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Wanda Maximoff’s Emotional Journey Will Continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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After what happened in Marvel’s WandaVision, I had one fear: I didn’t want Wanda’s emotional journey to just end there. She is working through all the trauma that she’s been through and pulling that apart using her powers, and I loved everything the show did with my girl and didn’t want that undone or just pushed aside while she worked with Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But now writer Michael Waldron opened up about Wanda’s journey in particular and his growing friendship with Jac Schaeffer.

Talking to Collider, Waldron revealed that he had access to WandaVision while writing the movie, and after getting to know Jac Schaeffer after working on Loki, he felt like he could contact her about Wanda’s emotional journey on the show.

“We had access to the scripts and then to cuts [of WandaVision]. I became good friends with Jac Schaeffer, head writer of WandaVision, while I was writing Loki. Her and I became good pals, because we were kind of in it together and everything. She’s great and brilliant and just somebody I really admired. It was nice to know somebody that we could commiserate together over our crazy jobs.”

He went on to talk about working with Elizabeth Olsen as well, making sure they were all on board with what he was doing with the Scarlet Witch.

“I had the benefit of just being able to call Jac and talk to her about Wanda’s character and everything, because it was really important to me that I do right by her with what she did with Wanda as a character. And also, with Lizzie [Olsen], who’s a friend of mine. I really worked with her and made sure, ‘Okay, you guys just did this incredibly intimate show about this character that grew her so much. Let’s make sure that we’re doing that justice and telling a fulfilling next chapter of that story.’”

What I love about this is that it seems as if Olsen and Schaeffer both had a say in what was going on. Wanda Maximoff is a complicated character because she’s not exactly this ideal hero. She’s flawed and sometimes, her flaws hurt those around her, and often, it is completely out of her control. WandaVision did a good job explaining that, and we got to see the darker parts of her character in a beautifully nuanced way.

Knowing that that is going to continue on into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is exciting as a Wanda fan. I worry about my girl constantly, and she’s an easy character to just turn into this villain, when she’s not. She’s complicated and far from perfect, but she’s an incredible character to look at and explore, so I’m even more excited for Multiverse of Madness now.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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