SPOILER WARNING: This story is about the main points of the action of the movie “Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness” from the Marvel studio, which is currently in theaters. Don’t read until you watch the movie.
Practically from the moment Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige announced that Elizabeth Olsen would star in the Disney + series “WandaVision,” he also made it clear that the events on that show will be linked to Olsen’s subsequent appearance as Wanda Maximoff in the feature film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. ”
What Feige did not to reveal – and what Disney carefully concealed in its marketing for the film until its release in theaters – is that Wanda doesn’t appear as Strange’s compatriot in “Multiverse of Madness”: She’s a villain.
At the end of “WandaVision,” Wanda fully embraces her identity as the Scarlet Witch, one of the most powerful bearers of magic in the universe. But it must also release its grip on the city of Westview to free its citizens from mind control. In doing so, she leaves her children Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne), who can only exist within Wanda’s magical spell over Westview.
In “Multiverse of Madness,” we learn that the loss of her children — along with her lengthy study and exposure to Darkhold, a book of corrupting dark magic — forced Wanda into a comprehensive fixation on finding a return to her boyfriends. This leads Wanda into a relentless pursuit of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager who has the power to travel through the multiverse. Wanda wants to take over the power of America so she can be in a universe where her guys still exist, but that would kill America in the process. So Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wong (Benedict Wong) and other wizards of Kamar-Thai decide to protect America and stop Wanda.
Big mistake. Huge. With Wanda fully commanding her Scarlet Witch powers, she kills almost everyone on her way to America, including the Illuminati, a team of superheroes on an alternate Earth including Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Hayley Atwell as Captain Carter.
In the hands of horror director Sam Raimi, it’s scary to watch. It was also controversial for some fans who had difficulty connecting the grieving Wanda at the end of “WandaVision” with the Scarlet Witch from “Multiverse of Madness” who is ready to ruin the lives of anyone who gets in her way.
It turned out that Olsen was one of those people – at first. In an interview with Diversity, talks about her surprise when she found out that Wanda turned to the dark side, how she accepted it and which scene was the most challenging for her. (Tip: includes Wanda’s boys.)
What was your reaction when you found out that Wanda is a negative in the film?
Um, well, I knew I’d be in Doctor Strange, but I thought I’d be, like, in an ensemble. So at first I think I was nervous and conflicted because I hadn’t finished “WandaVision” yet, but we were almost done. And I thought, “Oh my God, how do I make all this work together?” We got there; I got there. And it became an amazing opportunity for people to be won over by this woman in “WandaVision” and feel for her, and then, you know, they manipulate them into this movie, where they are on her side and then they feel conflicted themselves. So I thought it was a great opportunity.
You have said in the past that you have worked to make this film pay tribute to what happened in WandaVision. What specifically did you consider necessary for the film to have that connection?
There were just beats that I felt were almost too similar, as opposed to reflective. I just wanted everything to feel like some version of progress, even if progress is someone who feels a different reaction to pain and loss. We also didn’t see her reacting to what happened in Westview. Even if we watched her go through trauma and loss, we didn’t see her go through the loss of children. I think for any parent – I guess, because I’m not like that – losing a child would always be a lot harder than losing anyone else important in your life. I just wanted to make sure it was a constant evolution forward and not repeating itself. And so there were only small adjustments. I couldn’t make any major changes because sets and things like that were being built. And schedules were being made, though in progress. But, yes, I was trying to figure out how not to repeat ourselves? How do we create evolution? How to make this different, but still part of the woman we know?
How did it feel to kill all those characters? I mean, I’ll never get over the picture of you breaking Patrick Stewart’s head.
I – I was – I should have killed more too. It was hard for me with that. I thought, these are human beings and Wanda is okay with ending their lives? But I just had to buckle up and think all those people were in her way, and she warned Dr. 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.
Was there a scene that was particularly challenging for you to play?
I think the hardest thing was – I know we’re doing this interview after it was published, but I’m still worried when I talk about it without spoilers. But there’s a moment where I have to shoot the people I love, and that was a tough scene. One of the people I love – the little people I love – was throwing things at me on stage and accidentally hit me hard in the face. And that was the best reaction. And I felt so bad that I took advantage of that as an actor and let him tell me how I responded to these people I love. Because they were horrified after. It was something I didn’t enjoy at all, but I knew it was going to be good for the scene.
Given how this movie ends, do you expect a return to MCU?
It’s weird to expect a comeback, but no one told me to do anything! But in my mind I just guess he’ll have me again. I don’t know in what capacity, but I hope to return. I hope there will be more fun in something different. Where are we going? I feel like we did so much with her. It’s been a few wild years with her.