The Journey to WandaVision
By Kirsten Howard
Elizabeth Olsen’s MCU superhero Wanda Maximoff hasn’t had much time to shine yet, but that’s about to change.
Elizabeth Olsen made her MCU debut as Wanda Maximoff in a post-credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
She and her brother Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver) were introduced as a superpowered brother-sister team who were looking for revenge against Tony Stark and the Avengers.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda and Pietro made life difficult for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by helping the villainous Ultron with his deadly plans.
But they refused to help Ultron go through with his apocalyptic endgame, and Wanda joined the Avengers as Scarlet Witch.
Wanda originally got her powers by being exposed to the cosmic energies of the Mind Stone when it was still encased in Loki’s Scepter.
The Avengers also used the Mind Stone to bring the android Vision to life, but it ultimately sealed his fate against the mad titan Thanos.
Scarlet Witch has wielded powers of telekinesis, telepathy, and energy manipulation, but she has been unable to fully control them, and hasn’t yet explored their true potential.
Marvel teased Scarlet Witch’s growing abilities in Avengers: Infinity War when she was able to shatter the Mind Stone, albeit briefly, killing Vision.
After the Avengers brought everyone back from The Snap—including Scarlet Witch—she was filled with rage against Thanos, and almost destroyed him during the final battle in Avengers: Endgame.
In the new Disney+ series WandaVision, Wanda and Vision appear to be living in a strange reality where Vision is alive, and they have made a loving family together in the suburbs.
The show sees them flip between retro sitcom setups, like Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Roseanne.
But there is something even weirder going on under the wholesome surface of Wanda and Vision’s new life.
The pair are set to break free of their happy existence and start to question the reasons why they’re living in it.
In WandaVision, Scarlet Witch will also start to utilize powers that we have only seen her use before in Marvel comics.
These may include dangerous reality-altering powers that have previously created wild new versions of the world in stories like House of M.
Or is there a new villain messing with the multiverse?