Doctor Strange 2 Explains Why Scarlet Witch Couldn’t Beat Thanos
One of the hottest debates surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been who could have defeated Thanos one-on-one. Many believed that if Thor had channeled his emotions better, he could have finished the job, while others believed Captain Marvel had the power to end the Mad Titan, given that she was a walking Infinity Stone. But in their brief skirmish, Thanos got the upper hand with the Gauntlet.
Another contender for the job was Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, which became apparent when she crushed Thanos with her armor in Avengers: Endgame. However, come Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessher candidacy is thrown on loop because the movie reaffirms that the angry version of Wanda couldn’t have killed the Mad Titan.
It has to do with the Darkhold and how it was the item that really enhanced Wanda. Prior to Multiverse of Madness, she was strong but not so powerful. This is why Wakanda’s first Thanos, powered by the Infinity Gems, could take his red energy but was still able to defeat it and kill Vision. And as for the second Thanos, despite the pain he felt, he still took the best shots of Wanda.
Wanda didn’t know how to fully exploit her rage and her dark side. But the Darkhold did just that, as seen when she murdered Ultron’s robots in her last appearance. These upgrades also allowed Wanda to warp reality, so much so that she shut Black Bolt’s mouth, ripped Reed Richards apart, cut Captain Carter in half, threw a statue at Captain Marvel, and broke Charles’ neck. Xavier. However, it took Wanda to lose Vision and her children to become a real monster.
And that transformation is why she couldn’t crush both versions of Thanos like she did the Illuminati. In this case, Scarlet Witch has become a mass murderer in the blink of an eye, determined to her mission as the angry mother of Westview rather than the inexperienced hero of Infinity War. In fact, if a Thanos from another reality had encountered the Scarlet Witch in Multiverse of Madnessshe would have embarrassed him, with or without the Stones, which is ultimately a scary prospect for the MCU.
To see Scarlet Witch unleashed, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is streaming now on Disney+.