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WandaVision Credits Explain Why Wanda’s Accent Returns In Doctor Strange 2

Scarlet Witch's Sokovian accent will return in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and WandaVision's post-credits scene explains why. After years of being relegated to the sidelines as the focus was on the main Avengers, Wanda Maximoff is finally becoming more powerful in the MCU. The character's first headlining project with her lover, Vision, kicked off Phase 4, effectively setting up her future as one of the key players in the universe moving forward. 

WandaVision allowed Marvel Studios to really do a deep dive into Scarlet Witch's story in the MCU thus far, which has been defined by tragedy. The show wasn't the franchise-changing project that it was initially assumed to be. Instead, it was character-driven, focused on tackling Wanda's suppressed trauma, starting from the death of her parents in war-torn Sokovia to Vision's heartbreaking demise in Avengers: Infinity War. As the show dealt with the hero's past, it has also simultaneously laid the groundwork for her future in the universe. Scarlet Witch will be in Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange sequel next, and in that film, her thick Sokovian accent which was prevalent when she first debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron will be back. 

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The disappearance of Wanda's accent throughout her later years in the franchise was attributed to the character having relocated to the United States since joining the Avengers. Fully bringing back her Sokovian accent in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may seem inconsistent characterization, but WandaVision's post-credits scene offers a good explanation why this will be the case moving forward. According to the show's writer, Jac Schaeffer, WandaVision's stinger was supposed to show Scarlet Witch having "some semblance of acceptance, and that she was able to be by herself comfortably; that there could be a measure of peace."

As seen in the series, Wanda's accent slipped back out when she's forced to confront her traumatic reality. That includes when Geraldine/Monica Rambeau, who'll next appear in The Marvels, mentioned the death of Pietro Maximoff and hints of it later when she came out of the hex to confront Hayward and the S.W.O.R.D. organization. Now that she has properly dealt with the past that she'd spent a lot of time running from, she doesn't have to conceal her Sokovian accent as part of her efforts to suppress her unresolved trauma. 

However, this doesn't mean that Wanda has fully healed from the tragedies that shaped her life. It's going to be a process for her as she navigates the MCU without anyone to fully depend on. But, finally unpacking her grief in WandaVision was the step in the right direction. It allows her to move forward without always being on the verge of breaking down. Considering how powerful she is, being unstable makes her extremely dangerous. This was what exactly happened in the traumatized town of Westview; taking the town hostage was never her intention. When she visited the plot of land Vision bought for them, she didn't plan on settling there and using her powers to create the fantasy bubble she eventually lived in. Using Chaos Magic was accidental — something that she didn't even know she could. While she had to bid her family goodbye when the hex came down, WandaVision motivates Wanda to learn more about herself and what else she can do.

As Wanda starts to find her rightful place in the MCU, letting her Sokovian accent slip back up is also an indication that she’s ready to embrace her real self. For years, Marvel Studios has done a disservice to the potentially multiverse-destroying Scarlet Witch, effectively making her a supporting hero when she’s one of the most powerful players in the comics. This journey of self-discovery began in WandaVision and will continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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