Doctor Strange 2 Writer Supports Scarlet Witch’s Dark Evolution

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The following article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMarvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released last Friday and has racked up an impressive $500 million worldwide. Director Sam Raimi marked his return to the MCU with the new film, joining screenwriter Michael Waldron to create one of the most controversial MCU projects to date.

Raimi brought his unique direction to the strange doctor sequel, infusing the film with its signature horrific vision, which for many qualified it as Marvel Studios’ first true horror film. The gruesome elements at play were obvious, but the main cause of the scare was a notable MCU character, Wanda Maximoff. Elizabeth Olsen’s character embodied the character of the Scarlet Witch, killing anyone who prevented her from traveling the multiverse in search of her children.

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The violence was quite graphic compared to other MCU projects, especially Scarlet Witch’s vicious manipulation of the Illuminati. Many were surprised by the character’s violent plunge into darkness, but Waldron defended the ark based on the events of the Marvel Studios original series. Wanda Vision. While speaking with Variety, Waldron noted that his immense grief and possession of the Darkhold were the driving forces that sparked the depravity within his character.

“After watching, experimenting and studying ‘WandaVision,’ I felt like she was at the point, in possession of the Darkhold, where she was ready to kick ass,” Waldron said. “She had reached this point that she reaches in the comics, and we could presumably achieve that.” Audiences, however, felt that Wanda’s character change was abrupt, with no truly natural progression across the spectrum. Marvel Studios could have mitigated the issue somewhat with a sturdier bridge connecting the endgame character’s arc. Wanda Vision on his arrival in Multiverse of Madness.


However, Waldron and the team at Marvel Studios felt the bond was strong and charted the appropriate course for Wanda’s violent descent into darkness. “My interpretation of ‘WandaVision’ is that she faces her grief and lets go of the people she has under her control,” Waldron noted. “But I don’t think she necessarily resolves her grief on this show, and I don’t think she resolves her anger.” Waldron further explained that the iconic Darkhold, which Wanda obtained from Agatha, fed off of her anger and her desire to find her lost children, which ultimately allowed her character to Multiverse of Madness act like she did.


The sudden change in Wanda’s character may seem abnormal to fans who missed the Wanda Vision series, but the plot laid the groundwork for his eventual submergence into madness. Her character’s level of brutality was unexpected, but it made sense in the scope of her emotional navigation through trauma. It’s unclear if audiences will see the Scarlet Witch again in the MCU, but as Waldron noted, “that remains to be seen.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in theaters.

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Source: Variety


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