brake alert: This story discusses the main plot points of the Marvel Studios movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” currently in theaters. Don’t read until you see the movie.
Practically from the moment Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, announced that Elizabeth Olsen would star in the Disney+ series “WandaVision,” he also made it clear that the events of that show would be linked to Olsen’s subsequent appearance as Wanda Maximov in the feature film “Doctor Strange” in the multiverse of Madness. . “
What did Feige note It was revealed—and what Disney carefully withheld in its marketing of the film until its release in theaters—that Wanda did not appear as a native of Strange in “Multiverse of Madness”: she’s the villain.
At the end of WandaVision, Wanda fully accepts her identity as the Scarlet Witch, one of the most powerful users of magic in the universe. But she must also unleash her grip on Westview town to free its citizens from mind control. In doing so, she abandons her children Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jet Klein), who can only exist in Wanda’s magical spell on Westview.
In “Multiverse of Madness,” we learn that the loss of her children—along with her extended study and exposure to Darkhold, a book on corrupting black magic—has pushed Wanda to focus on finding a way to return to her children. This leads Wanda on a relentless pursuit of America Chavez (Zochitel Gomez), a teenage girl with the ability to travel across the multiverse. Wanda wants to take America’s power to be in a world where her boys still exist, but that would kill America in the process. So Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wong (Benedict Wong) and the rest of the Kamar wizards choose the crown to protect America and stop Wanda.
Fatal error. Great. With Wanda in complete control of her powers as the Vermilion Witch, she kills almost everyone on her way to America, including the Illuminati, a team of superheroes in an alternate land that includes Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Hayley Atwell as Captain Carter.
In the hands of horror director Sam Raimi, it’s terrifying to see. It’s also been controversial for some fans who had trouble matching the unfortunate Wanda at the end of “WandaVision” with the scarlet witch of “Multiverse of Madness” willing to take the life of anyone who stands in her way.
It turns out Olsen was one of those people — at first. In an interview with diverseShe discusses her surprise when she learned of Wanda’s role in The Dark Side, how she accepted her and what was the most challenging scene for her to play. (Hint: includes the Wanda boys.)
What was your reaction when you found out that Wanda was the villain in the movie?
Well, I knew I was going to be on Doctor Strange, but I thought I’d be, like, on set. So I guess at first I was nervous and conflicted, because I hadn’t finished “WandaVision” yet, but we were almost done. And I said, “Oh my God, how do I make all of this work together?” we got there; I got there. And it becomes a great opportunity to get people drawn in by this woman in “WandaVision” and feel her, and then, you know, manipulate them in this movie, where they stand by her and then feel conflicted. So I thought this was a great opportunity.
You’ve said in the past that you really worked to make sure this movie honors what happened in “WandaVision.” What did you feel was necessary for the movie to have this connection?
There were only tones that felt very similar, unlike the reflection. I just wanted everything to look like a version of progress, even if the progress was someone feeling a different reaction to pain and loss. Nor have we seen her have a reaction to what happened in Westview. Even if we watched her go through trauma and loss, we haven’t seen her go through the loss of children. I think, for any parent – I’ll assume, because I’m not one – losing a child will always be much more difficult than losing any significant other in your life. I just wanted to make sure it was a continuous evolution forward and not repetitive. So it was just a minor tweak. I couldn’t make any big changes because groups and things like that were built in. The tables were drawn, albeit in a state of flux. But, yeah, I was trying to figure out how not to get repetitive? How do we develop? How do we make this different but still a part of the woman we know?
How did it feel to kill all those characters? I mean, I’m not going to get past a photo of Patrick Stewart’s headshot.
I – I was – was supposed to kill more. I had a hard time with her. I was like, these are human beings and Wanda is okay with ending their lives? But I just had to stick around and I think all these people were getting in her way and she warned Dr. Strange not to get in her way. him too. did not listen. And so I had to turn from this point of view.
Was there a scene that you found particularly difficult to play?
I think the hardest thing was – I know we’re doing this interview after it’s released, but I still worry about talking about it without spoilers. But there comes a moment when I have to take pictures of the people I love, and that was a tough scene. One of the people I love—the little people I love—were throwing things at me at the scene, accidentally hitting my face so hard. This was the best reaction. And I felt so bad that I used her as an actor and let her tell me how I responded to these people I love. Because they weren’t yet. It was really something I didn’t enjoy at all, but I knew it would be good for the scene.
Given how this movie ended, would you expect to return to the MCU?
Weird I was expecting to come back but no one told me I was doing anything! But in my opinion, I just assume they will host me again. I don’t know to what capacity, but I hope to come back. I hope there is more fun in something different. Where to go? I feel like we did a lot with her. It’s really been a wild couple of years with her.