Scarlet Witch’s fate has taken a somber turn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as her demise has been confirmed in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” The uncertainty surrounding Wanda Maximoff’s fate at the end of the film left audiences speculating, as characters in the MCU don’t always remain deceased, and her mystical powers hinted at a potential rescue.
However, the newly released book, titled “Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline,” appears to definitively establish Scarlet Witch’s tragic end. This pivotal moment occurs during the conclusion of “Multiverse of Madness,” where Wanda destroys Mount Wungadore, leading to a red burst as the rocks collapse on her. The book states, “[Wanda] destroys Wundagore and collapses it upon herself ending two great threats to all of the Multiverse.” Furthermore, the entry in the book features a symbol denoting a major character’s demise, thus officially confirming Scarlet Witch’s fate.
In “Multiverse of Madness,” Scarlet Witch embarks on a path of destruction in her quest to find a universe where she can reunite with her children. Her determination leads her to pursue America Chavez relentlessly, even involving sacking Kamar-Taj and targeting the Illuminati. However, upon finally reuniting with her children, she discovers the horror they perceive her as, realizing the gravity of her actions. In an attempt to right her wrongs and save Doctor Strange, Wong, and Chavez, she obliterates the mountain along with all copies of the Darkhold.
While Scarlet Witch’s sacrifice is a moment of redemption that portrays Wanda as a hero, it also marks a poignant ending for a character who deserved a brighter outcome. Wanda endured immense trauma, possibly more than any other character in the MCU. She lost her family at a young age, underwent experimentation, witnessed her brother’s death while fighting Ultron, and made numerous sacrifices, all of which ultimately proved futile. Her turn to villainy may have been motivated by her losses and desires, but “Multiverse of Madness” transformed her from a complex hero into an outright antagonist, using her trauma as a justification for her destructive actions. Wanda deserved a moment where she could harness her losses for the greater good and move forward, but this opportunity was missed in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” leaving fans with a bittersweet conclusion for Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda.
Our Reader’s Queries
Why is Scarlet Witch so powerful?
Wanda’s extraordinary powers come from two main sources: her unmatched skill in real magic and her natural ability to twist reality. Because she was exposed to mystical energies at a young age, Wanda can bend reality in incredible ways.
Is Scarlet Witch a villain or hero?
Wanda Maximoff’s journey in the canon shows that she has a tendency to turn into a villain at certain points, but she consistently chooses to embrace heroism. After breaking free from mind control, she goes into seclusion following the events of Avengers Disassembled. However, she eventually makes a comeback to the Avengers in Avengers vs.
Will Wanda Maximoff return?
Other MCU projects may hold potential returns for Scarlet Witch. While her appearance in Agatha: Darkhold Diaries is still uncertain, Wanda Maximoff could resurface in other ways. One possibility is a reunion with Vision in Vision Quest, the next spinoff from WandaVision. This could offer another opportunity for Olsen to make a comeback.
How did Wanda become Scarlet Witch?
Revived, Wandas mind becomes erratic, utilizing her powers to ensnare Westview in a fabricated world. Conflict arises with S.W.O.R.D. and Agatha Harkness, leading to the emergence of her prophesied identity, the Scarlet Witch.