Elizabeth Olsen said she turned down parts she wanted because of her Marvel contract.
“I started to feel frustrated,” Olsen told The New York Times.
She was particularly upset she could not be in the 2015 hit movie “The Lobster.”
Elizabeth Olsen did not hold back when talking to The New York Times about what it’s like working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Looking back on her time playing Wanda Maximoff / Scarlett Witch in six MCU projects the actress admitted it’s been challenging at times because she had to pass on work she really wanted to do.
“It took me away from the physical ability to do certain jobs that I thought were more aligned with the things I enjoyed as an audience member,” Olsen said. “And this is me being the most honest.”
One of the roles Olsen said she really wanted was in Yorgos Lanthimos’ acclaimed Oscar-nominated 2015 movie “The Lobster.” But due to her Marvel contract, she had to pass.
“I started to feel frustrated,” Olsen said about having to give up on roles she really wanted. “I had this job security but I was losing these pieces that I felt were more part of my being. And the further I got away from that, the less I became considered for it.”
However, time has helped ease those frustrations.
Olsen told the NYT that being able to show her range on the Disney + series “WandaVision” and now having a major part in Marvel’s newest release, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” has made her appreciate her situation more.
In fact, she’s up for a standalone Scarlet Witch movie.
“I think I would,” she said of the opportunity to carry an MCU movie. “But it really needs to be a good story. I think these films are best when it’s not about creating content, but about having a very strong point of view – not because you need to have a three-picture plan.”
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is currently playing in theaters.
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