It’s Wanda Maximoff’s world, we only live in it, if you don’t believe it, check out these times the Scarlet Witch altered reality
By T. J. Dietsch
“Can you understand the delicate mentality of a person who is in control of reality?”
Doctor Strange asked this question in Avengers (1998) #503 and it’s as relevant now as it was then. Scarlet Witch may be one of the most controversial Avengers of all time (and why wouldn’t she be?), but she’s also a necessary counterweight against magical and practical threats from Earth-616 and beyond. . Her unique mystical powers include hex magic, telekinesis, and various psychic defenses that have allowed her to modify, alter, or overwrite the fabric of reality itself. And while reality manipulation is useful in defending a Multiverse, it’s also a very fine and dangerous line between drive and control. Especially when the wielder of said magic loses a part of herself with each spell.
Whether using her magic to blow up supervillains or predict crimes like she did with the Force Works mainframe, Wanda Maximoff has relied on her awesome power to accomplish her goals, even when she hasn’t realized it. Here’s a look at some of the most amazing, weird and mysterious moments when the Scarlet Witch has warped reality to her whim.
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billy and tommy
Marrying the Vision synth was one thing, but Wanda’s friends in the Avengers might have asked a few more questions when she and “Vizh” had twin boys named Billy and Tommy in VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH (1985) #12. Her new family soon joined the West Coast Avengers, but tragedy was on their heels.
First, the children began to mysteriously (and spontaneously) disappear, only to reappear seemingly undeterred. Later, Vision’s entire personality was rewritten during the “Vision Quest” storyline. And, around the same time, Wanda was possessed by the dark Elder God Chthon.
But none of that compares to the reveal that took place in West Coast Avengers (1985) #52. The Scarlet Witch had unknowingly used her incredible powers to create her twins out of magic, using pieces of the Hell Lord Mephisto’s soul in the process. This fiendish demon tricked former Hollywood producer Master Pandemonium into absorbing his soul shards first. Afterwards, Mephisto mystically bound the cufflinks to Master Pandemonium’s forearms creating a perfect weapon to attack Wanda Maximoff and her companions. To stop Mephisto—and to save her apprentice from her mental anguish—Agatha Harkness erased the children’s memories from Wanda’s mind, a decision that would reshape the world twice.
After remembering the children and losing control, Wanda experienced a kind of closure when it was discovered that Young Avengers Billy “Wiccan” Kaplan and Tommy “Speed” Shepherd were her reincarnated twins. The broken family tried to set things right in Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2010), but there would be plenty more transgressions to come.
It is better to work on the trauma than to ignore it. And the following plot line is proof of that.
The Scarlet Witch had been forced to forget about her children, but Agatha Harkness’s spell did not hold forever. After a vague comment from Janet Van Dyne poolside at Avengers Mansion, Wanda began to remember. The truth may set some free, but for the Scarlet Witch this emptiness and betrayal were too much.
In the pages of Avengers (1998) #500-503, the heroine dismantled her team with a series of brutal and, frankly, vicious attacks. She blew up Jack of Hearts alongside Ant-Man (Scott Lang) killing them both. Meanwhile, recovering alcoholic Tony Stark felt under the influence while on his way to the United Nations. Vision crashed a Quinjet into the Avengers compound to unleash an army of Ultrons causing She-Hulk to launch into a destructive attack in which he physically assaulted her own teammates. With the Avengers broken and battered, the Scarlet Witch pressed on, unleashing a Kree invasion that led directly to Hawkeye’s death.
And the whole time, the Avengers had no idea that it was Wanda. They found out when Doctor Strange appeared in astral form to explain his delicate mental condition for keeping such immense power under control. When the Avengers found her, she had recreated her family once again. During the final battle, she manifested the most hated villain of all in a series of targeted attacks, only stopping when the Master of the Mystic Arts forced her to see – and accept – the truth.
New world order
Following the “Avengers Disassembled” arc, Magneto took Wanda to Genosha and attempted to improve her mental state with the help of Professor Xavier. Neither Charles’s great psychic powers nor Strange’s magical abilities were able to cure Wanda. During a meeting with the Avengers and the X-Men, the summoned discussed whether it was safer for the world to kill Scarlet Witch. Meanwhile, her brother Quicksilver convinced her to use Professor X’s powers along with her own to “make the world a better place,” one where everyone could be a family again. And, by the time her companions and friends reached Genosha, Wanda did.
Scarlet Witch created a whole new reality in the HOUSE OF M event, which spanned across many tie-ins and limited series. Now known as Earth-58163, the “House of M” reality featured mutants at the top of society’s food chain, with Magneto as ruler in command. Although most humans, or Homo sapiens, were marginalized, it became clear that Wanda was “giving” her fellow heroes what she considered to be her most perfect life. Thus, Carol Danvers, as Captain Marvel, was the most beloved human hero in the world, while Peter Parker married Gwen Stacy.
Wanda’s mind trick didn’t work on everyone. Both Wolverine and Layla Miller remembered the old world and collaborated with the human resistance led by Luke Cage to fight back. During the battle, the old world order was restored and the Scarlet Witch reversed reality. But not before irrevocably altering the landscape of the Marvel Universe with a single phrase…
three little words
As the battle between realities rages on in HOUSE OF M (2005) #7, Wanda begins to remember her former life. Furious at Magneto for choosing her cause over her children, she uttered three small words before snapping back to her previous state: “No more mutants.” Dubbed “Decimated,” this spell rewrote the makeup of the entire planet, reducing the number of mutants from around a million to just a few hundred. While some mutants appreciated this change, others found themselves with a loss of identity. The Scarlet Witch’s alteration of reality on “M-Day” not only removed the mutant genes from individuals, but also stopped the birth of new mutants for quite some time. That was until Hope Summers entered the world.
The phenomenon also made the lives of mutants even more dangerous, as hate groups saw an easier path to eliminate them altogether. Recognizing themselves as an even more endangered species, the X-Men joined forces with many mutants – even those previously considered enemies – to build a better world on an island off the coast of San Francisco called “Utopia.”
This reduction in the mutant population has taken place in nearly every major X-Men event since then, and is still being addressed today. Although some mutants have had their powers restored under various circumstances, others are being resurrected by The Five on the mutant nation of Krakoa with their abilities and memories intact.
healing old wounds
Although Wanda Maximoff returned to the Avengers and even managed to save Scott Lang’s life, redemption was still out of reach, especially when it came to the inhabitants of Krakoa. Her status in the mutant community was further tarnished when it was revealed that she was neither a mutant nor Magneto’s true daughter. However, Magneto still considered Wanda to be her daughter and invited her to attend the first Hellfire Gala as a token of peace. Plagued with guilt over her past actions, she did not attend, but secretly visited Magneto, as seen in SWORD (2020) #6. Between that issue and X-FACTOR (2020) #10, she laid out a plan that would pave the way to healing her relationship with mutants…until she was discovered dead on the gala grounds!
The investigation of his murder was dealt with in X-Men: The Trial of Magneto (2021), where all the evidence pointed to Magneto’s involvement. Although the island’s rulers voted not to resurrect Wanda, The Five planned to do so anyway. But while they were discussing the matter, the Scarlet Witch took matters into her own hands and brought herself back to life.
Will Wanda find redemption?
Although her memories were incomplete, Wanda’s powers remained. Unaware of it, she created a pocket dimension to deal with her past, present, and future selves, but also unintentionally caused the appearance of a trio of huge monsters that attacked the island. Regaining his composure, he helped stop the monsters and also went a long way toward reconciling with the mutants by creating a magical system that allows the Brain to create copies of any mutant that has ever lived with backups stored in a pocket dimension. It’s all part of her plan from the start. And with it, Wanda altered reality in an effort to heal not only her own past trauma, but the one she inflicted on others.
That’s it, those were the big moments when the Scarlet Witch altered reality.
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Marvel Major Events – Avengers: The Children’s Crusade
Scarlet Witch’s quest!
The Young Avengers are the heroes of tomorrow. But two of its members, the twin brothers Wiccan and Speed, are children without a past. When Wiccan’s powers spiral out of control, the team sets out to find the only person who could help him: Scarlet Witch, who may be the mother of the twins and whose uncontrollable powers came close to destroying the Avengers and nearly wiping out the Avengers! the mutant race!
Their quest will take them on a journey across the world and through time, reuniting them with friends they thought lost and pitting them against enemies they have no hope of defeating; he will make them escape from the Avengers and they will align themselves with the plans of the former mutant terrorist Magneto, father of Scarlet Witch.
Once they find the Witch, whose simple words alter reality, nothing will ever be the same!
Collects: Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1-9 written by Allan Heinberg (Author of The OC series) and illustrated by Jim Cheung (New Avengers: The Illuminati).
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