Even dedicated fans of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will struggle with what seems like a simple question of continuity: “What are the Scarlet Witch’s powers?” Everyone has seen what the Scarlet Witch can do - including nearly taking down Thanos single-handedly in Avengers: Endgame - but that doesn’t mean that anyone can actually define her abilities, or where they come from.
As it turns out, there’s no simple answer to the origins of the Scarlet Witch’s powers. Part of that is a result of her and her twin brother Pietro’s ever-changing backstory - full of shocking twists and far more secret parent reveals than is reasonable. A major factor in her confusing power set, however, is the fact that she’s someone who alters reality through the manipulation of chaos magic. As such, her personal history is never quite what it seems.
The Scarlet Witch Was Long Thought To Be A Mutant, But She’s Actually A Genetically Altered Human
The Confusing Origin Of Wanda Maximoff’s Powers Match The Complicated History Of Her Parentage
At First, The Scarlet Witch Can Only Cause Bad Luck
Wanda Starts Firing 'Hex Bolts' - But They Come With Serious Limitations
Over Time, Her Hex Bolts Can Do Whatever The Plot Requires
The Scarlet Witch’s Real Power Is Revealed To Be The Manipulation Of Reality Through Chaos Magic