Long before Phase 4 began, Marvel CCO Kevin Feige and his team were adamant that this new venture into Disney+ would produce stories that would be firmly interwoven with the MCU’s next round of theatrical releases. With so many delays to the movies, this hasn’t been seen in theaters yet, but the foundation is already being laid after Phase 4’s debut entry.
In a new interview with Variety, MCU star Elizabeth Olsen and WandaVision creator Jac Schaeffer teased how Wanda Maximoff’s individual storyline will move from her solo series into 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Schaeffer shed some light on the production timeline for both projects, revealing that the team behind WandaVision was “very much underway before they were entirely underway.” Describing it as “a lovely way to do a handoff,” Schaeffer appears happy with the way her project sets the stage for Wanda’s next big-screen appearance.
“Truthfully, the connection between ‘WandaVision’ and where we leave Wanda and ‘Doctor Strange 2,’ it was sort of fluid for a time, because we were very much under way before they were entirely underway. So it was a conversation. From where I’m sitting, it’s been very organic. The acceptance arc was was the point of ‘WandaVision,’ but the falling action evolved. It’s a lovely way to do a handoff, and I’ve been over here wishing them well in Los Angeles, as they’re in the U.K.
Olsen goes into her specific work for the Doctor Strange sequel, commenting on how most of WandaVision had already been filmed before she knew much about Multiverse of Madness. In the end, for Olsen, she’s really trying to make sure that the situation is “almost less so to have it affect WandaVision as have WandaVision affect it.”:
“I didn’t know my part in ‘Doctor Strange’ until right before we got back to filming during the pandemic. We had two months left, and we’d filmed the majority of our show already. Really, I kew nothing until that moment when they pitched [“Doctor Strange 2”] to me verbally. So I tried, as much as I could, almost less so to have it affect ‘WandaVision’ as have ‘WandaVision’ affect it. I think that’s really been where the connection is. It’s almost like we’re trying to make sure that everything is honoring what we did [on the show].”