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14 Huge Changes Wanda Maximoff Made When She Reshaped The Marvel Comics Universe

While fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have had their minds blown by the sheer scope of Wanda Maximoff’s reality-warping abilities, those familiar with the biggest crossover events in Marvel Comics history know that changing the world around her is old hat for the Scarlet Witch. In WandaVision, the Scarlet Witch drew an entire township into her sphere of superpowered influence, but in House of M, Wanda altered the past, present, and future of the entire world.

House of M came hot on the heels of Avengers: Disassembled, a storyline in which Earth’s Mightiest Heroes came under aggression from multiple enemies at the same time - just as WandaVision followed Avengers: Endgame - only to learn that Wanda was unwittingly behind it all. Having re-remembered the existence of her non-existent children, the Scarlet Witch lost control of her mind and then her powers, resulting in mass casualties. But when the Avengers, X-Men, and others came to confront her, Wanda’s brother Quicksilver convinced her there was a way to fix everything. Hijacking Professor Charles Xavier’s telepathic abilities, Wanda unearthed the innermost desires of those closest to her and reshaped reality into a form that she believed would make everyone happy. And, for a time, it worked, with everyone on Earth forgetting about the old reality and accepting Scarlet Witch's House of M as the real deal.

Well… almost everyone, that is. 

  • Spider-Man Became A Public, Popular Hero And Got Gwen Stacy Back

    Peter Parker is frequently referred to as a public menace in the mainstream Marvel Universe, but in the House of M reality, he proved to be so popular that he eventually ditched the secret identity and unmasked to the entire world. The public, however, believed Spider-Man to be a mutant, meaning he still had an important secret worth guarding. 

    Another major change to Parker’s life was the resurrection of Gwen Stacy - who had simply never perished in this reality - and their subsequent marriage. When the world was eventually reset at the end of the crossover, and Peter returned to a reality in which he was married to Mary Jane, this led to a major crisis of faith for the webslinger, and his and Mary Jane’s marriage would only last a couple more years thereafter. 

  • Captain America Never Went In The Ice And Became The First Man On The Moon Instead

    In the House of M history, Captain America was still a WWII super-soldier, but he never went into the ice at the end of the conflict and instead continued to live out his life. Returning to America and marrying Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers continued to work for the Army until he resigned in protest after refusing to testify against mutant allies like Namor and Toro.

    Rogers moved on to working with the Air Force as an astronaut, which led to him being the first man on the moon in 1955. He ignited controversy by announcing, “This is one small step for man; one giant leap for peace between man and mutantkind,” eventually resulting in a divorce from his S.H.I.E.L.D. agent spouse.

    Despite his strong views on mutant rights, Rogers still criticized Magneto’s rise to power and promotion of mutant supremacy. After comparing Magneto to a certain Third Reich leader, Rogers was forced into retirement. By the time the present-day of House of M rolled around, he was 89 years old, and when Wolverine and the other “awoken” heroes found him, they wisely decided not to alert him to their cause until after reality had been reset.

  • Carol Danvers Was The World’s Favorite Superhero As Captain Marvel (Long Before She Took Up The Mantle In The Mainstream Continuity)

    Carol Danvers must have felt that she wasn’t getting her full due as a public figure, because when the Scarlet Witch granted her innermost desires via the House of M reality shift, Danvers became widely recognized as the world’s favorite superhero - despite the fact that she was a “sapien.” Taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel - years before she would do so in the mainstream Marvel Universe - Carol was celebrated and beloved by all, even those who deemed themselves Homo superior.

    Another seemingly small change brought to Danvers’s life was the introduction of her pet cat, Chewie. In time, Chewie - better known as “Goose” to fans of the MCU - would be revealed as an alien Flerken, and when reality was reset to its previous state, Chewie somehow stuck around. Now, he’s one of the few remaining refugees of the House of M, also known as Earth-58163.

  • Cyclops And Emma Frost Were Happily Married

    Not every prominent superhero stayed in the business in the House of M reality. Emma Frost utilized the rise of mutant supremacy to expand her family’s fortune to truly preposterous heights, and then gave it all up to become a child psychologist. While on a trip to Alaska, she met bush pilot Scott Summers, no longer a member of the X-Men, and the two quickly fell in love.

    Moving back to Hartford, CT, Frost and Summers were married and settled down into a steady, domestic existence more focused on Pop Tarts than powers. And when they were awakened to the changes that had been wrought to their reality, Scott and Emma were taken aback at how strange it all seemed - and how poor of a fit they were for married life.