I started watching Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (not yet finished, no spoilers please) and I don’t understand the motivation and anger of Wanda. I believe I have watched every Marvel movie including the first Doctor Strange, although I have not seen the Wanda Vision series. But I remember very little about her.

Now I am considering pausing and re-watching a previous MCU movie to get some context. The question is, which one? And, optionally, should I bother?

  • Even after watching Wandavision, her behavior doesn't make much sense. That's one of main reasons why this film is worse then Wandavision.
    – Mithoron
    Jul 3, 2022 at 21:53
  • @Mithoron What? Why do you say that? Jul 3, 2022 at 22:35
  • Say what? That Strange 2 pretty much wasted what Wandavision built, as far as Wanda is concerned? That they made some boogeyman of her?
    – Mithoron
    Jul 3, 2022 at 22:44
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    I feel like this was fairly well explained, if not completely spelled out word for word -- the Darkhold corrupts people who use it, and they are eventually consumed by it. The Darkhold is the villain throughout the film, not Wanda; she's its victim (although not the only one), and in the end, she triumphs over it. Jul 4, 2022 at 17:18

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I don’t understand the motivation and anger of Wanda.

WandaVision would better help you understand her motivation and anger. Significant events happened in WandaVision that led to Wanda's present state in Multiverse of Madness. I'd say it's a better prequel to Multiverse of Madness than Doctor Strange (2016).

Putting the rest of my answer in spoiler markup because OP said "not yet finished, no spoilers please."

WandaVision reveals how Wanda created her children, then lost them, and more importantly, where she gets possession of the Darkhold, leading to her being corrupted by it. This then leads to her finding out about the other versions of her children in the multiverse, then leading to the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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    And to the OP's question of "should I bother?": WandaVision is quite good and (in my opinion and the opinions of many others) worth watching if you have access to it. Jul 3, 2022 at 3:08
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    WandaVision is indeed very good and well worth watching. But DS&TMOM is starting to show the difficulty of accessing the MCU, where you not only have to have seen a few movies, but also entire serials, before watching the latest release.
    – HorusKol
    Jul 3, 2022 at 12:33
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    @HorusKol Agreed. It's pretty clear that upcoming Avenger's movies are going to be pretty dependent on things that happened in the Loki mini-series too. Jul 3, 2022 at 16:08
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    If you just know that significant things have happened that aren't in any MCU movie, and pay close attention, I think the dialogue in Multiverse of Madness when Strange goes to talk with Wanda the first time does a decent job of describing the critical points.
    – Douglas
    Jul 3, 2022 at 17:51
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    Having seen the first season of What If? would help too, but not nearly as much as a Wandivision (and not for anything related to Wanda / the Scarlet Witch).
    – ikegami
    Jul 3, 2022 at 19:52

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