Now that Avengers: Infinity War has been out a week it’s time to start looking at nitpicks. One of the ones that has come out is Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and the fact that her accent seems to have vanished or at least severely diminished. Anthony and Joe Russo were recently guests on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast and were asked about the accent.
“We have intentionally tried to strip that accent away for a couple of reasons,” Russo said. “One is, you’ll notice at the beginning of [Captain America:] Civil War, that Black Widow is training her how to be a spy. And two, she has now been on the run and one of the most distinguishing characteristics that she has is her accent. So if you’re gonna try to disguise yourself, or hide yourself, or not be caught, you’re going to try to limit those trigger warnings that would make it easy for someone to identify you, which would be inclusive of her accent.”
Russo went on to say that Wanda wasn’t the only one who changed to hide from everyone else while on the run. Wanda’s hair color is also much lighter and her various team mates have also change their distinguishing characteristics.
“Clearly, Black Widow is a redhead, [which] is an incredibly distinguishing characteristic for her, that’s why she has blond hair,” Russo pointed out. “Cap, we’ve seen Chris Evans walk around in public with a beard and a mustache, and nobody recognizes him, so simple things you can do to your appearance…[that] take about 90 percent of your visibility away. For us, it was intentional, to keep stripping that accent down to show her acclimating and hiding.”
This might a bit of retconning for explaining why they decided have actress Elizabeth Olsen drop her accent which could sound a little silly. However, these are the sort of nitpicks that comes out when you’ve just opened one of the biggest movies of all time. At least there is an explanation that makes logical sense.
Summary: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Anthony Mackie. It’s out now.