Kept in stasis by the Evolutionary for decades, the two infants (Quicksilver and Wanda) were later placed in the custody of a Gypsy couple named Django and Marya Maximoff. When Wanda and Pietro were teenagers, and had already manifested their mutant powers, their family's encampment was attacked, leaving Marya dead; Django survived, but was separated from his children, while the traumatized Wanda and Pietro also fled, believing their foster father to have died. After several months of surviving on their own in the woods, the siblings ventured into a nearby town, where Wanda's powers inadvertently set fire to a house. Set upon by villagers who believed the pair to be "in league with the Devil", they were rescued by the timely arrival of Magneto, the mutant master of magnetism. Magneto was in fact their father, but neither he nor the siblings were aware of this at the time. Exploiting the pair's gratitude, Magneto pressed them into service as part of his anti-human terrorist unit, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Now known as the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Wanda and Pietro accompanied Magneto and his fellow mutants in their power-seeking efforts, clashing with the heroic X-Men. After a time, the siblings, disillusioned with Magneto and feeling that their debt to him had been paid, decided to abandon their terrorist activities; alongside the archer and ex-criminal Hawkeye, they joined the Avengers under the leadership of Captain America. As a member of this foursome, the first major reorganization of the still young super-team, the Scarlet Witch served with distinction against such foes as Dr Doom, the Mole Man, Kang, and others. As the team expanded, the Scarlet Witch, despite her brother's disapproval, became romantically drawn to one of her fellow Avengers, the android known as the Vision.
Avengers vs X-menEdit
In #0 of Avengers vs Xmen, she was in a battle with M.O.D.O.K , trying to be a hero again. During the fight, Ms Marvel and Spider-woman appear and help Wanda. Once the battle clears, Ms Marvel confronts her old friend and asks her to come back to the Avengers Mansion. But once they get there the Vision, Wolverine, Beast, and Iron-man tell her to leave, not forgiving her for what she had done. With Wanda crying, Ms Marvel takes her home. And when no one is looking, the Vision cries too.
In #2, she is sharing an apartment with her brother Quicksilver, watching the battle of Utopia on TV. Pedro asks her if she would come and help him fight the X-men, but she does not answer. Once Quicksilver leaves, she picks up her Diary, showing a page which says "This is how the world ends!" Showing a picture of the Phoenix Force underneath. She is one of the people on earth to sense the force presence and see that it would kill the original Avengers. When the Avengers go to extract Hope Summers from Utopia and are nearly defeated by a Phoenix Force-powered Cyclops, Scarlet Witch arrives and saves them. Hope agrees to go with the Scarlet Witch, and Wanda causes physical harm to Cyclops when he touches Wanda's arm when he tries to stop her from taking Hope. Though hunted by the Phoenix-powered X-Men, Wanda's return to the team provides the Avengers a much needed boost as many teammates are captured by the X-Men. Hawkeye ultimately is severely injured rescuing Wanda from being teleported away by Magik and White Queen, the former of which sees Wanda as a monster for depowering mutantkind. However, Wanda's power provides the X-Men with a threat that not even the Phoenix can face down as the Avengers employ magical illusions to trick the X-Men into thinking Wanda is with the various Avengers groups. Further investigation meanwhile links Wanda's powers to the Phoenix Force. When Cyclops goes Dark Phoenix, Wanda and Hope Summers, who is mimicking Wanda's powers, defeat him and cause the Phoenix force to leave him. After Hope inherits the Phoenix force, she and Wanda combine their powers to apparently destroy the Phoenix by saying "No more phoenix". This results in the repowering of mutants, undoing Wanda's actions on M-Day.
While visiting Charles Xavier's grave, Wanda was approached by Rogue who tried to make her leave. The two wound up fighting, when they were captured by the Red Skull. The Red Skull also took Xavier's corpse and cut out his brain, claiming his vast telepathic powers for himself. The Red Skull then used his powers to brainwash Wanda into helping him de-power mutantkind once again. While tracking down Rogue who had escaped his custody, Wanda encountered Xavier's corpse which snapped her out of the Skull's control.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Probability manipulation
- Reality alteration via hex bolts
- Chaos Magic
- Simulated telekinetic acts of luck