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Are ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ The Same Story?

Annlyel explores the plot similarities between DC’s Wonder Woman 1984 and Marvel Studios’ WandaVision

WandaVision has been so much fun these past couple of months with its original concept and twists and turns. But one thing that I’ve noticed is the uncannily similar storylines between WandaVision and Wonder Woman 1984. Before I delve into the similarities let me tell you, this is nothing new.

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A scene from Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
MARVEL & DC

Marvel and DC Comics have been copying each other’s stories for decades. DC Comics has Aquaman, a half-Atlantean superhero who becomes the King of Atlantis and has control of the fishies in the ocean. Then there’s Marvel’s Namor, a half-Atlantean mutant who doesn’t have power over fish but has aquatic abilities and can fly…for some reason.

There’s Green Lantern and Captain Marvel. Two pilots who were approached by powerful aliens who were dying and thus assumed the aliens’ superpowers (Captain Marvel’s story was a bit different in the movie).

And the list goes on and on.

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MOVIES

In terms of movies, I remember 2016 being a prime example of this type of uncanny similarity. The two big blockbusters that year were epic superhero clashes; Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. Each movie dealt with the theme of superheroes being made accountable for their actions and concluded with the two main heroes bashing each other to near-death. (Captain America: Civil War did it better though.) Since then, I haven’t been able to ignore the similarities between the DC Extended Universe’s movies to the MCU films.

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Wonder Woman is DC Comic’s Captain America: The First Avenger since it features a superhero set in the early 1900s’. And like Steve Rogers, Diana Prince loses the person she loves most and has to go through the rest of her years with that unfillable void. Aquaman is Thor, a magical tale of an obnoxious man who must embrace his inner-hero and become worthy of assuming the throne as King. And they both rival-brothers (King Orm is DC’s Loki.) Shazam! was DC’s answer to the growing popularity of teenage superheroes made fun again by Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Justice League was supposed to be on the same par as The Avengers. And was even directed by the man who made The Avengers so fun. Suicide Squad was DC’s attempt at the successful quirkiness of Guardians of the Galaxy. That didn’t work. But they decided to resolve that by getting the genius behind Guardians of the Galaxy himself, James Gunn, to make The Suicide Squad reboot. It’s kind of hilarious when you see the startling similarities between these stories and themes and now we have another: WandaVision and Wonder Woman 1984.

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Wonder Woman 1984 (© 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Both stories featured female superheroes strangely reunited with their previously-dead loved ones only for that moment of blissful ignorance to be struck dead by reality. In Wonder Woman 1984Diana Prince comes into contact with a magical stone that can grant any wish. The result? She gets Steve Trevor back…in another man’s body. But she loses her powers in return. To save the world from Max Lord, she must let Steve Trevor go, and then, only then can she be the hero she needs to be.

Wonder Woman 1984 (© 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
THE SCARLET WITCH

In WandaVision, Wanda simply brings Vision back to life after finally breaking due to all of the grief she was consumed by. She created her own reality in a town called Westview and was living a nice suburban life with fake Vision. But when it became apparent that she was hurting people for her sitcom-inspired fantasy she had to let him go. Her story does not exactly conclude with her prospect of being a hero. But she is forced to accept the truth and face reality.

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A scene from Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

And even though there aren’t many other similarities outside of the two central storylines of both stories, couldn’t you imagine Max Lord and Agatha Harkness as buddies? That would be hilarious.

I love noticing this trend between the two franchises. And I can’t wait to see what other DC Comic/Marvel flicks end up being similar in the future.

WandaVision is streaming exclusively on Disney+ NOW!

 

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2 thoughts on “Are ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ The Same Story?”

  1. Wow Annlyel. This has been rattling around in my head since 2016 and I’m so happy somebody addressed it. I saw Batman vs Superman at the premiere in 2016 and Captain America: Civil War a few months later. I was not happy with the similarities, and actually felt DC did it better since Superman is essentially a super among superhumans and the statue with False God graffiti on it remains burnt into my brain. 2016 was the turning point for me, in terms of the MCU fatigue. I really want the new Batman to save DC as I feel Marvel is done; at least for me.

    Anyway, brilliant post as always.

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