Marvel’s ‘Avengers Disassembled’ Is Perfect for the MCU | Popgen Tech
Marvel’s ‘Avengers Disassembled’ story is an incredible story of Earth Mightiest Heroes, and could serve as a blueprint for reviving the MCU.
Many fans have criticized Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for being underwhelming and lacking focus compared to the previous installments leading up to the epic two-part opus of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Rather than a web of interconnected feature films spanning nearly a decade, Phase 4 of the MCU consists primarily of several relatively stand-alone, character focused TV series on Disney+. Although there were a small number of films, about half of them were not critically well received, including Black Widow, The Eternalsand Thor: Love and Thunder.
The MCU is at its best when it follows a larger narrative with a through-line story bolstered by supporting content. In addition, a general villain from the source material of the comics provides additional focus like the Thanos of the Infinity Saga. Now, with the Avengers being an established and beloved team in the MCU, the best way to breathe new life into the movies is to completely destroy them. “Avengers Disassembled” broke down the Avengers, and in doing so, made them more relevant than ever.
“Avengers Disassembled” is the Beginning of a New Era
Exploding out of the pages of Avengers #500-503 (by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch), ‘Disassembled’ is one of the more unexpected and surprising superhero stories from the early 2000s. The story focuses on the trauma suffered by the Scarlet Witch that radically changes the Marvel 616 reality after remembering her lost children that she shared with the Vision. In the end, Wanda recreates her children with hex magic, resulting in her being unable to control the spell and falling further into the fictional world she created.
As almost some kind of magical shrapnel from the spell Wanda used, she accidentally attacked the Avengers on multiple fronts resulting in the deaths of Scott Lang, Jack of Hearts, Hawkeye, and Vision. Captain America, Wasp, and Captain Britain are hospitalized. Elsewhere, She-Hulk goes on an unstoppable rampage and Avengers Mansion is leveled. Wanda’s magic is so uncontrollable and pervasive that it causes Tony Stark to appear drunk during a UN meeting, after years of sobriety. In the end, Wanda is stopped by Doctor Strange nearly losing her life in the process. Suffice it to say, this heralded a major changing of the guard for the Avengers comic titles and fundamentally changed the team’s roster moving forward.
The Consequences of “Avengers Disassembled” Still Matter
Although some aspects of the storyline are loosely touched on WandaVision on Disney+, the crux of Wanda’s meddling with reality during the show is Vision’s death in Infinity War. This leaves most of the comic’s story relatively untouched. And with so many parts from the story in place within the MCU, there’s never been a better time to say it. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness leaving Wanda seemingly dead but likely to return in a future project. In addition, many have often wondered about the return of Vision since the end of WandaVision. In fact, many of the most important protagonists in the story are active in the current MCU.
“Avengers Disassembled” comes at a time when the team is in a narratively stagnant place. Writer Brian Michael Bendis tells a story about when even the most powerful people let a seemingly small problem from one of their own change an uncontrollable situation. Scarlet Witch’s machinations lead to a direct relaunch of the team in New Avengers. His reality manipulation destroyed the mutant population in the House of M. One can even point to the weakness of the team in later events such as the superhero. Civil WarSkrull attack in Secret Assault, and Norman Osborn’s “Dark Reign” stemmed from Wanda’s actions. If the existing pieces within the MCU are developed, dismantling them could be a compelling future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come.