Doctor strange in the multiverse of madnessThe ending showed game-changing ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Benedict Cumberbatch-directed sequel ended on a cliffhanger, revealing that the titular sorcerer had won. the same third eye as his Sinister counterpart. However, before that shocking revelation, the fate of Scarlet Witch by Elizabeth Olsen became one of the persistent questions from fans.
Throughout the film, Wanda Maximoff was corrupted by the Darkhold, with the mission of recovering America Chavez’s powers to be with her sons, Tommy and Billy, in another universe. However, Wanda is defeated by the combined might of Strange and Chavez, with the latter making Scarlet Witch realize the damage she has done.
Ultimately, the Scarlet Witch apparently sacrificed herself when she destroyed Wundagore Castle, leaving everyone to believe that she died in the rubble. Despite that, a hidden detail in the sequel’s ending may hint that Wanda is still alive.
MCU Theory Explains Why Wanda Isn’t Dead
When Wanda destroyed Wundagore’s castle, a flash of red light could be seen, which could trigger her survival. Olsen previously teased that “There are a couple of different versions of what could happen” with Scarlet Witch advancingadmitting that he wants to hear fans’ opinions on where they want to see the character next:
“There are a couple of different versions of what could happen at the end of this movie. Most of all, I want to hear from the fans who know her best, what they would like to see from her next.”
Now, it looks like Olsen’s wish has come true as several MCU fans reacted to this key sequence in the movie and shared their respective theories:
Twitter user @zwollenaar1987 pointed out the red light at the scene, asking everyone if Wanda is really dead:
“Wanda can’t be dead, can she? Though she looked dead when she brought down Mount Wundagore on herself. I saw a flash of red light.”
Given the multiverse of madness did not address this hidden detail, this may be explored in a future project.
It is possible that Wanda formed a shield around herself to block out the debris. This might be the easiest explanation since she already exhibited this ability during the Infinity Saga. Although Scarlet Witch knew the weight of her actions in the sequel, Wanda is still aware that she needs to live another day to help her friends against future threats.
Another possible scenario was pointed out by @McR1B69speculating that Wanda might have teleported away at the last second:
“I wanted Wanda to be dead, but I noticed a little red flash after the building collapsed on her. It could be used to recognize that she teleported away at the last second or something.”
In Marvel Comics, the Scarlet Witch has the ability to teleport. During the Avengers: Disassembled story, Wanda’s future self teleported through time to save Scott Lang from the devastation she caused.
While it’s not yet confirmed if the MCU’s Wanda can teleport, there was an instance in Wanda Vision that might have shown that she can. during it final battle against Agatha Harkness, Wanda quickly disappeared before appearing behind the villain. However, it is possible that Wanda turned invisible at the time in order to sneak behind Agatha and gain an advantage.
Still, this doesn’t eliminate the possibility that Wanda may have teleported away from Wundagore once she realizes the castle is destroyed. It’s unknown where she went, but she could end up at her old house where Doctor Strange found her, or she could return to Sokovia (or what’s left of it).
@nataliaROGERS revealed a crazy theory involving Agatha Harkness, saying that a Witch Variant could be the one that saved Wanda:
WHAT IF AGATHA IS THE SCARLET WITCH IN SOME UNIVERSE AND SHE’S THE ONE WHO HAD THE RED FLASH AT THE END AND SAVED WANDA?
This is a different case of “It’s Been Agatha All Along”, but in a good way. Given the multiverse of madness deals with variants and alternate realities, wouldn’t it be appropriate for a good version of Agatha to swoop down and save Wanda? At this point, this appears to be a long shot, considering America Chavez did not open a portal during that time. Still, if this ended up happening, Agatha: House of Harkness could be the key to explaining Wanda’s rebirth.
@jhlvoo applied the “no corpse, no death” rule to Wanda, giving fans hope that the Scarlet Witch is indeed alive:
“Do you think Wanda is dead? Doubt. Red flash when the tower collapsed, also the rule of the movie; no corpse, no death.”
In superhero movies (or any movie in general), when a body isn’t found after a character’s death, it usually means that individual is up for a big comeback in a future project.
multiverse of madness head writer Michael Waldron I already said that the death of the Scarlet Witch it is “for interpretation”, saying that it is up to the viewer to determine “whether she’s dead or not” after the sequel. Given the popularity and importance of the Scarlet Witch, it’s reasonable to assume Marvel Studios won’t pull the plug on the character, especially considering there’s still more stories to tell, like the introduction of the X-Men.
What’s next for the Scarlet Witch?
Although the future of the Scarlet Witch is unknown, Elizabeth Olsen revealed in several interviews that she is willing to return to the MCU. That development alone is a major clue to what lies ahead for her and her character, mainly because her willingness to return from her is the easiest route for Scarlet Witch to return at some point.
For a powerful being like Wanda, dying in a collapsing castle is not the best swan song. Although she served as the villain in the doctor strange sequel, there are still lingering threads that have yet to be addressed before closing the Scarlet Witch chapter, such as her reunion with the White Vision and Clint Barton, and a possible run-in with Magneto.
Of a potential Wanda Vision Season 2 even a scarlet witch solo movie, there are numerous opportunities for Wanda’s story to continue. Marvel Studios simply needs to find a way to show off a proper sequel that honors their current MCU journey thus far.
Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness is now streaming on Disney+.