Elizabeth Olsen Opens Up About Her Break from Marvel and Not Missing Scarlet Witch Days


Elizabeth Olsen   is currently taking a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and she’s enjoying it. In a conversation with actress Meghann Fahy as part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, Olsen candidly expressed that she doesn’t miss playing her character, Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch.

When Fahy asked if she missed portraying Wanda, Olsen replied,

“No, I don’t. I think it’s been almost 10 years of playing her. And I’ve loved it. And I think the reason why I am not calling Kevin Feige every day with ideas is because I’m really proud of what we were able to do.

I think ‘WandaVision’ was a really surprising opportunity.” Olsen further added, “If someone were to tell me that I’m fired from Marvel movies, I will feel proud of what we made. And I really am just trying to figure out how to load up other films and characters so it becomes less about the Marvel of it all.”

Fahy commended Olsen’s response, calling it a great and honest answer. As of now, Olsen doesn’t know when or if she will return to the MCU as Scarlet Witch, a role she has played since 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the latest appearance of Wanda in 2022’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” her character sacrificed herself to destroy the Darkhold, an evil book of sorcery that had corrupted her and turned her into a villain.

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated in a previous interview with Variety that there is much more to explore with Scarlet Witch and that they hadn’t touched on many of her core storylines from the comics. He expressed his willingness to work with Olsen for as long as possible and mentioned the possibilities that the multiverse opens up. However, Olsen’s return to the MCU remains uncertain.

In interviews following the release of “Doctor Strange” sequel, Olsen admitted her surprise at the direction Marvel took Scarlet Witch, making her a villain. She revealed that she initially felt nervous and conflicted about how to make the transition from “WandaVision,” where her character was vulnerable and well-developed, to “Multiverse of Madness,” where she became a full-fledged villain. However, she embraced the opportunity to win over the audience in “WandaVision” and then manipulate their feelings in the subsequent film.

Olsen has expressed her desire for Scarlet Witch to have more humor if the character were to return to the MCU in the future. For the full conversation between Olsen and Fahy, you can read the “Actors on Actors” discussion on Variety’s website.

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