Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness plunges the superhero played by Benedict Cumberbatch into the madness of the Multiverse with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). Is she on his side or against him? Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. The article below reveals plot elements from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. If you haven’t seen the film, go your way.
Finally released in theaters after a postponement due to the pandemic, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marks a raw dive into the Multiverse for two Marvel heroes, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). But are they really allies in this new film from Marvel Studios?
Although the trailer shows Strange asking Wanda for help regarding the Multiverse, the latter reveals her true colors fairly quickly. Since Avengers: Endgamewhere all the heroes fought together against Thanos, Wanda has come a long way, on the side of evil.
Previously on WandaVision
In the Disney+ series dedicated to him, Wanda Vision, the witch has unwittingly taken the people of the town of Westview hostage. Thanks to her very powerful powers, she manipulated many people in order to make them live in an alternate reality in which she lives happily with Vision (Paul Bettany), yet died in Infinity Warand… her two children!
Driven by her grief and her childhood passion for American sitcoms, Wanda attempts to enjoy a normal existence by traversing the decades and different genres of sitcoms via her increased powers and the false reality she has created. Driven by the terrible witch Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), Wanda uses and abuses her powers while truly understanding her destiny.
Indeed, WandaVision is also the story of Wanda who becomes Scarlet Witch, the name that the powerful heroine bears in the comics and that the MCU can finally use since the takeover of Fox by Disney. The last two episodes of WandaVision explain its origin story, the extent of its powers from Chaos Magic and the Mind Stone, but also the legend that surrounds it, described in the Darkhold.
When she realizes the danger she poses and the harm she has done, Wanda frees the people of Westview, puts an end to her alternate reality and then bids farewell to Vision and her children, whom she had created. , and went into solitary exile.
If one could think that she would move away from black magic, it is not so. Since in the second post-credits scene of the finale of WandaVision, Wanda relies on a mental projection of Scarlet Witch to browse the Darkhold, the dark book of the damned straight from hell. She’s on a quest to another world in the Multiverse to find variants of her twins, who can be heard screaming for help.
Scarlet Witch in the Madness of the Multiverse
It is therefore a completely different Wanda that we find in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Although she cuts a fine figure with Strange when he finds her at first, she has no choice but to reveal her true malevolent intentions when she brings up America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), the young girl capable of traveling between the universes that Strange tries to protect and help from the various demons that pursue her.
Wanda wishes to use it to be able to travel the Multiverse and thus be reunited with variants of her twins. But getting America’s powers back means killing her, and Strange can’t let Wanda carry out his evil plan. Wanda is therefore no longer an Avenger at all in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness but the great villain of the film.
She will pursue Strange and America through the Multiverse and does not hesitate to sow chaos and defeat all those who stand in her way, especially the Illuminati. Until she realizes, thanks to America, that she can’t really be the mother of the variants of the twins she found in another universe and that she is wreaking havoc and chaos.
She then restores things by freeing herself from the grip of the Darkhold and destroying all versions of this book before disappearing in the debris of Mount Wundagore, where the spells and powers of the Darkhold were inscribed by the demonic entity Chthon.