Scarlet Witch Lives! But Elizabeth Olsen Wants Changes

Scarlet Witch/ Wanda

WARNING: This article contains slight spoilers for WandaVison and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

From a supporting character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to arguably the most powerful “Avenger,” Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlet Witch, has come a long way. Played expertly by actress Elizabeth Olsen, Wanda made her MCU debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), not counting the after-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), of courseBut here it is if you missed it:

From then on, she stole the hearts of marvel comics fans and new moviegoers. Even though her fate seems pretty sealed; she crushed herself with collapsing temple rock in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), fans are holding out hope for a triumphant return. Marvel characters have certainly come back from less.

Elizabeth Olsen gave an exclusive interview ScreenRant about her hopes for Scarlet Witch’s future in the MCU. Her most significant points were “redemption” and “humor.” Though she was most certainly the villain in the Doctor Strange sequel, her character did not start out that way and is a hero at heart. Fans know her tragic backstory in the warzone of Sokovia and the Hydra’s experimentation that led to her powers.

WandaVision Promo

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In the acclaimed Disney+ series WandaVision, Wanda struggles to cope with reality through the lens of her all-consuming grief. Though her actions are certainly deplorable, audiences feel for her and still root for her happiness. Fans hope for a Scarlet Witch cameo in the spinoff series Agatha: Coven of Chaos, following Kathryn Hahn’s character from the original series. But what version of Wanda will we be getting? The battered but resilient girl from Sokovia? Or the deranged would-be mother tormented by grief? Personally, I’m here for it either way!

Doctor Strange 2 Scarlet Witch

Doctor Strange 2 Scarlet Witch

ScreenRant offered this direct quote from Olsen:

We can do anything with her now! I feel like we’ve done so much. Now, we can really have fun; I feel like there’s a lot more humor to be had with her. She’s often the emotion of a story, and I’m curious to see what we can explore. And hopefully [we can] give her some redemption.

Marvel manages to expertly balance action-packed human drama with moments of goofy humor that make for a delightful moviegoing experience. Elizabeth Olsen has proved her comedic chops and, with a teammate like Kathryn Hahn, Agatha: Coven of Chaos may be exactly what audiences are looking for. The series is set to release in late 2023 or early 2024.

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About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!