Marvel is finally making its first female-led superhero tentpole thanks to Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” but one female superhero that won’t be following suit is Scarlet Witch. Elizabeth Olsen told podcast host Danny Pellegrino that she “definitely isn’t pushing” for a standalone movie any time soon. Luckily for Olsen, Marvel isn’t looking to make one right now either.
“We are at ground zero. It’s definitely not something I’m pushing, and I don’t know if it’s something that [Marvel is] going to push either,” Olsen said. “Paul Bettany and I joked about having a domestic television show on Netflix or something, and it would just be like a house event where Scarlet Witch goes bananas. That’s what we joke about, but I don’t think any of those things are happening. But I’m happy that I’m still around and they still use me well – and that’s fine.”
Olsen has played Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch since “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015. The actress appeared a bit more open to the idea of a Scarlet Witch standalone movie during a 2016 interview with The Huffington Post, noting that she’d sign on if the idea for a feature length movie made sense.
“It’s not something I’m opposed to, but it’s also something that has to make a lot of sense. I wouldn’t just do it just to do it,” Olsen said at the time. “It’d have to make sense for how it advances in the world. But I’d be open to talking about it. I’d never say no to just an idea.”
Two years later, Olsen is no longer pushing for one. While Scarlet Witch might not get her own standalone film, she could appear in a potential all-female team-up movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Thor” star Tessa Thompson revealed last November that many Marvel actresses, including Scarlet Johansson and Zoe Saldana, pitched the idea to producer Kevin Feige. Thompson provided an update in February, saying Marvel is interested in pursuing story options.
Olsen reprises her role as Scarlet Witch in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opens nationwide April 27.
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