In WandaVision, broadcast on Disney +, Scarlet Witch returns to its origins by rediscovering its Sokovian accent at certain key moments. Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. The following paragraphs contain spoilers for WandaVision.
Following a presentation in the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is introduced alongside her twin brother Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) in Avengers: Age of Ultron . Originally from Sokovia (a totally invented country), the two Optimized HYDRA fight the Avengers with Ultron before joining the superheroes to save the inhabitants of Sokovia. Wanda and Pietro have a Sokovian accent that the two actors created with the help of a dialect coach.
But that accent Wanda lost in subsequent MCU movies, which angered some fans of the franchise. During the promotion Avengers: Infinity War, directors Anthony and Joe Russo had explained why Scarlet Witch no longer had his accent for the sake of camouflage within the Avengers: “First, you’ll notice that at the start of Civil War, Black Widow [Scarlett Johansson] trains her to become a spy. Then she’s on the run, and one of her most distinguishing features is her accent “.
Back to basics in WandaVision
While Wanda’s accent is no longer present in the Marvel films, it hasn’t completely disappeared. In WandaVision, the original series from Marvel Studios on Disney +, Scarlet Witch finds her accent in the third episode, when she sings a lullaby to her children, and in the fifth episode, when she threatens the SWORD who wants to stop her. During an interview for Collider Ladies Night, Elizabeth Olsen explains that the Sokovian accent has disappeared from films for good reason and is still there: “The Sokovian accent took a lot of our time. It hasn’t totally disappeared. There are reasons for everything. It lightened up when she started living in the United States, and in WandaVision, she plays a role in an American sitcom but the emphasis is not gone. It is absolutely still there. “
Her Sokovian accent seems to return when Wanda feels threatened or when she is brought back to family memories. When Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) tells her about Pietro, killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda then begins to sing a lullaby with the Sokovian accent to her children. And when the SWORD tries to take it down and stop its plans, Wanda comes out of her “HEX” with her Scarlet Witch costume to threaten them and her Sokovian accent is slightly back. With the arrival of Pietro / Peter (Evan Peters aka Quicksilver in the X-Men franchise) in episode 5 of WandaVision, which marks a turning point in the Marvel universe, Wanda will surely revisit memories of her past and reconnect with her Sokovian accent, which seems to be a marker of the time when she was dominated by her very dangerous feelings and powers.
In WandaVision, Scarlet Witch is faced with grief and she has created an alternate reality to experience her romance with Vision (Paul Bettany), at the expense of the freedom and safety of other people. The Sokovian accent is also a marker of its fragility since despite appearances, it seems that a more powerful force is also behind the disturbing events in WandaVision. During her argument with Vision, Wanda gives him some intriguing remarks: “Do you really think I’m in control?” and “I don’t know how it all started”. The answers to these questions should be provided in the next episodes to be discovered each week on Disney +.
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