The Scarlet Witch, a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff, is the latest addition to The Avengers sequel. In the comics, Wanda is Roma and Jewish, and fans are having some trouble accepting that the role went to the talented but very blonde actress Elizabeth Olsen. Samuel L. Jackson (accidentally?) spilled the beans on the casting decision in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. Fans of the comics, for the most part, have nothing against Olsen and are impressed by her acting ability. What they aren't impressed by is that Marvel has no apparent regard for keeping her character true to her comic origins.
"So basically we're slapping the name on a character that bares no resemblance to her comic book self ... She's not Roma. She's not Jewish. She's not a mutant. She's another [Joss] Whedon OC [original character]," a commenter on The Mary Sue blog wrote this past August when Olsen was rumored to be in contention. "Considering that Marvel has had zero women of color, and a very limited number of men of color, in their movies, I find it pretty terrible that they took a character who in canon is Roma and whitewashed her," another added.
And here's another who believes that this casting has ruined the character:
Casting a white blonde woman for the part of Wanda, who is half Romani, half Jewish and whose history as a Romani person and as part of a family of holocaust survivors is an important part of her character. Well done Hollywood, you've completely ruined another character minorities look up to.
Olsen's casting also affects another Avengers's character, Quicksilver. They're twins, and it could mean that another blonde-haired, blue-eyed actor is playing a Jewish, Roma character.