Following her disintegration in Avengers: Infinity War, Elizabeth Olsen confesses that she almost didn't return as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Following her dusty demise at the end of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, Elizabeth Olsen admits that Wanda Maximoff was almost killed off for good. In 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the fan-favorite character was formally introduced to the MCU as a malicious ally of Ultron, alongside her twin brother Pietro, a.k.a. Quicksilver. Wanda soon joined the heroic Avengers and, after the death of Pietro, became a crucial character in Earth's Mightiest Heroes' second lineup. Captain America: Civil War featured her enormous power and emotional weakness, with the young hero eventually escaping as a fugitive alongside her protector-turned-lover, Vision.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda and Vision returned from exile to assist Thanos in Wakanda. Thanos murdered Wanda's great love and successfully decimated half of the Universe in the climactic battle, resulting in Wanda's disintegration in what has become known as 'The Blip.' Wanda was brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame by Hulk and the other surviving heroes, and she assisted in the final defeat of Thanos. Despite this, Vision remained dead, and in the 2020 miniseries WandaVision, Wanda found herself dealing with her grief by transforming into the strong Scarlet Witch and manifesting her twin offspring, Billy and Tommy. Wanda's most recent appearance is in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was just released.
Why is Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange 2 so different from WandaVision?
Despite her recent rise to fan favourite status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Olsen's Wanda was nearly killed off in Infinity War. According to a recent article in the New York Times, the character's faked death initially satisfied "Olsen's three-film contract," and the actor wasn't obligated to return in Endgame, explaining, "the choice to chose to continue was vital to me." Kevin Feige was able to persuade her to stay with the franchise by pitching the WandaVision series in 2021. Despite her initial reservations over what appeared to be a "demotion" to television, Olsen eventually agreed to what would become Wanda's most popular storyline.
Olsen was able to star in WandaVision, which was a popular launching pad for Marvel's Disney+ library, thanks to her comeback in Endgame. Wanda now stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness, with many fans appreciating the actor's complex, heartbreaking performance. Wanda's future in the MCU beyond this recent turn is unknown, but the Scarlet Witch might resurface in the WandaVision spinoff Agatha: House of Darkness, among other possibilities.
It's fascinating to consider how different MCU Phase 4 might have been if Olsen hadn't survived the snap in Avengers: Infinity War. WandaVision and Doctor Strange 2 both explored the character's contrasted anguish and vast, scary power, making her the torn heart and soul of Marvel's most recent era. Many fans will be happy to Olsen after knowing that she has decided to continue her journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.