If scenes of Wanda (the Scarlet Witch) seemed a little weird in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there might be a good reason for that: the sequel writers couldn’t watch WandaVision, because it wasn’t finished yet.
Co-star Elizabeth Olsen revealed this in a new interview with Vanity Fair As she re-watched scenes from the Disney+ series and the aforementioned movie again.
She said, “It’s a similar story between the Multiverse of Madness and WandaVision. There could be parallel stories being told there about dealing with grief and loss. I suggested that to the writers of the Multiverse. ‘And no, they didn’t watch it because it wasn’t over yet.’
Regarding the way Olsen delivered her performance, the actress said she should have tried to do it differently, even if she was essentially working on more or less the same story in both works.
She continued, “I had to attack the same subjects in order for them to be interesting to me, I think, and perhaps to the audience. I had to approach them from a different point of view.”
As fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know, the changes for Wanda between WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness were quite significant. WandaVision and Olsen’s performance in it garnered widespread acclaim thanks to its intricate look at Wanda’s grief as she deals with her losses and trauma, accidentally enslaving an entire city in the process.
But the Multiverse of Madness saw a much more brutal view of the character, though we can attribute a large part of that melancholy to the influence of the Darkhold book.
It is noteworthy that Olsen previously said that she hopes that the Scarlet Witch will find salvation, which may come in the Vision Quest series derived from WandaVision.