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!

  • Her Dad Is Magneto

    Her Dad Is Magneto
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    Scarlet Witch is actually the daughter of a woman named Magda and Erik Lehnsherr (Max Eisenhardt)  a.k.a. MAGNETO! The pregnant mother actually escapes from Magneto and heads to Mount Wundagore in Transia. She gives birth to her twins and leaves for fear of Magneto finding their children. The twins are raised by Bova and later adopted by the Maximoff couple. 

    Comic book continuity being what it is, the legitimacy of Magneto being Scarlet Witch's father has changed over the years but is still a popular origin for the character. 
  • She Completely Disassembled the Avengers

    She Completely Disassembled the Avengers
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    When Brian Michael Bendis took over the Avengers comic title, he wanted to destroy the team and build it back up again. In Avengers Disassembled, the writer did this by killing several characters, some MIA and others emotionally defeated, while they faced every single conflict possible at once. However, once the dust settled, it was revealed that all the coincidental events were actually the machinations of the Scarlet Witch. Although later stories have revealed that she was under the influence of other villains, it was her powers that were able to completely tear the team apart.
  • She Really Is a Witch

    She Really Is a Witch
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    Although she is a mutant and does have mutant powers, she also learned to control magic. First, Wanda was imbued with magic abilities as an infant by Chthon in the Wundagore Mountains. Then she was trained by Agatha Harkness in witchcraft. She uses these magic abilities to hone her own mutant powers and control her hexes. 
  • Quicksilver Is Her Twin Brother

    Quicksilver Is Her Twin Brother
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    For those maybe less in the know than others, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are fraternal twins. Although they may not agree all the time, they are actually very close siblings and are always looking out for each other.
  • She Was Originally an X-Men Villian

    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

    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.