WandaVision was Marvel Studio's first project in the streaming television space. Not only that, but the entire idea of the show was a unique risk––something that didn't stop Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige of course. The risk was worth it, as it was an instant hit and became the talk of the town for weeks, while also setting the stage for all the Disney+ shows to follow.
The show brought new depth and development to characters that fans have known for years now. Chief among them is obviously Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff––or as she's known by the end of the show, Scarlet Witch. Coming out of the series, Wanda is a changed woman, one who now has not only newfound power, but a thirst for knowledge.
It's that quest to learn more of what she is capable of that will be leading her right into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Olsen will be playing a leading role in the Sam Raimi-directed film. A film that promises to be an insane experience, while bringing Raimi's unique flavor to the table.
But what more can fans expect from Raimi's time in the MCU? Elizabeth Olsen was on hand to help give a few more hints.
HORROR AND MISLEADS FOR STRANGE
While chatting with Vanity Fair on their Little Gold Men podcast, Elizabeth Olsen was asked if she’d compare Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to an Indiana Jones-esque adventure story.
Olsen was quick to respond, confirming what fans have been hearing for a while: “I think it’s scarier than Indiana Jones.”
“I think it’s scarier than Indiana Jones. I think it definitely feels more Sam Raimi than that. So maybe that was the goal, but it definitely became something darker I think.”
When asked to clarify which kind of Sam Raimi feel, Olsen doubled down on the horror vibes, describing a “feeling of constant fear and thrill, and misleads...”
“Yea, not like his western [stuff]...Yes, the horror genre feeling of constant fear and thrill and misleads and playing with camera, playing with how the perspective of the depth of field in order to make the audience feel more anxious... It’s more...I think it's more than like a glossy Indiana Jones movie. Which I love Indiana Jones, but I feel like it has a darker thing going on.”
Jokingly, the interviewer brought up the comparison of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to that of the scarier parts of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom—something that Olsen agreed with, confirming “yes, it's [Doctor Strange] like it's [Temple of Doom's] scariest parts.”
ELIZABETH OLSEN TACKLES HORROR
If there's any word that has been used alongside Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, besides Multiverse of course, it's the genre of horror. In fact, it was one of the very first things promised to fans when the movie was announced.
Even though the original director Scott Derrickson parted ways with both the film and Marvel Studios, those horror elements apparently remain strong. Something that isn't surprising given the fact that Marvel did choose Sam Raimi to fill Derrickson's shoes.
With all the hype regarding the scarier side of the film, hopefully Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness can live up to all of it––alongside the insanity that it has to deal with when it comes to exploring the multiverse. It seems pretty clear that fans are in for a wild ride when the film hits theaters on March 25, 2022.