Why Elizabeth Olsen Thinks It’s “Ridiculous” She Does Her Own Marvel Stunts

Elizabeth Olsen got candid on doing her own stunts for WandaVision and how she couldn't land one move while filming for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Read on for details.

By Alexandra Bellusci Apr 21, 2023 7:33 PMTags
Watch: Why Elizabeth Olsen Calls Doing Her Own Stunts "Ridiculous"

Elizabeth Olsen is a vision—even when suspended from a wire.

The WandaVision star recently revealed how she really feels about doing her own stunts for the Marvel movies, recalling one scene in particular from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that she struggled with during filming.

"Sometimes I get a little freaked out," Elizabeth admitted during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert April 20. "There is one in Doctor Strange where I had to be dropped from 30 feet up and land and they wanted to drop me pretty quickly so that it looked like it had an impact but I kept landing like Peter Pan like fencing and I was like, 'Just use the double, this is so ridiculous, there is a double for a reason."

So, which version made the final cut?

"They used it!" the 34-year-old shared. "I'm landing and I look like Peter Pan. I'm fencing, it's ridiculous!" 

Simply put, Elizabeth does not come from the Tom Cruise school of actors doing their own stunts—she much prefers leaving it to the processionals.

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"We had so much technology grow through these movies and they just chose to really use me for every stunt in that movie and I didn't understand," she continued. "I didn't do all of them but I did most of them which is a waste of everyone's time. A stunt double does it so much better."

However, that's not to say things are always rocky when it comes to stunts.

"I've definitely recovered from my giddiness," she shared. "Sometimes I'm just like, 'Okay how many more of these do you want, I can do this all day,' kind of thing."



Her comments come almost a year after she got candid about spending nearly a decade playing Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, noting that there was a time where she felt discouraged due to spending so much time playing superheroes.

"I started to feel frustrated," Elizabeth told the New York Times in May. "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."

The Love and Death star even expressed where she saw it was limiting her career.

"It [Marvel] 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," Elizabeth said. "And this is me being the most honest."

However, she made it through that rocky period, ultimately continuing Wanda's journey in a television setting in the acclaimed 2021 miniseries WandaVision. As for what that experience was like?

"We thought what we were doing was so weird and didn't know if we had an audience for it, so there was a freedom to it," she added. "There was no pressure, no fear. It was a really healthy experience."


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