Elizabeth Olsen and the character of Wanda Maximoff, also known as The Scarlet Witch, has become the darling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to the Disney+ show. Wanda Vision.
He’s been to six Marvel properties so far (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) but in her interview with The Independent, the actress reveals that she didn’t think she would get this far. “I only signed on to do a couple of movies, so it’s still a surprise when they want to use me for more projects,” she says, adding, “I was confused by how lucky I was that they wanted to do Wanda Vision.”
Prior to multiverse of madnessOlsen was used to working on ensemble projects, and working alone on WandaVision, Disney’s first television show, made her nervous. “When we were doing press for Wanda Vision, I was mortified because it was the first show in the Marvel universe. There was this total fear, and now I have this pressure again connecting to doctor strange. I just didn’t have it as part of those ensemble movies.” Olsen admits that this extends even to seeing the final product. “I’ll see him eventually,” she says.
I wonder how anyone in your position feels about the criticism leveled at Marvel in recent years. Most controversially, Martin Scorsese described the MCU films as “closer to theme parks” than the movies, while The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola described them as “prototypes made over and over and over again to look different.” Olsen says it’s when people “make them look like lesser art” that he gets frustrated.
There has been some criticism against the film as fans talk about superhero/MCU fatigue, and the argument that these films are not real cinema, Olsen believes that these criticisms take away from the people who bring these films to life. “I’m not saying we’re making independent art films, but I think that takes something away from our team, which annoys me,” he says. “These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers and camera operators. I feel like diminishing them with that kind of criticism takes away from all the people who make award-winning movies who also work on these projects.”
She continues with her point, “From an actor’s point of view, whatever it is, I get it; I totally get that there’s a different kind of acting going on. But I do think that throwing Marvel under the bus takes away the hundreds of very talented people on the team. That’s where I get a little quarrelsome with it.”