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Since introducing Wanda Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, Marvel Comics fans have been waiting for the character to achieve the universe-shaking power of their incarnation in the comics Scarlet Witch, and WandaVision did well what to do with it has that Wanda has taken control of an entire city in New Jersey from the molecules

But this week the Disney Plus series gave Scarlet Witch fans another reason to celebrate, opening up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a multitude of possibilities

You could say that episode 8, “Before”, was also an homage to classic television, if you could re-imagine This Is Your Life as This Is Your Trauma. Under the pressure of Agatha Harkness, Wanda relived the moments of the Tragedy that led to her current internal turmoil starting with the day her parents died and then losing the vision

It was all because Agatha had a hunch that Wanda was a real witch, not just a hydra experiment, and a burning need to find out how she had become so powerful, however, was Agatha, who had been practicing dark magic for over 400 years never reached the strength or skill required to control and transform an entire city for weeks

The episode ends with Agatha announcing her realization “You shall be a myth A being capable of spontaneous creation [] This is Chaos Magic, Wanda and that makes you the Scarlet Witch”

Until WandaVision, the Marvel Cinematic failed – you could say they shy away from it – portraying Wanda’s powers as their origins in magic. Her psychic and telekinetic abilities were only gifts from the Mind Stone during Hydra’s experiments, and no one ever said those Words “Scarlet Witch,” her superhero name from the comics But episode 8 of WandaVision finally comes full circle and, strangely enough, is almost a mirror of the evolution of the Scarlet Witch’s powers over time in the comics

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as the X-Men villain, the first explanation for Wanda’s powers was that she was a mutant with probability control “With her” hex “power, she could produce incredibly unlikely outcomes That is, it could do almost anything the authors wanted, drop bullets from the air, burst gas pipes, and collapse entire buildings

It wasn’t until about a decade after her first appearance that Avengers writer Steve Englehart decided to make up for the “witches” part of the Scarlet Witch’s name by having her study magic (also under the comic book version of Agatha ) Harkness) Wanda isn’t the only example of Marvel blending mutated powers and magic into a single character, but she certainly helped make that combination a central pillar of the X-Men continuity, making Marvel’s current franchise of X-Men books contains a series all about mutated magic, Excalibur

Finally, other writers gave Wanda’s magic a specific source: the god of chaos turned into the ancient demon, turned into the Lovecraft style, a creepy force of darkness locked in an -alternate-dimension Chthon was Chthon’s place of power Mount Wundagore, a fictional location in Eastern Europe where Wanda happened to be born that probably won’t make it in WandaVision, but it does make Wanda one of the leading creators of Chaos Magic in the Marvel Universe

Chaos Magic has the power to change the very fabric of reality Don’t ask how this is different from magic that creates fire or flowers or bunnies where there wasn’t before: it’s comics and it’s magic The Rules are not very specific. All you need to know is that Chaos Magic is very powerful, very rare, and very dangerous

The episode also gave viewers a glimpse into a possibly updated version of Wanda’s Scarlet Witch costume, with a long skirt and a headdress with two tall crown-like spikes in view of Agatha’s backstory that we got in episode 8, it seems To give you a crown if you use magic really hard:

Between that and a vision Wanda saw in the Mind Stone of a crowned figure in a long skirt, it looks like WandaVision is making its own explanation for the Scarlet Witch’s signature two-pronged headpiece, The Chances That We End Before Get a new costume makeover for Wanda this season, look good

The Scarlet Witch got another tweak to the comic book origin story when she stopped being a mutant Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox signed a deal to share custody of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as the two one Overlap area of ​​continuity occupied by X-Men and Avengers, but the deal relied on Marvel Studios keeping out all mentions of mutants from Wanda and Pietro, and so Marvel Comics followed suit in the same year that Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda and Pietro hit the movie audience introduced, an issue of Uncanny Avengers revealed that the twins weren’t mutants at all, but ordinary people who’d been experimented and then disguised as mutants

But it does mean that Wanda’s powers in the continuity of modern day Marvel comics are entirely derived from magic, and it looks like this is also true in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s been a long road to becoming a character finally loud “The scarlet witch” said, but we hope some Wanda Maximoff fans are out there today

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Source: https://www.polygon.com/2021/2/26/22302817/wandavision-scarlet-witch-powers-chaos-magic