Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Up till now we’ve only had vague images, but now it’s finally out – the Scarlet Witch poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron! So this seems like a good time to cast my eye on a few of her old looks, both in comics and other media, and see just what’s inspired Joss Whedon’s design… Just a heads-up: this is by no means a definitive assessment of every look the Scarlet Witch has ever worn. It’s just a look at some of the major ones, and some that I feel may have impacted the design! Scarlet Witch: The Classic Look This is the classic Scarlet Witch costume, one she shifted into shortly after joining the Avengers; it’s cropped up time and again. Unlike many super-hero designs, the pink bodysuit and the compartmentalisation – visible seams, for example – actually make it look halfway to real. As with many of the Scarlet Witch’s designs, everything about it either emphasises her curves – or contrasts with them, using triangles (right down to the boots). In the hands of the right artist, the colourscheme is really effective – the hair can actually seem to billow out into her cape, a rather cool effect. Scarlet Witch: Force Works Fans of the 1990s Marvel Action Hour series will recognise this costume – she wore it as a member of Iron Man’s back-up cast. In actual fact, the Scarlet Witch donned this look as a member of Force Works, Iron Man’s personal team of Avengers. There are a few touches that makes it seem almost a homage to Xena: Warrior Princess, and there’s an interesting contrast between curves and sharp angles. Her hair is usually drawn as much wilder, very out-of-control, but the main criticism is the front drape – it’s just impractical. Scarlet Witch: Reborn If you browse this look on the Internet, you most definitely get the impression Rob Liefeld penned it a lot. The drapes are increasingly impractical and out-of-control, but the greyish-black of this art – along with the sort of ‘dusty’ red – works much better than black and sharp-red as sometimes coloured. It features one of the few tops that’s actually practical, and not just a corset that’s somehow magically defying gravity. The costume was redesigned for the game X-Men Legends II. In this redesign, the look is almost Oriental, and the sleeves actually work. The V-neck is a much better look, and the drape problem is resolved by changing the material into something a lot more solid. The headpiece is a nice homage to the traditional design, but doesn’t really work too well. Essentially, the game took a costume that was nothing too special, and turned it into something rather cool. Scarlet Witch: Gypsy One of the Scarlet Witch’s more surprising looks is the Gypsy one, which plays to her Gypsy heritage with a feel of flowing movement. There’s a beautiful satin feel to this costume, with the first hints of a regal character – through the long, flowing cape. Scarlet Witch: House of M Two words spring to mind: Your Majesty. In the House of M, the Scarlet Witch was regal and powerful, heir to a powerful dynasty – as emphasised by the deep reds and the gold bands. The utterly impractical flowing outfit is absolutely gorgeous, billowing out like a thundercloud, and the out-of-control hair emphasises the sheer insanity of the character. Scarlet Witch: Uncanny Avengers Meet the Scarlet Witch of the Uncanny Avengers. The heavier cloaks have been abandoned, moving to a wrap-around dress rather than the cloaks. The cleavage is sexy, but not over-the-top. The traditional headgirl is really a bit big for this design, though. That said, with the relaunch, the Scarlet Witch has donned another look: This one’s more traditional, but carries a lot of leather-and-metal styling to it. That said, at times it feels just a tad overdone, with too many cuts – such as the shoulders. As with many designs, the headpiece actually doesn’t complement it too well. Scarlet Witch: Evolution X-Men: Evolution dramatically redesigned the Scarlet Witch, turning her punk! In a homage to a brief stint with the Brotherhood, her hair is shorter and emphasises her rebellious nature. The cape has been replaced with a trenchcoat, and the look feels almost military at times. There’s still a fair amount of cleavage, but – due to the character’s age – it’s not emphasised as much thankfully. Scarlet Witch: Avengers – Age of Ultron Your first glance tells you that this costume carries a real sense of homage to X-Men: Evolution – albeit with a biker jacket replacing the trenchcoat. There are strong visual cues to the Gypsy heritage – rings, bracelets, necklaces – but other than that it really does feel like an everyday look. Whedon has clearly chosen to avoid the traditional feel of the character (not a trace of a pink bodysuit or an OTT headpiece). And yes, there’s cleavage, but the necklaces prevent that becoming a visual focus. But gone also is any sense of the regal and majestic; this woman is clearly a rebel. I can’t wait to see how this works on the big-screen! Read more articles by Tom! Read more ComicsVerse articles!