Elizabeth Olsen had to give up Oscar-nominated roles because of the MCU

The interpreter of Wanda particularly regrets not having played in The Lobster, by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Currently at the heart of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elizabeth Olsen plays an increasingly central role within the MCU. Arrival in in avengers 2in 2015, the actress gained prominence by returning to Captain America 3 and the consequences ofavengersthen having its own series, Wanda Vision. So much so that she has appeared in few films outside of the MCU over this period. Revealed to the general public thanks to Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlenein 2011, she still won acclaim for Ingrid Goes West and windriver. But she had to turn down several roles she liked in independent films because she was committed to Marvel blockbusters. Particularly The Lobsterby Yorgos Lanthimos, an original work that received critical acclaim upon its release in 2015.

“I started to feel very frustrated, she admits to the New York Times. I had job security, but at the same time I was losing roles that suited me more as a person. And the more I moved away from them, the less I was thought of for this type of character. It kept me from having the physical abilities to get certain roles that I found more aligned with what I love as a viewer. To be perfectly honest.”

Elizabeth Olsen, however, explains that she felt less “prisoner” of her role as Wanda/Scarlet Witch by agreeing to have her own series on Disney Plus. His contract with Marvel normally ended with Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and when she negotiated the sequel with Kevin Feige, she appreciated his proposal for an MCU spin-off series. “Having the power to choose whether or not to continue was very important to me, she details. This series represented a certain form of freedom for me. We were aware of creating something weird with this project, we did not know if the public would follow and it was quite liberating. There was no pressure, no fear. It was a very rewarding experience.”

Will she continue to play Wanda in the future, maybe in a solo film, now that her series has found its audience and that Doctor Strange 2 leaves the fate of his heroine open? “I think so. On the other hand, it has to be a good story. I find that these films are better when they are not thought of as content, but have a real point of view, not a plan in three movies.

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