Doctor Strange 2 Hints at Scarlet Witch’s Future Redemption
Wanda Maximoff can be swapped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to a character detail in Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness seemingly alters the character of Wanda Maximoff forever, but one small detail may hint at the former Avenger’s redemption. After the events of Wanda Vision, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) uses the Darkhold and embraces the chaos magic of the ancient Scarlet Witch, a mythical and dangerous sorceress, to try to find her children. Becoming a villain in her own right, she is only narrowly stopped by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). However, one important distinction between the character and her villainous alter ego may hint that Wanda could once again become a heroic Avenger.
Although originally introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron as an enhanced subject experienced by HYDRA, Wanda is ultimately revealed to be a mythical sorceress known as the Scarlet Witch by Agatha Harkness. Wanda’s ability to use chaos magic has always been within her, but emerges and is amplified through HYDRA’s testing. After the death of Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War and its post-blip re-emergence in Avengers: Endgame, Wanda uses her magic to enslave the town of Westview, creating an ideal life with Vision and her two children, Tommy and Billy. After coming to terms with her grief, she becomes possessed by the Darkhold, an evil tome that warps her mind.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness suggests that hope is not lost for the heroic Wanda Maximoff, as she might be a separate entity from the Scarlet Witch. The way Agatha describes the Scarlet Witch in Wanda Vision gives the impression that Wanda isn’t the only person to become a Chaos Magic user and not the only Scarlet Witch. Therefore, she can be influenced by chaos magic herself, making morally questionable decisions such as Westview’s enslavement explainable as evil magic and the Scarlet Witch’s personality influencing her actions. This is evidenced by his comment to Strange: “Wanda won’t come looking for her. It will be the scarlet witch“.
Although Wanda regains control and accepts her trauma at the end of Wanda Vision, meddling with the Darkhold causes her to regress. Sam Raimi’s film confirms that the Darkhold influences his behavior, leading him to attempt to kill the child, America Chavez, to take his multiverse jumping abilities. With confirmation that the Darkhold is behind her actions, and the possibility that the Scarlet Witch’s chaos magic will also influence her many brutal kills like Captain Carter and Mr. Fantastic, Wanda could still be redeemed in a future project.
There is precedent for the characters and their alter-egos being separate characters in Marvel comics. Sure, the Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner are separate personalities, but magical entities like the Phoenix Force prove that the Scarlet Witch and Wanda might be different beings. At the very least, it seems likely that the chaos magic dormant within Wanda and her status as a Scarlet Witch made Darkhold’s evil influence more natural for the former hero. It’s unlikely that Wanda Maximoff is truly dead at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessand she could return to her former role as a member of the Avengers, as she is not solely responsible for her actions.
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