Elizabeth Olsen Talks Why Wanda’s Role as a Mother is so Important in ‘Doctor Strange 2’
Having one of the most interesting and tragic character arcs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Elizabeth Olsen talks about why Wanda’s role as a Mother is so important to her journey in Doctor Strange 2; and why it supersedes everything else.
There are few characters in the vast and expansive history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that can boast the level of growth and evolution throughout their tenure than that of Wanda Maximoff.
Starting as a young child being drafted into this war of superheroism, Wanda has consistently endeared herself to audiences in her longstanding role in the Avengers universe.
It was her very own solo effort- in the fantastically and beloved WandaVision series- that truly explored and expounded upon the tremendous grief that burdened the character, and the circumstances that continued to engulf her in tragedy.
The series was the initial Marvel project that introduced the Scarlet Witch and birthed the entity within the MCU.
It was that persona that was one of the main focal points of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promotional campaign; promising audiences that the character would be of vital importance to the journey of the MCU’s multiversal adventure.
The film focused- as WandaVision did- on her deep love and connection to her children; but it was almost hyperfocused on that reality, which led many to question- with all the grief and mourning throughout her history- why these almost imagined children were the focus on her pursuits.
In a recent interview with Collider, Elizabeth Olsen talked about why Wanda’s Role as a mother was so important to her character arc in Doctor Strange 2.
Asked why Vision wasn’t a focus for her in the upcoming film, Olsen stated, “There’s a whole list of things, like my brother, my parents. U think the main reason when we would talk about if there is the multiverse, and in the version of the universe this woman wasn’t with Vision.”
She continued, “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 is your children, and that’s why.”
Olsen concluded, “The kids are a part of her myth as well. I think that’s also part of it. 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.”
The journey Wanda takes in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was easily the film’s most compelling, while Olsen has quietly established herself as one of the MCU’s most important figures.