‘Doctor Strange 2’ Originally Included More Deaths

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a Sam Raimi film through and through. The sequel contains elements of horror and extreme brutality that fans have yet to see in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. But, according to Elizabeth Olsen, Doctor Strange 2 once contained many more deaths.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.]

Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Cumberbatch, stars of 'Doctor Strange 2,' pose for pictures. Olsen wears an off-the-shoulder black dress. Cumberbatch wears a black suit over a white button-up shirt.
Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Cumberbatch | Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage

Many characters died in ‘Doctor Strange 2’ thanks to the Scarlet Witch

At the beginning of Doctor Strange 2, the audience learns that someone is chasing America Chavez through the multiverse, trying to steal her power. America can travel between universes, and we soon find out that it’s the Scarlet Witch who wants to steal the teen’s power.

After reading the manipulative Darkhold, Wanda realizes that her children — Billy and Tommy — exist in another universe, and she wants them back. However, Doctor Strange refuses to let her kill America, so a battle ensues at Kamar-Taj. Many sorcerers-in-training die at the hands of the Scarlet Witch, and the movie continues to get more brutal from there.

Stephen and America travel throughout the multiverse to escape Wanda, but she uses the Darkhold to sleep-walk. In one universe, Earth-838, the Scarlet Witch finds Stephen and America with the Illuminati. There, she causes even more deaths in Doctor Strange 2.

Wanda slaughters the entire Illuminati except for Mordo, the Sorcerer Supreme in that universe. She easily takes down Black Bolt, Reed Richards, Captain Carter, Captain Marvel, and Professor X. And in the end, the only one that can stop the Scarlet Witch from killing more people is herself.

Elizabeth Olsen claims that her character initially caused more deaths in ‘Doctor Strange 2’

During an interview with Variety, Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the Scarlet Witch, discussed the multiple deaths in Doctor Strange 2.

“I — I was — I was also supposed to kill more,” the actor revealed. “I had a hard time with it. I was like, these are human beings, and Wanda is OK with ending their lives? But I just had to buckle down and think all these people are in her way, and she’s warned Doctor Strange not to get in her way. And he did. He didn’t listen. And so I just had to go from that point of view.”

Considering the number of deaths in Doctor Strange 2, it’s difficult to imagine that even more people were supposed to die at the hands of the Scarlet Witch. And we wonder what other characters got in Wanda’s way in the original script.

Is the Scarlet Witch dead?

The end of Doctor Strange 2 seemingly adds another death to the movie’s body count — the Scarlet Witch. Wanda seemingly sacrifices herself when she brings down Mount Wundagore and destroys every copy of the Darkhold in the multiverse. However, fans are hesitant to believe that the Scarlet Witch is dead. And according to Elizabeth Olsen, she doesn’t think so either.

“It’s weird that I’m expecting to return, but no one’s told me I’m doing anything,” the actor told Variety. “But in my mind, I’m just making the assumption that they’ll have me again. I don’t know to what capacity, but I hope I’m back. I hope there’s also more fun to be had in something different. Where do we go? I feel like we’ve done so much with her. It’s been really a wild couple years with her.”

Unfortunately, only time will tell if Elizabeth Olsen will play the Scarlet Witch in the MCU again after her apparent death in Doctor Strange 2. But given the character’s popularity among fans, it wouldn’t be a surprise if she returned.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters.

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