Since her introduction in Avengers: Age Of Ultron Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, played by has been a bit of a mystery. Unless you are a die hard comic fan, many casual viewers may be unaware of just who Wanda Maximoff is and how powerful she is. In this post we give you a general history lesson on who Wanda is and what she is capable off.
We’ll start right off the bat and point that in the comics Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) are mutants and are Magneto’s children (yes Magneto the man who can manipulate metal), although in the MCU they got their powers through experiments involving the mind stone. They can’t use their true origins due to Fox holding the rights to the X-Men and the use of the Mutant gene pool. Just because the MCU isn’t using her true origin story doesn’t mean she will in any way less powerful than she is in the comics.
Wanda has the ability to control “chaos magic”, she can manipulate and alter reality too, making Wanda one of the most powerful super beings out there. Wanda originally joined Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but soon left to join The Avengers. Many of the original members had left or gone on a leave of absence, which left Captain America to lead a new team which included Wanda and her brother Pietro.
As Wanda began to study her powers and become more adept to them she in love with the synthezod Vision, an artificial being created by Ultron. Vision opted to join the Avengers rather than fight them. Wanda would eventually go on to marry Vision, although turned out that they were being manipulated by Immortus who sought to prevent Wanda from having children (this is something that would later drive her crazy).
While Wanda seemed to gain full control over the “chaos magic” it did prove to be an uncontrollable aspect of her powers, which put a serious mental strain on her. Anything could set her off at this point, and an unintentional remark from the Wasp about her not being able to have children was the straw that broke the camels back. Wanda had a complete mental break down, lashing out at her team mates and killing several of the Avengers – this all played out in the Avengers Disassembled comic.
If you are still wondering just how powerful Wanda is, what happened in the House of M story really shows the true extent of her powers. When Pietro informs Wanda that the Avengers and X-Men plan to kill her as the can’t find a way to control her powers. Wanda warped reality to prevent this from happening. She created the House of M a world where mutants were the majority, humans the minority, and Magneto the ruler, she also gave other heroes what they always wanted so that they would not rebel (including herself, given herself the ability to have children).
Upon learning that Magneto was using Pietro and Herself, Wanda changed the landscape of the world by uttering the words “No More Mutants“. Wanda changed the world back to how it was, but also de-powered 90% of the mutant population and being responsible for so many deaths. She all but rid the world of mutants by saying 3 words, this should be more than enough to show how powerful she is.
So there is just a brief history of who Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch is and what she is capable of. We could continue, but the above is quite enough. While the MCU may never go to the extent of the comics, we are seeing on screen that Wanda is still struggling to control her powers (this is evident by the incident in Lagos in Civil War). Who is to say in future movies that she does not lose control of them or they get the better of her? Could we see her suffer a breakdown? We seen how she broke down when Pietro died in Age of Ultron, release a massive way of magic which kill a good number of Ultron drones. There is a chance that we could get to see her lose the plot or maybe she’ll gain full control over her powers.
With this we hope casual fans who are unaware of who Wanda Maximoff is come away with a little more knowledge about her and have a bit more of an understanding as to what she is capable of, so they are not confused when they see her on screen.