Elizabeth Olsen is most known for her performance as the Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s WandaVision, but she has been a major Hollywood player for over a decade. She is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the world’s most famous twins, and has established herself as a successful celebrity in her own right at the age of 34. Before joining the cast of the highest-grossing film series ever, Olsen appeared in a number of high-profile thrillers and dramas. If you need an Elizabeth Olsen film, here are the top 5 Elizabeth Olsen movies you should watch.
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Olsen tried something new with the film Ingrid Goes West. During filming, she had already become well-known for her Marvel part; the film pokes fun at our culture’s present fixation on social media. In the film, Olsen plays an online celebrity that Aubrey Plaza’s Ingrid (played by Plaza) gets enamored with. After Ingrid moves to Los Angeles to be near her, the two become good friends—at least until Ingrid’s secrets start to come out. It was entertaining to see Olsen portray a role that required her to be more egotistical and less grounded than usual.
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Wind River (2017)
Although from the same year as Ingrid Goes West, Wind River is a vastly different film. The former was a black comedy, while the latter had elements of a murder mystery and thriller—however, both remark on society in some way. In Wind River, Elizabeth Olsen plays an FBI agent looking into the murder of a Native American lady, while Jeremy Renner, as Hawkeye from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plays a skilled tracker. The film, which was based on actual occurrences (and the fact that no records are maintained for missing Native Americans), received acclaim for its visceral depiction of the subject but was criticized by others for its lack of representation of Native American performers.
Martha Marcy May Marlene’ (2011)
Low-budget treasures like this one marked Olsen’s early career before she went on to feature in multiple blockbuster MCU films. This long and complex psychological thriller starring Olsen as a former cult member is challenging but ultimately satisfying. She garnered a lot of early appreciation for her controlled but powerful portrayal as the lady struggling to get free of the cult that imprisoned her. Her outstanding performance here, in just her second major film role following the dismal horror film Silent House, confirmed that she was bound for greatness.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The second Marvel film Lizzie has worked on is one of the most important in the MCU’s early stages. As Wanda Maximoff struggles with the aftermath of the Sokovia Accords, she returns to her position as played by the actress. Captain America: Civil War is one of my favorite Marvel films because of Wanda’s character development as she learns to accept her position among the Avengers and on Team Cap.
Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)
Elizabeth Olsen’s highest-grossing film is the finale of a single series that has been running for ten years and in which she has not had as prominent a presence as fans would assume. The movie’s big combat scene is when she shines. Wanda is leading a female squad like Black Widow did in Infinity War. Most significantly, she is there at the end to provide an emotional anchor as she and Hawkeye grieve for their comrades. Not much, but the movie closes up a major MCU story arc and paves the way for Olsen to expand upon Wanda/Scarlet Witch in future films. Follow ibomma for more!