Doctor Strange 2 Initially Had an Even Darker Take on The Scarlet Witch

Posted 2022/05/09 5 0

Be warned, there will be SPOILERS for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from the start.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is full of surprises, the biggest of which is surely the fact that Wanda Maximoff, the former Avenger and ally to Iron Man and Captain America, emerges as the villain of the piece. Following the painful events of Disney+ series WandaVision, Wanda fully emerges as The Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange 2, embarking on a rampage across the multiverse in search of her children and a happy, peaceful life. While Wanda racks up quite the body count as it is, Elizabeth Olsen has revealed that Wanda was initially intended to be even worse…

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“I — I was — I was also supposed to kill more. I had a hard time with it. I was like, these are human beings and Wanda is okay with ending their lives? But I just had to buckle down and think all these people are in her way and she’s warned Doctor Strange not to get in her way. And he did. He didn’t listen. And so I just had to go from that point of view.”

Speaking with Variety, Olsen, who has played Wanda Maximoff throughout the MCU since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, revealed that the character was initially going to be even more of a killer in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

One of the most shocking moments in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness involves the introduction of the superhero team The Illuminati. Residing in a different universe, The Illuminati is made up of several major heroes, including Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier, and even introduces the likes of John Krasinski as The Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic. However, despite the team having only just been brought into the fray, they are each brutally murdered by Wanda. And in record time, no less.

Though Olsen does not reveal who else Wanda was supposed to kill, considering the murderous mayhem she does achieve, would even more murder have simply been too much? Or would you have liked to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness make The Scarlet Witch even darker?

Elizabeth Olsen Hopes to Return to the MCU

While it appears that The Scarlet Witch sacrifices herself at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, her ultimate fate is left somewhat open. For her part, Elizabeth Olsen is hoping to return to the MCU eventually.

“It’s weird that I’m expecting to return but no one’s told me I’m doing anything! But in my mind, I’m just making the assumption that they’ll have me again,” the actress said. “I don’t know to what capacity, but I hope I’m back. I hope there’s also more fun to be had in something different. Where do we go? I feel like we’ve done so much with her. It’s been really a wild couple years with her.”


Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, and Rachel McAdams, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is out now.


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