In an interview with Elle in promotion of Avengers: Infinity War, Elizabeth Olsen shared some thoughts about her superhero costume. As you know, she plays Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. the Scarlet Witch — a character that has a long history in Marvel Comics. And for most of that history, she’s worn basically a strapless bathing suit with purple tights and a cape. It’s A LOOK, but it’s certainly not something anyone would want to rock in reality — let alone while staring down Thanos (Thanus?). So naturally, when it came time to add the character to the MCU, the costume design was adjusted. But mayyyyybe not enough for Olsen:
“It would just not be a cleavage corset. 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. But then they made Wonder Woman, you know? And that’s what she’s in. I think of the costumes and what we have to wear — it’s more about iconic images, because that’s what these movies are…. I think that’s the goal with the costumes, and it’s not representing the average woman.”
She’s right — out of all the (few) female heroes in the MCU so far, Wanda definitely shows off a bit more cleavage. It’s not that characters like Valkyrie and Black Widow don’t have their boobs emphasized, it’s just that they are physical combatants and their cleavage is highlighted by elaborate body armor rather than low-cut tops. Wanda is a magical combatant, who makes woo-woo hand gestures, so… corset?
Look, I don’t understand the logic. But I do know that the Wanda that appears in the MCU…
… is a far cry from THIS:
Something that Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon assured the actress of when casting her:
In fact, the character’s image overhaul for 2015’s Age of Ultron seemed to have a direct impact on her comics counterpart. A new Scarlet Witch comic series launched later that same year, and this is how Wanda dressed in the very first issue:
Pants! Capelet! And a shirt that is sort of like her corset, only higher up and less revealing! Actually, maybe Olsen SHOULD get kitted out like the comics, if this is the example we go by. All I know is that Olsen doesn’t seem to have TOO big a problem with corsets, based on what she wore to the Infinity War premiere…