Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness! Elizabeth Olsen describes
Sam Raimi and Michael Waldron may have led the creative charge Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But the film’s principal actors also had a say in how their journeys unfolded in the new sequel. And while speaking with Variety, Elizabeth Olsen discussed what her goals were for Wanda Maximoff’s shocking descent into villainy.
Olsen’s appearance follows up on her headlining turn in Disney+’s WandaVision, which showed viewers just how erratic Wanda can get after losing a loved one. Now that she’s embracing her Scarlet Witch persona and under the influence of the Darkhold, Wanda poses even more of a threat. However, Olsen wanted to guarantee that Multiverse of Madness didn’t simply offer a retread of WandaVision’s themes.
“There were just beats that I felt like were almost too similar, as opposed to reflective,” said Olsen. “I just wanted everything to feel like some version of an advancement, even if the advancement is someone feeling a different reaction to to the pain and loss. We also haven’t seen her have a reaction to what happened in Westview. Even if we watched her go through trauma and loss, we haven’t seen her go through the loss of the children. I think, for any parent — I would assume, because I’m not one — the loss of the child would always be much harder than the loss of anyone else important in your life.”
“I just wanted to make sure it was a constant evolution forward and not repetitive,” continued Olsen. “And so it was just slight adjustments. I couldn’t do any major changes because sets were being built and things like that. And schedules were being made, although in flux. But, yeah, I was trying to figure out how do we not be repetitive? How do we create an evolution? How do we make this different but still part of the woman that we know?”
Olsen also brought up one of her most emotional scenes in the film, and surprisingly, it happened completely by accident.
“There’s a moment where I have to snap at people I love, and that was a difficult scene,” revealed Olsen. “One of the people that I love — the little people that I love — they were throwing things at me in the scene, and accidentally smacked my face really hard. And that was the best reaction. And I felt so bad that I used it as the actor and let it inform how I responded to these people that I love. Because they were terrified after. It really was something I did not enjoy at all, but I knew it’d be good for the scene.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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