Elizabeth Olsen Lost Movie Roles Playing MCU's Scarlet Witch – Screen Rant

Elizabeth Olsen Lost Movie Roles Playing MCU's Scarlet Witch – Screen Rant

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star, Elizabeth Olsen reveals that she began to lose acting roles after signing on to join the MCU.
Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen reveals that she began to lose roles after signing on to play the Scarlet Witch in the MCU. Olsen first appeared in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as Wanda Maximoff, alongside her twin brother Pietro, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Before her MCU debut, Olsen had appeared in a number of roles, including 2014’s Godzilla (also alongside Taylor-Johnson) and 2013’s Old Boy. Her ever-expanding role within the Marvel Universe has seen her appear in a number of MCU projects, most recently starring in the hotly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
After Captain America: Winter Soldier‘s end-credit scene teased her exciting entry into the MCU, Wanda has since gone on to have one of the more in-depth character developments across Marvel’s lineup of heroes. After both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame offered small glimpses of her abilities, Wanda’s true power was not fully explored until last year’s WandaVision, which put Olsen in a leading role and saw Wanda tap into her potential as the Scarlet Witch. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness explored this even further, with Olsen receiving critical and fan acclaim for her portrayal of the tormented character.
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However, despite having established herself as the MCU’s leading lady, Olsen has now revealed that her involvement with the Marvel universe has actually hindered her in some ways, such as losing out on other roles. In a conversation with The New York Times, Olsen opened up about how her contract with Marvel ultimately led to her losing other parts due to the commitment that comes with such a role. The star opened up about losing a particular part in 2015’s The Lobster, a loss which she said led to “heartbreak.” Check out Olsen’s quote below.
It took me away from the physical ability to do certain jobs that I thought were more aligned with the things I enjoyed as an audience member, and this is me being the most honest. I was in a contract [for Marvel] I could not get out of. So [The Lobster] didn’t work out. I started to feel frustrated, I had this job security but I was losing these pieces that I felt were more part of my being. And the further I got away from that, the less I became considered for it.
Olsen also discussed the possibility of a standalone Scarlet Witch movie in the future, sharing that it would need to be a “good story” before stating that she feels as though Marvel films are at their best when they have a “very strong point of view.” Just what the future holds for Olsen within the MCU remains to be seen, with the star rumored to have recently extended her contract with the studio for the next seven years. In the meantime, however, audiences will soon get to see Olsen take on the role of Candy Montgomery in HBO Max’s upcoming series Love & Death, which tells the true story of a Texas housewife who was charged with murder in the 1980s.
Actors being tied into lengthy contracts can undoubtedly be one of the pitfalls of signing on with a huge studio, similar to how Emily Blunt famously turned down the role of Black Widow in the MCU following a scheduling conflict for the film Gulliver’s Travels. While Olsen appears to hold no resentment towards Marvel for having lost these roles, it’s fair to say there must be a considerable amount of disappointment that comes with missing out on films that would allow these actors to explore different characters and stories. With Olsen taking on this exciting new project outside of the Marvel universe, it will certainly be interesting to see what roles audiences will see her in next.
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Source: The New York Times

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