Alternate versions of Scarlet Witch

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Alternate versions of Scarlet Witch
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe X-Men #4 (March 1964)
Created byStan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scarlet Witch is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in X-Men #4 (March 1964) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The character has since starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the Vision, and has historically been depicted as a regular team member in superhero title The Avengers. She has numerous alternative versions throughout the Marvel Comics multiverse.

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

Age of Apocalypse was a comic book event where reality was altered by a time travel, and the mutant Apocalypse wages a devastating war over the world. The Scarlet Witch appears in X-Men Chronicles #1, a comic set in the early days of the war. She is a member of the X-Men, led by her father Magneto. While the team fights Apocalypse in his first attack, she dies defending their base on Wundagore Mountain from Nemesis. As a last request, she asks the newly recruited Rogue to stay close to her father.[1]

The event was quite popular, and many new comics set in it were published in later years. One of those comics was Uncanny X-Force #19.1. The long dead Scarlet Witch is cloned, so that Jean Grey can control her body and use her power to replicate the mass mutant depowering seen in the House of M event. The spell fails, and only works in a limited radius, depowering only Jean Grey and Sabretooth.[2]

Heroes Reborn[edit]

Scarlet Witch is one of the Avengers participating in the defeat of the entity Onslaught, and is subsequently trapped in the Heroes Reborn universe. In this artificial reality, with her mutant heritage non-existent, Wanda was raised by Agatha Harkness, with the Asgardian sorceress the Enchantress falsely claiming to be her mother.[3]

Exiles[edit]

The title Exiles features an alternate version from Earth-8823 with the call sign "Witch". The character joins the inter-dimensional superhero team[4] but is killed in action, and is replaced—without the knowledge of her teammates—by yet another alternate version of herself.[5]

Marvel 1602[edit]

In Marvel 1602, Sister Wanda and her brother, Petros, are followers of Enrique, High Inquisitor of the Spanish Catholic Church.[6]

Marvel Noir[edit]

In the limited series X-Men Noir, Wanda Magnus is a wealthy socialite and the daughter of Chief of Detectives Eric Magnus.[7]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

In the Marvel Zombies storyline, an alternate universe version of Scarlet Witch helps Ash find the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. Wanda is eventually attacked, hunted down and infected by zombified vigilante the Punisher.[8] She reappears, still "zombified" in the third instalment in the series, Marvel Zombies 3. She works with the Kingpin, using the Vision—who was still in love with her—to block enemy radio signals as necessary. She (along with the other zombies) was later confronted by Machine Man, and Jocasta, who decided to save the Vision and finally kill the zombie Kingpin. At yet one point, zombie Scarlet Witch is decapitated by Machine Man's temporary chainsaw limb and was ripped apart in the zombie pile where Machine Man and Jocasta are victorious.[9]

MC2[edit]

An older version of Scarlet Witch appears in the MC2 title A-Next. Having been placed in a coma during the original Avengers final battle (as part of an attempt to save Iron Man),[10] Scarlet Witch was captured, revived, and brainwashed by Loki as part of his plan to corrupt various heroes into punishing the Avengers. She eventually returned to her normal mindset,[11] and has made sporadic appearances in the MC2 universe since then.

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel imprint title Ultimates, Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver defect from Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy to the Ultimates in exchange for the release of imprisoned Brotherhood members. The twin siblings share an incestuous relationship.[citation needed]

In the third volume of Ultimates 3, Scarlet Witch is killed by a lovesick Ultron which is later revealed to have been orchestrated by Doctor Doom.[12] She is shown to be alive in Wundagore together with Teddy (Blob's other mutant child), Quicksilver and Mystique.[13] However this is revealed to be an illusion by Apocalypse.[14]

The Ultimate version's powers differ from the mainstream version's in that the character has to "do the math" in order to use her powers—she must calculate the mathematical probability that the effect she intends to create will actually happen; the more complex the effect, the more complex the mathematical formula.[15]

Infinity Warp[edit]

During Infinity Wars, when the universe was folded ih half, Scarlet Witch was fused with X-23 to create Weapon Hex. The Evolutionaries, an occult and scientific group, had been using mutants in order for one of them to become a vessel for Mephicton (fusion of Mephisto and Chthon). However, this process always resulted in the mutants death. Seeing that their plan was failing, the groups leaders, Sarah Kinney and Herbert Wyndham decided to conceive a flawed child to act as the perfect vessel for the demon. However, Sara raised Laura and told her about empathy and humanity, while Herbert wanted the girl to be a weapon. At the age of seventeen, Laura along with Hellhound (fusion of Magik and Sabretooth) were sent on missions. Following her mother's death and discovering that she had a younger sister named Gavrill (fusion of Quicksilver and Honey Badger), she decided to escape the Evolutionaries along with her sister, but was cut in pieces by Hellhound, while Herbert took Gavrill in order for her to become the new vessel for Mephicton. Laura eventually healed and killed both Hellhound and Herbert with the latter being attacked by the spirits who had died from his experiments. After that, Laura along with her sister left the place.[16]

Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]

In the film universe or Earth-199999, Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch is played by American actress Elizabeth Olsen.

Wanda makes her debut in the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where she and her brother Pietro are shown as test subjects of Hydra leader Baron Strucker. She is shown levitating small blocks with her psionic powers and then crushing it.

Wanda then has a major role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where she and Pietro escape from Strucker's lab and side with the rogue Ultron against the Avengers, due to harbouring a vendetta against Tony Stark, Ultron's creator as they hold him responsible for their parents' deaths from his weapons dealing days, in their second encounter Wanda subdues the majority of the team with her powers, giving them disturbing visions and also setting the Hulk loose in the city. They later learn the full extent of Ultron's plans and switch sides after realising the error of their ways. In the ensuing conflict against Ultron in Sokovia, Pietro is killed trying to protect a child and Clint Barton resulting in a vengeful Wanda destroying Ultron's main body, thus shutting down and eliminating his army. Wanda later becomes a member of the new team lead by Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff alongside Vision, Sam Wilson and James Rhodes.

Wanda next appears in Captain America: Civil War, she aids Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson in stopping Crossbones from stealing a nuclear weapon, but loses control of her powers and accidentally pushes Crossbones as he activated a bomb to kill himself across a nearby building killing several Wakandan relief workers, much to her horror as she only tried to contain the blast. Wanda is unsure of her opinion on the Sokovia Accords but later sides with Captain America against them which was further fueled when she was placed under house arrest by Vision on the orders of Stark, until Barton (who owed her a debt as Pietro died saving his life) rescues her. During the battle against Stark and his faction, she mainly targets Romanoff, Peter Parker and T'Challa. Wanda is later imprisoned alongside Barton, Wilson and Scott Lang but is broken out by Captain America and goes into hiding. She is also shown growing close to Vision and has developed romantic feelings for him.

Two years later, in Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda and Vision are shown living in Scotland and have formed a romantic relationship. They are soon ambushed by Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight who seek Vision's Mind Stone for their master Thanos. Wanda and Vision struggle fighting them until they are rescued by Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson who were contacted by Bruce Banner. The five later regroup with Banner and Rhodes in the New Avengers Facility and travel to Wakanda to remove the Mind Stone from Vision's head with T'Challa's sister's Shuri's help. Wanda later takes part in the Battle of Wakanda alongside the Avengers, T'Challa, Bucky Barnes, Okoye, M'Baku, the Dora Milaje, the Jabari Tribe, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, she kills Midnight and later put up a brave front against Thanos when he arrives, but is forced to kill Vision despite her reluctance and bids him a tearful goodbye. The action is futile as Thanos reverses the destruction using the Time Stone and kills Vision again by ripping the Mind Stone from his forehead much to her shock. When Thanos snaps his fingers with the completed Infinity Gauntlet and wipes out half of all life, Wanda is among the victims, disintegrating peacefully while kneeling over Vision's lifeless body.

Maximoff returns in Avengers: Endgame. She is revived alongside other victims of the Decimation by Banner when he uses the Infinity Stones collected from the past. She later takes part in the battle against a past version of Thanos and tries to avenge Vision's death by using her telekinetic powers to violently cripple his armor. She later attends Stark's funeral after the latter sacrifices himself to kill Thanos and his army. She is then shown comforting Clint Barton over Natasha Romanoff's death by claiming she knows the Avengers succeeded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ X-Men Chronicles #1 (March 1995)
  2. ^ Uncanny X-Force #19.1
  3. ^ Liefeld, Rob and Valentino, Jim (w), Liefeld, Rob and Yaep, Chap (p), Sibal, Jon and Alquiza, Mario (i). "Awaken the Thunder!" The Avengers v2, 1 (November 1996)
  4. ^ Exiles vol. 3, #1 (Apr. 2009)
  5. ^ Exiles vol. 3, #6 (Sept. 2009)
  6. ^ Marvel 1602 #1–8 (Nov. 2003 – June 2004)
  7. ^ X-Men Noir #1 (Feb. 2009)
  8. ^ Marvel Zombies #1–6 (Dec. 2005 – Apr. 2006)
  9. ^ Marvel Zombies 3 #1–4 (Dec. 2008 – March 2009)
  10. ^ A-Next #1 (Oct. 1998)
  11. ^ Last Hero Standing #1–5
  12. ^ Ultimates 3 #5
  13. ^ Loeb, Jeph (w), Adams, Arthur (p), Roslan, Mark (i). "Origins Chapter Five: What Is Ultimate X?" Ultimate X 5 (August 2011)
  14. ^ Ultimate Comics X-Men #12
  15. ^ Ultimates #1–13 (March 2002 – April 2004); Ultimates 2 #1–13 (Feb. 2005 – Feb. 2007)
  16. ^ Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #2. Marvel Comics