Elizabeth Olsen doesn’t want kids to see Scarlet Witch as a role model.
Marvel Studios’ newest film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness features Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch in her biggest MCU film role to date. Fresh off of her acclaimed performance in the miniseries WandaVision, this film follows up with the character, still grappling with the events of her own standalone series.
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is one of the most complex characters in the entire MCU, and without giving too much away regarding her role in the new Doctor Strange movie, the development for her character further explores her innermost pain and some of the darkness she feels given the several years we’ve seen of her in which she experiences tragedy after tragedy.
While some fans expect to feel sympathy for Wanda, especially when portrayed by an actress as brilliant as Elizabeth Olsen, some are also curious about how far into the darkness she may fall given her powers as the Scarlet Witch. Given some of the massive mistakes she’s made, the actress feels that kids watching both WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shouldn’t look to her as a role model. She tells comicbook.com in an interview:
“I think the thing that I worry about is when people start saying, ‘Is she a role model to children?’ And I don’t like answering that question at all because she is a woman who’s made big mistakes, and I don’t want to think of her as a role model, encouraging kids to make similar violent mistakes.
Yeah. The only thing that worries me is she became this thing that even little kids loved and then we’re really pushing it with this one. So that’s the one thing where I’m like, ‘I don’t want to answer role model questions.'”
Part of what makes MCU films so resonant with audiences is in how it portrays its heroes as flawed, even when we’re expected to root for them. In the case for Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, both WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are a brilliant showcase of her emotional range. Whether or not she crosses certain lines that are too far for some audiences wanting to root for her is all on the viewer’s point-of-view, but that’s part of what makes her one of the most intriguing characters in the franchise.
Here is the synopsis for 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 mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the film, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.