Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness proved to be one of the most financially successful movies of the MCU’s Phase 4 slate, but also fired up a number of fierce debates among fans. One of those debates centered on Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and whether the movie’s ambiguous finale saw her leave the franchise for good. Now it seems that the truth of Wanda Maximoff’s fate has been revealed in a new book that looks to explain everything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s timeline of events.
For those still hoping that Scarlet Witch could have survived the destruction of Mount Wundagore, an entry in Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline seemingly brings bad news, confirming that Wanda’s attempts to stop the spells of the Darkhold being misused in future resulted in her death. According to the book:
“[Wanda] destroys Wundagore – and collapses it upon herself – ending two great threats to all of the Multiverse.”
This is probably not what the many fans of Elizabeth Olsen and her popular Marvel character wanted to hear, but to hammer home what seems to be a final answer in the debate, the book also includes a symbol denoting the death of a major character. And with that, the story of Scarlet Witch appears to have come to an end. At least, in this timeline.
Of course, the Marvel Cinematic Universe no longer has a single, linear timeline. The expanding multiverse has rendered every previous character death irrelevant, as thanks to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the second season of Loki, fans have been shown that it is possible for many versions of the same character to exist across multiple multiverse branches. Multiverse of Madness already showed another version of Wanda, living in another universe with her children, and this could be just one of the ways that Wanda and Scarlet Witch can still figure in future MCU plans.
Even if this does not happen, there are other opportunities for Elizabeth Olsen to reprise her role in an upcoming series like Agatha: The Darkhold Diaries, or in her own solo movie, a la Black Widow. Both the actress and her comic book alter ego both have a very large following online, and with many of them believing that she was not deserving of her Multiverse of Madness ending, there is a good chance that she could get another, better received ending as part of the Avengers: Secret Wars movie in a few years’ time.
Until then, there are plenty of ways for fans to relive Wanda’s best moments via Disney+ where every MCU movie and TV show are currently streaming, including the hugely successful WandaVision, the series that kick-started a whole new playground for Marvel Studios in the world of television streaming. The new book, Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline, is available to buy now.
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Marvel’s new book details events of the MCU’s timeline has revealed the truth about Scarlet Witch’s Multiverse of Madness fate. Read More