Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 6, 2022. The sequel to Doctor Strange will see Sam Raimi return to the superhero genre in a movie that promises to be the boldest and craziest MCU work to date. The recently released Super Bowl trailer revealed a lot of new information about the movie, but it raised even more questions. One of these questions refers to Wanda’s role in the movie, and we are going to tell you whether the Scarlet Witch is going to be good or bad in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
At this moment, the Scarlet Witch’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is not completely known. From what we’ve seen in the trailer, two Wandas are going to appear in the movie, and the trailer suggests that one of them is going to be a more menacing version of the character we know. Whether she’s the actual villain of the movie is still unknown.
The rest of this article is going to focus on Wanda’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Now, the trailers are suggestive to a degree, but we don’t really know much at this moment, at least not officially. Still, we were able to gather some information and some theories about Wanda’s role in the movie and you’ll be able to read them here.
Will Scarlet Witch become evil in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
The Scarlet Witch was initially introduced as a secondary villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second Avengers movie within the MCU. Played by Elizabeth Olsen, Wanda Maximoff has since become a crucial member of the Avengers, becoming an integral part of the team and even getting her own streaming series in the form of WandaVision. Now, with such an increasing role and the revelation of her multiversal powers, it is no surprise that the Scarlet Witch will make an appearance in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie, and from what it seems, it is going to be a very important role.
Ever since Spider-Man: No Way Home gave us a first-look glimpse into Sam Raimi’s upcoming superhero movie, we knew that Doctor Strange would once more meet Wanda to discuss the concept of the Multiverse with her. All of this is coming not much after Doctor Strange and Spider-Man tampered with the fabrics of reality, opening up the Multiverse and, seemingly, causing chaos within the MCU.
The two trailers we have seen so far reveal that the movie is truly going to be a mad experience, and we mean that in the best way possible. Patrick Stewart is returning to the superhero genre in a currently undisclosed role, but from what we could gather, it’s not Professor X. We’ll see a dark version of Doctor Strange, Mordo returning to fight Strange and many more surprises, we’re sure. One of them is, also, the appearance of two Wanda’s in the movie, one of which is dressed in her MCU costume, while the other is in plain, civilian clothes.
As it seems, the two Wanda’s are on opposite sides, with the one in civilian clothes, presumably the real MCU Scarlet Witch, assisting Strange, while the costumed version, presumably an alternative version from the Multiverse, seemingly being his opponent. So, having said all of this, we ask ourselves – is the Scarlet Witch going to become a villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or not? We don’t actually know at this time, but we are going to tell you what we know and think.
Now, Wanda’s MCU story has been a very turbulent one, with the character going through different phases of her development and ultimately being faced with several significant losses. First, she lost her brother Pietro, the mutant Quicksilver, and then she lost Vision, her one and true love. This ultimately caused a mental breakdown, which led to the events of WandaVision. Wanda is, as of this moment, seemingly recovering and starting to cope with her grim reality, but what is when the consequences of Strange’s actions kick in.
And suddenly, we’re faced with two Wandas, one of which seems to be a villain in the movie. Now a villainous turn for Wanda would, in all honesty, make complete sense. She started off as a villain, albeit with a very different backstory and with completely different reasons as to why she and her brother joined Ultron in the first place. After joining the Avengers, Wanda experienced yet another loss when Thanos killed Vision permanently; all of this combined would turn a monk into a villain, let a lone a comic book character.
Faced with all the losses and a nervous breakdown, Wanda is an ideal character for a hero who turns into a villain. The trauma she has endured, combined with her ever so fragile psyche, would certainly be enough to turn her into a villain again, although more powerful this time. Also, as it seems, the movie will see an alternative reality in which Strange’s actions result in him becoming a hero, which angers the costumed Scarlet Witch; she finds it unfair that Strange, after doing the same thing she had done, ended up being the hero, while she was labeled a monster.
Now, that might just be a teaser from the trailer, definitely, but it does really seem that there is going to be at least one villainous iteration of the Scarlet Witch in the movie. There is a possibility that the costumed Wanda is actually an alternative version of the character that Strange had stumbled upon during his mad exploration of the Multiverse, which would also make sense, and would be a better thing future-wise, since the MCU would still have the real Wanda intact.
In all honesty, we don’t actually know whether the costumed Wanda we’ve seen in the trailer is a villain at alone, and we also have no clue whether that is the real Wanda, or an alternative version of he character, but a villainous turn for the character would make sense based on what has happened to the character in the MCU so far.