04 Feb 2021 10:14 AM +00:00 UTC

Wanda Maximoff's Accent Change Explained in WandaVision

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There's no denying that Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch is one of the most intriguing and compelling characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and over the course of her journey, we bear witness to her drastic transformation from someone who was afraid of her own capabilities to a hero out for revenge after her loved ones were taken away from her.

However, despite the fact that she can easily be hailed as one of the best characters the MCU has to offer, Maximoff has always had a nagging inconsistency about her that fans have been pointing out and can't seem to ignore dating all the way back to Captain America: Civil War — her "on-again, off-again" Sokovian accent.

When the Maximoff twins made their official debut in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans quickly took notice of their distinct Sokovian accents which would be heard throughout the film. However, Wanda's accent seemed to diminish as the franchise progressed and next thing you know, she was already speaking in a full American accent in Avengers: Infinity War.

We'd still hear touches of her accent every now and then but for the most part, it's evident that Wanda has already adapted to the American culture, seemingly leaving traces of her Sokovian past behind. The real question is, why did she resort to doing it and how exactly did she manage to pull everything off in such a short amount of time?


What exactly happened to Wanda's thick Sokovian accent?

Wanda Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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According to actress Elizabeth Olsen herself, Wanda's accent change has something to do with the character living in her pocket reality which mimics the set-up of an American sitcom. In a recent interview with Collider, the actress simply explains: "In WandaVision, she is playing the role of being in an American sitcom. So it's not gone. It is absolutely still there."

This claim from Olsen supports several WandaVision fan theories that have suggested that Wanda, growing up in Sokovia has always been a fan of American sitcoms. The theory also suggests that she has always been fascinated with the culture and watching sitcoms as a kid somewhat helped her envision what her life would be had she grew up in America.

On the other hand, another interesting theory suggests that Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow was responsible for Wanda's ability to change from one accent to another. If you may recall, in the first Avengers film, Natasha is able to switch from American to a thick Russian accent with ease.

That one seems pretty plausible as well especially if you've been following the franchise. Following the events of the Civil War, Wanda and several other Avengers including Clint Barton and Sam Wilson were able to escape Thunderbolt Ross' underwater prison thanks to the help of Steve Rogers. Since then, they were treated as fugitives by the government who were hell-bent on tracking them down for not agreeing to sign the Sokovia accords.

Wanda and Vision would briefly move to Scotland to try and live a normal life, something she's been craving for years. Wanda even changes her hair from brown to orange to avoid getting recognized and her Sokovian accent is completely "gone" in an attempt to disguise herself.

Now, it isn't exactly all that confusing especially if you've been paying close attention to Maximoff's MCU journey. Personally, I'm not that bothered about the way she changes her accent and quite frankly, fans shouldn't feel the need to be so stressed about it.

WandaVision premieres new episodes every Friday on Disney+.

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