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The Main Issue With Each MCU Phase 4 Entry (So Far)

The first Phase 4 entry began Marvel’s new saga in bold fashion and its homage to sitcoms and exploration of grief captured the attention of fans worldwide in early 2021. Led by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s enthralling performances as the titular couple, Wandavision and the sitcom world it created made for nostalgic and emotionally riveting television.

However, this could not be said for the world that existed outside Wanda’s Hex as the efforts of S.W.O.R.D to understand the anomalous barrier surrounding the town and ultimately stop Wanda were nowhere as interesting as Wanda and Vision’s relationship and their interactions with the trapped residents of Westview.

To be fair, the trio of Monica Rambeau, Darcy Lewis and Jimmy Woo were fun to watch but were sadly placed next to a dour antagonist in S.W.O.R.D director Tyler Hayward. In addition to this, their individual stories were not properly fleshed out as Wanda and Vision’s were.

Some fans have understandably expressed their qualms with the show's uneven finale and its clumsy attempts to justify Wanda's actions but at least the buildup to this resolution was entertaining to watch. The same cannot be said for the S.W.O.R.D. storyline, which ultimately felt like an afterthought from the word go.