After the release of Doctor Strange 2, there has been a general murmur of approval in calling it Scarlet Witch In The Multiverse Of Madness. The critics started this trend in their reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and things have gotten out of hand since then. The more people who see the movie, the more the fandom agrees with this consensus. But why is that? Is this not supposed to be a Doctor Strange movie? Have we misidentified the protagonist of this story? Let us try to dissect this comment in an attempt to understand the basic physiology of this film. Also *SPOILER WARNING* for anyone who is yet to see the film.
There is no question that Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in the movie is one of the best we have ever seen. Raimi wanted to make a horror movie and he accomplished just that by making Wanda the main villain of the story. Her powers and her single-minded pursuit of her goal make her one of the most formidable foes that Doctor Strange has ever had to face. Sam Raimi used this plot point to give us some of the most amazing horror moments of the MCU. This movie does not shy away from the absurd and the crazy, it embraces them with open arms. But all of this puts Wanda in the limelight and steals away from Strange’s screentime.
Scarlet Witch In The Multiverse Of Madness
From the word go, we are thrown into the midst of action which establishes just what the movie is going to be about. Running. Multiverse of Madness is a movie where the protagonists hide from the villain and desperately try to find a way to defeat her. Strange starts off with an arrogant attitude about his meddling with the rules of reality and continues this trend throughout the movie. He is told countless times that he must not use the power of the Darkhold to stride across the Multiverse, but he refuses to listen.
He even possesses a dead body in the final moments of the film, which is arguably worse than what Wanda was doing. And yet, we find ourselves supporting Strange and condemning Wanda. The character learns nothing by the end of the movie. There is no moment of growth and there is no sense of responsibility. He does whatever he wants without consequence and that is the main problem with our protagonist. The story around him does not condemn his actions, it encourages them.
On the other hand, Wanda has an entire arc. She goes on a crusade to find Chavez to get to her children in the multiverse. Then she uses the Darkhold to seize that power and when she finally meets her children she finds out that she has become the monster she never wanted to be. Wanda flies into a fit of rage where she decides to bury herself inside Mount Wundagore. Now that is what is called a protagonist arc. There were actions, consequences, opposition, and growth through pain. Rest assured, this is not the end of Wanda. There is a good chance that the character will now return for a solo movie.
The reason for this is that Wanda’s villain arc is done. She used her powers to wreak havoc on the multiverse in an attempt to get what she wanted. She failed at it quite spectacularly so logic dictates that she will come back to the side of good now. There was no proper redemption for her actions in the movie. The final burying scene amounted to a temper tantrum but we expect to see a lot of action in the upcoming projects that she might be involved in. One thing is clear, Wanda is here to stay and she is definitely not dead.
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