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.
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.
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.
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.