The pandemic was a difficult time to shoot and most performing artists felt the struggles presented by the time. Recently Elizabeth Olsen shared that she had a very hard time when preparing for her role in Doctor Strange's sequel film.
The latest film starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of Doctor Strange follows closely along with the events of WandaVision, the Disney+ series that features the titular superheroes Wanda and Vision. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness released, it was revealed how far the effects of the events of WandaVision reached.
Most notably, the character of Wanda Maximoff saw a great deal of change in the film and as she was presented to be the villain character of the story. The Scarlet Witch was hence seen to be presented in a negative light.
Talking with Variety, Elizabeth Olsen opened up about the various nuances of her character and how she reacted when she first understood the capacity in which her character was to be used in the latest Doctor Strange sequel.
The story of Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness follows closely the events of WandaVision and where the things were left off at the end of the series. However, the roles are slightly reversed this time.
While Wanda was initially the ally of Doctor Strange and has always been seen in a role acting as a co-hero in the narrative right along with Doctor Strange, Multiverse of Madness sees her in her evil avatar through the entire length of the film. The film shows Wanda looking for her children.
It is important to note that Wanda is not in an active search for Vision and does not even mention her sibling or her parents in the film. Her strong character is solely focused on finding the children that she had had in WandaVision. The film strongly relies on the fact that the loss of children by far exceeds any other loss for a mother.
Needless to say, the Scarlet Witch is truly ruthless as she continues her search for her children and she could descend to do just about anything to meet them again. Another explanation that can explain why Wanda is not looking for Vision or why he is not mentioned is that the character is portrayed in a different universe altogether and that she and Vision might not have met.
Fan theories also suggest that they could be divorced or separated since Wanda does not wear any wedding band on her finger.
Hence, in her brutal search to locate and find her children, Olsen portrays a formidable villain in Wanda who does not blink twice before handing out incredible damage or think before she passes the swing for murder. Her brutal character led to the death of countless people and Wanda is not even fazed by any of it.
While the character is integral to the story, Elizabeth explained that she was supposed to accomplish so much more with her character in the Doctor Strange sequel. However, the original plan was foiled since she had a very hard time when it came to preparing for her as the Scarlet Witch.
She had initially worked with the character on amicable terms since Wanda was not a despicable villain in the Disney+ series. Yet, Olsen had to completely change the way she perceived her character for the film and figure out a way of acting where she could relay just how evil the character had become in this universe.
The actress shared that the original script demanded more bloodshed and deaths from her hand. Of course, it was a difficult thing for her to portray and prepare herself for.
She admitted that ending all these human lives, even while acting took a toll on her and she could not come to terms with the fact that Wanda would be doing all this killing.
However, she was able to see that it was necessary for her character since she was a mother and would not stand anything that came in her way and the route she would need to take to find her children. She had already warned Doctor Strange to not block her way and all the people that she killed were actually standing in her way and she had to remove them.
It was Strange who did not heed her warning and still chose to oppose her. Hence, Olsen admitted that this viewpoint and approach toward the character helped her portray her from a better viewpoint and aided in the making of the film.
The most appreciable part of the film is that though Wanda becomes a truly despicable villain in the Doctor Strange story and doles out death without any regret, her character is not lessened to a villain and she holds just about as much power as the hero of the film does.
Elizabeth Olsen is not sure if she will be continuing portraying the character in further Marvel franchises and explained that she began with a very small contract with the Studi and periodically lengthens it as need be. This way there is more flexibility in her character and she gets to state her terms.
Yet, Marvel is still open to the character of Wanda and she will always have a place to return to if she chooses to come back and carry on with the story. The actress said that she expects to return to the franchise sometime in the future but she does not know what is in store for her character.
The actress shared that she is assuming she will be welcome on the sets of Marvel once again and while she does not know in what capacity she would be making the return, there is the chance that they will have her back. She admits that there is so much that has shifted for Wanda now as a character and if she continues for a few more years, things could turn pretty wild!