Marvel Studios is working hard towards promoting its upcoming project, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Fans are speculating on a much bigger role for Scarlet Witch. Even a secret Multiverse version of the character. Doctor Strange first made it to the big screen in 2016. After which, fans have long anticipated a solo outing that highlights Benedict Cumberbatch as the star.
But the said sequel will also feature Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff. The last project Olsen worked on was WandaVision. And Doctor Strange 2 will move forward after the events of the show. This is clear from the points made in the sequel’s teaser trailer. But that’s not all. The movie might include more than one version of the Scarlet Witch, now possible because of the advent of the Multiverse.
The fact that the MCU will feature a villainous Scarlet Witch through Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a long-established one. Specifically, when the production announced her involvement in the project. After her actions in WandaVision, fans began speculating on her narrative following an evil course. Be it by her own subconscious efforts, or through the manipulation from a more dynamic force of being.
In the last episode of WandaVision, we saw the Scarlet Witch reading the Darkhold because she was determined to find her children, Billy and Tommy. The Scarlet Witch’s actions have nothing to do with the MCU’s Multiverse tearing apart. However, the character will be of much greater significance in the Doctor Strange sequel.
Ever since Marvel Studios released the teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at about the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans have started theorizing the Scarlet Witch’s role in the movie. The trailer, now also available on YouTube, points the spotlight towards Doctor Strange’s mysterious path. It only shows Wanda for a moment.
However, when Wanda does appear on screen, she causes a stir of curiosity among viewers. Will Wanda act as a hero or a villain? Essentially, it depends on what scene we focus on. There are chances that this intrigue is caused by her posing as both, Wanda, and the Scarlet Witch, in the trailer. But there are also chances that Doctor Strange 2 will introduce an evil Multiverse Scarlet Witch.
From the teaser, we can see that the characterization of Scarlet Witch is slightly different in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse when compared to WandaVision. In the very first footage, Wanda is somewhere in an isolated land. However, it is not the same lakeside and mountainous location as before. It is also important to note that Wanda’s hair is a blondish red shade. Which is distinct from her signature red hair we have seen her with in the past.
This change signifies the time that has passed from WandaVision to Doctor Strange 2. According to the current MCU Phase 4 timeline, the events that have taken place follow around two years’ time. Although, in her next appearance in the trailer, the striking red color for her hair has returned. In fact, a whole new look of the Scarlet Witch is put on display.
Fans saw Wanda’s new look as the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision’s finale. And the new teaser for the Doctor Strange sequel seems to have improved that look. The new Scarlet Witch costume has sleeves, and the suit has more texture. Additionally, the color scheme has a darker tone. But the upgrade for Wanda continues to stand prominently. When she is performing a spell, her fingertips appear to have a distinguishing black hue.
While we have never seen this before for the Scarlet Witch, it isn’t new for Agatha Harkness. Her fingers turned black when she used dark magic in WandaVision. This can be a side effect of using Darkhold. Or a Doctor Strange 2 villain has succeeded in influencing the MCU’s Scarlet Witch. It could also be a way to suggest that the movie will feature more than one version of Wanda.
The new Doctor Strange 2 poster also suggests the fact that the movie will include multiple versions of the Scarlet Witch. Marvel revealed the new poster during the trailer. And it appears as if Marvel has taken a chance by not sticking to its conventional MCU posters.
In the new Doctor Strange 2 poster, Benedict Cumberbatch’s face appears three times. Whereas Elizabeth Olsen’s face appears two times. They are all split up by distorted lines which resemble the ones we saw when Strange first accessed the Mirror Dimension. This poster is not solely designed to look unique and intriguing. Chances are that the reason there are so many lead characters’ faces in it is subtle hinting towards their multiple versions set to appear in Doctor Strange 2.
We already know that the sequel will feature Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in multiple roles. And the new poster gives us a sneak peek into three of these roles that are now officially, One is the MCU’s Doctor Strange; second is the evil Doctor Strange seen at the trailer’s conclusion, and there is a third variant known as Defender Strange.
Considering this, it makes sense that the poster also featured the Scarlet Witch twice. One of these versions is hopefully the MCU’s main version of Wanda. Whereas the other is some unknown version of the Scarlet Witch from the Multiverse. We still don’t know how elaborate and tricky things will get in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But it is safe to assume that there is an evil version of the Scarlet Witch in the Multiverse. And she could pose as one of the main villains in the sequel.
In addition to this, the Doctor Strange 2 trailer itself suggests the incorporation of an evil version of the Scarlet Witch from the Multiverse. This is apparent from the first glimpse of the evil Doctor Strange. Which is a version of the sorcerer that fans have seen before in Marvel’s What If…?. However, this one is slightly different. The fact that Marvel included footage of an evil Doctor Strange in the teaser gives a powerful buildup for the narrative. More so because his presence itself would be dangerous to reality.
But with this, the franchise is suggesting that it is willing to risk including multiple villainous versions of the same character in Doctor Strange 2. So if there are both good and bad versions of Cumberbatch’s Strange, then it provides us grounds enough to believe that there is a bad version of Olsen’s Scarlet Witch as well.
Another interesting fact is that Marvel teased an evil Doctor Strange to draw the fans’ focuses towards just one angle of the story. Meanwhile, a second, more threatening Scarlet Witch waits around the corner. Marvel’s usual signature move is to limit big reveals for the big screen. So if the studio believes it appropriate to tease an evil Doctor Strange in the first trailer itself, we can only assume what other great revelations will be made in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Chances are that Marvel is saving the evil version of Scarlet Witch from across the Multiverse for the final big screen release. If not, the film could simply feature another version of Wanda. This move will not just be a clever one, but it will enable the franchise to display the threats that an evil Scarlet Witch could pose. All without altering MCU’s original version of the hero. On the other hand, it is also possible that we will witness a duel between the Scarlet Witch and her evil version in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
With that said, if the Doctor Strange sequel features an evil Scarlet Witch, she could very well be one among other villains. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has already spiked discussions on who the potential villains will be in the film. She will act alongside the evil Doctor Strange.
In another scenario, rumored villains like Shuma-Gorath, Mephisto, or Gargantos could tap into a Multiverse Scarlet Witch. With her help, it will be easier for these villains to access the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s main timeline. All the assumptions above suggest her presence will be felt. Not to forget the fact that Wong is somehow connected by Wanda’s red glowing magic. So to see an evil Scarlet Witch appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will not be surprising, but thrilling enough.