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Marvel’s WandaVision teaser puts the Scarlet Witch in THAT costume

Complete with Jack Kirby’s patented ear-hiding headpiece

Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) looks over her shoulder on a Wakandan battlefield in Avengers: Infinity War. Image: Marvel Studios
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Marvel Studios brought multiple gifts for Super Bowl viewers with a combo teaser for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and WandaVision, the company’s three upcoming Disney Plus TV series. Scarlet Witch fans only had eyes for one thing: the appearance of the character’s classic red costume.

Like many of her Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff wears a modernized version of her habitual comic book duds. That is, red leather jackets, red corsets, and other, usually red, garments.

She actually has several new “costumes” in the teaser, each one appearing to represent a different era of the American sitcom. While we don’t know the plot of the show for certain, all indications hint that it will involve Wanda using her mind-warping powers to create her own happily-ever-after with her dearly departed Vision. Such a plotline could easily crib from the Scarlet Witch and Vision’s two most famous stories.

But sitcom-referencing skirts are just the beginning. For a brief moment of the teaser, Wanda appears in something a bit bolder:

Elizabeth Olsen descends a staircase as Scarlet Witch in her classic costume, complete with gloves, cape, and hairpiece, in a clip from teaser for WandaVision. Image: Marvel Studios

The costume is a dead ringer for the fantastical outfit Wanda has worn for years in the comics.

Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch, in Avengers vs. X-Men #7, Marvel Comics (2012). Image: Matt Fraction, Olivier Coipel/Marvel Comics

It’s got the cape, gloves, unitard — and even the spectacular headpiece. Why do so many Marvel characters wind up with face-framing headpieces? Well, I’m not saying that it’s because Jack Kirby hated drawing ears, but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence.

WandaVision is set to premiere on Disney Plus sometime in 2020. When it does, it will reintroduce viewers to Kat Dennings’ Darcy, from the Thor franchise; Randall Park’s agent Jimmy Woo, from Ant-Man and the Wasp; and Monica Rambeau, the grown-up version of the little girl in Captain Marvel.

And, Marvel warned at its San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel, WandaVision will tie directly into the plot of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That film hits theaters in May 2021.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated WandaVision’s release window.

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