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Five Impractical Scarlet Witch Costumes


After 50 years as a mainstay in Marvel’s Avengers comics, Scarlet Witch will make her film debut in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Naturally, everyone has been wondering exactly what actress Elizabeth Olsen will look like when she assembles on the big screen alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and the rest. In a recent interview, the actress opened up about her super wardrobe for the first time.

“I don’t think [director] Joss [Whedon] ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those outfits,” she told Total Film (via Superhero Movie News). “I am not a professional athlete and nor am I a model. Wearing those costumes wouldn’t be fun for anyone who wasn’t those things. He already had a different idea. It respects and involves the comic book character but it’s different, more rooted.”

With that quote – and Scarlet Witch’s less-than-stellar fashion sense – in mind, here are five costumes we most likely won’t see on the big screen.

The Original


Opera gloves and billowing cape aside, the most impractical part of this classic Kirby design has to be the five-pointed head sock Wanda’s sporting on her noggin. Yes, this design works in comics; it’s a testament to Kirby’s talent that this design has remained fairly intact over the character’s 50-year history – but that headgear won’t translate to film. We’re actually pretty sure that real world physics make that accessory impossible to replicate in live-action.

The Classic


This modified version of Jack Kirby’s original design has become Wanda’s standard look, the one she comes back to in-between her more daring fashion choices. But even its most vocal supporters have to admit that it looks a bit too much like aerobics gear from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to work alongside the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers. And considering this get-ups color scheme, she should really be called “Hot Pink Witch.”

The ’80s (a.k.a. The Shoulder Pads)


When John Byrne had Wanda dabble in her power’s dark side, he gave her an appropriately imposing costume. But unfortunately, “imposing” in the ’80s meant “shoulder-pads out to here,” and Scarlet Witch started rocking a wide collar with added bulk that made her look like a ballerina in football gear. This is another look that works well in the comics, but it’s highly unlikely that Olsen will find herself burdened with this much cape.

The ’90s (a.k.a. The Ridiculous ’90s)


When you look at every misguided superhero redesign from the ’90s, few heroes got it as bad as Wanda Maximoff. Tiny loincloth? Boob straps? Bare legs? Inexplicable jewelry? One has to wonder how Scarlet Witch even walked around in this costume, let alone fight against world-threatening catastrophes. This costume might have fit in a decade ago, right alongside Halle Berry’s revealing Catwoman number, but this isn’t how the Marvel Cinematic Universe rolls.

The Perez


When the Avengers returned to prominence in the late ’90s, artist George Perez let Wanda explore her Romani roots with this costume. While it bares as much flesh as her other ’90s costume, this one at least ties into the character’s origin and her personality at the time; it doesn’t feel as exploitative. Still, it features a lot of clunky accessories that would really pose a problem in any type of battle situation – not to mention the added time it takes to put on all that jewelry! Wanda’s brother Pietro may be a fan of accessories over in Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but we don’t think this will fly at Marvel Studios.


  • Dan

    I was always partial to the Perez….

  • RY33

    She’ll wear a plastic/vinyl looking dark red jump suit that won’t even vaguely resemble anything from the comics.

  • Lyle

    I see no reason to not have it be the present Scarlet Witch design, which is pretty much red stylish overcoat, red gloves, red boots, and the red head gear. Yes, there is an awful lot of red in there, but that is why she is called the Scarlet Witch. And, sorry, call the head gear a head sock all you want, but, if she doesn’t have it, she does not look like the Scarlet Witch. I really do not see why this is and issue anyway. Spider-Man’s costume is the most impractical costume you could ever come up with, but I don’t see anyone changing that any time soon.

  • Statham

    She’ll wear something vaguely resembling her Ultimates (Pre-Volume 3 and the Loeb mess) gear. Trying to put her in the classic costume is going to look ridiculous.

  • mr. k0

    There’s nothing impractical about Spider-Man’s costume. There’s no cape, cumbersome apparel/headgear or armor. It’s just a stylized body glove. It was just the matter of finding a suitable body physique to wear it and CGI to polish it off.

  • Thanos

    Her costume in Uncanny Avengers is perfect for the movie:

  • Shokdiesel

    Ha! #LoebMess

  • JozefAL

    I’d term the last one as “The Perez Redesign.” After all, George had a fairly lengthy run on the original “Avengers” series (18 issues of the series between #140 and #175; then all but one issue in the #194-202 run) where he put her in the “classic” outfit.

  • JozefAL

    No. If any Avenger is going to be in a skirt, it MUST be Hawkeye. (See lower right corner of Avengers 103, ).

  • Dave

    Lets just go the Fox route and put her in a leather jacket and pants. You know, something she’s never worn at all ever. That’s how you do superhero costumes.

  • The Griffinator

    The Perez never should’ve gone away.

  • Derek Metaltron

    Just do something smart but which pays homage to her main costume, on account of it being so iconic. It’s the same logic they need with Wonder Woman, after all.

  • demoncat_4

    odds are elizabeth may get a combo of wandas original outfit mixed with what joss and marvel decided on hope at least maybe a touch of perezes style but one thing its been said liz will not be wearing as wanda is the head piece

  • barracuda

    The current costume is the best choice, it makes sense and has personality. Of course there’s also the Ultimate universe a.k.a the realistic approach.

  • XSpectreGreyX

    I always assumed they’d go the Ultimates route and give her some leather thing. That, or as someone said below, the present design, though I’d leave out the head gear (mainstream audiences have enough trouble taking Cap seriously).

  • Alex Hayden

    Something inspired by early ultimate or uncanny avengers would be good. No headgear. You’re wrong. That thing has never “worked” in the comics, either.

  • Donald

    How about a SHIELD uniform she magics red? One of Maria’s or Widow’s?

  • Adolf Kittenler

    I really would like to see someone attempt to do that Kirby headgear in live-action. I’ve spent almost 40 years wondering how it was supposed to be attached.

  • Mike

    ” but that headgear won’t translate to film. We’re actually pretty sure that real world physics make that accessory impossible to replicate in live-action.” I wonder what law of physics that would be? Wanda’s original head gear wrapped around her head, leaving only her face and the top of her head exposed .It wasn’t stuck to the sides of her face.

  • Zagreus
  • Tiago Andrade

    I guess it’ll be a mix of the Ultimate universe and the X-Men evolution cartoon versions.

  • Tiago Andrade

    GEORGE PÉREZ never should’ve gone away.

  • Matches Malone

    Aren’t they all? I mean, seriously. Gravity is not a costume’s friend in most cases, and a real world version of most costumes for women would experience a catastrophic failure….

  • Tomax

    I think she’ll look more like a modern day gypsy (whatever that looks like)….perhaps jeans and regular street clothes.

  • lewis4510

    I’m less concerned about her outfit in the movie as I am how her powers will be depicted. In the comic the effects of her powers vary widely, covering a lot of ground.

  • Tom James

    Sad but true.

  • unpaidpundit

    Scarlett Witch’s costume is no more impractical than Wonder Woman’s and WW’s is considered a classic. Remember how OUTRAGED many fans and sometimes fans were when Wonder Woman started wearing pants? Black Widow’s costume is impractical, but Scarlett Johansson dieted and worked out until it fit. Time for Elizabeth Olsen to hit the gym! Getting in shape is the price that highly paid screen actors sometimes have to pay. I’d like to see a variation on “The Perez” in the film.

  • Mike James

    What, no mention of the Ultimates 3 “costume” (in quotes being that can something with that little material actually be considered clothing?)

    Sadly we’re probably getting essentially a red version of MCU’s SHIELD uniform meets black widow.

    I hope they can somehow pay some sort of homage to the headpiece

  • Zagreus

    Need a curvier actress than her to “fill out” that outfit. I don’t mind something more low key myself… though of course wouldn’t object to a more hubba hubba actress, it does seem weird if every character (with the exception of maybe Kitty Pryde) has to have those proportions. So, ultimately I don’t mind.

  • CalgaryCostumeShop

    Impractical but the classic is a nice look