One of the big draws of Wonder Woman 1984 was that Chris Pine was returning as Steve Trevor, allowing the sequel to reheat the impeccable chemistry that he and Gal Gadot shared in the 2017 origin movie. Now that the film is finally out on HBO Max and in theaters, however, some fans are disappointed with it. Though you can’t deny that Gadot and Pine are still great together, the method that allows for Trevor to return to life is giving a lot of folks pause for thought.
WW84 sees Diana Prince come into contact with an ancient mystical artifact called the Dreamstone that can make your deepest wish come true. Wondy obviously wishes for her lost love Steve to return and though he does, it’s only his spirit that comes back. You see, he wakes up one day in another man’s body. Due to the magic, though, while everyone else sees the actual guy, Diana only sees Steve. Of course, she’s overjoyed to have her beau back and can’t bear the thought of losing him again, until he once again sacrifices himself to save the day.
There’s a tragic and romantic storyline there, then, but a lot of people are uncomfortable with the plot point of Steve inhabiting someone else’s body. Especially given that one scene makes it clear that the couple had sex. And here are just a few of the reactions to this part of the movie going around on social media:
This is a minor spoiler for Wonder Woman 84
So Steve Trevor wakes up in an innocent man’s body and instead of trying to figure out how to return the guy to his own body they proceed to use the guy’s body to have sex? Isn’t that rape?
— T. (@RickyRawls) December 26, 2020
idk how can people overlook the fact that Steve Trevor's soul (?) gets somewhat resurrected inside the body of some random dude that Diana uses as her personal sex object like wtf how can ANYONE defend this pic.twitter.com/4Ihkby0pcB
— Maxance Vincent (@MaxFromQuebec) December 27, 2020
Steve Trevor comes back in WW84 by possessing another man’s body. Only WW sees Trevor, everyone else sees the host. WW has sex with Trevor while he’s possessing this slub’s body. Neither of them appear to be bothered by this.
— Dr. Super Journalist (Ret) – JOURN-AL of Skrypton (@Magnum_CK) December 26, 2020
Did Steve Trevor even ask this poor soul if he could borrow his body? Yo I need to borrow your body, you worthless NPC. I need to make sex with ancient demi god in your apartment….you wont remember nothing. You cool with that meat taxi? pic.twitter.com/FHRfw9DB9o
— Andy (@REKCO_J) December 26, 2020
Just watched #WW84 Gal and Chris's chemistry is great. There were some good moments and then there were some really bad, cringy moments… and that Steve Trevor thing was weird and… wrong… pic.twitter.com/eLVjRW23Rj
— Nerd_Cookies (@nerd_cookies) December 27, 2020
Why couldn't Steve Trevor just appear out of nowhere? Why did he have to take over some random dude's body, and why did Diana never even give a second thought to how she was fine with stealing someone's life forever just so she could have her boyfriend?
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) December 26, 2020
The idea of the character returning to life in another body seems to be a tip of the hat to 1978’s Heaven Can Wait, but what worked in a film back in the 1970s hits a little differently today. It also seems strange that the super powerful Dreamstone, which is elsewhere shown to be capable of changing reality in all kinds of ways, can’t just resurrect Steve in his own flesh. In addition, the final scene – which sees Diana meeting the man whose body he previously occupied and flirting with him – only adds to the weirdness.
What do you think of this divisive plot point in Wonder Woman 1984, though? Let us know in the comments section below.