Elizabeth Olsen opens up about Wanda Maximoff’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, defending Scarlet Witch and her actions.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Elizabeth Olsen defends Scarlet Witch’s arc in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Wanda Maximoff returns to the MCU after the events of WandaVision, but this time she embraces her full villainy as she stops at nothing to get what she wants — to live a simple life with her sons, Tommy and Billy.
When Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was announced in 2019, Olsen’s involvement as the Scarlet Witch was already confirmed. At that point, WandaVision hadn’t been released, and the character’s arc beyond the Infinity Saga was still unknown. But after the Maximoff Anomaly in Westview, her role in the new Sam Raimi film became a favorite topic of conversation among fans. Interestingly, instead of moving forward with her self-healing journey, Wanda takes hold of her fate and hunts down America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) as she tries to move to a different reality where she can be with her twins. Unfortunately for her, Doctor Strange will do anything to keep America safe.
At the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wanda accepts her reality and decides to sacrifice herself, partly as penance for everything that she has done. When asked about where the film leaves Scarlet Witch and the character’s story in the sequel as a whole, Olsen told Hollywood Life that she’s satisfied with how things end up with Wanda. She adds that she’s happy with how the character evolves in the MCU. Read her full quote below:
“I am [satisfied]. I think somehow it needed to end where it ends at some point, and I’m curious about where we go from there.
My goal is to always have her have some sort of evolution, and the evolution in this for me was really empowering. She has a new kind of confidence that we haven’t seen in 8 years, and she’s really not apologizing for anything. She feels very clear in her beliefs. I find it very admirable, and I enjoyed throwing her into this journey of madness. I think it’s okay to play characters that people get frustrated with sometimes. I enjoy that as an actor.”
When Wanda was introduced in the MCU via Avengers: Age of Ultron, she was initially a villain with a grudge against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and ties to Ultron (James Spader). Ultimately, she redeems herself by becoming one of the new Avengers members. Unfortunately, following a series of tragedies, Wanda was forced to fend for her own after Avengers: Endgame. That’s when she accidentally created Westview where she briefly lived the ideal suburbia life with Vision (Paul Bettany) and her kids. But after learning that there might be a way for her to bring that life back, Wanda decides to boldly go after it as seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Her current fate is unknown – while the sequel hints that she might be dead, chances are that she will eventually return to the MCU in one way or another.
Admittedly, some may not be onboard with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ version of Wanda. In the film, she’s ruthless in her actions, and considering how powerful she is, it’s truly terrifying to go against her. There’s also an argument that it undoes her arc in WandaVision where she finally deals with all the trauma and loss she has suffered all her life. But it’s also worth noting that with the Darkhold at play here, chances are that the Book of the Damned is corrupting her as well. Couple that with her desperation and loneliness, and Wanda’s story progression doesn’t seem to be too shocking.
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Source: Hollywood Life
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