After Elizabeth Olsen was cast as the Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans know Wanda Maximoff is in the competent hands of a beautiful and talented actress, so only one question remains: What will she wear?
The Witch has had one primary costume for decades, and that has been changed up and reworked in more recent times, but whenever you say “Scarlet Witch” to a true comics fan, only one image comes to mind: her classic “red swimsuit over red mesh” uniform.
However, following the trend of the Marvel movies to redesign characters’ outfits — even Captain America and Iron Man were tweaked for the big screen — director Joss Whedon is giving the Witch another makeover.
Elizabeth took some time to drop a few hints (and disclaimers) in a chat with Total Film:
“We’ve done some costume stuff, yeah! My favorite piece is my ‘secrecy cloak’ that prevents anyone from seeing what I’m wearing [on the set]. There’s a hood and a robe — it protects the [film costume from being revealed]! I don’t think Joss ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those [comic book] outfits; I am not a professional athlete, 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.’ It’s for someone today. Well, if someone walked around wearing what she wore in the comics, people would stop and say, ‘What the hell… She thinks she’s a superhero!’”
When Elizabeth says the costume is more “rooted,” that makes me think of something more Romani-inspired, like one of the costume George Perez created for the Witch back when Kurt Busiek was writing The Avengers comic — and, now that I think of it, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were also battling Ultron back then, too! I suppose we could see a version of the costume worn by the Ultimates universe version of the character, which tended to be similar to the duller leather & armor looks of some other onscreen characters.
So, while some may be disappointed that the Witch will not be as overtly sexy as she is in the comics, I’m sure Joss and Elizabeth will come up with something… suitable.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated for release on May 1, 2015.