Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness provided insight into Wanda’s abilities and why she couldn’t beat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.
The following contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, now on Disney+.
One of the hottest debates around the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been who could have defeated Thanos one-on-one. Many felt if Thor had channeled his emotions better, he could’ve finished the job, while others thought Captain Marvel had the power to end the Mad Titan, given she was a walking Infinity Stone. But in their brief skirmish, Thanos got the upper hand with the Gauntlet.
Another candidate for the job was Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, which became obvious when she crushed Thanos with his armor in Avengers: Endgame. However, come Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, her candidacy gets thrown for a loop because the movie reaffirms that the angry version of Wanda wouldn’t have been able to kill the Mad Titan.
It has to do with the Darkhold and how it was the item that really leveled Wanda up. Prior to Multiverse of Madness, she was strong but not that powerful. It’s why the first Thanos in Wakanda, powered up by the Infinity gems, could take her red energy but was still able to defeat her and kill Vision. And as for the second Thanos, despite the pain he was in, he was still taking Wanda’s best shots.
Wanda didn’t know how to harness her rage and dark side fully. But the Darkhold did just that, as seen when she murdered the Ultron bots in her latest appearance. These upgrades also allowed Wanda to bend reality, so much so that she sealed Black Bolt’s mouth shut, shredded Reed Richards to pieces, cut Captain Carter in half, dumped a statue on Captain Marvel and broke Charles Xavier’s neck. However, it took Wanda losing Vision and her kids to become a true monster.
And that transformation is why she couldn’t crush both versions of Thanos the way she did the Illuminati. In this case, Scarlet Witch became a mass murderer in the blink of an eye, hellbent on her mission as an angry mom from Westview rather than the inexperienced hero from Infinity War. In fact, had a Thanos from another reality met the Scarlet Witch in Multiverse of Madness, she would have embarrassed him, with or without the Stones, which ultimately is a scary prospect for the MCU.
To see Scarlet Witch let loose, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.
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