Comparing The “Trolls” From ‘Hawkeye’ And ‘WandaVision’

The post credit scene has become a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ever since Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) showed up at the end of Iron Man and said the word “Avengers,” fans have been excited to see what cameos, Easter eggs, and sneak peeks the powers that be will put at the end of their films. I’m not sure if it’s because of this — or in spite of this — that the trolling in the final episode of Hawkeye works so well.

For those who opted to skip Hawkeye’s only after-credit scene, it’s the full version of “I Can Do This All Day” from Rogers: The Musical seen earlier in the series. It’s rather long, extremely cheesy, and the ultimate troll of the MCU fan base. It’s drawn a lot of criticism from fans; pointing out how annoying and stupid it was, especially since that’s all it was. There were no cameos or anything else added to the scene. Just the song and the song alone. That’s probably why the troll works so well. Fans watched and watched expecting something else and getting nothing but musical campiness — something that felt like a poignant parody of the infamous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical on Broadway.

But the musical isn’t the only trolling seen in the MCU’s Disney+ shows. WandaVision infamously trolled its audience, too. When Evan Peters showed up as Quicksilver fans were excited at the prospect of the Multiverse. It turned out that his character wasn’t from an alternate universe, at all. It was all part of an elaborate troll, a fact that stings even more now that the Multiverse really is an established part of the MCU.

But these two trolling events are very different. In WandaVision‘s case, it was a plot development that subverted the audience’s hopes. It was a bait and switch; a missed opportunity to elevate the story and take the MCU in a direction that it was going to go in eventually anyway. Whereas Hawkeye’s troll subverted audience’s expectations in a matter that didn’t affect the story. It was an added bonus with no bearing on the MCU as a whole. It was mindless fun as opposed to an important detail. WandaVision’s choice frustrated me because it was a decision that mattered. Hawkeye’s troll was frustrating too, but at the end of the day it was frustrating for all the right reasons.

All episodes of Hawkeye and WandaVision are now streaming on Disney+

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