Saturday, April 5, 2014

Scarlet Witch - Marvel Comics

One of my all time favorite Marvel superheroines, the Scarlet Witch.
She didn't look like this in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I got used to the "new" look.

Scarlet Witch - Marvel Comics

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch.
One, she had a "stand and point" power.
Two, her brother Quicksilver was a world class jerk.
Three, her daddy Magneto was one of the biggest, baddest supervillains in the world. Normally not so bad, but when you are trying to be a hero, it can be a drawback.
But Marvel rectified all that years later and had Wanda, originally a pretty weak character, almost destroy the world.
Things change right?

Scarlet Witch was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared not in the Avengers, but in X-Men #4 back in 1964.
You see, Wanda and her brother Quicksilver are both mutants and were part of her father's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Interestingly, Wanda's outfit was green on the cover of X-Men #4.

Anyway, after a brief run she and Pietro (Quicksilver) went to the Avengers because the Avengers had a habit of allowing ex-criminals to join...and because Iron Man asked them to.
At that time the Avengers were Cap and three ex-supervillains, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
So the Avengers had the first supervillain work release program ever.

Wanda became a mainstay in the Avengers.
She married the android Avenger the Vision, was trained in the mystic arts by both Agatha Harkness and Doctor Strange, and was the leader of the Avengers West Coast team.

As far as powers go, generally her abilities are the power to alter probability (Hex Spheres) and work magic.
Her probability alteration has gone up to God-like points now and then as when she resurrected Wonder Man or when she wiped 90% of the mutants off the Earth by saying, "No More Mutants."
Besides all that, she's a pretty good hand to hand fighter, being trained by both Captain America and Hawkeye (who has had a crush on her since the 60s).

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