Elizabeth Olsen has played Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch since her brief appearance in the post-credits tentpole scene of 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Olsen’s character debuted more fully a year later in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which was followed by four more Marvel tentpoles and his Emmy-nominated limited series “WandaVision” over the years. next seven years. All that time in the MCU forced Olsen to miss out on many acting roles she recently told The New York Times were better suited for the kind of actor she wanted to be and the kind of movies she loved. as a member of the public.
“It took me away from the physical ability to do certain jobs that I thought were more aligned with the things that I enjoyed as an audience member,” Olsen said. “And I’m the most honest.”
One of the films Olsen was upset about losing because of her commitment to the MCU was Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster,” which won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for screenplay. original. Olsen told the Deauville American Film Festival in 2015 that losing “The Lobster” was “heartbreaking”, adding: “I was under contract [for Marvel] I couldn’t get out of. So it didn’t work. »
“I started to feel frustrated,” Olsen told The Times of losing interesting roles to the MCU. “I had that job security, but I was losing those elements that I felt were more of a part of who I was. And the further I got away from that, the less I became considered for it.
Olsen has become more comfortable with the MCU, especially due to her starring role in “WandaVision.” The actor is currently the co-lead of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which opened at the box office to $187 million. Olsen said she’s come to love the character so much that she’d be open to a standalone Scarlet Witch film.
“I think I would,” Olsen said. “But it really has to be a good story. I think these films are best when it’s not about creating content, but about having a very strong point of view – not because you need a three-frame shot.
Head to the New York Times website to read Olsen’s profile in full.