In the opening photo, Elizabeth Olsen, interpreter of Wanda Maximoff in the movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. Courtesy Disney+/ Rachel Middlesworth.
Since the premiere of the series “WandaVision” (2021), the profile of the actress elizabeth olsen grew like foam. Her character, Wanda Maximoff, a secondary avenger from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), became one of the franchise’s strongholds, up there in relevance alongside Iron Man and Captain America. Not to mention her powers (hot topic in fan discussions), which video game have increased in level and in “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” (“Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness”), the most recent film in the saga, she uses to its full potential.
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Olsen comes to this story after a film career spanning more than 10 years. She is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, famous for the series “Three by Three” and a series of family films; “Lizzie”, as her friends call her, has combined her work in the MCU with films such as the remake of “Oldboy” (2013), the comedy “Ingrid Goes West” (2017) and the Facebook series “Sorry for Your Loss”. ” (2018). The “Multiverse…” confirms her rise.
Wanda and her reasons
Without wanting to spoiler, suffice it to say that the word heroine is no longer an accurate noun to refer to Wanda, who now embraces the identity of the Scarlet Witch. But what does the actress think? At the press conference for the film, Olsen said she was a defender of the character. Later, in a round table with Latin American media, El Comercio asked her if it was not difficult for her to empathize with her character, in view of the cruelty that she exerts on her in the film.
“It’s not difficult, no. I think it’s how I see all my characters, you have to… I don’t think we’re very aware, sometimes, of what we do. Especially when it comes to something that consumes a lot. I don’t think we’re fully aware of our own behavior, and I certainly think from her perspective and life experience, she (Wanda) feels justified. And all I can do is stand up for what she feels.”Elizabeth Olsen said.
In “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) takes on the responsibility of protecting teen hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who has the power to move freely from one universe to another. The Scarlet Witch, to recover her children, seeks that power, thus becoming the antagonist of the film.
It is not the only time that the actress plays a person of conduct, so to speak, questionable. After filming for Marvel, she played the real-life character Candy Montgomery, who in the ’80s killed her best friend, Betty Gore, by hitting her 41 times with an axe. “And I love her (as a character),” says Olsen, unable to contain his laughter. “I think it was a horrible situation. I will always have to defend my characters. I also think it is positive, in the world, that we defend people with whom we disagree”.
“I don’t think we’re fully aware of our own behavior, and I certainly think from her perspective and life experience, she (Wanda) feels justified.”
Interpretations and return
When the trailer for the film was released, there was a phrase that Wanda addressed to Doctor Strange, threatening: “You break the rules and become the hero. I do it and I become the enemy. It doesn’t seem fair to me.” Those words fit the story of both characters; After all, the sorcerer risked reality to help Spider-Man and paid no price; while the witch took a town hostage to process her duel and was considered an international danger.
This double standard has led some to interpret Wanda’s words as a comment on injustices towards women in a patriarchal society. But what does Olsen think? The actress, at least in this aspect, keeps her distance from her.
Olsen: “Someone had asked me if this is a feminist statement, what it means to be a woman, and it could be. It could be many things. I’m not a spokesperson for any kind of… I wouldn’t try to make any kind of grand statement that this represents such a thing. My goal as an actress is to present concepts and ideas for other people to interpret. I don’t have an agenda.”
Will we see more of the Scarlet Witch in the future? Olsen trusts that yes, although she does not have a confirmation from the studio to appease the need of those fans who, from their networks, and from their seats, expected the character to do whatever he wants. She is to look for her children, is to kill all those who get in her way. Reasons are not lacking.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
-“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is only available in theaters. In approximately two months it will arrive on the Disney + platform.
-Before watching the movie, it is recommended to watch the Disney+ series “WandaVision”.