Is Wanda dead? Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, has been the MCU’s post-Endgame Phase 4 standout. As she transforms into the Scarlet Witch after appearing in the reality-bending sitcom WandaVision and co-starring alongside Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the strong heroine has become one of the most well-known superheroes in recent years.
While watching Avengers: Infinity War’s Vision die, WandaVision saw the magic-using Avenger brainwash the town of Westview to create her ideal suburban family life with a husband and two children. Her fun was ruined by Kathryn Hahn’s character Agatha Harkness’s attempt to steal her magical powers using the Darkhold, an ancient book of dark magic.
Thanks to the Scarlet Witch’s heroics and the Darkhold’s isolation, Wanda has been able to gain control of her own destiny. A more powerful Wanda, now tainted by the Darkhold, appeared in Multiverse of Madness, attempting to capture America Chavez in order to steal her multiverse travel abilities in order to move to a universe where she can bear children.
After all, Wanda’s ultimate goal was to become a Marvel villain, and she was prepared to do anything to achieve that goal, even if it meant developing a surprising death tool along the way. It seemed as if Scarlet Witch was willing to die for the sake of destroying the Darkhold at Mount Wundagore. If she is such a beloved character, how long do you think Wanda will be dead before she reappears?
A popular character like Wanda would be hard to keep dead for long, even if Scarlet Witch sacrificed herself to destroy the Darkhold in Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness’s final act. Elizabeth Olsen will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, whether she is resurrected, a Multiverse Variant, or a shocking reveal of her survival. What about now? The answer to that is a lot more difficult.
Following on from her role as the evil Agatha Harkness in WandaVision, Kathryn Hahn will star in her own Disney+ series, Agatha: House of Harkness. To end the MCU sitcom, Wanda transformed Harkness into nosy Agnes, leaving her in Westview with no recollection of the magical self she once was.
For Agatha Christie’s dark magic witch to be set free, unless House of Harkness serves as an origin story for her historical adventures in WandaVision, someone has to break the spell. Since Wanda was the one who removed Agatha’s magical memories, we can expect to see her in at least a few episodes.
Agatha Harkness, who introduced Wanda to the Darkhold during WandaVision, has been corrupted by the book, just like the former Avenger was in Multiverse of Madness. It’s possible that Agatha will help Wanda deal with the corruption in the Disney+ spin-off, which is expected to be a dark comedy.
Agatha and Wanda’s reunion was even hinted at in their last encounter when Agatha told Wanda she “[knows] where to find [her].”
After WandaVision, bringing Scarlet Witch to the big screen may be the next logical step given the rising popularity of the character. Marvel and Disney may want to keep Wanda on Disney+ in either another season or another project because the reality-bending sitcom was huge when it came to constructing the MCU on the streaming service.
Since its inception, WandaVision has been referred to as a one-off series. One reason for this is that WandaVision and its sitcom reality only make sense when used in the first season’s narrative. However, this does not rule out the possibility of Scarlet Witch taking the helm of another Disney+ series, this time without the assistance of Vision.
If the new White Vision hasn’t yet interacted with Wanda, it’s possible that his MCU future will be distinct from that of his enchantress. However, resuming their relationship would lessen the poignancy of how they ended, implying that it may be time for Scarlet Witch to go it alone for a while.
Asked whether she could confirm rumors that Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch would lead her own solo movie, MyTimeToShineHello simply replied “yes.” At either San Diego Comic-Con in July or D23 in September, Wanda’s first solo theatrical outing could be announced.
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) May 5, 2022
It’s not a requirement that Marvel characters be alive in the MCU to get their own movie, as Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, demonstrated last year. If WandaVision and Multiverse of Madness were sequels, then Scarlet Witch could fill in the time between the two films, focusing on Wanda’s dark hold corruption during that period.
Scarlet Witch’s solo debut, on the other hand, could occur after Multiverse of Madness, in which case she would either be resurrected or disclosed to have survived. The demon Chthon would make a great villain in the story. That’s because as the author of the now-destroyed Darkhold, Wanda could be set back on the path to redemption by defeating the Elder God of Chaos.
Elizabeth Olsen’s Maximoff, on the other hand, may take a break before making a comeback in the fifth Avengers film. Jonathon Majors’ Kang the Conqueror is currently the most likely contender to be the next major threat to the Avengers.
The Scarlet Witch would be a powerful weapon for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to use in their next battle. But the Avengers will be reluctant to call on Wanda for help after the Westview disaster and the murderous rampage of Multiverse of Madness, and they won’t even want to put her back in her lunchbox.
In the unlikely event that Scarlet Witch and her former teammates do meet again, it will be difficult for Elizabeth Olsen to regain their confidence. To be sure, if Wanda’s dead or returns at all, it will be the first step toward her reclaiming her role as an Avenger. But that road is long.