Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness I had a lot of bases to cover. Not only did it serve as the first stand-alone sequel to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme, it was the fourth project from Marvel Cinematic Universe to explore the concept of the multiverse after Loki, What If…? and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In addition to venturing into the superhero and horror genres, Multiverse of Madness transforms into a tragedy in which she is involved Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson). Throughout the film, Wanda pretends to travel to a universe where her sons Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) are alive.
She seeks out the multiverse powers of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez, the Latina who conquers Marvel) to achieve her goal, leading to death and destruction on an unimaginable scale as she fully embraces her Scarlet Witch mantle.
Wanda Maximoff and her role in Doctor Strange 2
In the film’s final act, America manages to take control of her powers and sends the cursed entrails to Mount Wundagore, where America sends Wanda to Earth-838. Earlier in the film, she had used the Darkhold’s dreamwalking power to possess her Earth-838 self in order to try to find America; seeing Billy and Tommy from Earth-838, she attempts to meet up with them.
That goes south once he attacks his mother (his 838 self), leaving them completely scared of her. After her Earth-838 self tells her “Know you will be loved”, Scarlet Witch says that no one will ever use the power of the Darkhold again. Keeping her word, she uses her chaos magic to bring down Mount Wundagore, destroying all copies of the Darkhold in the multiverse and burying herself in Wundagore’s bowels.
For all intents and purposes, it looks like this is the end of Wanda’s tenure in the MCU. But the comics feature the Scarlet Witch escaping the jaws of death. The most notable example comes from the House of M story by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, where Wanda used her powers to reshape reality in a world where mutants ruled.
Much like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he was looking to have a world where he could be with his children and also grant some measure of happiness to his father, Magneto. But when other heroes remembered the world as it was and rebelled, Wanda put things back the way they were (and despoiled mutantkind in the process).
No one could find her, and she was assumed dead until Bendis and Alex Maleev’s New Avengers #26. Hawkeye, having returned to the land of the living, tried to find Wanda. The archer soon discovered that she lived in Wundagore but she did not remember her powers or the actions she had taken from her.
Will Elizabeth Olsen return as the Scarlet Witch?
AmericanPost.News reports that, more recently, The Trial of Magneto miniseries by Leah Williams and Lucas Wernerck dealt with the apparent murder of Wanda and the suspicion that Magneto might be the culprit; however, Wanda was resurrected soon after.
Given the nature of Wanda’s powers and her connections to the Avengers and X-Men, it’s quite reasonable to expect Olsen to return as the Scarlet Witch. She has been given the opportunity to play Wanda in the Multiverse of Madness and the WandaVision series on Disney+; playing a version of Wanda that is powerless or has had her powers stripped away as an atonement could give the character a new dimension.
There’s also the possibility that 838-Wanda could cross over to the main Earth of the MCU proper. That choice would not only give Olsen the opportunity to play a new version of Wanda, but it could also bring Billy and Tommy back, especially since the TV side of the MCU seems to be gearing up for a Young Avengers adaptation and the twins are key members of that team.
Olsen even talked about a possible return during an interview with Collider, though he admitted he didn’t know what ability that return might entail. Either way, Multiverse of Madness probably isn’t the last that audiences have seen of Scarlet Witch.
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