One of the biggest questions surrounding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is the status of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff.
When audiences last saw the Scarlet Witch, she was bringing down Mount Wundagore, simultaneously destroying all copies of the Darkhold throughout the multiverse.
While it appeared as if Wanda had sacrificed herself in the process, the fate of the former Avenger remained unclear.
Elizabeth Olsen Has Remained Coy
Following Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Olsen remained aloof about her possible future in the MCU.
While she has often spoken about her gratefulness for her time in the MCU and hinted that she would be open to returning should Kevin Feige call, at other times she has seemed to be relieved to be out of the chaotic world of Marvel.
In June, the WandaVision star told The White Lotus actress Meghann Fahy that she did not miss playing Wanda.
“No, I don’t,” Olsen responded. “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.”
Wanting To Branch Out
Then in September, Olsen talked about the importance of branching out from Marvel and stated that she was excited to try other films.
“I’m trying to figure out… Because, specifically in the last four years, my output has been Marvel,” Olsen said. “I don’t want… it’s not that I don’t want to be associated as just this character. But I really feel like I need to be building other parts back up for balance. I so much want to do films right now. And I hope some of them come together in the way I feel like they can. But yeah, that’s something that I need. I just need other characters in my life. There’s no longevity in one character.”
Well, as it turns out, speculation surrounding Olsen’s MCU return may have been for naught.
New MCU Book Confirms Wanda’s Fate
In the new book The MCU: An Official TImeline, Marvel confirmed the fate of Scarlet Witch, revealing that she did in fact die destroying Mount Wundagore.
“[Wanda] destroys Wundagore — and collapses it upon herself — ending two great threats to all of the Multiverse,” the passage reads.
While no one is ever really gone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and things could obviously change, for now at least, it appears as if Wanda Maximoff is dead. Thus ends one of the more interesting arcs in the history of the MCU.
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