Doctor Strange 2: Why Is Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Covered In Blood?

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
Elizabeth Olsen, Wanda Maximoff, Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness officially unveiled its new trailer, and it's filled with interesting moments that could fuel speculation from fans. Directed by Sam Raimi, the upcoming MCU sequel will bring back Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange for a Multiversal adventure like no other, which will see him team up with old and new allies such as Benedict Wong's Wong, Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez, and Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff.  

Aside from dealing with alternate realities, the exact plot details of the movie are still being kept under wraps. However, the second trailer appeared to shed some light on some of the character's roles in the film, such as the Scarlet Witch

The Scarlet Witch seems to be transitioning into a full-blown villain in the trailer, as evidenced by an assortment of scary shots and dialogue that hints at her transformation. Now, one of the moments from the trailer appears to establish Wanda's turn to villainy. 

A Bloody Look at Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' new trailer showcased a plethora of fresh and intriguing looks of Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff. One of them is a scary sight featuring the Scarlet Witch. 

At the 2:00 mark of the trailer, Wanda is covered in blood, and it seems that she is attacking an unknown character with her Hex powers. 

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Marvel Studios

A close-up look at Wanda's eyes indicates that she is not fooling around, thus spelling trouble for everyone in the sequel:

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Marvel Studios


Is Wanda on a Killing Spree?

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Marvel Studios

Wanda's bloody appearance is a sign of just how wild Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be.

The second trailer confirmed that there will be two versions of Wanda Maximoff in the sequel, with the footage showing both of them interacting with each other inside a house reminiscent of one seen in WandaVision's Westview. It's possible that the blood is being used to visually distinguish this Wanda from the MCU's Scarlet Witch. 

Still, it is unknown why there are two Wandas in the sequel. Based on the background of the shot of Wanda's bloody appearance, it appears that she is inside the base where Doctor Strange is being heavily guarded by Ultron bots and confronted by Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier. 

Wanda could be rescuing Doctor Strange from Xavier and his allies, but it goes out of hand, thus explaining her bloodied appearance. Wanda killing the likes of Xavier, a Captain Marvel Variant, and other superheroes inside the base could cement her villain status, ultimately forcing Strange and America Chavez to stop her. 

On the flip side, Strange and Miss America could be warning Xavier and his allies about Wanda. Instead, it could end up as a killing spree due to Wanda's rage. 

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, WandaVision
Marvel Studios

It remains to be seen how Wanda ends up on a different Earth, but WandaVision's post-credits scene could hold the answer. In the post-credits stinger, Wanda can be seen hearing the voices of her twins, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, meaning that she found a way to travel in the Multiverse in search of her sons. 

Multiverse of Madness could end up becoming Wanda's journey to actual madness born out of her desperate search for her sons. 

Fans will find out if the Scarlet Witch is the villain when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premieres in theaters on May 6, 2022. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.