With amazing storylines from Marvel Comics, the MCU has a golden opportunity to give a solo film to one of the most deserving women on the entire MCU roster. Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) has been captivating Marvel fans for the past seven years. Since she made her MCU debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans have been clamoring for a Scarlet Witch solo film. Wanda is a character who has suffered more loss and devastation than perhaps any other member of the Avengers. The grief and trauma she experiences in the Infinity Saga were finally explored in WandaVision (MCUs best 2021 release). Not only did the Disney + hit series give fans a deeper look into the beloved character, but it also gave Wanda a chance to lead her own story – something that was not previously afforded to her before.
While some may have had complaints about WandaVision, one absolute certainty is that Olsen is dynamite as Wanda, and watching Wanda’s ascension to her true status as The Scarlet Witch – and, by extension, Olsen’s rise in the overall franchise – is magnificent to behold. Now that we know without a doubt that the Scarlet Witch will be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, plus the recent rumor that Olsen just signed a seven-year extension of her contract with the MCU, it is time to start wondering: when will we get a Scarlet Witch standalone film? With amazing storylines from Marvel Comics such as House of M, and others, the MCU has a golden opportunity to give a solo film to one of the most deserving females in the entire Marvel Cinematic Roster. As such, here’s why Elizabeth Olsen deserves a solo Scarlet Witch movie.
House of M and Other Comic Gems
The Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful characters ever created by Marvel Comics. Misuse of her power has often cast her as the villain (which is something that may be explored in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness), but there are many amazing stories from the comics that the MCU can use to help continue Wanda’s character development and solidify her role as the Scarlet Witch in a way that pays tribute to the comics. House of M includes one of the best storylines in the history of Marvel Comics as the Scarlet Witch suffers a mental breakdown and attempts to bend reality in order to bring her lost children back to life. This storyline was explored briefly in WandaVision, but there is so much more content with which the brilliant writers at Marvel Studios could take in a variety of directions. The introduction of Agatha Harkness and the subsequent announcement of an Agatha: House of Harkness spinoff suggests that the MCU is just getting started exploring the realm of witchcraft. And with the reveal that Professor Xavier will be in Multiverse of Madness, that opens the door for Magneto (Wanda’s father in the comics) to make his entrance into the MCU. Regardless, Wanda’s story is not over; in fact, it may only be just getting started.
A Strong, Complex, and Flawed Female Lead
Wanda has caused a lot of problems for the Avengers (even after she betrayed Ultron and joined the team). She has always had the best of intentions, but her inability to control her power has landed her in a unique position in the MCU where typically heroes and villains are clearly defined. Wanda’s actions in WandaVision are inexcusable. She tortured an entire town in order to have her own sitcom fantasy life. It is the ultimate expression of selfishness (and love). Doctor Strange appears uninterested in Wanda’s actions in Westview, and Wanda pretty much just bailed after releasing the people of Westview from her spell. Wanda has seen no consequences for her actions, and if the ending of WandaVision and the trailers for Multiverse of Madness are any indication, Wanda will continue meddling with the “chaos magic” she possesses and may be willing to commit even more atrocities in the hope of finding her children.
This is what makes the Scarlet Witch such a rarity in the MCU. She is a character that is not so cut and dry when it comes to hero or villain. That allows for her character to go in a variety of directions. Elizabeth Olsen has proven she can carry a show as she received equal billing with Paul Bettany in WandaVision and is also getting equal billing with Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) in Multiverse of Madness. Based on the trailer for Multiverse of Madnessthe Scarlet Witch apparently will be causing all sorts of trouble that Doctor Strange (and what looks like the MCU’s version of the Illuminati) will have to find a way to stop before she destroys reality itself.
Seven Years of MCU Excellence
The Scarlet Witch’s legacy of excellence extends all the way back to 2015’s Age of Ultron when Wanda Maximoff first graced the screen, creating millions of new fans of the Scarlet Witch in the process. She kicked off Phase Four of the MCU with Paul Bettany’s Vision in 2021’s WandaVision which has been met with massive critic and audience acclaim. Finally seeing Wanda ascend to her role as the Scarlet Witch was one of the best moments in MCU history. Her role going forward is unclear, but with Elizabeth Olsen signing a huge new seven-year contract with Marvel Studios, it is safe to say that we will be getting more brilliant performances from Elizabeth Olsen. The bigger question is will she be a villain, a hero, or a bit of both?
Potential Tie-In to House of Harkness Disney + Series
Kathryn Hahn’s portrayal of Agatha Harkness was one of the biggest highlights of WandaVision. When it was revealed that it was “Agatha All Along…,” fan theories were proven correct that the nosy neighbor Agnes was, in fact, the witch Agatha Harkness, who in the comics has played a mentor role to the Scarlet Witch. With the Agatha: House of Harkness spinoff in the works, we could potentially see the two witches join forces to face off against Mehpisto, Nightmare, or some yet to be named “big bad.” Whether Wanda is featured in House of Harkness is at this point unknown. But with the MCU delving into magic, witches, and the multiverse, the possibilities are endless. Regardless, there is no doubt that we will be seeing more of Wanda Maximoff and Agatha Harkness, which is fine with this audience!
The Scarlet Witch’s Massive Fan Base
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is amongst the most popular MCU heroes to date. Her charisma, her charm, her choices, her on-screen presence, and ability to steal a scene are masterful. Another reason the Scarlet Witch’s fan base is so large is because, again, she is not your average “hero.” In fact, many MCU fans see her as a villain. Olsen’s ability to emote her crushing depression in WandaVision is palpable. The audience feels Wanda’s heart break as she says good-bye to Vision and her children in the WandaVision finale. Now, all signs are pointing to an angry, driven Scarlet Witch who does not care who she has to hurt or what she has to do in order to find her lost children as the trailers for Multiverse of Madness have hinted. This brings us to another reason fans love the Scarlet Witch – her relatability. While the MCU has a diverse group of heroes and anti-heroes who have relatable attributes, Wanda Maximoff’s motivation and desperation to find her children is something to which any person can relate. Whether Wanda will get a happy ending remains a mystery. One thing, however, is absolutely clear: fans of the MCU and Marvel Comics love the Scarlet Witch, and they want more of her.
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