Marvel officially disclosed Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, after much fan debate.
As Doctor Strange 2 drew to a close, Wanda, also known as Scarlet Witch, who had been the film’s primary adversary, appeared to have passed away when she destroyed Darkhold Castle atop Mount Wundagore in a desperate attempt to make one for her transgressions.
Although Olsen hasn’t mentioned whether her character would ever make a comeback to the MCU, she recently said that she is “really proud of what [they] were able to do” with Wanda and that she doesn’t miss playing the role.
Since the publication of Doctor Strange 2, a lot of fans have debated if Wanda passed away because her body was not visible in the aftermath of the catastrophe.
Marvel Verifies Wanda Maximoff’s Actual Destiny
Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The death of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was verified in a new official book titled Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe – An Official Timeline. Wanda demolished the fortress on Mount Wundagore.
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Mount Wundagore
According to the book’s own account of the events in Doctor Strange 2, Wanda was “stopped by what she loves: her children:”
“The Scarlet Witch is finally stopped by what she loves: her children, who are safe and happy with their own mother, but are terrified of this sinister version of her.”
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wanda destroys Wundagore.
The statement continued by stating that when Wanda utilized her abilities to “destroy Wundagore,” it truly signaled the end of “two great threats to all of the Multiverse,” presumably referring to Wanda and the Darkhold Castle.
“As the kindly 838-Wanda gathers the boys and assures the heartbroken Scarlet Witch they will be loved, the Wanda Maximoff of Universe-616 surrenders: She destroys Wundagore-and collapses it upon herself–ending two great threats to all of the Multiverse.”
It is also important to mention that this section of the book includes the symbol that designates that a “Major Character Dies.”
Major Character Dies symbol in Official Timeline book
Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe – An Official Timeline
Previously, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that he “saw a little red flash” just as the Darkhold Castle fell on her and that he “[didn’t] know what that [meant].”
Feige also stated that “anything is possible in the Multiverse,” teasing that she could be brought back, but the recent book put to rest that she actually perished.
What Really Happened at the End of Doctor Strange 2?
After Doctor Strange 2 was released, many fans claimed that the red flash that Feige referenced could have signified that Wanda saved herself at the last second, meaning that she didn’t actually die.
Since the recent Timeline book did confirm her death, however, it is possible that the red flash was a physical representation of the destruction of her spirit and powers. After all, her powers are the same shade of red as the flash of light was.
It is also possible that the flash was one last attempt from Wanda to save herself, but because the Darkhold Castle was so large and held so much power, she wasn’t able to hold it off and it did in fact kill her.
Even though Olsen’s character is now confirmed to be dead, that doesn’t mean that she can’t return in the future. The MCU is currently exploring the Multiverse to great lengths, and as seen on multiple occasions, Variants of characters can be present at any time in any project.
Therefore, a Variant of Wanda could make a return at some point in the future if Kevin Feige and Elizabeth Olsen agree to bring her back, and Olsen even had ideas at one point about being included in an MCU X-Men project.