Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch)

Scarlet WitchIn the Captain America: The Winter Soldier mid-credits scene, Baron von Strucker explains his philosophy regarding the new world to one of his subordinates: the upcoming age of miracles is represented by the twins, a couple of youngsters he keeps into transparent cells. One is a super-fast guy, Quicksilver; the other one is a girl who makes some cubes levitate, and then crushes them with a simple gesture. She’s Scarlet Witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen (you can find Quicksilver’s bio on the blog already). She’ll appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron as a new member of the team, along with her brother. Since the X-Men rights belong to Fox, in the movie it won’t be said she’s a mutant, nor there will be a reference to her real name or parents; on the opposite, if she’ll ever make an appearance in the X-Men franchise, it won’t be referenced her belonging to the Avengers, nor her “super-name”. Now, let’s see who the whole Scarlet Witch is.

When Magda Lensherr was pregnant, she escaped from her husband, Erik (the future Magneto), when she saw him brutally killing some KGB agents responsible of the death of their daughter Anya. Magda arrived at Wundagore, a base of the High scarletwitchcomics1Evolutionary, and gave birth to Wanda and Pietro, then she disappeared in the snowy mountains. The twins were raised by the human cow Bova, until the High Evolutionary told her the children needed a human family to take care of them. When a Romani couple named Django and Marya Maximoff arrived in Wundagore, Bova overheard that they had just lost their two children: they happily agreed to take care of the babies, and took them back home, in a gypsy camp in Transia. Django was a dollmaker, but his job wasn’t enough to mantain his family, since being a gypsy nobody wanted to have anything to do with him. Also young Wanda suffered from the people’s prejudice, and when she was still a teenager, she was molested by a guy her age: to defend herself, she manifested her mutant powers for the first time, repelled the boy, and then escaped with Pietro. In retaliation, a crowd claiming the girl was a witch who had seduced and hurt the boy arrived at Maximoffs’ place, burning the house down with Marya inside, and beating Django possibly to death. Pietro manifested his powers as well, and brought Wanda away with his superhuman speed: from that moment, the twins grew up alone in the world, counting only one on the other, with Pietro increasingly protective over Wanda. Persecuted as both gypsies and mutants, Wanda and Pietro ended up been rescued from yet another crowd by mutant terrorist Magneto, who saw some potential in the youngtsers and, without knowing he was their father, took them with him in his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

Pietro and Wanda, feeling protected for the first time, stayed with Magneto, but during their battles with the X-Men they started to doubt their savior’s cause. When Magneto disappeared, kidnapped by the Stranger, the twins used the occasion to leave the group, scarletwitchcomics2and to seek political asylum in the Avengers. At the time, only Captain America was left from the previous team, and he was committed to form another formation: he decided to give a chance to three young ex-criminals, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the archer Hawkeye. Scarlet began understanding her powers, and using it less unconsciously: from a simple energy manipulator, she started to enter the realm of proper magic. When the worshippers of Chthon foresaw her potential and tried to use her as a pawn to serve their dark lord, Wanda finally grasped the full extent of her abilities: from causing bad luck and manipulating random events, she finally accessed Chaos Magic, an unlimited and dangerous force which allowed her to manipulate reality itself. After finally becoming a central member of the Avengers, with full comprehension over her nature, Wanda was finally able to create strong bonds with someone else from her brother: she became close friends with Hawkeye, and even fell in love with the android Vision, a fellow Avenger who became her husband, despite Pietro’s disapproval (only the intervention of telepath Moondragon could erase his hatred towards his brother-in-law). Under the tutelage of the witch Agatha Harkness, Scarlet became even more powerful, and more self-confident, a true heroine and a true Avenger, more and more independent from her overprotective brother, and ready to fully explore a power that kept evolving with her persona.

Wanda Maximoff started as an insecure and shy girl, who needed to be protected either by her (unaware) father or, especially, by her brother, but grew up into a strong and self-confident woman, who fully understands the responsibilities and the risks coming from her powers. As Scarlet Witch, she’s a mutant with a natural connection with Chaos Magic, a bond strenghtened by the time she lived in Wundagore: manipulating it, she can bend reality itself, either for lesser magic (flying, teleport, telekinesis, energy bolts etc) or for greater one (resurrecting the dead, creating alternate realities, modifying the laws of nature itself etc). Unfortunately, Wanda’s mental health is often questionable, especially after he children’s death: an emotional instability can lead her to unwillingly commit a genocide or to annihilate life as we know it, a possibility that frightens her…and furherly undermines her stability.

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  2. […] many years later, in fact, Scott was killed in action by an unhinged teammate, the Scarlet Witch, and Cassie decided to follow his footsteps to honor him, much to her mother’s and […]

  3. […] who could have understood her feelings was The Vision, but the android was happily married to the Scarlet Witch, so he was now more similar to the humans than to Jocasta. Just before the Avengers could make her […]

  4. […] especially considering that he had grown close to one of his teammates, the mutant witch Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch. Seeing his friends in danger, Vision snapped out of Ultron’s control […]

  5. […] to her what had actually happened to Scott (his death was part of a mental breakdown of the Scarlet Witch). While they were still talking, the Avengers Mansion was attacked by Kang the Conqueror: in the […]

  6. […] the second formation of the Avengers along with former Brotherhood of Evil Mutants affiliated Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, under the expert leadership of Captain America. Despite having some problems with […]

  7. […] He accepted any physical or psychological abuse from his new master and his teammates (Mastermind, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver), because he was now following the dream of conquering the human race who had so […]

  8. […] Maximoff was conceived, along with his sister Wanda, as the son of Erik Lensherr, the future mutant terrorist known as Magneto, and his gypsy […]

  9. […] she tried to prevent the Avengers to reform after the team’s disbandment following Scarlet Witch‘s madness. Her plan failed the moment a chrisis in the Savage Land forced Captain America […]

  10. […] created to defeat the evil pandimensional witch Lore (an alternate-reality version of the Scarlet Witch). Of course, the Broker didn’t care much of Century’s mission, so he treated him as all […]

  11. […] her life, Ellen met Sharon, a woman she fell in love with: Sharon was once a mutant, but after Scarlet Witch reduced the world’s mutant population to a few hundreds of people with one of her spells, […]

  12. […] animals: Bova the Midwife took care of her and helped her deliver two baby twins, Pietro and Wanda. Magda, however, knew that as long as she was alive, Erik (or rather the monster he had become) […]

  13. […] the mother of Quicksilver and of a yet unnamed little girl (possibly the Fox version of Scarlet Witch, but that’s still to be confirmed). With Magda being properly introduced in Apocalypse, this […]

  14. […] the Evil, Morgan renewed her attempts, and nearly managed to subdue her enemies by kidnapping the Scarlet Witch and summing her magic to her own, creating a new reality in which she was the queen of the world, […]

  15. […] of Evil Mutants as Mastermind, and along with his teammates Toad, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch battled the X-Men more than once. Mastermind proved to be more ambitious than his idealistic […]

  16. […] oblivious to the Swordsman’s love for her), Mantis helped the two men of her life and Scarlet Witch save Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Black Panther from The Collector, but immediately […]

  17. […] appearance, using it to gather some Earth female heroes (Black Widow, Wasp, Madame Medusa and Scarlet Witch) and to form the Lady Liberators, later leading them in a quest against the male Avengers. […]

  18. […] reach the distant planet: using an ancient Polemachian spell, he manipulated an alien sorceress, Scarlet Witch, to summon him on Earth and, once the portal was open, he crossed it with his army. As a first […]


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