Elizabeth Olsen (Doctor Strange 2) has returned to the MCU after her character’s untimely death in the Marvel sequel. In the Multiverse of Madness, Scarlet Witch (Olsen) is featured in one of the most shocking moments in MCU history. She appeared to meet her tragic end by burying herself under Mount Wundagore alongside the Darkhold. Despite Olsen’s teasing over the last year, her time in the MCU is not quite done. The exact timeframe of her return remained a mystery for almost two years.
Elizabeth Olsen Comes Back Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
In Marvel Studios’ What If…?, Elizabeth Olsen made a cameo in animated form, portraying a Multiversal Variant of Scarlet Witch in the Disney+ animated series.
In Episode 8 of What If…? Season 2, Wanda Maximoff intervenes by pulling Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter out of her reality. And, Black Widow attempts to prevent her abduction. Titled “What If… The Avengers Assembled in 1602?,” this episode depicts Olsen’s character bringing Captain Carter into her reality, seeking her assistance in preventing the Multiverse’s rifts from tearing apart. One of these rifts had already pulled Queen Hela into the sky.
Although Wanda’s role in Episode 8 is brief, it showcases her formidable powers as he strives to prevent the Multiversal rift from causing chaos in the 1602 universe. Olsen’s appearance in this episode marks her first return to the MCU since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In that film, the Scarlet Witch took proactive measures to remove herself from the equation, sacrificing her presence to protect her universe from impending destruction.
Scarlet Witch’s Return to the MCU
During Phase 4-5, Wanda Maximoff continued to solidify her status as one of the most beloved characters in the MCU. Particularly, her role in WandaVision led to Elizabeth Olsen receiving a nomination for the MCU’s first-ever Emmy award in an acting category.
Despite the apparent demise of her long-time hero in Doctor Strange 2, Wanda’s next live-action appearance in the MCU has remained uncertain. Various entries in Phase 5 and Phase 6 provide opportunities for Olsen’s return, with a reunion with Kathryn Hahn in Agatha: Darkhold Diaries being among the most promising options.
What If…? Season 2 is now streaming in its entirety on Disney+.