda, purpose, purpose, or even backstory of the so-called oppressors would make little difference to us. Of course, peaceful negotiation should always be pursued, but let’s not confuse the forest with the trees. This is not always possible, and if violence is needed to protect the population, we need what we need to get the job done. Remember, we are talking about superpowered creatures, not some randomly organized militia or domestic terrorist.
There is little doubt that director Tyler Hayward is not the best and that his motives go even beyond the construction of conscious weapons to defend us. Nevertheless, his motives, if not the ethics and correctness of his motives or someone else like him, should not be left out of hand (citing the Vision again here) as they would likely be the actions we would expect from ourselves .
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