Who is the Scarlet Witch?

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Who is the Scarlet Witch?

Who is the Scarlet Witch?

The Scarlet Witch is a Marvel character who has been depicted as both a villain and a hero.  She is a mutant with the super power of hexing (probability/reality alteration).

Real Name: Wanda Maximoff

First Appearance: X-Men #4

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Cool Pix: Scarlet Witch in Avengers Age of Ultron
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Cool Pix: Scarlet Witch concept art and new looks from Avengers Age of Ultron 


Wanda Maximoff along with her twin brother QuickSilver are the offspring of Magneto.  Magneto does not know of their existence while they are being raised.  The story of their birth is a little weird.  It involves the twins being born amongst the New Men of Wundagore mountain who are basically part animal part human people.  They hide the twins with a family called the Maximoffs.  There is also a demon that has a presence near Wundagore mountain and he gives the Scarlet Witch magical powers. Both twins also develop mutant powers.  Quick Silver develops super speed and Scarlet Witch gains the mutant power of hexing (altering probability).  While, they do not know their father, or he them they end up joining his group the evil brotherhood of mutants.

The twins never are very evil though and part with the group rather quickly and join the Avengers.

House of M - Scarlet Witch at a very high power level alters reality.  She utters the words "No more mutants" and removes the powers of most of the worlds mutants.


  • Quicksilver - Wanda is the twin sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto.
  • Vision - She is known for having a long on and off romantic relationship with the android Vision.   
  • Wonderer Man - The Ionic Avenger also had feelings for Wanda and it has been hinted at, that the Vision's feelings for the Scarlet Witch may stem from Vision's cerebral matrix being based off of Wonderman's mind. Scarlet Witch's connection was strong enough to Wonder Man that she was able to re-materialize him after his death.
The Scarlet Witche's primary power is to caste hexes that affect the probability of events.  She can also wield chaos magic.
At one point her powers are elevated due to a cosmic power source and she is able to alter all of reality this leads to the event House of M.

Scarlet Witch concept art for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' (Marvel)
Concept Art of Scarlet Witch -Avengers Age of Ultron

The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are dualy owned by Marvel and Fox.  This allows both companies to use the characters in either the Fox Mutant verse or Marvel's MCU.  This is why Quicksilver was able to appear in both X-Men Apocalypse / Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

So far a version of Scarlet Witch has not appeared in the X-Men universe.

In the MCU the Scarlet Witch makes her first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro are given powers by Hydra human experimentation utilizing Loki's scepter from the Avengers film.  Scarlet Witch develops telekinetic and telepathic powers and her brother develops super speed.  The Avengers attack and defeat Hydra but not before the Scarlet Witch induces Bruce Banner to go into a rampage.

The pair join forces with Ultron who offers them revenge against the Avengers.  The two become disillusioned with Ultron when they realize the murderous true intentions are to destroy the world.  The pair switch allegiances to the Avengers and help them defeat Ultron.  Quicksilver is slain during the conflict.  Wanda is saved at the last minute by the Vision.

In Captain America Civil War, Wanda has joined the Avengers.  In the conflict between the pro registration Iron Man and freedom Captain America she sides with Captain America.  A deeper relationship is shown between Wanda and Vision even though the two squared off during the Civil War event.

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