Wanda Maximoff played by Elizabeth Olsen first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits scene all those years ago. Our first real introduction to the character was in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since then she has become a fan favourite appearing throughout the Infinity saga. Each movie revealed her magical abilities while setting up her personal arc. It all culminated into WandaVision, her entry into Marvel Phase 4. Looking back, between her Hydra days and the show’s finale, the character has had quite the MCU journey. That journey has now been encapsulated with stunning detail in the form of official Marvel concept art.
In WandaVision, Wanda got her own superhero story in a unique series about love and grief. The show has its share of satisfying scenes. But a particularly hypable scene is the one where Wanda finally transforms into the Scarlet Witch. I don’t know about you but I’m still not over it. Marvel’s Director of Visual Development, Andy Park commemorated her growth by sharing a comparison of official MCU concept art from Age of Ultron to WandaVison. And it will give you goosebumps. Check it out here:
The first image is Wanda’s look from 2013 where she’s donning her signature red leather jacket over a tattered dress and the second is her glorious Scarlet Witch look from 2019. She’s come a long way.
WandaVision was everything fans expected and more. The Disney Plus show gave its leading lady a fleshed out arc that finally addressed the trauma and human cost of all the MCU action we’ve seen on the big screen so far. By the end of the show, we see Wanda let go of the sitcom-esque world of Westview and fully come to terms with her loss. In the final scene, she appears to be living on a mountain in a cottage that screams witch core but what’s interesting is her astral form studying the Darkhold which is the book of the damned she took from Agatha Harkness. This links us to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, another exciting chapter worth waiting for.
In the meantime, Episode 1 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is out:
Cover artwork: Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India
Image credit: Andy Park