Scarlet Witch Age of Ultron

Elizabeth Olsen wants to cover up her Scarlet Witch costume

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May 1, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War is finally out, and it’s given Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch her own love story with Vision (Paul Bettany), which takes its inspiration from the Avengers comics. But when it comes to her costume, Olsen would prefer it if there were some changes ahead.

While speaking with Elle, Olsen shared her desire to see Scarlet Witch/Wanda with less cleavage exposure. 

"It would just not be a cleavage corset,” explained Olsen. “I like corsets, but I'd like it to be higher. Everyone has these things that cover them—Tessa Thompson does, Scarlett does. I would like to cover up a bit. It's funny because sometimes I look around and I'm just like—wow, I'm the only one who has cleavage, and that's a constant joke because they haven't really evolved my superhero costume that much. But then you look at where it started in the comic books and it was a leotard and a headband so…oh, it's horrible, it’s so horrible. So at least they know that’s not cool.” 

Do you think she means this outfit? It’s one of the Scarlet Witch’s most famous costumes. 

Scarlet Witch Classic

Olsen may not like her onscreen costume, but it’s actually very conservative compared to some of the Scarlet Witch’s comic book looks over the years. Back in the ‘90s, Wanda went evil for a bit. So it was all short hair, ridiculous gloves, and an even tighter costume to show off just how bad she was. Check out that cape too.

Scarlet Witch goes bad

Now, you may see the following skimpy outfit and think it’s totally exploitive for Scarlet Witch to be wearing this fan service costume. But the in-story explanation was that she was just getting back in touch with her cultural roots. 

Scarlet Witch George Perez

This is a variation of the classic Scarlet Witch costume, with an even greater emphasis on her cleavage. 

Scarlet Witch Uncanny Avengers 1 cover

Finally, this is the costume that Scarlet Witch is currently wearing in the comics. Practical isn’t exactly the right word for it, but it is tamer than most of her earlier outfits. Although there is that plunging neckline.

Scarlet Witch modern costume

“I think of the costumes and what we have to wear—it’s more about iconic images, because that's what these movies are,” added Olsen. “I think that's the goal with the costumes, and it's not representing the average woman."

Of course, if Olsen sticks around long enough, she may very well get that costume redesign that she wants. We’ll probably see for ourselves when Avengers 4 opens on May 3, 2019.