WandaVision fits perfectly into the Scarlet Witch narrative in the Multiverse of Madness. Since a brief cameo in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Olsen has appeared in two films produced by Marvel Studios as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Doctor Strange 2 will continue the story of WandaVision, Marvel’s first Disney+ series, when it hits theaters on Friday, May 6.
Oddly enough, despite appearing in multiple Captain America and Avengers films, Olsen’s Wanda had never been the focus of a film until the release of WandaVision, which used a mystery format to explore her grief over the death of her great love, Vision.
The final episode of the series saw Wanda come into her own as the Scarlet Witch after learning that her powers, like Doctor Strange’s, were based on magic. This earned Olsen considerable praise for her performance. After studying the Darkhold, a powerful spell book that has the potential to corrupt those who use it, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness picks up with her again.
As Olsen reveals in an interview with The Independent, the through-line between WandaVision and Doctor Strange 2 was maintained solely by her efforts. Marvel’s collaborative filmmaking environment, she says there were countless incidents where a scene choice she objected to because of what had already been explored in the television series. Director Sam Raimi, according to Olsen, was very responsive to her concerns and made numerous changes to accommodate them. Here’s the full text of what she said:
Marvel’s truly a very collaborative space, and we’re constantly being put with other directors and other writers. So they actually do listen when you go, ‘I don’t know, in WandaVision, we did this so I don’t think it really makes sense for us to do this then here.’ And Sam Raimi would just be like, ‘Great, I’m glad you explained that to me.’ That happened a lot on Doctor Strange 2 because there was this thread I was trying to pull on WandaVision.
Doctor Strange’s trailers for the Multiverse of Madness suggest that WandaVision left her in a difficult position, having to let go of the versions of both Vision and their children she had conjured. We see the twin boys again, if only in Wanda’s dreams. Her desperation to bring them back could send her into a tailspin. Many have speculated that Chthon, the Elder God who wrote the Darkhold in the comics, could be using the footage to make Wanda an enemy of Cumberbatch’s sorcerer.
Fans of WandaVision will be pleased to know that Olsen was looking out for their interests on set, given that Raimi never finished watching WandaVision. Olsen’s role as Wanda in Doctor Strange 2 is still up in the air, but it’s safe to say that fans will be excited to see her play a variety of Wandas, including some that appear to be villainous. There is a good chance that the Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange will face off in a battle of the magical Avengers.