The latest episode of WandaVision, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular,” takes some time to explain where Wanda got the idea for her Scarlet Witch costume from.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Now Airing on Disney +.
Every good sitcom has a Halloween episode, and that’s exactly what WandaVision viewers receive this week. Most of the series use the necessary costumes and parties to laugh and give an idea of their popular characters. But characters in sitcoms often dress up as superheroes, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity for a show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well it doesn’t just WandaVision make a hilarious meta-commentary on the visual evolution of Marvel Comics wearing their heroes’ costumes, but also uses the gag to solve more of Wanda’s complicated backstory.
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In episode 6, “New Spooktacular Halloween!”, Wanda’s family is getting ready for trick or treating, followed by a healthy festival in the town square. The opening sequence is shot in the style of Malcolm in the middle, with the twins breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience. Wanda is becoming the increasingly drained mother, both because she fits the tone of ’90s family comedies and because she’s really struggling to hold her semi-subconscious Westview project together. Then when he comes downstairs in an outfit that looks a lot like the older Scarlet Witch look in the comics, Pietro and the twins call him “lame.”
Half the joke is that, in illustrated form, Marvel’s various mutants and heroes are comparatively two-dimensional and primary colored when compared to their MCU counterparts. Wanda’s alter ego, as drawn, looks like a Halloween costume one could buy at Target when translated into real life, as do Vision, Pietro, and the twins, who become themselves. It’s also impossible to miss the outspoken sexuality of this version of Scarlet Witch (a bright red vampire leotard and pink tights) compared to the more serious, realistic, and toned down version in the MCU, in which she often dons normal clothes and a dark red leather coat.
The other half of the joke is that the MCU has not yet officially designated her the Scarlet Witch, nor has it acknowledged that Pietro is Quicksilver, or that Billy and Tommy are becoming her comical counterparts, Speed and Wiccan. As good as WandaVision that is, it is becoming clear that at least part of the program’s purpose is to bring disparate intellectual properties together and explain the seams where necessary. This is evident when, after her family insults her costume, Wanda explains that she is dressed as a Sokovian fortune teller, not someone named Scarlet Witch from a comic.
Scarlet Witch made her first appearance in 1964 The X-Men # 4, and that version of the character, dressed in his red cape and helmet, was a mutant and a villain. The most important thing when it comes to WandaVision, she is not an orphan of Sokovia in the original material. Wanda has had more than her fair share of origin stories, and it seems likely that WandaVision Through details as small as a Halloween costume and as large as the possible introduction of the multiverse, he will try to make sense of them.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn like Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney +.
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