Watch a Justice League episode that did Wandavision before Wandavision

My impression after enjoying “We Interrupt This Program,” the 4th episode of Marvel’s live-action drama series Wandavision, was a weird mix of melancholy and recognition. The discovery that Wanda Maximoff (a.k.a. Scarlet Witch) and her other half Vision’s misadventures as rural newlyweds was all in truth a fancy dream conjured into being by Wanda’s own powers was an efficient twist, however the suggested inspirations behind Wanda’s scam are what struck me so deeply.

I felt considerate to her hesitation to reside in a Post-Blip world without anybody left in her life to confide in or count on, and I was frightened by the ramifications of what her powers were doing to the minds of all 3,892 of Westview’s unlucky citizens. However another idea crossed my mind: There was absolutely an episode of the Justice League animation that did this precise very same thing.

And yes there was. In “Legends,” a season 1 episode of the 2001 animated Justice League series, John Stewart, Hawkgirl, J’onn J’onzz aka The Martian Manhunter, and the Flash are captured in the reactor surge of a giant Evangelion-esque robotic. They awake to discover themselves in Coast City, a 1950s-esque town à la Pleasantville, that exists in an alternate measurement from their own. J’onn is distrubed by pictures of a nuclear blast when he tries to telepathically get in touch with Batman and Superman, however that’s quickly forgotten as the League accidentally clashes and consequently collaborate with the Justice Guild of America, the town’s resident superheroes.

The superheroes recognize faces: They’re all John’s Stewart’s preferred youth comics characters, in addition to the Guild’s adventurous young mascot and honorary member Ray Thompson. Each of the members are a pastiche patterned after DC Comics’ own traditional variation of the Justice League, the Justice Society of America. Tom Turbine stands in for the Atom, the Streak for Jay Garrick/the Flash, Feline Guy for Wildcat, Black Siren for Black Canary, and Green Guardsman for, naturally, the Golden era variation of Green Lantern.

However beneath the placid campy outside and low-stakes encounters with pun-obsessed cornball “supervillains” is something more ominous. Hawkgirl and Green Lantern find a cemetery with gravestones for the Justice Guild. The town library has lots of books with absolutely nothing however blank pages, there’s a singular ice cream truck whose chauffeur declines to pick up worry of some awful unidentified force, and a 40-year old paper referencing an upcoming war lies buried underneath the ruins of a deserted train station.

A power blast goes off in the middle of a city as Martian Manhunter looks on

Green Lantern John Stewart takes a knee at a grave as Hawkgirl consoles him

Martian Manhunter uses his telekinetic powers to reveal Ray in Justice League

Ray sending a magic telekinetic blast in Justice League

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John and Hawkgirl face the Guild and their colleagues with these discoveries, in which J’onn exposes what he has actually presumed given that they showed up here. This “reality” is not genuine at all, however an impression produced by none besides Ray, the Justice Guild’s kid partner. J’onn telepathically eliminates Ray’s camouflage, exposing his real kind as a mutant psychic who, disfigured and empowered by the irradiated blast that annihilated his world almost half a century back, has deformed the nuclear ruins of his previous home town into a picture of Rockwellian idyllicism to pull back from the scaries of the real life. The “citizens” of Coast are survivors servant to his impulses and psychic forecasts of the heroes he worshiped in his youth. The Justice Guild were blissfully uninformed that their heroics were all in vain, which their real-life equivalents, and the majority of the world, passed away a long time back.

While in the beginning, WandaVision and “Legends” may appear drastically various in their similar scale and stakes, both Ray and Wanda are profoundly talented psychics who, instead of face the discomfort of their particular injuries of their present, isolate themselves in self-made dream worlds. They’ve both made their alternate truths after the looks of post-war America, and have actually covered all those around them up in their effort to dissociate.

Ray made it through the nuclear fallout that annihilated human civilization and was given tremendous psychic powers through direct exposure to nuclear radiation, however was rendered horrifically damaged for the experience. Wanda lost not just her sibling Pietro throughout the Fight of Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron, however was later on dealt with with the problem of ruining the Mind Stone, and basically eliminating her own enthusiast, in order to ward off Thanos’ plot to exterminate half of all life in deep space. After following through on that awful option, she was required to see helplessly as it was rendered moot. Thanos merely utilized the Time Stone to reanimate Vision and pluck the Mind Stone from his forehead, eliminating him in front of her a 2nd time. That’s all on top of the injury of having actually been snapped and consequently reanimated throughout the climax of Avengers: Endgame.

Wanda in WandaVision conjuring a red magic blast

Image: Marvel Studios

It’s affordable that both characters fell back even more into the comfy guarantee of their powers, into the security of an in-grown dream where they are the self-appointed godheads of an idealized past. While the origins behind Ray’s powers are explained by the end of “Legends,” it’s yet understood what (or maybe even who) is accountable for Wanda’s heretofore untapped wellspring of psychic powers, not to mention what drew her particularly to the town of Westview.

Another critical point of contrast is that, while Ray is the (albeit considerate) villain and bad guy of “Legends,” Wanda is certainly among, if not the lead character of Wandavision. Ray’s look as a one-off character in “Legends” made his bad guy expose feel possible yet mysterious, while the equivalent of that discovery in Wandavision is probably more unexpected for the truth that we had actually currently invested 4 episodes together with her as a character. It asks the concern: If Wanda was reducing the reality behind her and Vision’s life from both her other half and the “audience” (both Darcy Lewis and Representative Woo and ourselves), what else might she be keeping — or rather quelching — from herself? Is Wanda the real “villain” of this story, or exists some other yet hidden force moving behind the scenes, discreetly engaging Wanda to focus her energies on this specific town? Simply what is so unique about Westview, New Jersey?

In “Legends,” the members of the Justice Guild understand that if they assist the Justice League defeat Ray, then Coast City as they understand it — along with themselves — will disappear. And they do it anyhow. “We died once to save this Earth, and we can do it again,” The Streak informs his colleagues as they credit the League’s rescue. In WandaVision, it’s ended up being clear that Vision’s dawning awareness concerning the real nature of their lives in Westview is a developing stress in between him and Wanda. The set appear headed for their own explosive conflict, one where Vision himself may need to pick as soon as again to compromise his own life for the sake of a future without him.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.