Like millions of other people, I love Marvel movies. I'd consider that love to be a solid 83% of my personality.
Wanda has been one of my favorite Avengers since she stepped onto the scene in Age of Ultron, and as soon as they announced WandaVision, I made a point of scheduling weekly FaceTime dates with my sister so we could watch it together.
As soon as I saw the first commercial for the show, I knew that the color, costuming, and design would be more than just color, costuming, and design. And it all goes way beyond everything of Wanda's just being red.
Hopefully you've finished watching the show if you're reading this, but just in case — spoilers ahead!!
We don't see much color, besides some flashes of red, until the end of Episode 2.
As soon as life in Westview becomes colorful, however, we can see that the characters' costumes are reminiscent of their uniforms in the Avengers movies.
Vision's sweater and slacks match what he wears in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Wanda's all-red ensemble clearly references her own on-duty look.
Both Wanda and Vision keep their respective color schemes for a little while. Then things begin to change.
More and more, signature colors from the other characters start creeping their way into Wanda's wardrobe in Episode 3, which I think is a reference to her resurfacing trauma.
The '80s episode is where we see the real shift because it almost entirely replaces Wanda's and Vision's colors with blue.
From then on, Wanda's usual scarlet is swapped for quite a lot of blue and gray as she's forced to deal with her loss in a way that she hasn't before.
There's still a bit of red, but suddenly we've got a lot of sad, sad gray — except for this amazing comic book tie-in that Wanda wears on Halloween:
Even when red starts to creep its way back into Wanda's wardrobe, it's always paired with dark gray and blue.
Here's another sad Wanda in red and gray:
When Wanda finally steps into her role as Scarlet Witch in the final episode, it all comes full circle.
Not only is her new uniform a LOOK, but it's also gray, navy, and a purplish red or maroon — instead of the purer red from phases 2 and 3.
She's begun to face her trauma, and she's carrying her grief into the future — an incredibly empowering message after a year of real-world grief.
Wanda finally got the screen time she's always deserved — and I'm not complaining! But why didn't any of the other Avengers check on her? And what role will she play in Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness? Please stand by...
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