When Elizabeth Olsen debuted as Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, her character had a heavy accent due to Wanda being from the fictional country of Sokovia. According to Olsen, that accent will be making a return in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Speaking to Rolling Stone as part of an oral history on the smash hit WandaVision, Olsen was asked about the character’s accent and noted that while it had been toned down drastically as the films went on, things will change.
“So that started with Civil War,” Olsen said. “The Russos [directors Anthony and Joseph Russo] said, “Can she just have a softer accent, because she’s been in America, and has to have been speaking English more.” So I was like, sure. I do have to say that in [Wanda’s next appearance, in 2022’s] Dr. Strange [in the Multiverse of Madness], after the experience she has in WandaVision, she goes back to an accent that’s more true to her.”
Olsen went on to note that now that she feels more ownership over Wanda, she has an easier time coming to terms with how to express the character and that the way she spoke in WandaVision may not have been an accurate depiction due to Wanda purposely trying to hold on to the ideals of the American sitcom.
“Now that I feel a little bit more ownership of the character, I feel like she does retreat back to having this more honest expression. The sitcom part was totally different, because she’s trying to hold on to an American sitcom world and play the part the best she can.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature the Sorcerer Supreme being joined by the Scarlet Witch with the sequel being described as the first MCU horror film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Michael Waldron. The movie is expected to tie into the events from WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and will debut on March 25, 2022.