KEVIN WADA Opens Up About SCARLET WITCH Design Process

"Scarlet Witch #1" variant cover by Kevin Wada
Credit: Kevin Wada (Marvel Comics)

Kevin Wada has become one of Marvel's go-to artists for redesigning and updating their characters' looks, and his latest effort turns his fashion-inspired style on Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, in preparation for her upcoming solo series written by James Robinson.

Over on his Tumblr, Wada detailed the process of coming up with Wanda's new look.

“When Marvel reached out to me to redesign [Scarlet Witch] I jumped and cried and hibernated for a bit. I was excited, nervous, incapacitated,” said Wada. “Of course I said yes, how could I not?  It was highly collaborative creating this. The initial prompt was to make [Scarlet Witch] luxuriously goth and darkly romantic. Something modern and glamorous and fashiony (which we reeled back as revisions went on). We pulled a bit from noir-ish femme fatales and contemporary witchy fashions. They wanted me to create a new headpiece inspired by jewelry hair accessories so the first pass was very non-traditional.”

Wada described Wanda's redesign as a two step process. In step one, Wada worked towards refining her cape.

'Scarlet Witch' character designs
'Scarlet Witch' character designs
Credit: Kevin Wada

“In Step 1, all the figures with a blue X were the concepts I liked the best. They wanted her to be in some kind of long red coat as well to reimagine her cape. The coat was probably one of the more fun aspects to play around with.”

Step 2 involved reworking Wanda's iconic headpiece.

'Scarlet Witch' character designs
'Scarlet Witch' character designs
Credit: Kevin Wada

“In Step 2 they wanted me to bring more of the traditional headpiece into the new redesign. The height and color had to be there. You can sort of chart the progression of my brainstorming as the piece went from very unrecognizable to something of a hybrid between old and new.  It would have been fun to make it totally unique but integrating more iconography was smart I think.”

Scarlet Witch, written by James Robinson, with a rotating art team on every issue, hits shelves in December.

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