From Trauma to Darkness: How the MCU Reinvented Scarlet Witch in Her Final Appearance with Doctor Strange
The dark path that Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, took in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness left many baffled followers. For some, this breakthrough has been a topic of debate, but recent statements could clarify the picture.
The Metamorphosis of Scarlet Witch
Before delving into the reasons for this passage, let’s remember that we discovered it in WandaVision Wanda used her chaos magic to turn Westview into the comedies I watched as a kid. Her main goal was to have a happy ending with Vision and her children, even if they weren’t real.
Subsequently, taking on her identity as the Scarlet Witch, Wanda embarks on an adventure in search of knowledge, being seen studying the Darkhold. It wasn’t long before she decided to make her way through the Multiverse, forcing America Chavez to lead her to a world where she could reunite with Billy and Tommy. This journey brought her into confrontation with the Illuminati of the Earth-838 universe, highlighting a clear turn towards evil.
This, as expected, sparked concern among his fans. In the book The Art of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Richie Palmer, one of the film’s producers, offered an explanation about Wanda’s dark journey.
“WandaVision has been an intense journey for the character. After experiencing this, it’s only natural that his next stop was a darker place. “He is not the happiest person after that show and we see how the most powerful being in the universe deals with the dilemma of happiness.”says Palmer. And he continues: “It’s a recurring theme in our film. Even Doctor Strange has difficulty with this. You saved the world, you sacrificed yourself for the common good, but are you happy? All of our characters face this question, which leads them to unexpected destinations. Wanda sees America as an opportunity to find happiness in the Multiverse. Being Scarlet Witch, stopping her will be difficult.”
A look at Wanda Maximoff’s emotional journey
Since his first appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wanda Maximoff He was a character involved in the tragedy. From the loss of her parents in Sokovia to Vision’s painful sacrifice in Infinity War, Wanda has embarked on a twisting emotional journey. Her ability to deal with these traumas, combined with her immense power, has led her to be a central figure in the MCU narrative.
Furthermore, his relationship with Multiverse and alternate dimensions promise to be an essential thematic axis in future Marvel films. The interest in exploring Wanda’s psychology greatly enriched the storyline and allowed fans to connect more deeply with her. This exploration of her complex and multifaceted character is a testament to Marvel’s commitment to the depth of her characters.
Inspired by comics
While some fans’ resistance to this creative decision is understandable, Palmer is a reminder the inspiration comes from comics. “We’re all comic book fans,” she explains. “In them, Scarlet Witch, for various reasons, does not always act with everyone’s well-being in mind. She kills people, she rewrites reality according to her whim. We’ve always said that because this character is part of our universe, we needed to honor her actions in the comics. “We thought it would be fun and that people would want to see it.”
At the end of this journey, Wanda decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to eradicate the Darkhold from the Multiverse. Although she appeared to have died on Wundagore Mountain, a flash of red before the mountain’s collapse makes us think that Scarlet Witch will return at some point.
What do you think of Scarlet Witch’s evolution in Phase 4 of the Marvel Universe?