Elizabeth Olsen Tells the Truth About John Krasinski During Lie Detector Test

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Scarlet Witch, John Krasinski

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen are a week into their run with Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a movie that is quickly becoming one of the biggest game-changers in MCU history. Rumors and reports pointed to everybody from John Krasinski's Mr. Fantastic to Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool joining the fray through the Multiverse, and now, fans are finding out for themselves what's real and what's a lie.

Warning - the rest of this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

This new MCU sequel featured shocking reveals at every turn, particularly with Olsen's Wanda Maximoff taking on the lead villain role as she fully transformed into the Scarlet Witch. She even unleashed her full power against Marvel's first take on the Illuminati, which brought Krasinski's Reed Richards, Anson Mount's Black Bolt, Hayley Atwell's Captain Carter and more into the same room for a momentous occasion in the MCU.

Due to the sheer number of characters and cameos that came into this film, there were certainly plenty of secrets that needed to be kept - and they were, much more so than Spider-Man: No Way Home at least. As it turns out, according to the latest press tour video from Olsen, some of the cast members themselves may not have even been in on those secrets.

Elizabeth Olsen Takes Lie Detector Test

John Krasinski, Marvel Studios

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Elizabeth Olsen took a lie detector test with Vanity Fair, where she answered some big questions about her latest MCU movie.

The testers showed Olsen a picture of John Krasinski, asking her if she thought he was "the smartest man alive," which was how Krasinski's Reed Richards was introduced upon his arrival in the movie. Olsen exclaimed that she didn't think that of Krasinski, joking that she would never give that title to an actor:

VF: "Do you think this man is the smartest man alive?"

Olsen: "No! (Laughs) I don’t know him, though. But I would never assume that an actor would be the smartest man alive."

Elizabeth Olsen, Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair

The outlet pressed further into Olsen's comments before she reiterated the fact that she'd never met Krasinski before. The lie detector specialist noted that her response came out as truthful, although Olsen did clarify that she'd met Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt, before:

VF: "You don’t know him at all?"

Olsen: "I don’t think so. No, I’ve never met him."

VF: "You were in the same movie."

Olsen: "I’ve never met him."

Lie Detector Specialist: "She’s coming out truthful."

Olsen: "Never met him. And he’s already told me that I’ve lied a couple of times, I’ve never met that man. I’ve met his wife."

Olsen reiterated this fact with Cinema Blend, describing the way she met both Krasinski and Professor X actor Patrick Stewart only through "movie magic."

The full video can be seen below, with this response coming at the 10:30 mark:

E-Lie-zabeth Olsen Truthful About Krasinski?

It's no new thing for Marvel Studios actors and crew members to lie about what's in their own movies - after all, fans went through six full months of Andrew Garfield doing just that with his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. This time, however, Olsen raises some interesting questions with this lie detector test when it comes to her knowledge of John Krasinski's role in this movie.

Olsen could very well be telling the truth in saying she'd never met Krasinski if Marvel filmed her work with stand-in actors and added Krasinski in as Mr. Fantastic at a later date. Even though she's seen turning Reed into human spaghetti during her fight with the Illuminati, Marvel may have wanted to be even more secretive than normal with Krasinski’s inclusion being such a big moment in the film.

If that wasn’t the case, then Olsen is simply a great liar, which could be true considering how many secrets she’s had to keep in her time with Marvel Studios. While it may be some time until she sees the film herself and enjoys those secrets that she was keeping, this video is certainly an entertaining look into this part of her job for the time being.

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

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.