The MCU is getting ready to finally give Scarlet Witch her due in the Disney+ series WandaVision and in the feature film Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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First off, I totally called that Scarlet Witch was going to be in the Dr. Strange sequel. I'm literally so happy to have been right on this. You can see my original YouTube video on Why Scarlet Witch Should Be In Dr. Strange 2 below:
I've always loved the Scarlet Witch character. She was the underdog and eventually becomes the strongest Avenger. She could totally take on Thor! So I'm very happy to see that Marvel is ready to focus on her character.
Before we jump into what I think will be happening to Wanda's character in WandaVision and Dr. Strange MoM (in the Multiverse of Madness) we need to discuss the Scarlet Witch.
When the MCU first introduced the Scarlet Witch character 20th Century Fox still owned the films rights to the X-Men. Long story short, that meant that Marvel couldn't call Scarlet Witch a mutant. Because of this, Marvel made Wanda's powers come from the Mind Stone.
Marvel even went beyond the films and changed Wanda's powers in the comic books. She was retconned to no longer being a mutant there too. Scarlet Witch's powers have grown and changed throughout her comic book history and it looks like Marvel is ready to do the same to her in the MCU.
In the comics, her power set includes:
Magic (she's a sorcerer like Dr. Strange)
Reality Warping (which means she can do a whole damn lot)
This is really only the tip of her power set. In the MCU, her powers were first depicted as telepathy (mind manipulation), energy manipulation, and telekinesis with an added witchy, scary movement that they need to bring back ASAP!
Since Age of Ultron, we've mainly see Wanda exploring more of her telekinetic and energy powers. In Civil War, we could see Wanda begin catapulting herself in the air with her energy beams and becoming more adept at lifting heavy weights with her telekinetic powers.
In Infinity War, the Scarlet Witch displayed an extraordinary amount of more strength when she lifted Thanos' ships into the air when she saved the lives of Black Widow and Okoye.
But her biggest feat in Infinity War was destroying the Mind Stone while holding back Thanos who already possessed 5 Infinity Stones.
In Endgame, Scarlet Witch took Thanos head on. She was able to destroy his sword which was created of a material similar in strength to Mjolnir and Stormbreaker and almost killed Thanos himself at the height of his power! A task that no Avenger had been able to accomplish.
Now with the announcement of WandaVision and her appearing in Dr. Strange MoM we will see Scarlet Witch's powers grow even more and possibly even be retconned.
Feige has stated before that Wanda's powers are similar to Dr. Strange. Whereas Dr. Strange's energy powers are depicted more refined Wanda's are more chaotic in nature.
It's been said that's because Wanda has never had any tutelage in her powers and has learned everything she knows by herself. So we could see Dr. Strange training Wanda in her powers.
Also, in one of the MCU encyclopaedia books it was mentioned that the Mind Stone either gave Wanda her powers or unlocked a latent ability. Perhaps her latent mutant powers?! Now that Marvel have gained the film rights of the X-Men back from 20th Century Fox it's possible that Wanda can be retconned to actually being a mutant. The first mutant in the MCU!
We know for a fact that Marvel is ready to begin bringing mutants, and the X-Men, into the MCU. Either way, it looks like the Scarlet Witch will have a definite hand to play in their arrival.
Now let's move onto WandaVision.
WandaVision will be bringing back Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision. Obviously, Vision is dead after the events of Infinity War but we know that won't last long. I mean he's an android so they can easily rebuild him but the problem is that it's not as easy to replicate his personality and emotions - especially without the Mind Stone.
I have a couple of theories of what we can possibly expect from WandaVision and Dr. Strange MoM.
My first theory is that WandaVision will focus on Wanda trying to bring back Vision and in her attempt she fractures the multiverse. Like I said earlier, Wanda is super powerful to the extent that she's been able to rewrite reality - at least in the comics. I think the TV series will be making Scarlet Witch's powers much closer to her comic book counterpart.
The consequences of her actions in WandaVision will play out in Dr. Strange MoM. But the consequences we see might have a larger effect within the entire MCU - in particularly the arrival of mutants.
Since Marvel has access to the X-Men now this gives them a lot of great storylines they can play with based around Scarlet Witch's growing powers. One of the most popular being House of M.
In House of M, we see Wanda's powers grow to the point that she was able to strip 90% of the mutants around the world of their powers. But we'll come back to this!
My second theory is that WandaVision will take place entirely in Wanda's mind or within a reality she created where Vision and her have built the perfect life. The show will progressively show how the reality she believes to be real was actually created by herself and begin her descent into madness as she struggles to grasp onto actual reality.
This theory will play heavily on that fact that Wanda has grown so powerful that she's rewriting reality at will and can no longer tell the difference between what is real and what is not.
This happened in the comic books with Wanda willing into existence children from Vision.
This isn't such a stretch to think that Marvel could be going this route because in the end her kids become members of the Young Avengers known as Wiccan and Speed. They've already laid the groundwork to see some other Young Avengers within the MCU. We will see a new Hawkeye with the Disney+ series and we could see Cassie Lang become Stature now that she's grown up post Endgame.
The second theory would then see Wanda slowly descend into madness and lead into Dr. Strange MoM where the Sorcerer Supreme has to help Wanda through her trauma. I don't think for a second that it's a coincidence that the new Dr. Strange film is called Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Both theories could be done consciously or even unconsciously by Wanda because perhaps she doesn't even grasp how powerful she actually is.
Personally, I think it would be amazeballs if the MCU did a reverse House of M storyline with the Scarlet Witch. In the original storyline, Scarlet Witch strips 90% of the mutants in the world of their powers. But what if in the MCU, Wanda becomes the reason that mutants come into existence?
Whether it's because she feels alone in the world and wants other "mutants" because the MCU retcons her to being a mutant - who knows?! It's only a small change for her dramatic line of "No more mutants" to "More Mutants!"