– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel Studios seems to understand the perfect balance between respecting the source comic book material and creating something that can believably exist in some semblance of the real world. This is especially true when it comes to the characters, the use of their superhero names, and their overall designs. We’ve seen the industry swing like a pendulum from one side (X-Men and their leather suits) to the other (Mysterio and his comic-book-accurate one).

One character who has been executed pretty well in the MCU, but still has a kind of disconnect compared to the comics is Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda. In the films, I’m not really even sure we get any instance of the characters using her superhero name.

As it turns out, this will supposedly be remedied in the upcoming WandaVision, as star Elizabeth Olsen told BUILD Series.

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“I’m just so excited for fans because if they know anything about the Scarlet Witch in the comics,” Olsen teased. “I think this show will just get them so excited…This show will explore why she’s known as Scarlet Witch and how she is Scarlet Witch as opposed to Wanda. We’ve always referred to her as Wanda in our films, so it’s an exciting opportunity.”

Interestingly enough, this was a detail she was supposed to reveal to us at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but Olsen succumbed to the pressures of the Hall H crowd.

“Kevin Feige, when we were teasing it at Comic-Con for the first time, he was like, ‘Say a sentence about how people are gonna discover that through this show they’ll finally learn ‘Scarlet Witch’ and why she’s called Scarlet Witch.’ I was like, ‘Okay,’ and then I got on stage and was like, ‘we’ll see Wanda as Scarlet Witch. I was so intimidated by the 8,000 people. I totally blew it.”

So now you know! 

I’ve actually really loved what they’ve done with her character in the films and think it’s great that we’ve really grown to know her mostly as a character. Yes, she’s had superpowers from the beginning, but as far as characterizing her as Scarlet Witch…I think it’s great they’ve saved that aspect for her own series.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.