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Did Wanda Die? Doctor Strange 2 Writer Responds

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is here and fans have started descending from the top of the Sam Raimi-directed epic. This epic sequel took six years to make and finally offers a second (adventure) solo for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange as he roams through various realities alongside Xochitl Gomez’s América Chavez.

This movie has a lot of fans talking as it surprisingly turned the Scarlet Witch into the main antagonist. This comes after Wanda Maximoff got her hands on the Darkhold at the end of WandaVision, opening it up to a world of chaos and darkness magic. 

However, now the question of whether Wanda is alive has arisen thanks to the final moments of Multiverse of Madness. When sacrificing herself to destroy the Darkhold across the Multiverse, she supposedly perishes in the rubble of a crumbling Wundagore Mountain, though a cloud of red smoke in the carnage makes one wonder if in fact, the Scarlet Witch is dead.

 Wanda After the Multiverse of Madness  

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In an interview with Variety, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness screenwriter Micheal Waldron spoke about whether Scarlet Witch really died in the final moments of Marvel’s latest epic on the big screen. 

He said that with the red smoke present at the supposed death scene, her death is “being interpreted”.  After her sacrificial act to destroy the Darkhold, he says that it has yet to be seen to know “whether she is dead or not”

“I believe this is up to interpretation. She has done some category of the sacrificial act that destroyed the Darkhold in all universes, which is protecting Wanda in all universes from being seduced by the Darkhold. Whether she is dead or not remains to be seen.” It’s like loving the characters and not wanting them to disappear and hating when they do bad things.

The screenwriter also shared his opinion on the fan uproar over Wanda’s participation in the film, after all, she’s been through on WandaVision. He clarified that he “wouldn’t change anything about what they did” and that Wanda becoming the main villain of the Multiverse of Madness was a continuation of the pain she felt in WandaVision, so “it made sense to him”

“No, I wouldn’t want WandaVision to have done anything differently. I wouldn’t change a thing about what they did. My interpretation of WandaVision is that she confronts her pain and she lets go of the people she has under her control, but I don’t believe she necessarily resolves her pain in that ‘show’, and I don’t believe she resolves her anger. Maybe she’ll be able to say goodbye to Vision, but I think she really fell in love with those kids. I think all those hanging threads are the things the Darkhold attacks when it receives the Darkhold from Agatha. You notice in the final scene of WandaVision, this tag — the mistake our Wanda makes is that she opens the Darkhold. She starts reading and I suppose it’s based on desire her to have these kids and have them for real this time. So yeah! That’s how I got there. It made sense to me and our teams because we built the story.”

Many have speculated how the filmmakers felt about the Disney+ series, but Waldron puts those questions to bed. He definitely thinks the character’s transition to a full-fledged villain makes sense. That doesn’t mean fans have to like this answer, but at least they got one. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness can now be seen in theaters. 

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