WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen confirmed fan speculation that the writers of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn’t know how her character’s arc concluded in the Disney+ series.
During a chat with Vanity Fair, Olsen admits that her character’s journey in WandaVision is the same as in Multiverse of Madness because writer Michael Waldron and director Sam Raimi weren’t able to see the limited series as it wasn’t completed yet. “It’s a similar arc in Multiverse of Madness that it is in WandaVision,” Olsen said. “There could be parallel stories being told there of dealing with grief and loss. Well, I proposed that to the writers who wrote ‘Multiverse of Madness?’ [laughs]. I said, ‘Do you know what we’re doing in ‘WandaVision‘? Have you seen it?’ And no, they had not seen it ’cause it wasn’t finished yet.”
Both projects have Wanda dealing with grief and loss in destructive ways, prompting her to abuse her powers. After losing Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda creates an idyllic but fake suburban life in Westview, New Jersey that keeps her partner alive and allows them to build a family. The world in WandaVision eventually crumbles and Wanda has to come to terms with her loss and accept what she created wasn’t real to begin with.
Multiverse of Madness’ Repetition
In Multiverse of Madness, despite following the events of WandaVision, Wanda is still processing grief in unhealthy ways and tries to use America Chavez, a teenager capable of traveling the multiverse, to reunite with the children she created during her time in Westview. In order to approach these dynamics differently, Olsen had to find a way to perform them from an angle that didn’t tread familiar ground. “So I had to try and, I don’t know, play it differently, right? I had to attack the same themes in order for it to be interesting for me, I think, and potentially for the audience,” the actor said. “I just had to come at it from a different point of view so that it wasn’t repetitive.”
Olsen previously admitted that she wasn’t dissatisfied with her story in the Doctor Strange sequel, but she did try to explain to the writing team what was going on during WandaVision since it was being produced concurrently with Multiverse of Madness. Many fans found the reversal of Wanda’s character jarring, leading many to criticize the Marvel Cinematic Universe film as inconsistent and poorly written.
WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are available to stream on Disney+.
Source: Vanity Fair
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