Actress Elizabeth Olsen has been receiving high praise for her performance as Wanda Maximoff and the Scarlet Witch in the new Marvel movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch), and the movie has received good reviews despite adopting a jarring new style, but one particular plot point has many Marvel fans asking a particular question.
Warning: spoilers ahead! If you haven’t seen this new Marvel film yet, read our spoiler-free review and head to theaters to see it before coming back. Marvel fans’ question involves one specific character: Vision (played by Paul Bettany).
Again: spoilers are ahead! In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elizabeth Olsen’s character Wanda Maximoff is recovering from the loss of her husband Vision and her two sons (which occurred in the Disney+ and Marvel series WandaVision).
Desperate to be with her two young sons again, Wanda sets out on a mission to kidnap newcomer Xochitl Gomez’s character America Chavez. America has the ability to travel in the Multiverse at will, and Wanda wants to use that power to usurp another Wanda’s happy life in a different universe.
Wanda’s mission to find a new life for herself, where she is happy with her boys forever, comes at a terrible cost. But many Marvel fans are wondering why Wanda’s goal doesn’t include a reunion with Vision. Vision is only mentioned briefly in the film, and he is clearly not the focus of Wanda’s dream life.
Vision isn’t even in the ideal life of a different Wanda, in another universe, that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Wanda wants to usurp. If Vision and Wanda love each other so much, fans are wondering why the Scarlet Witch hasn’t mentioned him at all in her goal for a peaceful domestic life — and Elizabeth Olsen answered that question in a recent interview with Collider!
When asked why Wanda was “not actually also searching for Vision in one of the other multiverses”, Olsen pointed out that it wasn’t just Vision who Wanda would theoretically be missing. “There’s a whole list of things, like my brother, my parents,” she mused. “I think the main reason when we would talk about if there is this multiverse, and in the version of the universe this woman wasn’t with Vision. We liked having that be a mystery. For some reason he’s not in her world”.
“I always thought of her as more of a domestic Wanda,” she continued. “They got divorced. They’re separated. She’s not wearing a wedding band for a reason. Like those kinds of things. We liked the idea of her being on her own. The idea really is that the most important thing once you become a mother in the world are your children, and that’s why”.
Elizabeth Olsen also added that Wanda’s status as a grieving mother (and possibly her use of the Darkhold) was what made her (as Collider put it) “laser-focused on finding the kids”. “The kids are part of her myth as well. I think that’s also part of it,” Olsen explained. “I do think that once you’re a mother the loss of your child is more painful than any other loss you could ever experience. That’s really why”.
So there you have it, Marvel fans! Vision wasn’t forgotten; he simply wasn’t meant to be a part of Wanda’s big goal in this Doctor Strange sequel at all. Have you seen the new Marvel movie yet?