Elizabeth Olsen isn’t going anywhere, for the time being, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what about WandaVision, the show that essentially kicked off Marvel’s Phase Four a few months ago? The series was a critical hit and a totally different take on the genre. It offered a chance for fans of the comic book franchise to engage with the characters in a totally different way. Well, Elizabeth Olsen let on about the state of a second season for the show. In her interview on Variety’s Actors on Actors, Olsen was clear that WandaVision’s first season was a one and done.
The interview was a back and forth between Elizabeth Olsen and Kaley Cuoco in which they basically went back and forth discussing each other’s high-profile projects recently. Olsen talked at length about what it took to make Wandavision and just how much time and energy it took to be in the character of Wanda Maximoff in all different forms. But at one point in the interview, she’s asked whether this was truly a limited series (as first promoted) or if there could be a return. Olsen was rather definitive, saying, “No, no, it’s definitely a limited series.” She hedged her bets a little at the end adding something never knowing, but it’s clear it’s not in the works anytime soon at the very least.
It’s not all that surprising to hear Elizabeth Olsen won’t be returning for a second season of WandaVision. The show seemed to always just be a springboard for this next phase of Marvel productions, meant to totally pivot stylistically on the flashes and bangs of the end of Phase 3 which ended in Avengers: Endgame. This show was different in nearly every possible way, offering a glimpse into television history while also dealing with Maximoff’s grief and madness over the loss of Vision.
And it isn’t like Elizabeth Olsen is done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, far from it. WandaVision left us with plenty of questions around her character and where she goes from here. It had been speculated that Olsen’s Maximoff could end up actually being the antagonist or primary villain for this phase, going very Scarlet Witch with some difficulty containing her powers. It doesn’t look like they are going to take things that far, but she still has plenty to resolve from the end of the series.
We’ll next see Elizabeth Olsen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which is set to really ramp things up in the MCU. While it looked like Maximoff and Strange would square off in this movie, and they might still, apparently the primary villain in this movie will be Shuma-Gorath. Doctor Strange was originally supposed to appear in a scene in WandaVision to set that battle up, but the idea was scrapped.
In all, it’s not all that surprising that Elizabeth Olsen won’t be returning with a second season of WandaVision, but it was always meant to just kick things off for Marvel. And returning to that very specific world would seem almost wedged in at this point. It seems best to keep a limited series and move on with the rest of the franchise.