With this week’s release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the last pieces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s sprawling third phase continue to ramp up to a big finale. But what’s next? Rumors of a Scarlet Witch spinoff have long persisted, and as Marvel has announced a handful of other, female-facing features — including next year’s “Captain Marvel” and the recently greenlit “Black Widow” solo film — a standalone film for the witchy mutant seems to be creeping closer to fruition.
Star Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch (also known as Wanda Maximoff) in the Avengers films isn’t ruling out the possibility. But she’s also keen to set the record straight on months of rumors and conjecture. Asked if there had been any official discussions about a Scarlet Witch spinoff with the Marvel brass, Olsen joked, “Just from journalists.” And while stories about her feelings on the possibility of a spinoff or solo film seem to vacillate from interview to interview, she said that’s not actually the case.
“It’s a funny thing, too, because in one interview I was saying, ‘No, that’s not happening,’ and it turned into being like, ‘No, I don’t want to,'” Olsen said. “And it’s like, no, of course I would love the opportunity. It’s not about that. It’s about, is it gonna serve the universe, does it serve their larger story? I felt crazy and I was like, ‘Jesus, no, there’s never been a conversation about doing a spinoff.’ I’m not pushing one. That doesn’t mean I don’t want one.”
In recent interviews, Olsen has said she’d be interested in a spinoff story that focuses on the 2005 comic book series “House of M,” in which Scarlet Witch turns a personal trauma into an entirely new reality, though the actress has joked about wanting to turn the dramatic storyline into something a bit more lo-fi.
Earlier this year, she told Metro, “I would love to [do a standalone], and I would love it to be ‘House of M,’ which is a comic book series of The Vision and Scarlet Witch having a make-believe family.” At yesterday’s “Infinity War” press conference, Olsen added that she and co-star Paul Bettany, who plays Vision, “joke about how much we’d like to do a ‘House of M’ spin-off, and a real indie version of it.”
Another persistent Marvel rumor: that the women of Marvel are teaming up for an all-lady, A-Force movie, originally pitched by stars Tessa Thompson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johannsson, Olsen, and more to Kevin Feige last year. While the studio head was reportedly “excited” about the idea, it’s something that likely won’t come to fruition for years. “I keep hearing that,” she said of the reports about an all-lady spin-off. “I’m a lady, and I have no idea what anyone’s talking about all the time.”
While Olsen is open to both a Scarlet Witch spinoff and an A-Force film, she wondered how the films might fit into the MCU, which has planned out films until at least 2022 (though only one, “Spider-Man 2,” has been officially announced).
“I have no idea what Kevin Feige has in his brain for the next 10 years,” she said. “And it’s not just about me, it’s about this larger world that they’ve created, so it’s a funny question to always answer because whatever you say, it’s like, ‘She wants this.’ And it’s like, well, I’m also just happy to be a piece of it in whatever way I can serve.”
In any case, the actress was effusive when asked about her part in “Infinity War.”
“This is my favorite arc I’ve ever had in this franchise,” Olsen said. “There’s always something really extreme that happens to her or because of her. I’m just grateful that it’s not just filling the space and they really do get to give me something to do and there has been an evolution.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” opens on Friday, April 27.