Elizabeth Olsen made her MCU debut with the second Avengers film and was last seen in the Doctor Strange sequel in 2022. While her work in the Marvel films has landed her worldwide recognition as Scarlet Witch, she has also faced some adverse effects of joining the MCU. The actress has opened up about losing offers due to her tenure at Marvel Studios on several occasions.
And as she joined Josh Horowitz on his podcast, Happy Sad Confused, she had some advice for the actors who want to or are going to sign up with Marvel Studios, as she shared her experience of starring in the MCU.
Elizabeth Olsen Talks About Starring in the MCU
Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the biggest franchises in the world. Elizabeth Olsen, known for portraying Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, in the film series, has been featured in the franchise for the past eight years and even had a solo feature on Disney+ called WandaVision.
Not just her but many other actors have also given years to the franchise as the studio considers hiring these actors for multiple films. However, the Infinity War actress does not advise the same for any actor who is planning to join the MCU in the future.
During an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Olsen shared that some people have asked her about joining the MCU. And she always had a single piece of advice for them, “Just give them one.” She further explained that it would give the actor “creative control” and would allow them to determine if they enjoy playing the character.
“Let’s say you’re like, ‘Oh my god, this is the most fun I’ve ever had, and I love this character so much, I want to do it again,'” she said. After her last MCU appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, she is now featuring in the crime drama Love & Death, streaming on HBO Max.
Elizabeth Olsen Was Frustrated After Losing The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 film The Lobster follows a newly single bachelor David, who moves into a hotel to find a new romantic partner within 45 days before he turns into an animal of his liking. The Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz starrer won several accolades and also landed a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards.
Elizabeth Olsen, who was also approached for the film, had to deny the offer due to her commitments with Marvel Studios. Later in an interview, the Wind River actress shared that she believed that the 2015 dark comedy would have taken her career as an actress on a different path.
“I started to feel frustrated,” Olsen said, as she shared that she was unable to star in the film due to her contract with Marvel Studios. “I had this job security, but I was losing these pieces that I felt were more part of my being,” she said before adding, “And the further I got away from that, the less I became considered for it.”
However, over the years, she seems to have grown to be comfortable with her MCU character, as she has talked about returning to the franchise as Scarlet Witch and has also said that she is open to starring in a standalone Scarlet Witch movie.
Source: Happy Sad Confused podcast