HERstory of… Wanda Maximoff

The Scarlet Witches coming to be


Wanda Maximoff, better known as the Scarlet Witch, wasn’t always a super powerful witch with chaos magic. She started out as a normal girl living in Sokovia, a European country, with her twin brother, Pietro, and her mom and dad. It was a normal night, and the family was watching a movie, when the first bomb hit the floor under the family. The parents were struck, but Pietro grabbed Wanda and the duo hid under the bed. Another bomb entered the apartment, ready to detonate three feet from their faces.

But it never went off.

With anger aimed at America, the duo joined HYDRA, the number one villain that the Avengers fight against. She becomes a human experiment, which makes her the Scarlet Witch. She was driven further to Ultron, the AI, that Tony Stark unknowingly created, with it’s heart set on world domination.

You break the rules and become the hero. I do it and I become the enemy. That doesn’t seem fair.

Because much of her youth is aimed at hating Tony Stark, Ultron plays off that rage and manipulates her and her brother into working for him. However, she realizes that Ultron is the true enemy and works with the Avengers to stop him.

Her abilities include telekinesis, energy manipulation, and a form of neuroelectric interfacing that allows her to both read thoughts and give her victims horrible nightmares. With the help of Captain America and Black Widow, she learns how to use her powers further, and also how to fight in hand-to-hand combat. After her brother dies, Wanda’s magic grows stronger. She uses it to destroy Ultron, and ultimately, Sokovia. She refuses to leave without Pietro, and Barton tells her he died.

She finds a fearsome foe in Thanos, whose goal is to gain all six infinity stones. One of them being in her lover, Vision’s, head- the mind stone. Thanos puts Wanda up against Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive, and eventually Thanos himself. Wanda defeats Proxima to protect Black Widow and Okoye, a Wakandan guard. Wanda opposes Thanos’s goal to end half the life of the universe, he is a much more personal enemy, because of her love for Vision. She stands against the Titan from Outer Space, so he can’t take the mind stone for himself.

Wanda ends up destroying the mind stone, but Thanos reverses time and brings it back. He rips it out of Vision’s head, sending Wanda into a downhill spiral. With the power of all the stones, half of the universe disappears. Most of the Avengers go along with it. When the rest of the Avengers come back for the final battle, Wanda uses her magic to destroy Thanos, but not kill him. Things get thrown at him, and Wanda rips apart his suit.

In her show WandaVision, Wanda brings back Vision, takes over a whole town with her mind, and makes a sitcom out of it. She wants to be left alone with her children and her husband, and she doesn’t want anyone in her way. She has everything she’s ever wanted, and she’s finally happy.

I have what I want. And no one will ever take it from me again.

After breaking down the Westview hex, she has an adventure with Dr. Strange in Multiverse of Madness, and wants to find a universe that has her children in it, by using America Chavez’s power. America ends up taking Wanda to the universe with her children in it, to find them happy with a different Wanda. She hurts the other Wanda, causing her kids to throw things at her. Yelling at them to stop, the kids become frightened.

She goes back to her fortress and destroys the Darkhold, the book that corrupted her. She “dies,” therefore keeping America safe and her kids happy.

In the end, she did what was right by switching her evil to good and not hurting that many people making her a hero.