Elizabeth Olsen claims back-to-back filming of WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness makes Scarlet Witch better. The actress reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff for both projects, the series being for Disney+ and the film for the big screen. She reunites with Paul Bettany’s Vision for the upcoming Disney+ show, which is set to kick off MCU’s Phase 4.
WandaVision will see the star-crossed lovers attempting to live a normal life in the suburbs as a newly-wed couple. While things look happy and perfect from the get-go, something disturbing seems to be happening for this to be possible. That is because Vision was already killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Whatever surprise awaits the fans, Olsen assures everyone that it is for Wanda’s betterment. Things will even turn out greater as she joins Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Speaking with Empire, the actress expressed her excitement to continue Wanda’s journey through the Sam Raimi film. Despite the back-to-back schedule, Olsen feels happy to go directly to Doctor Strange 2. She believes that her time working on her Disney+ show will help improve Wanda better for the film.
“I’ve spent the last year with Wanda. And it’s actually incredible to go back-to-back because I feel I can contribute so much more now,” Olsen says.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, production for all Marvel Studios projects was put on hold for a few months including WandaVision as a precautionary measure. But unlike other shows and movies, it wasn’t as affected, only getting delayed by at most a couple of months with its release now set for January 15, 2020. Until October, WandaVision was still busy filming with set photos showing the cast in varying period costumes. From there, Olsen is scheduled to start shooting Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in the United Kingdom sometime around the holidays. The Raimi and Cumberbatch project will be the second MCU film to be doing principal photography assuming that it sticks to this timeline, the other being Spider-Man 3.
WandaVision’s connection to Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness
Comic-Con 2019 in San Diego first confirmed the WandaVision series, highlighting its important role in MCU’s Phase 4. The announcement hinted at revelation of events from the show that will somehow lead into Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness. To further that connection, Wanda will also star in the sequel, although it remains unknown if Cumberbatch will cameo on hers.
Nevertheless, Olsen’s recent comment indicates a relationship between Wanda’s forged reality/world and Doctor Strange’s exploration of the multiverse. Whether it is a product of her fallen reality-bending shenanigans with Vision or something else remains to be seen. If WandaVision ends tragically with Wanda realizing that Vision isn’t really alive, we shall be on the lookout on its effect on her. One possibility is losing control over her powers, making her a threat that Doctor Strange would have to deal with.
WandaVision premieres on January 15, 2021 on Disney+. Watch its official trailer below.