Contains spoilers for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
A mere two days after “Moon Knight” concluded its run on Disney+, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans got the chance to check out “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” The long-awaited sequel — formerly helmed by Scott Derrickson before he left the project and handed it off to Sam Raimi — takes the titular sorcerer across universes as he tries to keep America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) safe. Something wants her multiverse-traversing powers for itself, and that something is quickly revealed to be a someone: Wanda “Scarlet Witch” Maximoff.
After taking over and letting go of the town of Westview on “WandaVision,” Wanda has gone off the deep end in her studies of the Darkhold. The book of evil magic has corrupted her while revealing to her the secrets of the multiverse, prompting her to hunt down Chavez and attempt to steal her power by any means necessary. This way, she can travel to any universe she wants so she can reunite with her sons, Billy and Tommy, who disappeared from existence once their mother took down the Westview Hex.
Despite her villainous tendencies, Wanda’s motivation in “Multiverse of Madness” is rooted entirely in tragedy. She’s a grieving mother who can’t accept that her children weren’t ever real, yet she’ll willingly break the multiverse to find them. Although, it’s odd that she didn’t go to the same lengths for her longtime partner and the father of her kids, Vision.
Billy and Tommy were Wanda’s chief concern
In her pursuit of a universe where Billy and Tommy live, Wanda Maximoff had to grapple with an alternate version of herself and determine what to do with her once she arrived. Through it all, however, moviegoers never see even the slightest hint of Vision in this parallel timeline nor the main continuity.
Naturally, this led many to wonder why she didn’t try to take over a continuity where Vision, as well as Billy and Tommy, resided, which Elizabeth Olsen was more than happy to elaborate on in an interview with Collider.
“We liked having that be a mystery. For some reason, he’s not in her world,” Olsen explained, theorizing that perhaps the alternate timeline versions of Wanda and Vision had separated or even divorced off-screen.
Building off of that, Olsen notes that given Wanda’s situation, the pain that came with losing Billy and Tommy especially made them her focus over Vision anyway. “I do think that, once you’re a mother, the loss of your child is more painful than any other loss you could ever experience,” she concludes.
At the end of the day, a form of Vision still exists in the regular MCU timeline, and it stands to reason that we’ll see him again. Given the potential ambiguity around Wanda’s fate in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” time will tell if they’ll find one another down the road.