Elizabeth Olsen Skipped Doctor Strange 2 Premiere For A Wild Reason

Starring alongside Cumberbatch is The Scarlet Witch herself, Elizabeth Olsen, who skipped the film's premiere for the wildest of reasons

By Dan Lawrence | Published

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is really getting back into its stride in recent times. Spider-Man: Far From Home shattered domestic box-office records when it hit theatres in December and now Benedict Cumberbatch has returned to theatres again in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which made its bow in cinemas Thursday. Starring alongside Cumberbatch is The Scarlet Witch herself, Elizabeth Olsen, who, as reported by Insider, skipped the film’s premiere for the wildest of reasons: she’s scared her Marvel films may flop.

Elizabeth Olsen’s revelation came on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Olsen and Fallon’s discussion touched base with the multiple Emmy nominated WandaVision, before moving on to Olsen’s new children’s book and her pre-acting career as a real estate agent. Naturally, of course, the conversation then progressed to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Fallon at this point asks Elizabeth Olson how the film’s premiere went and the actress responded by saying how much enjoyment there was to be gained from having an event with fans present.

However, when it came to watching the film itself, Olsen skipped town, stating that not only has she not seen Doctor Strange 2, but Elizabeth Olsen has altogether quit watching Marvel movies at their premiers. When asked why Olsen responded: “Every time I just watch it and I look around me and I’m like, ‘Well, it’s our first flop.’ Like every time, I just think, ‘It’s our first flop.'”

Flop and Marvel movies aren’t exactly familiar bedfellows. Hollywood’s biggest franchise has an incredible track record, with five MCU films occupying a spot in the all-time US Box-Office standings. With such an impressive run, it is understandable that Elizabeth Olsen feels a certain pressure, nobody wants to be associated with being the first major MCU flop. Luckily for Olsen, it would appear that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will not be the MCU film to flop. According to Variety, the film opened to an impressive $36 million in Thursday previews, which makes it eighth-all time in this category. The Hollywood Reporter found that the film performed well internationally as well, grossing $27.2 million across 20 global markets on Wednesday.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the second solo outing for Benedict Cumberbatch’s former sorcerer supreme and see’s Sam Raimi direct a script penned by Michael Waldron. Joining Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen is Benedict Wong as Wong the current sorcerer supreme, Rachel McAdams as Dr Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and youngster Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.

The film has been teased as a film influenced by Raimi’s horror credentials and to be full of surprise cameos. Fans for some time have been privy to Patrick Stewart’s involvement in the film as Charles Xavier, and recently got a first look at Hayley Atwell’s live-action debut as Captain Carter, who was previously seen in the Dinsey Plus animated series What-If? Time will tell if the combination of Raimi, Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen and surprise cameos will see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness continue to stride further and further away from being a flop.

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