Set over half a century after 2017’s Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984 catches up with the titular hero in a time of shoulder pads, crimped hair, and jazzercise. The sequel sees Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) reunite together with her lengthy misplaced love curiosity Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and are available up towards new characters Barbara Ann Minerva (Kirsten Wiig) and Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal).
It’s a enjoyable movie, and a decent night in. Even so, Surprise Lady 1984 raises quite a few troubling questions which are by no means satisfactorily answered — probably the most important of which revolve round one character solely listed within the credit as “Good-looking Man.”
We’re going to be speaking about some main plot factors from right here on out, so take into account this your huge ol’ spoiler alert. You’ve been warned.
Early on in Surprise Lady 1984, Diana encounters an historical artifact that claims to grant individuals’s needs. Whereas she doesn’t consider it truly has any energy, it does give her a possibility to contemplate her want: that her lengthy useless boyfriend Steve was alive and .
After all, it seems that the mysterious stone does have energy, and Diana’s want brings Steve again to life for a romantic and emotional reunion. She’s overjoyed, as you’ll be in the event you managed to necromance your first and solely boyfriend.
Nonetheless, there’s a fairly evident subject with this that the movie glosses over, and which each Diana and Steve fully ignore amidst their superheroics.
What the heck occurred to the man Steve possessed?
Whereas the magic stone can conjure nuclear warheads out of skinny air, giving Steve his personal flesh and blood physique is seemingly past its god-given powers. (Sounds faux, however okay.) As a substitute, Steve’s consciousness is crammed inside a random man (Kristoffer Polaha), straight up hijacking his physique with no view to return it — and presumably with out the man’s consent.
To be truthful, neither Steve nor Diana had any say within the method through which he returned. However they aren’t terribly bothered by it both. In actual fact, Diana explicitly states that she desires to maintain her undead lover like this. The one cause she offers him up is as a result of the entire world is in peril, which means that in any other case, she would have been completely superb with Steve simply taking on this man’s life completely.
It’s fairly uncharacteristic, contemplating Surprise Lady 1984 in any other case takes nice pains to point out Diana refusing to kill anybody.
We additionally don’t know what’s taking place to the actual Good-looking Man throughout this complete ordeal, by the best way. He might be useless. He might be in a coma. He might be trapped as a prisoner in his personal thoughts, screaming for management as he watches Steve use his physique like a hand puppet. Both method, the star-crossed lovers spare no thought for him, opting as an alternative to raid his closet and sleep in his mattress with no qualms.
Fortuitously, the “I Have No Mouth, However I Should Scream” horror situation in all probability did not occur, because the poor man doesn’t flee in terror when he sees Diana after regaining management of his physique. However even when he was simply briefly indisposed, that’s nonetheless a number of days of his life gone from his reminiscence. Not solely that, it was a number of days throughout which an enormous world incident almost tore the world aside — an occasion he fully missed. There’s completely no method that wouldn’t freak him out.
This isn’t even mentioning the person’s private issues. We don’t get a lot details about Steve’s meat go well with. However he in all probability has a decently paid job, contemplating he lives alone in an condominium not removed from the Smithsonian. It’s affordable to imagine he has his personal life happening as nicely, with payments to pay, buddies to see, and probably even household to take care of or a date to impress.
But all of that is unceremoniously shoved apart so Steve can declare squatter’s rights to the man’s physique. From everybody else’s perspective, Good-looking Man simply stopped going into work or speaking to his buddies with no clarification. From his personal perspective, he all of the sudden wakened in the midst of a riot with no clarification of how he received there or what he’s been doing for the previous few days. Diana ought to have made positive he received house safely on the very least.
Troubling moral points are admittedly much less spectacular than seeing Gal Gadot punch Kirsten Wigg’s fursona within the face. Even so, the entire physique stealing subject positively deserved extra consideration. Diana’s failure to see a person when she’s actually watching his face is a considerable oversight, particularly contemplating her concentrate on love, compassion and reality.
Surprise Lady 1984 is out now in theatres and on HBO Max.