Elizabeth Olsen on Scarlet Witch's outfit and powers
This month’s Captain America: Civil War sees Elizabeth Olsen reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, and although her character retains her magical powers from the comic book, she doesn’t have to wear the character’s long-running outfit. The MCU Scarlet Witch dresses more practically in a jacket and pants, rather than a barely-there skin-tight getup. Olsen told Seth Meyers on Tuesday that it was made clear from the beginning of her role in Avengers: Age of Ultron that she wouldn’t have to wear that rather embarrassing costume.
“About the same meeting Joss Whedon even mentioned who we were meeting about, he said, ‘There’s this character Scarlet Witch that I’m interested in for you to play,’ and then he said, ‘When you go home and Google her, just know you will never ever have to wear what she wears in the comics,'” Olsen recalled, as Meyers showed the comic version wearing a bathing suit and a cape. “Because I did ballet growing up, but that’s not a confident look.”
The Marvel movies have kept Scarlet Witch’s magical powers rather consistent with the comics, though. While Wanda Maximoff’s powers have always been a little more vague than the characters who, in Meyers’ words, “a lot of punchin’ and a lot of kickin’,” the basics are she waves her hands around and makes things happen with magical red energy. Olsen told Meyers she even practices to get that part right.
“I actually do finger exercises, because I try and figure out how to isolate fingers, and I’m not very good with my left hand so we always try and feature the right,” Olsen said. “I love a twitch, I always think that’s creepy.”
Watch the clip below.