Scarlet Witch’s Perfect MCU Return May Solve 2 Major Problems
Scarlet Witch’s perfect return to the MCU could be used to satisfyingly complete her character arc and reintroduce White Vision to the MCU.
Warning: Spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Marvel has an opportunity to use Scarlet Witch’s potential return to address at least two major issues caused by her role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Embodied as the villainess in Marvel’s sequel, Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) trajectory looks vastly different now than it did at the end of Wanda vision. After leaning heavily on her villainy in this latest installment, if Scarlet Witch has any future in the MCU, it will have to be handled with care or risk the character feeling inconsistent and hollow.
Wanda vision is a story of Wanda’s heartbreak, power and mistakes. Having lost Vision in Avengers: Infinity War and seeing her lifeless body being used for experimentation, Wanda escapes in her mind and power, taking the innocents of Westview with her and bringing them under her control. It’s a sad story and a terrifying display of power. At the end of the series, Wanda realizes what she has done and tries to fix it. She learns something of her true power from Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), then easily defeats her and says goodbye to the fake life she’s created.
Before strange doctor 2, by WandaVision The ending left Wanda humiliated due to her missteps with the town of Westview. As she seeks to better understand her sorcery by studying the dark magic of the Darkhold, she hears the sound of her twins calling for her help. The tenor of Wanda Vision coupled with this scene strongly suggests that Wanda was on a repentant path and working to become a powerful force for good in the MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness switches gears with the character dramatically and makes Wanda cross some lines that will make her hard to accept as a hero. This is exactly why Scarlet Witch should return to the MCU: Wanda’s arc isn’t over and doesn’t yet have a satisfying ending.
Scarlet Witch Still Needs a Chance at Redemption in the MCU
Besides having to redeem and complete an arc for a character that Marvel spent so much time and money developing after strange doctor 2 rolled credits, is the fact that White Vision’s (Paul Bettany) storyline is heavily tied to Wanda. It is suggested at the end of Wanda Vision that the two will meet again and the character thread remains hanging with White Vision absent from Doctor Strange 2. Without Wanda’s return, it’s unlikely Vision will have a satisfying re-entry into the MCU.
Wanda undergoes a heroic transformation at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and collapses Mount Wundagore around her, seemingly destroying the Darkhold in each universe. This portends the beginning of redemption for Wanda, and any return she makes to the MCU is bound to deal with it. If handled carefully, Marvel could use Wanda’s return to solve two problems: give Wanda a satisfying completion of her arc and give White Vision a place to come back in the post-Doctor Strange 2 MCU and the multiverse.
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