The resurrection of Scarlet Witch in What If…? Season 2 serves as a signal that the MCU may expedite the return of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff sooner than expected.
In Marvel’s What If…? Season 2, the suggestion arises that Scarlet Witch’s return to the MCU may be imminent. Despite the initial setup of Wanda Maximoff as a pivotal character in Phase 4 through WandaVision, her apparent demise in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness left fans uncertain. While the film hinted at her demise after a formidable battle, Elizabeth Olsen’s continued association with the MCU leaves the door open for a potential return of the Scarlet Witch in the future.
Numerous characters in Marvel movies and shows have defied death, showcasing the resilience within the MCU. Notable instances include Phil Coulson’s resurrection via Project TAHITI in Agents of SHIELD and the time-travel-induced returns of Thanos, Gamora, and Loki. With the added element of magic, Scarlet Witch’s potential return in the MCU becomes increasingly plausible. Despite her confirmed demise, the absence of Scarlet Witch’s body in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness allows for a range of potential explanations for her resurrection. Alternatively, the MCU has already employed animation as a convenient avenue for character comebacks.
Exploring Potential Paths for Scarlet Witch’s Revival in the MCU Following Her Demise
The forthcoming installment of the MCU series, What If…? Season 2, provides a straightforward avenue for the return of Scarlet Witch. As depicted in the initial What If…? trailer, characters from any point in the MCU’s timeline can feature in an episode, diverging from the main timeline. In these alternate universes, deceased characters such as T’Chaka, Hela, Thanos, and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch can make a comeback without raising continuity concerns. This allows for the exploration of unique stories for these variants in the animated series, while the original characters, like Earth-616’s Scarlet Witch, prepare for their eventual return.
Is Scarlet Witch Poised for Another MCU Comeback?
Much like the emergence of Strange Supreme, the newly introduced animated Scarlet Witch variant in What If…? Season 2 has the potential to evolve into a recurring character, with the possibility of her narrative extending into What If…? Season 3. Whether joining an animated crossover with the MCU’s Guardians of the Multiverse or participating in the upcoming Marvel Zombies spinoff, this Scarlet Witch variant could play a significant role. Post-series, the MCU might introduce a fresh live-action Scarlet Witch variant or revive the original character to fulfill her prophecy. Given the potency of the Darkhold and her inherent magical abilities, resurrecting Scarlet Witch appears feasible.
Despite this, Elizabeth Olsen has expressed contentment with Scarlet Witch’s journey. In June 2023, Olsen conveyed that she would be satisfied if Marvel decided to part ways with her character, having explored everything she wished to with the role. This declaration provides Marvel Studios with ample creative freedom to reintroduce the character at their discretion. Even if Olsen formally steps away from the live-action portrayal, her potential involvement in animated MCU projects, as seen in Marvel’s What If…? Season 2, remains a viable option.