It's no secret that Disney+ is giving Marvel Studios enough freedom to do a deep dive into several MCU characters, and WandaVision appeared to have utilized that opportunity in a unique way.
Serving as a showcase for Wanda Maximoff's post-Endgame adventure, the series started off as a sitcom filled with traditional TV story beats alongside the surprise resurrection of Paul Bettany's Vision who previously died at the hands of Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War.
This approach raised more questions than answers, but it was made clear later on that not all is what it seemed. As it turns out, Wanda created this sitcom reality by accident, and it ultimately affected innocent residents of Westview, New Jersey.
After several sitcom-based episodes, WandaVision shifted into the traditional MCU approach complete with action and mystery tied to the overall lore of the franchise. The big reveal from the hit Marvel series was the transformation of Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda as the Scarlet Witch, with the finale showing the full evolution of the character alongside a new costume.
Now, an alternate look at the Scarlet Witch design has been revealed.
A STUNNING LOOK AT THE MCU'S SCARLET WITCH
Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development Andy Park posted a brand-new piece of concept art for WandaVision, showing off a different design of Elizabeth Olsen's Marvel hero.
Alongside the reveal, Park described this alternate version as the “Red Riding Hood look” of the character, comprised of the cape and hood.
Last month, the Marvel concept artist posted a somewhat similar design of Wanda Maximoff without the cape and hood, revealing that it was the “approved concept design” of the character for the finale.
Elizabeth Olsen believed that Wanda Maximoff "has a tremendous amount of guilt” as she secluded herself from the world after the finale of 'WandaVision.'
Kevin Feige explained that they had to cut Doctor Strange from the WandaVision finale because "it would have taken away from Wanda," revealing that they "didn't want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie."
Kevin Feige confirmed that a deal was finalized between Benedict Cumberbatch and Marvel to appear in the final episode of 'WandaVision.'
THE SCARLET WITCH'S MCU FUTURE EXPLAINED
The image provides another great look at Elizabeth Olsen's powerful MCU hero, and the inclusion of the cape and hood definitely adds more personality to the character.
Given that Wanda is currently in hiding after WandaVision, the cape and hood will no doubt help the character disguise herself from the public. The series showed a glimpse of these two garments in action in the finale when Wanda bid her goodbyes to Westview during the finale, and it's reasonable to assume that she will continue to use it to evade her captors.
Considering that Wanda can fly, the addition of the cape gives her a stylish vibe when using that specific ability while also paying tribute to Vision's original look in the MCU. The hood could also serve as a callback to the original witches of Salem, and this could be her way of cementing her status as one of them albeit more powerful.
Wanda's next adventure is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and it's pretty much guaranteed that all of these costume elements (including the cape and hood) will be featured in that film.
Still, it remains to be seen how Doctor Strange would react to Wanda's Westview fiasco, and this story beat will no doubt make the heroes' initial confrontation a must-see.
Fans can look back at Wanda's Phase 4 journey by streaming WandaVision on Disney+ while awaiting her next appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, 2022.