After being a large part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for more than five years, appearing in three ‘Avengers’ films among others, Elizabeth Olsen is finally taking center stage as Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, for a new project, “WandaVision.” However, if you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming series, you know that this is a very strange, somewhat trippy Marvel series.
And according to Olsen, in a new interview with the New York Times, the series is really exciting because of its interesting concept. Plus, she talked about how the show is going to tackle mental health as it applies to her superhero character.
“‘WandaVision’ is such an incredible concept,” said Olsen. “It’s the first time we get to understand her as the Scarlet Witch that she is in the comics, and that’s exciting for me because I haven’t yet been able to give her that time onscreen. So that’s going to be fun. She’s always been a representation of mental health and illness in the comic book series, and her major role is handling that stigma within Marvel.”
As for spoilers for how Vision, who died at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” returns to the MCU, Olsen is tight-lipped.
“That I can’t answer because he died in [‘Infinity War’],” she said. “I’m sorry. [Laughs] I know you wouldn’t care. I tell my friends, but I can’t tell you. They’re like you — they know nothing, so I just tell them everything because it doesn’t matter. I know it will go nowhere.”
If you’re a comic book fan, you probably have some ideas where Marvel Studios can go with “WandaVision,” as the comics have shown just how powerful Scarlet Witch can be when she is put in a tough position. And we’ve already seen in a very popular storyline, “House of M,” just what a mentally ill Scarlet Witch can do, creating entire realities, which looks like it could be the case in “WandaVision.”
While no release date has been confirmed, judging by the Disney+ marketing materials, we can expect “WandaVision” to be the first Marvel Studios-produced TV show when it premieres in December.
If you’d like to learn more about “House of M” and how it might be influential in “WandaVision,” here’s a breakdown of that 15-year-old story by YouTuber Comicstorian: