A lot can be said about Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff. In her first MCU appearance, she aligned herself with the malevolent Ultron and acted against the Avengers only to have a change of heart and switch sides. After that, she joined the superhero team and eventually fell in love with the android Vision. The pair continued their romance until Thanos rolled up and killed Vision in his pursuit of the Infinity Stones. Then came WandaVision.
In Marvel Studios’ first leap into the television medium, WandaVision, Wanda lived an idyllic, suburban life with Vision and their two sons, but this was all a facade. Maximoff was torn away from her fantasy whilst realizing her full potential as a supremely powerful magic user known as the Scarlet Witch. She then caused all sorts of trouble for one Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
What Does the Scarlet Witch’s Costume Symbolize?
As Andy Park made reference to, Scarlet Witch’s Costume was modified in between her two most recent on-screen appearances. Full-length sleeves were added to indicate that this was not exactly the same Wanda and that she had been corrupted by the Darkhold.
Also of note is a sort of cracked texture was added to Wanda’s bodice in Doctor Strange 2, with the fractures emanating from her heart. This was to symbolize that her heart was broken, having lost Vision and her children.
The execution here is nuanced, but the intent is crystal clear because costuming can tell a story just as well as dialogue or scenery can. And when all the elements of film production are operating in concert with one another, each part ends up enhancing the next.
At present, it’s unknown where Wanda Maximoff will appear next or if she survived the events of Multiverse of Madness. But with an individual as powerful as her, it’s probably safe to say that she won’t be out of the picture for long.
Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.