Hey, did you notice that Scarlet Witch’s accent magically disappeared in Avengers: Infinity War? I’ll be perfectly honest. I’ve seen Captain America: Civil War more times than I can count and Avengers: Infinity War twice, and for some reason, it never clicked in my brain that her Sokovian accent was no longer present.
So what was the reasoning behind it? Did they decide that it would be easier going forward for them to just nix it for audience’s sake, or is it something else altogether? Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Infinity War director Joe Russo discussed the reason why they took her accent away for this film.
“We have intentionally tried to strip that accent away for a couple of reasons. One is you’ll notice at the beginning of Civil War that Black Widow is training her to be a spy, and two is she’s been on the run, and one of the most distinguishing characteristics that she has is her accent. So if you’re gonna try to disguise yourself or hide yourself or not be caught, you’re going to try to limit those trigger warnings that would make it easy for someone to identify you, which would be inclusive of her accent. Clearly Black Widow as a red head is an incredibly distinguishing characteristic for her, which is why she has blonde hair. Cap, we’ve seen Chris Evans walk around in public with a beard and no one recognizes him. There are simple things you can do to your appearance that take about 90% of your visibility away, and for us it was very intentional that we would just keep stripping that accent down to show her acclimating and hiding.”
Admittedly, my first thought is — oh, they either forgot about it or though audiences would just get fed up with her accent over time. However, given that the Russos directed Civil War — and that her accent was present and accounted for — I can’t help but buy Russo’s story. It makes sense that they would go to extra lengths to ensure they were hidden. Given how much Scarlet Witch was in the public eye after that explosion before Civil War, it’s understandable she’d ditch her accent.
What do you think of this creative choice? Did you notice, did it bother you, and if so, do you buy the explanation? Sound off down below!