To make things even more terrifying, the Scarlet Witch is a hero who has become a villain in Doctor Strange’s multiverse. This makes her the MCU’s most terrifying villain since Thanos. Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame’s main antagonist Thanos has been described as “the greatest threat” the Avengers have ever faced. Audiences were left wondering who would be next in terms of power level after Thanos. Wanda Maximoff may be the answer to that question.
Marvel Studios’ Wanda Maximoff, in Doctor Strange 2, may have the answer. Doctor Strange’s main antagonist in the Multiverse of Madness may not be Wanda. However, at the end of the day, she is SCARLET WITCH. To steal America Chavez’s multiverse powers, Wanda and her allies fight with Stephen Strange, Wong, and their allies in the film.
To be able to return to her children, Wanda must first capture Chavez in order to travel the multiverse and be reunited with Vision, whom she lost in the final moments of WandaVision. This decision to protect Chavez puts Strange at odds with the Scarlet Witch. In Doctor Strange 2, Wanda transforms into a more ominous version of the Mad Titan, proving that she is a formidable foe in her own right.
These two films clearly explain why Thanos is doing what he is doing in both Infinity War and Endgame. A true believer in his own story, Thanos sees himself as to its protagonist. He is convinced that the goal justifies any and all sacrifices. Thanos’ ultimate goal is to halve the universe’s population in order to prevent it from becoming unmanageable and to stop the same thing from happening to any other planet as it did to his. To achieve this, Thanos had to collect all six Infinity Stones, which necessitated the mass murder of the inhabitants of the MCU. The similarities between Thanos and Wanda begin to emerge in the way they see themselves.
For Wanda, like Thanos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the goal of reuniting with her children justifies any means necessary. Wanda becomes eviler as she tries to find her children. Like Thanos with Loki and the Chitauri in The Avengers, Wanda sends others to carry out her orders at the beginning of the film. If all else fails, Wanda takes matters into her own hands, just as Thanos eventually did in Avengers: Infinity War.
The majority of the sorcerers tasked with protecting Kamar-Taj and Chavez are wiped out when Scarlet Witch attacks the sanctuary. Desperate to find Chavez and Strange, Scarlet Witch goes on the run through the multiverse, killing the Illuminati of Earth-838 in her path. The reasoning behind Wanda’s and the Mad Titan’s actions is very similar, if not identical. Regardless of the consequences, both Scarlet Witch and Thanos believe they are justified in their actions and are unwavering in their desire to achieve their goals.
In Avengers: Endgame, Scarlet Witch’s transformation into a villain and her brief duel with Thanos raise the question: who is more powerful? Scarlet Witch came close to defeating Thanos during their battle. Wanda appeared to be winning the battle against Thanos until the latter ordered an airstrike to save his own life at the cost of his own army. It is safe to assume, based on this alone, that the Scarlet Witch possesses greater clout.
Even more evidence of this can be found in Doctor Strange 2. From where WandaVision ended, the film continues to show Wanda’s powers, including her reality-altering abilities. Doctor Strange 2 shows Scarlet Witch’s chaos magic to be extremely potent at several points. In the Darkhold, it is stated that she is more powerful than even Doctor Strange and that she is able to eliminate the Illuminati with comical ease.
We can see that Wanda has far more power than Thanos does, even without the Infinity Stone. Thanos would have a hard time dealing with the Scarlet Witch’s ability to rewrite reality on her own. Wanda’s reality-warping abilities have multiplied tenfold, from the convincing illusion of Wanda’s picturesque country life that she conjures to fool Strange to her removing Black Bolt’s mouth before assassinating him. With her telepathic abilities and her ability to rival Doctor Strange’s magic, the Scarlet Witch maybe even more powerful than Thanos.
In Doctor Strange 2, Scarlet Witch’s villain arc is proffered in a far more horrifying manner than Thanos’ was in the first film. The film’s director, Sam Raimi, is a major contributor to this. It was expected that Raimi, who had a long history in the horror genre, would incorporate some of his signature strategies into the film. As a result, Raimi presents Scarlet Witch as the MCU’s scariest villain to date. It’s no surprise that director Sam Raimi likes to play around with the idea of portraying Wanda as something of a serial killer, chasing her prey down dark corridors before leaping out and slaying them. Also, even though Thanos was depicted as a terrifying threat to the Avengers, he was never as frightening as Wanda is thanks to Sam Raimi’s masterful work in horror in Doctor Strange 2.
In the absence of Raimi’s influence, Wanda’s story in the MCU up to this point makes her roguish turn even more horrifying than Thanos’s. Wanda has largely been depicted in the MCU as a hero up until this point. Even though they were initially antagonists in Age of Ultron, she and Pietro defected and helped the Avengers defeat Ultron. From Captain America: Civil War to Avengers Infinity Wars and Endgame Wanda is shown as a heroic member of the Marvel family.
Agatha Harkness, on the other hand, was a blatant villain in WandaVision. With the release of Doctor Strange 2, it is even more frightening to see a hero in the MCU go to such extremes of violence. Because of WandaVision’s emotional weight, it’s horrifying to see Scarlet Witch go down such a dark path. Even though Infinity War attempted to portray Thanos as a sympathetic character, it was still easy to see him as the Mad Titan who decided to commit genocide over an unknown future. Wanda’s villainous actions are unendingly horrifying because of WandaVision’s deep understanding of Wanda’s humanity.
With Billy and Tommy from WandaVision, Billy and Tommy from WandaVision, Billy and Tommy from WandaVision reunited at the end of Doctor Strange 2 This allows her children to see her for who she has truly become in the last few years. With their fear of Wanda, she begins to realize that her actions have been wrong. Her actions were wrong, something Thanos couldn’t accomplish because she destroyed the Darkhold of every universe and appeared to sacrifice herself, a realization that dawned on her.
While this may be a step in the right direction for Scarlet Witch, does it go far enough? Even though Wanda makes the right choice at the end of the movie, it’s a stretch to say that her villainous turn has been fully atoned for. In order to reach Chavez, an innocent child, Wanda kills many innocents throughout the film. While she recognizes the mistake of her ways, ruining the Darkhold isn’t enough to erase the slate clean from her memory. When Mount Wundagor collapses, Scarlet Witch will have to continually make up for her doings in this Doctor Strange 2, given the number of lives she has snuffed out.
Scarlet Witch is not the next major MCU villain. This is so despite Wanda’s villainous actions in this film making her a more horrifying version of Thanos. Wanda is spared from becoming the next Thanos because of the gradual buildup to Kang the Conqueror in the MCU, despite this film depicting her as worse in many ways. But since Scarlet Witch has a history of villainy in the comics, it is possible that she will return in the future after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as many of her best storylines come from her villainous stretches. Whether Scarlet Witch returns as a friend or foe in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still up in the air.