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-- Wanda Maximoff src

 

Early Life

Born in 1989,[2] Wanda Maximoff and her twin brother Pietro were orphaned at the age of 10 due to a missile attack on their home country Sokovia. While their parents were immediately killed in the bombings, Wanda and Pietro were trapped for days in the rubble of their former home with an undetonated missile that had the label "Stark Industries" on it. They lived as homeless orphans for the remainder of their childhood, resenting Tony Stark.[3]

Age of Miracles

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Wanda and Pietro became two of the numerous protesters against Sokovia's government who were recruited by Baron Strucker to take part in experimentation with Loki's Sceptre.[4]

The twins had been the only ones who had survived Hydra's experiments with the alien enhancement, which resulted in their manifestation of enhanced abilities.[5] In her cell, Wanda began levitating blocks while staring at them intently before telekenetically smashing them together in a shower of dust.[6]

When the Avengers invaded Strucker's fortress in Sokovia, Wanda and Pietro aided in its defense. By the time Strucker had surrendered and Stark, as Iron Man, found Loki's sceptre, Wanda used her powers on Stark, which caused him to have a vision in which all of the Avengers were dead at his feet. Wanda let Stark take the sceptre, knowing he would use it for purposes that could cause trouble for the Avengers.

Alliance with Ultron

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Wanda was ultimately correct, as Stark used the sceptre to complete his global peacekeeping artificial intelligence, Ultron. After Ultron immediately turned on the Avengers and escaped from Stark Tower through the internet, he downloaded himself into a new body (made from Strucker's work with robotics), and then reached out to Wanda and Pietro. They met at a church in Sokovia, from where Ultron led them to his base of operations and asked them for help in defeating the Avengers. Wanda and Pietro agreed, stating that Stark's missiles were the reason their parents had been killed.

Wanda went with Ultron to Dr. Helen Cho's lab in South Korea, where he intended to force Dr. Cho to build a new body by using the stolen vibranium. While Ultron's new body was being built, Wanda peeked into the mind of the new body, which made her see a vision of Ultron's true endgame: to extinguish humanity. She and Pietro rebelled against Ultron and released Dr. Cho from the robot's mind control. Wanda later helped Captain America stop a runaway train in Seoul.

Joining the Avengers

Wanda went to Avengers Tower, accompanied by Pietro and Captain America, just as Tony Stark and Bruce Banner were about to activate Ultron's next body, but with J.A.R.V.I.S.'s A.I. in it. After a brief debate and scuffle between members of the team, Thor swooped in and powered up the machine that would activate the new A.I., without anyone's permission. Wanda witnessed the birth of the Vision, who argued that it would take all their combined effort to finally defeat Ultron.

The Maximoff twins

Wanda and Pietro decided to help the Avengers against Ultron's final plan to use Sokovia as a meteor that would wipe out the Earth. While Sokovia was being lifted by Ultron, Wanda suffered a brief panic attack from her fear at the scale of the adversaries facing them and her own guilt at her role in Ultron's creation, but Hawkeye told Wanda that he was just as afraid even as he was resolved to continue fighting, noting that, if she walked out of the building they were in and fought against Ultron's forces, she'd be an Avenger.

Wanda kept fighting alongside the rest of the Avengers, until Nick Fury arrived with a helicarrier, and some of the Avengers turned their attention to evacuating the city's populace. Wanda remained behind to watch over Ultron's reactor, and to ensure that none of Ultron's sentries reached it. She felt her brother Pietro die to sacrifice himself to save the lives of Hawkeye and a Sokovian boy. Seeking revenge, she followed a wrecked Ultron to wrecked bus and ripped the robot's "heart" out. The Sokovian city dropped from the sky shortly thereafter, and while it crumbled the Vision came and rescued Wanda from certain death.

After the conflict was over, Wanda accepted an invitation to participate in a new incarnation of the Avengers, alongside Black Widow, the Vision, Falcon and War Machine.[3] During her time on the team, Wanda became particularly close to the Vision, often talking with him about her powers as they each helped the other understand the wider world and their roles as Avengers.

Avengers Divided

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Some months after joining the team, Wanda was working with Steve, Natasha and Sam on a mission to capture ex-S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra agent Brock Rumlow as he attacked a research lab in Nigeria. Although they were able to stop him stealing an unspecified biological weapon, when Rumlow triggered his suicide vest, Wanda's attempt to throw him away from Captain America resulted in the destruction of a building and the death of twelve members of a Wakandan outreach program.

Seizing this opportunity, Secretary Thaddeus Ross revealed the Sokovia Accords, a U.N. legislation that would bring the Avengers and other superhumans under the direct authority of the government. Although Tony Stark and the Vision agreed with the idea in principle, Wanda felt uncomfortable at the thought of being under the direct authority of the government, and remained on the fence even as she was 'confined' to the Avengers' compound while the other Avengers dealt with the legislation. This isolation eventually ended when Barton came to ask for her help in Steve and Sam's efforts to protect the Winter Soldier, who they believed had been framed for a recent attack on the U.N.. Although the Vision attempted to make Wanda stop, she used her powers to increase his density to the point that he crashed down through several stories, musing that she would no longer fear her powers even if others feared her. Rendezvousing with Rogers and his new team at Leipzig/Halle Airport, Wanda was forced to fight Stark's Avengers- which included the Vision and new heroes such as the Black Panther and Spider-Man- the battle concluding with only Steve and the Winter Soldier escaping the other heroes.

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Wanda and the other captured Avengers were subsequently taken to the Raft, a distant prison for superhumans located in the middle of the ocean, with Wanda forced into a straightjacket so that she couldn't use her powers. The team was rescued by Steve Rogers,[7] and most parted ways. Wanda laid low and even reunited with the Vision while under the radar.[8]

Infinity War

Laying low in Scotland, Wanda and Vision were soon ambushed by Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive, minions of Thanos who sought the Mind Stone from Vision. Despite Wanda's attempts to ward off the invaders, she was soon overpowered, but eventually rescued by Rogers, Romanoff, and Wilson. With Vision incapacitated, Wanda and the Avengers agreed to send Vision to Wakanda to remove the Mind Stone.

While the Avengers went and battled Thanos's forces at Wakanda, Wanda stayed behind to guard Vision while T'Challa's sister Shuri tried to extract the Mind Stone. Circumstances forced Wanda to join the fray, helping Romanoff and Okoye to kill Midnight, but at the cost of allowing Glaive to attempt to kill Vision once more. When Thanos arrived to get the Mind Stone himself, Wanda was forced to destroy the Mind Stone and Vision, but Thanos used the Time Stone to resurrect Vision and kill him again by removing the Mind Stone from his forehead. With the Infinity Stones in hand, Thanos snapped his fingers and disintegrated half of the universe, including Wanda.[9]

Endgame

Five years later, Wanda was resurrected alongside half of the universe through the efforts of the remaining Avengers. She joined the Avengers and the rest of the ressurrected heroes in the fight against a past version of Thanos. During the battle, she encountered Thanos and, believing him to be the same Thanos who had killed Vision, began to rip him apart in revenge, forcing him to order a missile strike to escape her. After Stark assembled the Infinity Stones and snapped Thanos's forces away, Wanda attended Stark's funeral.[10]

Powers

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--Maria Hill[src]

The procedures she was subjected to granted Wanda an array of powers, which manifest in the form of reddish glowing energy currents. Maria Hill describes her powers as "neuro-electric interface and telekinesis."

  • Micro-Cellular Manipulation:[4] Maximoff has the ability to mentally manipulate and levitate matter by means of psionic energy. She started training this power by moving wooden blocks around while imprisoned in Wolfgang von Strucker's secret facility. She pulled them apart with her power, and suspended them in the air, removing all motion and gravity from the pieces.[6] Wanda's telekinesis is powerful enough to bend vibranium, as she managed to rip open the chest of Ultron's damaged primary body to summon his central processor to her hand, and was even strong enough to shatter the Mind Stone.
    • Psionic Energy Manipulation: Maximoff can project her own psionic and telekinetic energy as blasts, streams, waves and bolts. This energy manifests in any shape or form, outlining her telekinetic spheres of influence, as the energy is visible in a reddish color. When her energy hits a target, she can use her telekinesis to inflict further damage. Maximoff unleashed a wave of red psionic force that tore apart and disintegrated surrounding Ultron Sentries when she sensed her brother Pietro Maximoff's death, letting out a scream of anguish. She may have telekinetic healing capabilities, as she was shown beginning to mend Vision's wound from Corvus Glaive before being interrupted, however, she may have simply been repairing the damage at a molecular level since Vision is made from non-biological material. She proved herself capable of destroying the Mind Stone, due to her powers having a similar energy signature. She also showed the capability of multitasking while using her abilities, as she simultaneously held back Thanos with a second stream of psionic energy while destroying the Stone.
    • Levitation: Maximoff was able to use this power to move herself through the air and simulate a limited approximation of flight.
    • Psionic Force-Field Generation: Maximoff was able to create a highly durable barrier of energy that she could shape and conform as needed. She used it to grab and break apart targets, protect others from enemy fire, contain a target or to cover and deflect attacks from enemies, such as Ultron's Sentries.[3]
  • Neuro-Electric Sensitivity:[4] Through a neuro-electric interface, Maximoff can manipulate the minds of others, and telepathically experience their memories and thoughts. In conjunction with using her hypnotic powers against the Avengers, she also viewed their member's memories. Maximoff can also sense the minds and emotions of those around her as she could see Stark's fear in an earlier encounter with her and sensed Pietro's death.
    • Hypnosis: Maximoff was able to deploy a form of mental inertness upon others through a sort of hypnosis. She was able to use this ability to cripple the Avengers, forcing them each to recall the darker events of their pasts and were put inside daydream-like visions of them, allowing them to be subdued by Ultron. When this ability is in use, Maximoff's reddish energy takes a more mist-like form, floating into the head of the victim in the form of neurons. The effects also distort the victim's irises, turning them red. This also allows her to control other people's actions, as she did with a considerable number of civilians. She can also manipulate the memory and sense of others at will, induce sleep or pain and create illusions.[3]
  • Reality Warping: Wanda has the ability to rewrite reality. It is unknown how she managed to obtain this ability, but it is known that she needs existing matter to change reality. Using this power, Wanda was able to take control of Westview by placing a hexagonal-force field around the town called the Hex, which emits a type of radiation known as CMBR, a remnant radiation from the Big Bang. Inside the Hex, Maximoff has absolute power and can change anything to suit her thinking, being able to create a perfect world based on classic sitcoms, as well as use her powers to rewrite reality and make any person and any object adapt to the time in which they were live in Westview, demonstrated when she had Monica Rambeau's bulletproof vest changed to fit the clothing of her world of classic sitcoms. In fact, every rewritten object inside the Hex, when it exits Westview, remains the same as it was inside. Although at first the Hex was only found around Westview, when Vision came out of the barrier and nearly died, Maximoff expanded the Hex to save him, also causing everything in his path to be rewritten, transforming the S.W.O.R.D. Response Base into a circus and its agents into clowns. The Hex is able to do this even if Wanda is not aware of it, as the hex began to immediately disassemble Vision's vibranium body after he left, but Wanda was unaware of it happening.[11][2][12][13]
  • Time Manipulation: Wanda reverted a whole chicken into its egg form and later reversed the entire flow of time inside her reality by saying "no" in response to a strange man crawling out of a sewer.[14][1]
  • Conjuration: With a wave of her finger, Wanda was able to create wedding rings for herself and Vision. During the magic show on Westview, Wanda was able to conjure a small crane to cover up Vision's flight. Later, she was able to create a dog collar for Sparky.[14][1][2]
  • Teleportation: During the talent show she instantly transported Geraldine from backstage into the magic box.[1]
  • Matter Manipulation: Wanda changed her dresses and transformed a real piano into a fake cardboard cutout. She also turned her and Vision's beds into a single bed and brought color to Westview. Wanda was able to make herself four months pregnant inadvertently, and also caused her to give birth at a logarithmic rate. Wanda also brought fake butterflies on a mobile to life without meaning to. When dealing with pain from her contractions Wanda inadvertently changed her coat several times and also accidentally brought life to a stork from a painting. However, when Wanda tried to get rid of the stork, she was unsuccessful, as the most she could do was cause a puff of red dust to erupt around it.[14][1][15]
  • Electricity Manipulation: Wanda turned a light on and off with her hand and later, while suffering from fake contractions, Wanda caused a power surge that intensified the light from a ceiling light and caused a power outage that affected the whole block.[15]
  • Weather Manipulation: When Wanda's water broke she caused a rainstorm to erupt within the Vision Residence. After the rain stopped, she generated intense winds to pour in from outside in order to dry herself, Vision, and her house.[15]
  • Fire Manipulation: While experiencing contractions, Wanda ignited a fire within the fireplace and caused it to intensify before dying down.[15]

Abilities

  • Bilingualism: As a native Sokovian, Wanda speaks that language fluently, in addition to English.
  • Trained Combatant: Wanda initially had poor fighting skills, as she had no combat skills or training, after becoming a member of the Avengers, Wanda received extensive training in hand-to-hand combat from Captain America and Black Widow respectively; as she slowly became a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Espionage: Wanda received extensive training in espionage by Black Widow, as she taught how to hide in plain sight, such as masking her thick Sokovian accent with an American one.

Strength level

Wanda has mind-related powers and is physically build like a regular woman, so her strength does not reach superhuman levels. However, she was able to rip Ultron's energy source from his chest after weakening the metal with her energy bolt.

Weaknesses

  • Emotionally Fragile: Wanda was very close to her brother Pietro, making her emotionally vulnerable once he died.
  • Lack of Field Experience: Wanda lack of tactical training can hinder her reactions in a crisis situation, despite receiving lessons from Steve and Natasha.

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