Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is here and fans have started descending from the top of the Sam Raimi-led epic. This epic The sequel took six years to prepare and finally offers a second solo adventure for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange as he jaunts through multiple realities alongside Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez.
Warning: the rest of this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
This film has many fans talking, as it amazingly turned the Scarlet Witch into the main antagonist. It comes after Wanda Maximoff got her hands on the Darkhold at the end of Wanda Visionopening it up to a world of dark, evil chaos magic.
However, now the question of whether Wanda is alive has come to light thanks to the final moments of Multiverse of Madness. Sacrificing herself to destroy the Darkhold across the multiverse, she supposedly perishes in the rubble of a crumbling Wundagore mountain, though a cloud of red smoke in the carnage makes one wonder if the Scarlet Witch is in fact dead. .
Well, Mom Screenwriter Michael Waldron addressed those final moments, giving his thoughts on Wanda’s death.
No more Wanda after the Multiverse of Madness
In an interview with Variety, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Scribe Micheal Waldron wondered if the Scarlet Witch was really dead in the final moments of Marvel’s latest big-screen epic.
He said that with the red smoke present in the supposed death scene, his passing is “to interpret.” After his sacrificial act to destroy the Darkhold, he says that remains to be seen “whether she is dead or not:”
“I think it’s up to you. She did some kind of sacrificial act that destroyed the Darkhold in every universe, which protects Wanda in every universe from being seduced by the Darkhold. Whether she’s dead or not remains to be seen. No. I know what it’s like to love characters and not want them to go away and hate when they do bad things. But that’s part of the fun of watching stuff and getting swept up in it.
The screenwriter also shared his thoughts on the fan uproar over Wanda’s turn in the film, after all she’s been through in Wanda Vision. He clarified that he “wouldn’t change anything about what they did” and that Wanda becomes the main villain of Multiverse of Madness was a continuation of the grief she felt in Wanda Vision, so “it made sense to [him]:“
“No, I don’t wish WandaVision had done anything differently. I wouldn’t change anything they did. My interpretation of WandaVision is that it faces its grief and lets go of the people it she’s got it under her control, but I don’t think she’s necessarily resolving her grief on this show, and I don’t think she’s resolving her anger. Maybe she’s able to say goodbye to Vision, but I think she really fell in love with those kids. I think all those hanging threads are the things the Darkhold feeds on when she gets Agatha’s Darkhold. You see in the final scene of WandaVision, that tag – the mistake that our Wanda makes is that she opens the Darkhold. She starts reading, and I think that feeds into her desire to have these children and to have them for real this time. So yeah, it is how I got there. It made sense to me and it made sense p for our teams because we have built history.
Wanda or Gone-da?
As much as fans don’t want to hear it, no one’s ever truly died in the MCU. This is not confirmation that in fact Wanda Maximoff died at the end of Multiverse of Madness. But if she did, she’s only one Kevin Feige announcement away from making history again.
Of course, Waldron isn’t going to confirm or deny either way. Even he surely doesn’t know if she’s dead or not. But with rumors pointing to a potential Scarlet Witch-centric movie, it looks like Olsen will be back as the character sooner rather than later.
Elizabeth Olsen has become one of the MCU’s biggest stars, so for her to step out as unceremoniously as she did in the strange doctor the rest would be a bit flat. She will have her moment of redemption, it’s just a matter of when.
And as for Waldron’s comments regarding the connective tissue between Mom and Wanda Vision, fans who were upset by the character’s turn will have to take that answer for now. Many have speculated what the filmmakers thought of the Disney+ series, but Waldron puts those questions to bed. He definitely thinks the character’s transition into a full-fledged villain makes sense. That doesn’t mean fans have to like this answer, but at least they got one.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness can be seen in theaters now.
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