Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ends on an ambiguous note for Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, and writer Michael Waldron has addressed whether or not she survives.
In the last moments of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wanda almost gets what she wanted all along. Her desire to be reunited with the children she created and then lost WandaVision almost comes to fruition as she uses America Chavez’s powers to invade a world where her boys still exist. Faced with her children’s terror as she attacks her alternate self, Wanda suddenly realizes her mistake and abandons her mission. She then destroys the Darkhold from which she derived her dark new powers, bringing down the castle atop Mount Wundagore.
It is implied that Wanda does not survive, but Michael Waldron has now chimed in on the discussion of her ultimate fate. Wanda’s death isn’t explicitly shown onscreen, and in a Marvel film, that ambiguity is enough to indicate that a character isn’t finished. Elizabeth Olsen’s performance as Wanda has also proved incredibly popular with fans and it’s likely Marvel will want to keep her. Speaking to Variety, Waldron revealed:
“I think it’s a matter of interpretation. She performed a sort of sacrificial act that destroyed the Darkhold in every universe, which protects Wanda from being seduced by the Darkhold in every universe. Whether she is dead or not remains to be seen. I know what it’s like to love characters and not want them gone and hate when they do bad things. But that’s part of the fun of looking at stuff and getting carried away.”
Wanda’s dramatic transition from hero to villain, revealed gradually over the course of the events of WandaVision before it reaches its peak Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was one of the MCU’s most compelling and surprising character arcs. While it’s not yet clear where this storyline will lead next, it looks unlikely that Elizabeth Olsen is done with Wanda.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the bewildering and dangerous alternate realities of the multiverse to face a mysterious new foe.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams and Patrick Stewart.
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