- —Scarlet Witch[src]
Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch is a Transian Sorceress and the twin sister of the speedster Quicksilver. She and her brother were once believed to have been Mutant children of Magneto the "Master of Magnetism". She was in truth an orphan who was enhanced by the High Evolutionary at Mount Wundagore becoming a conduit of Chaos Magic allowing her to manipulate probability and warp reality itself. Wanda was trained by Agatha Harkness to become one of the most powerful magic wielders on Earth. She joined the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants fighting for her "father's" cause, alongside her brother, though this was short-lived and she was later recruited into the Avengers, becoming one of their most prominent members alongside her brother. She fell in love with the Synthezoid, Vision, but due to his artificial nature they were unable to have children. She used her reality altering powers to create two twin boys; Tommy and Billy. The spell was later broken, erasing the boys from existence, but not before they were reincarnated into Wiccan and Speed whose powers matched hers and her brothers. The stress of losing her children broke her mind, causing her to create her own reality known as the House of M in which everyone's desires came true, whilst also making mutants the dominant lifeform on Earth. The heroes of Earth returned reality to normal but not before she declared "No More Mutants" wiping out 91.4% of the X-Gene, in an event that became known as the Decimation.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
- 1.3 Avengers
- 1.4 Force Works
- 1.5 Rejoining the Avengers
- 1.6 Breakdown
- 1.7 House of M
- 1.8 Post-House of M
- 1.9 The Children's Crusade
- 1.10 Avengers vs. X-Men
- 1.11 Uncanny Avengers
- 1.12 AXIS
- 1.13 Counter-Earth
- 1.14 All-New, All-Different Marvel
- 1.15 Secret Empire
- 1.16 Empyre
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Paraphernalia
- 4 Notes
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Trivia
- 7 See Also
- 8 Links and References
Wanda Maximoff was kidnapped from Serbia and brought to Wundagore Mountain, base of the High Evolutionary. For years, she and her twin brother, Pietro, believed that they were the children of Romany couple, Django and Marya Maximoff. The High Evolutionary supposedly abducted the twins when they were babies, experimented on them, and after becoming disgusted with the results, he returned them to Wundagore, disguised as regular mutants.
When Wanda was still young, her magical power was detected by a coven of powerful Eastern European witches; Margali Szardos, Maria Russoff and Lilia Calderu. Lilia was also known as the "Gypsy Queen" and was able to get Marya Maximoff to bring Wanda to her, at which point Lilia took her to Castle Russoff to meet with the others. They hoped to bring Wanda into their coven as an apprentice but a servant of Chthon, Taboo, interfered with Wanda's initiation, hoping to recover the the Serpent Crown from Lilia and to seize Wanda for Chthon, who wanted Wanda under his power, and not that of Set who was connected to the crown. Taboo, and another servant known as Damballah, arrived to interrupt the ceremony and fight the witches. This attack only ended once Wanda was able to manifest her hex powers for the first time, accidentally allowing Chthon to reach out and make it known that Wanda was not allowed to join any coven. The witches then allowed Wanda to return to her family.
As adolescents, Wanda and Pietro discovered that they had unusual superhuman abilities. When Django began to steal food to feed his starving family, enraged villagers attacked the Romani camp. Using his phenomenal speed, Pietro fled from the camp with his sister. The circumstances of their separation from their family were so traumatic that not until well into adulthood could they remember anything but the barest details of their childhood. For the next few years, Wanda and Pietro wandered central Europe, living off the land.
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Wanda accidentally set fire to an unnamed village with her powers, and was attacked by villagers. One of them proclaimed her to be "a Scarlet Witch," which would later become her codename. Magneto arrived at the scene, and rescued Wanda from the villagers. Due to this rescue, Wanda felt indebted to Magneto. She was willing to serve him until her debt was repaid.
Wanda and Pietro were later recruited into Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and, as the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, fought the X-Men on several occasions. Throughout her tenure, Wanda fended off romantic advances from fellow member Mastermind. She proclaimed that she would rather die, than become his wife.
In their initial battle with the X-Men in Santo Marco, the Scarlet Witch knocked out Angel, who had incapacitated her brother, in retaliation and brought the captured X-Man to Magneto. But the X-Men forced them to abandon their prisoner and even the entire country. At their next scheme, Scarlet Witch disagreed with Magneto's plan to kill the X-Men. During his attempt to kill every X-Man except the captive Angel, Scarlet Witch used one of her hexes to short-circuit Magneto's control panel. She injured one of Magneto's hands in the process. Before Magneto could "teach her a lesson," Wanda hid behind her protective brother Quicksilver. Subsequently, Wanda was nearly injured by debris created by one of Cyclops' blasts.
At their next conflict with the X-Men, Quicksilver was easily captured by Marvel Girl. Wanda was worried about her brother's safety, and asked Magneto to save him. She instead learned that Magneto was about to fire a deadly weapon against the entire group of X-Men, willing to sacrifice Quicksilver's life to gain victory. Wanda tried to stop him, but Magneto threatened to kill her for defying his decisions. Namor intervened on Wanda's behalf, and destroyed the equipment before it could be used.
When Magneto, Mastermind, and Toad fled from X-Men's attacks, Wanda chose to stay behind. All by herself, she demanded that the X-Men release her brother immediately, but she was in no position to impose demands. Namor, however, came to her aid and started to fight the X-Men. He easily defeated the Beast and the Angel, but was immobilized by Cyclops' blasts. Before their fight could escalate further, Professor X intervened, revealing to Wanda that he had placed Quicksilver under mind-control. He was willing to release him to Wanda's custody, as he didn't consider the twins anything more than Magneto's pawns.
To have her brother returned to her, Wanda convinced an angry Namor to back down. Upon leaving the scene, Namor remarked upon his attraction to the Scarlet Witch. But her beauty reminded him of Susan Storm, and he feared that this potential relationship would be similarly doomed and he would end up being rejected, so he departed.
They soon abandoned their terrorist activities, while Magneto was imprisoned by the Stranger, and joined the Avengers. The remaining founding members had all gone on a leave of absence, leaving Captain America to lead an all-new lineup including Wanda, Pietro, and the archer known as Hawkeye. By then, the Scarlet Witch would have rather become an actress, but she never had a chance to pursue such a career. They left the Avengers after the Scarlet Witch lost her powers and Quicksilver was shortly influenced by Magneto again.
The Scarlet Witch then began a quest to recover her powers by studying grimoires, with Quicksilver and the Toad supporting her. Her studies accidentally summoned extra-dimensional caudillo Arkon, who kidnapped the Witch to make her his bride, the Toad when he opposed, and then a number of Earth-born scientists in an attempt to use atomic power to save his own world Polemachus even by destroying Earth. Quicksilver gained the help of the Avengers, the Avengers managed to save Polemachus without damaging Earth, Arkon ceased any further violence against Earth and renounced to the Scarlet Witch because she had convinced him of the importance of small things. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch then resumed their membership with the Avengers. The Toad chose to remain at Polemachus.
Not long after the birth of Quicksilver's first child, Wanda and Pietro learned a secret about their parentage, that Magneto was allegedly their true father.
Although she became more adept in her power's use, Wanda did not realize that she was tapping into genuine magic. It was believed that the Scarlet Witch would have been an ordinary energy manipulator or perhaps simply able to cause bad luck if not due to Chthon's attempt to use her as a pawn.
Wanda fell in love with the synthezoid Vision, an artificial being created by Avengers foe Ultron who joined the team rather than fight them. The Scarlet Witch eventually married her teammate, the android Vision, not realizing that they were being manipulated by Immortus, who sought to prevent Wanda from having a child under the belief that Wanda was actually a key figure, or nexus being, to her reality, and her children would have the power to shake the foundations of the universe.
Wanda eventually drew on magic energy to give birth to twin sons, Tommy and Billy, but this energy was eventually revealed to have come from the demon Mephisto, who reabsorbed them, effectively ending their existence. Agatha Harkness cast a spell to make her forget her children in order to ease her pain. Though Wanda later recalled her loss, she suppressed this memory over the long term. After his reformation, The Vision and Wanda no longer shared the closeness they once had.
While both were serving as members of the Avengers West Coast, Wanda also grew to love Wonder Man, the man whose brain patterns had been used to form the Vision's mind. Both were among the former AWC members who opted to form Force Works after the team's dissolution. As the leader of this new team, Wanda used a 'hex mainframe' computer designed by Iron Man. Through her powers and the computer's calculations, they could proactively determine where the team was most needed rather than react to an alarm or breaking news. Although Wanda was appointed team leader, she often clashed with Iron Man overriding her orders. She was deeply saddened by Wonder Man's death on the first mission of Force Works.
Rejoining the Avengers
After rejoining the Avengers, she used her increased powers to resurrect Wonder Man.
Training with Agatha Harkness increased Wanda's control of her 'Chaos Magic'. Even after Agatha died her astral form continued to assist Wanda. However, at least some of this training may have been an illusion made by Wanda herself.
In years after, Wanda remained in her role as a longtime Avengers mainstay, salvaging her relationship with the Vision as best she could - although sparks also appeared with Captain America towards the end of her Avengers tenure - the moment she brought the team to its lowest moment ever recorded.
The Scarlet Witch seemingly gained powerful reality-altering abilities from "Chaos Magic"; however, this proved to be an uncontrolled aspect of her mutant power and created a great mental strain on her. An unintentional remark by teammate Wasp about Wanda's lost children apparently drove her over the edge. She suffered a nervous breakdown and lashed out with her new power, subjecting the Avengers to a savage assault and apparently killing Agatha Harkness and some of her teammates. Others were injured or affected by various odd outbursts and incidents, including Vision, who was killed by She-Hulk after he attacked the Avengers due to Wanda causing him to lose control of his actions. The remaining Avengers gathered including a number of reservists.
Doctor Strange appeared, sensing abuse of magic, and angry that he had not been notified of Wanda's recent problems. Strange was forced to use the Eye of Agamotto on Wanda, which apparently showed her a memory so horrible she went into a catatonic state. Magneto suddenly appeared to collect his daughter, and brought her to Genosha so Professor X could help her.
House of M
Unfortunately, Xavier was unable to do so as Wanda attempted to restore her husband to life and undo the damage she had caused. Keeping Wanda in a comatose state, Xavier ultimately called a meeting between the Avengers and X-Men to decide whether or not Wanda should be killed. Quicksilver was horrified at the fact that Xavier seriously considered killing Wanda and convinced Wanda to take desperate action to keep this from happening: By using her powers, Wanda warped reality into the House of M, a world where mutants were the majority, humans the minority, and Magneto the ruler (simultaneously giving various other heroes what they wanted most, hoping this would prevent them rebelling). In this reality, Wanda was believed to be a human, due to an alternate body she created to represent her in public while she cared for her children in private.
A young mutant named Layla Miller (a deformed mutant who was given a normal body thanks to Wanda's reality warp) was able to use her mutant abilities to restore several of the heroes' memories. Meanwhile Wolverine (the only person who sensed the reality's "wrongness") and a resurrected Hawkeye (who had been seemingly killed during Wanda's breakdown) and Cloak gathered these heroes into an assault force to try to restore reality. This rag-tag army headed to Genosha to attack Magneto, believing him to be the one responsible for the change. During the battle between Magneto's forces and the others, Layla was able to restore Magneto's memories; as well, Wanda confessed to Dr. Strange that it was Quicksilver, not Magneto, who had initiated the reality warp.
Enraged, Magneto confronted Quicksilver, angry that Quicksilver had done all of this in his name. Quicksilver told Magneto that he would have let Wanda die. Magneto replied that Quicksilver had only used him and Wanda. He then killed Quicksilver.
Wanda revived her brother, telling Magneto that Quicksilver had only wanted him to be happy and that Magneto had ruined them, choosing the mutants over his own children. She further denounced Xavier and in three words "No more mutants" Wanda changed the world back to its original form but added the mass de-powering of 90% of the entire mutant population, thus being responsible for many deaths. Surviving mutants and ex-mutants referred to this as "M-Day: The worst day in mutant history."
Post-House of M
After the fallout, the resurrected Clint Barton tracked Wanda to a small village near Wundagore Mountain, where he unknowingly saved her from a thief. Wanda was living in a small apartment with her only relative, her "Aunt Agatha" (who was never seen, but could possibly have been a manifestation of Wanda's now-dead mentor Agatha Harkness; Wanda also mentioned this to Beast, saying she was stuck out here for purposes of looking after an "elderly relative" who would worry if she got home late, indicating that this aunt indeed existed in some form). She appeared to be powerless and believed that she had lived her entire life in the village. She did not recognize Hawkeye, nor did she remember her life with the Avengers or other events. Wanda told Hawkeye that he was her "hero" for dealing with the thief and kissed him, and they spent the night together. The following morning, while Wanda was sleeping, Hawkeye became curious about the next room where "Aunt Agatha" was supposedly sleeping, but the doorknob appeared to shift away from his hands, a subtle reality manipulation usually associated with the Scarlet Witch. However, Clint looked back to see that Wanda was still asleep.
The Young Avengers Wiccan and Speed decided to find Wanda, as Wiccan wanted to know once and for all if she was indeed their mother. They traveled to several places connected to Wanda and themselves in their search, but Wiccan was unable to detect any sign of Wanda's magic. Wiccan and Speed united to search for her around the planet, but both ultimately failed, though they were told by Master Pandemonium that they had to cease their quest to seek her, lest risk unleashing the darkness of the Witch's past yet again.
Later, the Asgardian god Loki, concealed in an astral form by simple spells and illusions, disguised herself as Wanda and assembled a new team of Mighty Avengers to be led by Hank Pym to oppose Chthon. Chthon was eventually banished back to his own dimension, and his human vessel Quicksilver was released from his control. Loki's goal was to prevent another god of chaos from laying siege to the Nine Worlds and cracking Norman Osborn's armor to quicken his fall. She continued to assemble the Mighty Avengers, who remained unaware of Loki's involvement.
None were aware that the true Wanda had yet to reemerge from seclusion, as only Clint Barton, Beast and higher powers than they, such as the Living Tribunal or Uatu knew of her status. Quicksilver, having joined the Mighty Avengers, sought to use his position on the team to find her, a desire not missed by the impassive Loki. Pym also wanted to use Pietro in turn to solve the mysterious return of Wanda Maximoff.
Agamotto later detected her presence and displays her as one of thirty possible candidates for the role of Sorcerer Supreme through his Eye, but due to her apparent lack of magic and past instability refrained from selecting her, instead choosing Brother Voodoo to fill the position.
The Children's Crusade
Wanda was found in Latveria by her alleged son Wiccan. She seemingly lost all her memories and powers and was engaged to Victor von Doom. Wiccan told her about who she was, and what she did. He also told her about her twin sons, and almost told about his suspicions that he and Speed were actually her reincarnated sons. His story was interrupted by the battle between the Avengers, the Young Avengers, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Wolverine tried to kill Wanda, but was stopped by Iron Lad, who teleported the Young Avengers and Wanda into the timestream.
They all went into the past, and met reanimated Jack of Hearts, who exploded. After that Wanda remembered who she is, and regained her powers and returned herself, the Young Avengers and Scott Lang to the present. She then finally confirmed that Billy and Tommy were indeed her reincarnated sons.
It was revealed that Wanda's ability was brought about when Doctor Doom assisted her in becoming a conduit for Life Force itself, in an effort to recreate her children. The power was too great for her to control, leading to her breakdown. Doom stole Wanda's power and became omnipotent, but while battling the Avengers and the X-Men, his powers overloaded, leaving him with his scarred face again and powerless. Unable to continue the battle, he teleported himself away. The X-Men agreed to leave her be, Magneto and Quicksilver both wished to spend time with her as a family and Captain America offered her a spot in the Avengers but Wanda declined saying she needed to be alone.
Avengers vs. X-Men
Wanda played a key role during the events featured in AvX. After defeating both M.O.D.O.K. and A.I.M. with the help of Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman, she visited Avengers Mansion but was not welcomed by Vision. She then began to have visions of the Phoenix Force; and during one of those visions, she foresaw a future in which the Phoenix killed the original Avengers.
Believing the Mutant Messiah to be the key to defeating the Phoenix Five, which consisted of the Phoenix Avatars Cyclops, Emma, Namor, Magik, and Colossus, the Avengers launched an operation to extract Hope from Utopia. If it wasn't for Wanda, they would have been defeated by Cyclops. Wanda convinced Hope to go with the Avengers, as Cyclops vowed that he would no longer tolerate the Avengers.
After a confrontation between the Avengers and the Phoenix Five, in which Wanda defeated Magik, she began to train Hope with Spider-Man's help in Wakanda, but the Phoenix Five decided to take Hope back with them. Hope revealed that Wanda was the only Avenger the X-Men feared and respected. Doctor Strange gave Amulets of Illusion to different Avengers to make them appear as Wanda when she wasn't present, in hopes of scaring the Phoenix Five. It worked to a degree and bought the other Avengers time to complete missions across the globe. The Phoenix Five began to suspect the many-Wandas were an illusion, so Namor decided to attack one of them. Much to his disappointment, she was the real Scarlet Witch and she defeated him. Namor then led the Atlanteans into war against Wakanda, and nearly defeated all of the Avengers, until Wanda showed up and defeated him.
When Cyclops learned of their location, he decided to travel there and take Hope back with him, but Hope used Wanda's and Shao Lao the dragon's power to send him to the Moon. After a brief confrontation between Hope and Wanda, which was stopped by Captain America, the Avengers came to realize Cyclops had become the sole-wielder of the Phoenix Force. Cyclops took the title Dark Phoenix after killing Professor X.
The Dark Phoenix began to burn the world so Wanda and Hope decided to join forces in order to stop him. Together, they managed to take down Dark Phoenix. The Phoenix escaped Cyclops's body and entered Hope's. Hope used its power to reverse the damage and destruction caused by Dark Phoenix and restore the mutant population. Then, as Wanda had once used her powers to wish away mutants by uttering the words, "No more mutants," Wanda and Hope joined their powers and wished, "No more Phoenix." It is unknown if Phoenix was destroyed or merely banished from the Earth by the spell.
While visiting Charles Xavier's grave, Wanda was approached by Rogue who tried to make her leave. The two wound up fighting, when they were captured by the Red Skull. The Red Skull also took Xavier's corpse and cut out his brain, claiming his vast telepathic powers for himself. The Red Skull then used his powers to brainwash Wanda into helping him de-power mutantkind once again. While tracking down Rogue who had escaped his custody, Wanda encountered Xavier's corpse which snapped her out of the Skull's control. Scarlet Witch and Rogue were mentally controlled into allowing being executed by the mentally-controlled mutant-hating crowd Red Skull gathered, but snapped back once the Avengers Unity Division appeared to fight Shmidt. After Red Skull and his S-Men escaped, Wanda and Rogue joined the Avengers Unity Division.
During a mission involving the Apocalypse Twins, Wanda was killed by Rogue who thought she had betrayed the team. Her death was undone when Havok and the surviving members of the Unity Squad were sent from the future by Kang to stop the twins from destroying Earth, their minds projected back into their past selves so that they could transfer most of their powers to Rogue and give her the strength to fight back. After the crisis was over, Rogue was in the process of being driven mad by all the heroes she had absorbed. The Scarlet Witch cast a spell to return those powers to their owners, although Rogue still retained the powers and the very essence she absorbed from Wonder Man.
Months after the battle against the Twins, Wanda, Rogue and Alex were abducted by Red Skull's S-Men and taken to his re-education camps in Genosha. After escaping, they encountered Magneto also trapped in there. They broke him free and confronted the Red Skull and the S-Men.
Fueled by MGH, Magneto killed the S-Men, and beat the Red Skull to death, accidentally unleashing the Red Onslaught, the merging of the Skull with the dark and powerful Onslaught. They were soon aided by the Avengers, X-Men, and allies of both teams, who arrived to Genosha upon learning about the Red Onslaught's existence. However, the Red Onslaught deployed their own version of the Sentinels made specifically to battle heroes. In the ensuing battle against the Sentinels, the Scarlet Witch was neutralized along with numerous other heroes. After being broken free by a group of super villains gathered by Magneto to fight the Sentinels, Wanda and Doctor Doom performed a spell to invert the moral compass of the Red Skull in order to defeat him. The spell worked and the Red Onslaught was defeated, but the spell also accidentally affected everyone in Genosha, turning heroes into villains and vice versa.
Under the influence of the inversion spell, the Scarlet Witch set out to kill Doctor Doom in revenge for his manipulations. Magneto and Quicksilver joined forces to prevent Wanda from crossing the line, but failed. Using a spell meant to affect those with blood ties to her, Wanda seemingly killed Quicksilver. To her surprise, the spell didn't affect Magneto, revealing that the Master of Magnetism wasn't actually her father.
Doom briefly fled from the fight, to bring back Doctor Voodoo, who used the spirit of his brother Daniel to possess Wanda so she could "cooperate" in the conjuration of a reinversion spell, which successfully brought almost everyone back to normal, including the Scarlet Witch. In the wake of the conflict, the Avengers Unity Division was reassembled.
Wanda and Pietro returned to the Wundagore Mountains to find out their true parentage, and they were brought to the reformed Counter-Earth, which the High Evolutionary used to test and try to create his perfect New Men. The twins encountered the Low Evolutionary, the leader of a resistance formed by the High Evolutionary's rejects.
After being tracked down and defeated by Luminous, a new creation by the High Evolutionary with both Quicksilver's and Scarlet Witch's powers, Wanda and Pietro were brought to the High Evolutionary himself. He revealed to them that Django and Marya Maximoff were their true parents, as well as the truth that the twins were supposedly not mutants but they had been experimented on by the High Evolutionary. After escaping from the Evolutionary's experimentations, Pietro and Wanda located the Avengers Unity Division, who had traveled to the Counter-Earth looking for the twins, and helped the inhabitants of Lowtown, a refuge for the High Evolutionary's rejects, from their creator's assault. After the High Evolutionary was forced to flee through a portal once he was defeated, the Unity Division returned to Earth.
All-New, All-Different Marvel
Seeking to find her place after all the revelations of her true past, Wanda found herself investigating a recent disruption in magic, as well as meeting the spirit of her biological mother, Natalya Maximoff (Django Maximoff's sister), who was apparently the Scarlet Witch before Wanda. When the second superhero Civil War began, Pietro came to ask Wanda for help, but Wanda refused, because she and Pietro disagreed on which side was right—Pietro not liking the idea of profiling people based on what they might do and Wanda feeling that thinking about the future would have prevented many of their more dangerous mistakes in the past. Past precedent made Wanda feel that introducing her powers to a conflict of this nature could make the situation more dangerous (plus she distrusted Tony Stark), and she resented Pietro for trying to tell her what to do as though she was a child, bluntly informing him that his refusal to learn from his mistakes marked him as a sociopath.
When Captain America launched a plan of conquest after having been secretly turned into a Hydra sleeper agent by a sentient Cosmic Cube, the Scarlet Witch joined other superheroes in Washington, D.C. in trying to stop Hydra from taking control of the capital. They ultimately failed, and in the process Hydra neutralized Wanda by having her become possessed by Chthon once again. Under possession, Wanda joined Hydra's Avengers. She was eventually freed from Chthon's possession by Doctor Strange during the final battle against Hydra. After the fall of Hydra's regime, Scarlet Witch rejoined the Avengers Unity Division and helped them defeat an out-of-control Graviton.
Still feeling guilty for her past transactions against mutants, Wanda decided to try and reverse another of the genocides that mutants had suffered, namely the devastation of Genosha by Cassandra Nova, shortly before Wanda's own mass depowering of the mutant population. Doctor Strange advised against her efforts, but Wanda spent a year attempting to resurrect these dead mutants, unaware of Xavier and the Five being able to achieve this themselves. The spell that Wanda cast did not work, causing the mutants she raised on Genosha to instead be brought back as the undead. Wanda sought help from Doctor Strange, who gave her aid while also holding her accountable. Strange was able to counter Wanda's spell but as it would take 30 days to fully return all the dead, a barrier was placed around Genosha to prevent any of the dead from leaving. This barrier didn't stop the living from entering the island though, as the Cotati proved when they set up a base on the island as part of an attempted invasion of Wakanda, leading to them being attacked by the mutant zombies. When the Gateways on Krakoa were affected, a team of X-Men were sent to investigate and wound up under siege until the spell took effect and the dead returned to death. The X-Men remained unaware that these events had been caused by Wanda.
Wanda would then be chosen as part of a team by the Black Panther to investigate the Savage Land, alongside Brother Voodoo, the Black Knight, Ka-Zar, the ruler of the Savage Land, and his sabretooth tiger Zabu. While investigating the dead body of a Tyrannosaurus rex, Wanda sensed that the group had been surrounded, moments before they came under attack from the Cotati. One of the Cotati, Veltri, unleashed a controlled Man-Thing against the team and also revealed that they had Ka-Zar's wife, Shanna, under their control as well. Shanna attempted to convince her husband to join the Cotati while Wanda and the rest of the team were imprisoned or immobilized. Wanda was able to employ her magic to take Ka-Zar into his wife's mind to learn more about what was going on as well as freeing her from the Cotati. After Ka-Zar was stabbed by the Black Knight's Ebony Blade, Wanda and Doctor Voodoo worked together to remove Ka-Zar's soul from the blade while Shanna utilized waters that had been used to resurrect her, on Ka-Zar.
Powers and Abilities
Chaos Magic: Wanda's main power is the superhuman ability to manipulate the powerful magic known as Chaos magic which allows her to alter reality and control various forms of mystical energy. Wanda received the "blessing" of the old God of chaos, Chthon, who came to her, the day she was born, which would allow her to use his chaos magic as her own and this would increase Wanda's natural ability to magic. It was later revealed that Chthon has never wanted to "bless" Wanda with his magic, but to use her as a "vessel" that he could one day possess, when she was a full-grown adult and reached her full potential, though his schemes to do so were foiled by the Avengers.
Magic: Wanda also possesses the ability to manipulate magic. Wanda has inherited her witchcraft powers from her true mother, who is the original Scarlet Witch, who hails from a long line of sorcerers, meaning that Wanda was born a human with the affinity to control magic, allowing her to use the witchcraft she was born with and that her powers were never gave to her by the High Evolutionary as it was believed rather, he had altered her so Wanda is more receptive to magical energy. She stated that her magic is far from chaotic, and that her witchcraft powers and intensity are linked to the energy of earth and womankind. She's feared and famed as one of the most powerful magic users on the planet. She was even chosen to be one of the candidates as the next Sorcerer Supreme.
She is actually considered the very Nexus Being of the central universe of Earth-616, serving as the entity that personifies the realm's character and serves as the focal point or anchor of that reality (Uatu described a nexus-being as one of the "rare individual entities with the power to affect probabilities-and thus the future"), making her along the scales of class and power as the other known nexus-beings. As a Nexus Being, Wanda is also a living focal point for earth's mystical energies and she belongs equally to all possible timelines -- all realities and divergences. The Scarlet Witch was trained by Agatha Harkness, who taught her how to control and use her powers for many mystical purposes.
- Astral Projection: Wanda possess the ability to project her spirit or astral body out of her physical body in order to travel into the spirit world or the astral plane. She still can cast hexes in her astral form.
- Binding: Wanda can bind and stop someone from moving with her magic and she has used this to stop someone as strong as Colossus from moving.
- Chaos Manipulation: Wanda has the ability to control chaos and manipulate chaotic forces, like she did against the In-Betweener, restoring him to a whole being, after he tapped her powers.
- Chronokinesis: Wanda has displayed the ability to manipulate and control time. As a nexus being, Wanda also has the ability to alter the probabilities of cosmic timelines.
- Time Reduction: Wanda has the ability to slow down time. Her powers is so strong that even while being weakened, she could affect Thor who has Time Manipulation Resistance.
- Time Stopping: Wanda has the ability to stop or freeze time. She has frozen time to prevent Ripley Ryan from killing Jessica Jones.
- Time Travel: Wanda has the ability to create a portals which connected the past to the present. She has summoned Moondragon through time and space.
- Duration Manipulation: Wanda has the ability to manipulate the duration of anything and to accelerate and reverse time itself. Wanda has conjured a spell that causes a person’s body to rapidly break down as if it has endured five thousand years of "wear and tear" over a period of a mere five seconds.
- Clairvoyance: Wanda has shown the ability to gain information by other means that her physical senses. The Scarlet Witch was able to know about a man's past life, even though it was their first time meeting.
- Energy Blasts: Wanda can release and project powerful energy blasts of various shapes and/or intensities, such as bolts, beams, bursts and waves, that can knock, destroy, and annihilate her targets. Wanda has shown that her energy blasts can knock out god-like beings.
- Energy Absorption: Wanda has shown the ability to absorb and channel energy. Wanda once absorbed Wonder Man's ionic powers as a power source and used it to teleport all of mutantkind into a spaceship. She also has stolen Emerald Warlock's powers, and channeled the chaotic energies of the universe to increase her blasts powers.
- Flight: Wanda has also displayed the ability to fly at will. She can also give others the ability to do so. The full extent of this ability is unknown, but she was capable of fighting an enemy while flying. She has also shown the ability to levitate, as she has done while meditating in the lotus position.
- Force Field: Wanda has the ability to project powerful fields of manipulated energy, that she can form and deform according to her purposes. She often uses this for her main defense.
- Force Field Generation: Wanda can create force fields and barriers to withstand bullets, blasts, and explosions. Wanda can use her force field to deflect many attacks. Wanda has deflected Kree weapon fire before it was able to reach her.
- Force Field Imprisonment: Wanda can use her force field to contain many items, as well as to prevent someone from teleporting, like she did to Voyager. She has also created some kind of cube to restrain Boom-Boom and Colossus.
- Automatic Defense: Wanda has the ability to defend herself automatically, meaning her powers can defend her against attacks without her conscious will. She has protected herself from Sluagh's blast and a multiversal entity named Chaos in this way.
- Holographic Projection: Wanda can create, shape and manipulate holograms, fully three-dimensional images of the holographed target. She has created a 3D image of many horses, as well as displayed events that happened in the past.
- Magical Awareness: Wanda has shown the ability to be aware of almost anything that affects her and her surroundings.
- Aura Detection: Wanda can detect other people's aura to determine if they are aligned with good, evil or none.
- Supernatural Tracking: Wanda can track people and objects easily over any distance or conditions. She can trace where Dr. Strange last used magical energies. Wanda could also determine the origin of a stone.
- Nature Manipulation: Wanda has displayed the ability to manipulate and command nature at her will. She has used molten lava to attack Vision.
- Elemental Manipulation: She has an affinity with natural elements and phenomena and she stated that power over natural elements (wind, earth, water, and such) comes more easily to her, stemming largely from her magical training under Agatha Harkness. She once manipulated the earth, air, and water around her to form a massive wall big enough to contain a deadly and infectious gas cloud that was hundred of miles wide. Wanda can manipulate and control the elemental forces, such as: The four elements, temperature, light, electricity, ice and vegetable life.
- Atmokinesis: Wanda has the power to influence and control the weather, creating rain in a certain area.
- Necromancy: Wanda has the ability to manipulate the dead. Besides being able to bring the dead to life, Wanda can also communicate with the deceased by summoning their spirit. She has summoned Adele Racine who died in a car crash against a postal van some days after the Paris attacks.
- Power Augmentation: Wanda can enhance, increase and boost the powers of others, so that her targets reach a level of power that is usually beyond their limits alone. She has temporarily increased Quicksilver's powers to the point that he could run at the speed of light. Wanda also has temporarily empowered Wonder Man to the point that he could defeat Morgan Le Fay, who had the Twilight Sword and Norn Stones, and had used those items to warp reality on a planetary scale at least. If necessary, Wanda can increase her own speed.
- Power Bestowal: Wanda is able to give powers to others and control them. She once gave several mutants back their powers , one of them being Rictor, who were affected after the Decimation.
- Power Negation: Wanda is able to cancel people's super-powers. In the "House of M", Wanda uttered three words "No More Mutants" which depowered 986,618 mutants worldwide.
- Reality Warping: Wanda has been stated as one of the world's greatest and most dangerous reality warpers. Wanda can warp reality at will to inflict confusions and mental trauma on her opponent as well as attack her target. For example, Wanda was able to warp reality in a large area and turned it into a Nazi nightmare.
- Creation: Wanda has the ability to create anything and everything from nothing or to replicate and multiply any existing thing or being. She has reality warped into existence a horde of androids out of thin air. She has replicated the germs in Wrecking Crew's body to make them sick.
- Erasure: Wanda can disintegrate and erase person or object from existence, like she did to a giant mudslide monster or when she obliterated multiple dark creatures that were unconsciously created by the new wielder of the Reality Stone, Ripley Ryan. 
- Illusions: Wanda can project realistic physical illusion into reality in order to inflict confusion or to fool her enemies, as she did to Emerald Warlock to make him believe that he had accomplished to kill her.
- Reality warping Combat: Wanda can combine her physical combat with her reality warping power, like she did against Hope Summers.
- Resurrection: Wanda's reality warping powers allows her to bring and reanimate the dead back to life. When she tried to resurrect the dead mutants of Genosha, the mutants became undead Zombies with decaying flesh and limited thinking. Prior to this, Wanda was able to resurrect Wonder Man from the dead. Doctor Doom, who had stolen a fraction of Wanda's powers, was also able to resurrect Cassie Lang.*
- Transmutation: Wanda's reality warping allows to turn, transmute and alter anything into anything else. For instance, she has changed her clothes instantly, and Dormammu once used her powers to essentially turn vast amounts of people across the globe into Mindless Ones esque beings. Her witchcraft also allows her to cause transformations.
- Solid Energy Constructs: Wanda has displayed the ability to turn her magical energy into tools, objects, weapons, and other items to suit her needs. She has created a shield, sword, knife, sharp whips and other projectiles, weapons and constructions of mystical energy.
- Spells and Phrases: Wanda has a vast knowledge of mystical spells and incantations invoking names and aspects of various extra-dimensional objects, beings and sources of power. Although Wanda has shown the ability to cast "spells" by only saying or focusing on what she wants to happen, this could be related to the nature of her powers. Wanda has cast many different spells including, but not limited to:
- Scrying Spell: Wanda was able to create a reddish bubble with which she could see what was happening in Wakanda and communicate with Shuri from a distance.
- Spell Negation: Wanda has the ability to nullify spells and their effect. She was able to reverse, dispel, and undo her own spell that nullified mutants' powers in the House of M reality in order to give them their powers back, one of them being Rictor.
- Divination Spell: Wanda has used a divination spell to find Hope Summers.
- Purification Spell: Wanda has the ability to purify any kind of objects by casting a spell. She has magically purified a lake and thrown a demon, who at the time possessed 2 people, in it to protect the victims. She used spell in this case.
- Exorcism Spell: Wanda has the power to evict many possessing entities. She has exorcised several demons before. She also admitted that it's very risky to use a spell of exorcism, so she needs to be careful.
- Healing Spell: Wanda has the power to heal and purify a being or an area via spells. Scarlet Witch has used healing spell to eliminate a plague in a certain area.
- Invisibility Spell: Wanda has performed the ability to make objects or people unseen, casting an invisibility spell on Wonder Man.
- Invocation Spell: Scarlet Witch was able to invoke Thoth's Gaze to examine an area within the Savage Land and see what non-native beings had been there. Also, while using this spell, she could see that she and her teammates were in the middle of an ambush.
- Telekinesis: Wanda has displayed the ability to move, stop, levitate and manipulate objects. She has reacted and stopped a man who tried to catch her as well as thrown a truck at Thor.
- Telepathy: Wanda was able to enter people's mindscape with or without the targets agreement. She was able to take herself and Ka-Zar into Shanna's mind in order to free her from mind control.
- Sleep Inducement: Wanda has the ability to induce other people to sleep, as she did against several X-Men and Avengers.
- Mind Control: Wanda was able to manipulate and control the minds of others. She has controlled one of her friends to put his weapon down.
- Mind Reading: Wanda has the ability to read the minds of others.
- Telepathic Illusions: Wanda has the ability to create realistic illusions in the minds of others to trick her opponents, as she did to Maynard Tiboldt.
- Telepathic Communication: Wanda has the ability to speak by using her mind. She has used this ability to give information to the entire Squadron.
- Teleportation: Wanda has displayed the ability to send herself and others to anyplace she/they wish to visit across large distances.
- Portal Creation: She can create portals and gates in order to transport to another location. She has created 2 portals at the same time by using a spell.
- Dimensional Travel: Wanda has shown the ability to teleport or travel through dimensions. She has teleported to the Witches' Road, a plane of existence where only sorcerers can tread.
- Summoning: Wanda has the ability to transport creature, persons or objects to her location. Along with Brother Voodoo, she has summoned minions of Cyttorak to magically repair Avengers Mansion. Wanda also has transported the Jean Grey school to Limbo along with other magic users.
- Banishment: Wanda can banish an object or being from a specific place to a certain place/area she chooses. She has banished many creatures, including Namor, who was powered by a fraction of the Phoenix Force at time time and a demon called Sonneillon.
- Witch Sight: As a witch, Wanda can see things beyond what normal humans can. Wanda was able to see an enhanced and invisible Man-Bull. She was also able to see Agatha Harkness's spirit and Moondragon's psychic assault which had been stated that no human eye could.
- Probability Manipulation: Wanda has been stated as a probability manipulator of the highest order. Initially, Wanda had the ability to manipulate probability via her "hexes" (often manifesting physically as "hex spheres" or "hex bolts") which manipulated energy fields and matter to varying degrees, and could disrupt time. These hexes were initially short range, and were limited to her line of sight. Casting a hex would initially require a gesture and concentration on her part, though the gestures were largely a focus for the concentration. Early in her career, her hexes were unconscious, and would be automatically triggered whenever she made a particular gesture, regardless of her intent. These hexes would only manifest as "bad luck," triggering negative effects. She later gained enough control over her powers that they only worked when she wanted them to, and they were not limited to negative effects. Wanda can use her hexes to cause a wide variety of phenomena, including, but not limited to:
- Spontaneous combustion or melting.
- Rapid or spontaneous decaying, breaking, healing, or fixing.
- Molecular destabilization.
- Energy control, transference, disruption, amplification, transmutation, and absorption.
- Inertia redirection, amplification, disruption, and transference.
- Lighting flammable objects.
- Containing or removing air from a particular volume.
- Cancelling and controlling others powers and abilities.
- Stopping the momentum of projectiles.
- Blocking, unlocking, closing and opening doors, objects and technological devices.
- Exploding and summoning objects.
- Creating force fields.
- Deflecting normal, physical and magical attacks.
- Negating or distorting physical laws and manipulating physical forces.
- Altering, affecting, and controlling matter, the molecular composition and physical state/form of physical objects.
- Causing various forms of energy to spontaneously appear or disappear.
- Altering size and gravity, as well as manipulating weather and technology.
- Animating stuff, sustaining the atmosphere, and creating smoke.
Her powers, while beginning to unveil a higher potential, appeared capable of prevailing against the mastered mystical power of Dormammu in his own Dark Dimension when she and the Avengers fought against him for Avalon's Evil Eye, albeit indirectly by disrupting the energies of Dormammu and the Eye. She has trained often at using her hexes to deflect projectiles or to cause enemies to stumble or otherwise suffer the effects of "bad luck." This makes her one of the few Avengers that Ultron fears as his adamantium shell cannot repel magic. Wanda can also project very powerful blasts, orbs, waves, and beams of hex energy for a different purpose, such as to destroy or hit objects or people with a great force, illuminate an area, etc, as well as, generate energy constructions such as force fields or screens of hex energy.
Aviation Intuition: Wanda is skilled in piloting aircraft.
Expert Tactician & Leadership: Wanda is skilled in the planning and execution of tactics, when sane, with this coming from the experience and leadership skills gained through years of active duty as an Avenger.
Meditation: Wanda can enter and achieve oneness with her spiritual essence as well her mind, making her able to develop a high-level consciousness over bodily processes, as well as reduce stress and pain in the body. She is also able to detach herself from worldly concerns, achieve spiritual enlightenment, and gain control of all of her abilities.
Multilingual: Wanda is fluent in several languages include English, French, and German, with at least some knowledge of Greek and Slorenian, however, in the case of the latter, she admits to being more comfortable speaking English. It is possible that she knows other language as well: for example, since she was born and raised in Serbia, it is likely that she knows Serbian and, since her foster parents were members of the Romani community, she may know one or more dialects of Romani as well. Her brother speaks fluent Russian and seems surprised that the other Avengers don't, suggesting that Wanda may also speak it.
Occultism & Magical Knowledge: Wanda is one of the most powerful and learned Sorceress on the planet and mortal plane. Because of her power, knowledge, and experience, she is often the Avengers' go-to person for all things involving magic or the supernatural. Wanda taught Pixie a sleeping spell and taught the students of Strange Academy about the Elements of Chaos.
Wanda possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Crystal Ball: Wanda has used the crystal ball in order to communicate with Agatha.
- Scarlet Witch was featured in Mystic Arcana .
- Scarlet Witch designed Goliath's first costume (blue & yellow).
- Wanda frequently suffers from possessions of evil and magic. This means that her body will be evil for a time, while her soul is not. Past possessors include: The Life Force, Chaos Magic, the demon Chthon, and once, accidentally, a spell cast by herself and Victor von Doom.
- Wanda is a vegetarian and doesn't drink alcohol either.
- In the first flashback to Transia, Wanda receives her codename when an unnamed villager claims that she is "a Scarlet Witch." It is left unclear at the time if she is the only Scarlet Witch, or even the first one which the villagers have encountered (it was later revealed that her birth mother was also known as the Scarlet Witch).
- While Wanda agreed to help Magneto in his plans of conquest, she protested against murdering their opponents. She pointed to Magneto that he had never told her that the Brotherhood would ever descend to murder.
- According to Wanda herself, there are other two women that happen to share her name living in Manhattan. They sometimes get calls meant for each other.
- Charles Xavier has claimed that Wanda is unable to have children.
- In Tarot #3 the two halves of Scarlet Witch merged with the halves of Doctor Strange and Namor the Sub-Mariner to create Scarlet Strange and Imperius Hex.
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Links and References
- Wanda Maximoff (Earth-616) at Wikipedia.org
- Wanda Maximoff (Earth-616) at comicbookdb.com
- uncannyxmen.net Spotlight On... Scarlet Witch
- Wanda Maximoff (Earth-616) at the Second String Sanctuary