The model for the giant eyeball of the monster Gargantos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came from a well-known star of the MCU.
An unusual fact about minor Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness villain Gargantos has been revealed by the movie’s co-producer Richie Palmer, and it gives the creature another tie to the eponymous Master of the Mystic Arts’ fellow Avenger, Scarlet Witch.
As stated by Palmer in the Disney+ Audio Commentary for Multiverse of Madness, which was in turn shared on the Doctor Strange Updates Twitter, the film’s production team used a scan of Scarlet Witch actor Elizabeth Olsen’s eyes in order to make Gargantos’ eyeball, itself being a way of foreshadowing Wanda Maximoff being Multiverse of Madness‘ real villain. In the movie, Gargantos is sent by Wanda to catch America Chavez, only to die fighting Doctor Strange and Wong.
Regarding Scarlet Witch being a villain in the movie, Olsen stated that she has a goal of “always [having Wanda] have some sort of evolution” and that she found this evolution to be “really empowering.” She added, “[Wanda] has a new kind of confidence that we haven’t seen in 8 years, and she’s really not apologizing for anything. She feels very clear in her beliefs. I find it very admirable, and I enjoyed throwing her into this journey of madness. I think it’s okay to play characters that people get frustrated with sometimes. I enjoy that as an actor.” Additionally, while Multiverse of Madness ended with Wanda possibly dying, Olsen expressed interest in reprising the role again if there’s a good story for her.
Scarlet Witch becoming a villain in Multiverse of Madness has caused controversy among fans, but the choice was defended by the film’s writer Michael Waldron, who tied it into the Disney+ Marvel Studios limited series WandaVision. “My interpretation of WandaVision is that [Wanda] confronts her grief and she lets go of the people she has under her control, but I don’t think she necessarily resolves her grief in that show, and I don’t think she resolves her anger,” said Waldron.
Waldron was not the only one to back up Wanda’s defection to villainy, as Olsen herself stated that she was satisfied with the character’s arc. Olsen went on to comment, “I think somehow it needed to end where it ends at some point, and I’m curious about where we go from there.”
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.
Source: Disney+ Audio Commentary, via Twitter
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