After the first X-Men film helped bring live-action comic book movies to the mainstream with its infamous black leather outfits, it was Spider-Man and its record-breaking box office performance the following year that proved that modern audiences could accept and embrace the colorful superhero costumes from Marvel Comics.
Marvel Studios launched their franchise with its first self-financed film in Iron Man, featuring faithful adaptations of the original and modern armors from the books, and each character introduced in Marvel films since has been similarly adapted closely to the colorful source material as well, from Loki’s green outfit and horned helmet, to Captain America’s red, white and blue uniform, shield in tow. The Avengers on screen look pretty darn close to The Avengers on the page, but for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we may start to see some deviations.
As fans following the development of Fox’s and Disney’s upcoming and ambitious projects know, the brother-sister act of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have become an item of late. Joss Whedon has written the pair into his Age of Ultron script, and at the same time, at least one of them (Quicksilver) is included in the story of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Evan Peters is playing Quicksilver for Fox’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and on stage at Comic-Con over the weekend he and director Bryan Singer described his costume as something from the ’70s, confirming that his character’s story is with Michael Fassbender’s younger Magneto (Quicksilver’s father).
For the modern-set Avengers sequel, where superheroes will once again suit up in their expected duds, the costumes for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch – arguably the most extreme of the team – will be altered significantly for the film, especially for Scarlet Witch:
The above image is the classic Scarlet Witch design, but the overly busty and revealing outfit – and red hair piece – won’t make the cut in the live-action version. Whedon tells Nerdist to expect a homage to the headgear but much like the costumes of the first Avengers film, whatever Wanda ends up wearing will be much more grounded in reality and likely will be something a little closer to her simpler Ultimates outfit (top of article) of leather pants and strapless tank top.
“She might wear a headband or something that might echo it. The guys at Marvel, the conceptual artists, are phenomenal, and they are so good at taking the essence of what works and interpreting it for the actual human body, and when they paint something you can not only tell how it’s gonna work on a person, you can even tell what fabric it’ll be. They are very specific, very talented. So I’m excited to see the designs. Obviously we want to echo the look that people know, but there’s the classic look and the Ultimates look, but you have to do it in a way that will work. But it can’t be too old school… she can’t wear a leotard.”
Hawkeye’s costume is significantly different than his traditional purple outfit, but closely matches his Ultimates uniform, and we expect a similar adaptation for Scarlet Witch. Early rumors pointed towards Marvel Studios and Whedon using Saoirse Ronan as a model for their take on the Scarlet Witch character, who may be of British decent for the film.
What will Quicksilver (possibly played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) wear? Will Bryan Singer have his own Scarlet Witch in Days of Future Past?
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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