Saying no is a new superpower that Elizabeth Olsen has mastered.
The WandaVision actress said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that she would advise other actors wishing to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe to just sign a contract for one movie to begin. Olsen has been the Scarlet Witch in Marvel's Wanda Maximoff for eight years and counting.
"I’ve had some people ask about it," Olsen told Josh Horowitz about actors requesting for MCU advice, adding, "Just give them one."
Olsen continued, "I think that way you have more control over…If you, let’s say, ‘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,’ you now have more creative control for the next one."
She quipped, "Don’t tell [David] Galluzzi that. [He’s] business affairs at Marvel."
WandaVision, a tentpole show for the then-emerging streamer, was an Avengers spinoff series on Disney+ that Olsen admitted she was initially apprehensive to direct to IndieWire.
"It felt scary to say yes to doing a TV show with these characters, and then putting it on an app that didn’t [yet] exist," Olsen said. "It didn’t feel like a safe place."
Olsen reflected, however, "I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do with the character — and characters, like with Vision (Paul Bettany). There was a growth there that I couldn’t have predicted."
When attempting to balance the blockbusters with independent films, the Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness actress previously admitted to feeling "frustrated" over her individual MCU contractual duties.
"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," Olsen said.
"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. And this is me being the most honest."