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20 Things You Should Know About Scarlet Witch

Still all hyped up on cookie dough bites and Mountain Dew after watching Avengers: Age of Ultron!? Well, if you happened to fall head over heels for the newest Avenger, Scarlet Witch, then Ranker Comics has just the list for you, as we tally up the twenty most important details of Marvel Comics's own Scarlet Witch!

Whether you're a newbie or part of the old guard, it's important to remember that Wanda Maximoff is one of the most important Avengers of all time. Although she may have made her debut as a villain (and wearing green!) she has been an ally of the Avengers for decades. This mutant hero has villainy in her blood but, despite her frequent mental anguish, always tries to do the right thing! Scarlet Witch has been a fan favorite and one of Marvel Comics's most prominent female characters for years. She is the connective tissue between the team of super heroes and the mutants in the Marvel Universe. She has lead the Avengers and completely destroyed them. She has been close to the team as a sister, wife, and comrade on their most dangerous missions. Basically what we're saying is you can't count out Scarlet Witch! Although she has decades of stories under her belt, Ranker Comics has a list of the most important facts and events for this bewitching beauty!

Practice your spells and get out that weird head thing - Ranker Comics had the twenty most important facts about the lovely gypsy Avenger: Scarlet Witch!

  • She Was Originally an X-Men Villian

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    That's right! Wanda Maximoff made her first appearance in X-Men #4 where she was actually part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. She and her brother Piertro joined up with Magneto's team of baddies to fight the X-Men in one of their earliest adventures. It was a brief stint and the mutant twins went on to quit the Brotherhood and work with the Avengers instead. 

    Also, she wasn't all that scarlet either...
  • The Scarlet Witch Is a Mutant

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    Although it will certainly not be included in Avengers: Age of Ultron due to contractual obligations Marvel has with Fox over the word "mutant," Wanda Maximoff is actually a mutant just like the X-Men! She gets her powers from the X-gene that manifests itself during childhood. This also means she is one of the few mutants on the Avengers. 
  • She Was Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

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    Because she made her debut in X-Men #4, Scarlet Witch has the honor of being created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby- the legendary writer/artist team responsible for the majority of the Marvel Universe. That means Scarlet Witch in in the pantheon of characters like Thor, the X-Men, Iron Man, and Hulk.
  • Her Powers Are Hard to Understand

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    The character has had vaguely defined powers that have varied in magnitude since her conception. The official answer is that she can manipulate probability via hexes. This means that, through concentration, she can make things explode, catch on fire, or short circuit. This can also backfire on Wanda by not doing what she wants them to do. The whole affair becomes rather confusing when you add that she is also able to use magic with her powers.

    Expect Avengers: Age of Ultron to come up with a simplified version of her powers for the movie.