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Member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I
Real Name: Wanda Maximoff
Real Name: Wanda Frank, Ana Maximoff, Gypsy Witch
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #4
All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I Appearances: Professor Xavier & The X-Men #4, X-Men #minus 1, Uncanny X-Men #4-6, Journey into Mystery #109, Uncanny X-Men #7, 11, Avengers (1st series) #47-49, Uncanny X-Men #43-45, Avengers (1st series) #53
Last Appearance: X-Men (vol. 2) #204
Powers: Wanda has reality-warping ability allows her to shape existence to suit her desires, including feats of levitation, induced paralysis, deconstructing matter, resurrecting the dead, altering world history and individual memories retroactively, changing beings at a genetic level, and so on; due to its staggering scope, this power has been subconsciously limited by Wanda in various ways over the years. Previously she defined her power as "hex bolts", energy discharges which caused a sub-molecular disturbance in quantum reality in their target, altering probabilities so that unlikely events would occur; eventually learned to control the flow of probabilities and induce specific unlikely events, and then later defined her powers as "chaos magic", allegedly absorbed from her mystical birthplace Wundagore Mountain, giving her greater influence over the natural order of things, letting her detect and direct elemental forces, deflect and disperse magic, harmonize with and manipulate existing energy fields, cast stable hex enchantments on people or objects, etc.
Current Status: Status of her probability-altering powers after the Decimation undetermined.
Notes: Wanda was briefly infused with large amounts of nexus energy by Immortus, transforming her power so that she could induce changes in people or objects by retroactively altering history up until that point.
The link leads to a chronological list, with issue reference, of every way which the Scarlet Witch has managed to use her probability-altering powers, or hex magic.
Her Life Prior to Joining the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I:
Terrified by the display of power by her husband, Magnus, as he avenged the death of their daughter, Anya, Magda Lensherr ran away from him, neither of them knowing that she was pregnant with twins at the time (Classic X-Men #12).
Magda went into labor in the wilderness, months later, and was able to make her way to a strange fortress on the top of Wundagore Mountain, Transia, home of the High Evolutionary and his New Men. A cow-woman named Bova was the midwife, and delivered the twins, who were named Pietro and Wanda. That night, a strange glow illuminated the skies over Wundagore and Wanda momentarily mirrored the mysterious light. Unbeknownst to anyone, it was the doing of the Elder Demon, Chthon, who, imprisoned in the mountain, was preparing himself a vessel with a great potential for magic for a future escape. Originally she would have become another generic energy-wielding mutant like her father, though Chthon’s actions saw to it that the energy Wanda would wield and manipulate was magik.
Only two days after giving birth, Magda secretly left the fortress, never to be seen again, leaving a note for Bova to find the kids a good family. She feared that her husband might one day track her down and she wanted to spare the twins from falling under his influence. By bizarre coincidence, another woman in labor showed up at Mount Wundagore around the same time, Madelyne Joyce-Frank - the former Liberty Legionnaire named Miss America - and her husband Robert, the Whizzer. When both Madelyne and the child died during delivery, Bova attempted to ease Frank's pain by offering the recently abandoned twins to him as his own. Grief-stricken, the Whizzer fled Wundagore alone, not claiming the children nor learning they weren't his.
The High Evolutionary and Bova finally arranged for a gypsy couple, Django and Marya Maximoff, to take the children as their own. The Maximoff’s had recently lost their biological children, Ana and Mateo, and so were overjoyed when what they thought to be an angel blessed them with new children to take care of. Pietro and Wanda led a peaceful life with their gypsy parents, their father often carving them marionettes to play with.
At a young age, Wanda's vast potential for wielding magic was detected by those skilled in the art, and she was approached by the most powerful coven in her Eastern European homeland: Margali Szardos, Maria Russoff, and Lilia Calderu. In her guise as the Gypsy Queen, Lilia sent out a summons for Marya Maximoff to bring Wanda to her caravan, and then the witch brought the young girl to Castle Russoff to meet her fellow sorceresses. Her initiation would not go uncontested, however - a servant of Chthon known as Taboo learned of the coven's attempt to indoctrine Wanda and, more importantly, that Lilia was in possession of the Serpent Crown of Set. His master Chthon had gone to great lengths to prepare the girl Wanda for his own future uses, and he would lose the child to his brother Elder Demon, Set, if the witches brought her into the coven under the influence of the Crown. Therefore, Taboo and his associate Damballah interrupted the coven's ceremony with Wanda. The conflict only ended when Wanda manifested her hex power for the first time, inadvertantly giving Chthon himself a chance to reach out to the material plane. He non-chalantly disposed of the Serpent Crown and decreed that Wanda would join no coven, under penalty of his wrath. The witches ascented, and returned Wanda to her family to grow without tutelage in magic (revealed in Mystic Arcana - Scarlet Witch).
As the Maximoff’s were well accepted within the gypsy community, nothing seemed to change when the twins began to develop mutant abilities as teenagers. However, the need to feed his family forced Django to steal, which led to some angry villagers chasing him and burning down the entire gypsy camp. While their mother perished within the flames, Pietro and Wanda would flee. The shock of seeing everything they held dear go down in flames was too much and it would be years before either of them could fully recall those days (revealed in Avengers (vol. 1) #185-186, 234, Giant Size Avengers #1, Uncanny X-Men Annual #12, Web of Spiderman Annual #4).
Pietro only remembered that his father had told him always to watch over his sister and he did as best he could. Over the next few years, they took whatever shelter they could and Pietro used his speed to catch them some rabbits as food. At one point, they were sought out by Charles Xavier, who offered them special training at his school in America, but Pietro refused, thinking that they could master their powers on their own. One fateful day, Wanda strolled into a nearby village and, by accident, she caused a barn to catch fire with one of her unpredictable hexes. She was thought to be a witch and would have been burned at the stake had it not been for the Magneto, who rescued her from the mob. Ironically, he was their birth father, though neither he nor the twins knew this (revealed in Professor Xavier and the X-Men #4, Avengers (vol. 1) #234, Uncanny X-Men #4).
Her Time as a Member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I:
Magneto brought Pietro and Wanda to live with him on Asteroid M, his orbital base, and began training the young mutants as part of his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, christening them Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. The twins only stayed because they were indebted to him, as Magneto had saved Wanda's life, and were forced into performing many terrorist actions they despised taking part in. Both Mastermind and the Toad took an unhealthy interest in Wanda, but time and again Pietro protected her from them. Several times, the Brotherhood opposed the X-Men when both groups tried to recruit some thus-far unknown mutants. Wanda and her brother were finally freed when Magneto was carried off to another world by the enigmatic Stranger. Although they were once more offered the chance to join the X-Men, the siblings decided to take some time for themselves and returned to Transia (Uncanny X-Men #4-7, 11).
Her Life after the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I:
It was during this time period that Warren Worthington III, the Angel, grew smitten with the Scarlet Witch, and without the knowledge of Professor X, he convinced the Beast to help him calibrate Cerebro to locate her. Angel began to skip class at Xavier’s, and Wanda began to meet with him. Only after Quicksilver asked the X-Men about his sister’s disappearance did the rest of the team realize where Warren had been going. While Quicksilver did not approve of their budding relationship, it would end up being a bit of a moot point, as the difference in backgrounds, with Warren being rich, and Wanda living homeless as a gypsy, seemed to make them somewhat incompatible (I]X-Men: First Class (vol. 1) #7[/I]).
Shortly thereafter, Pietro saw a newspaper article proclaiming the Avengers were looking for new members and he convinced Wanda they should audition for the group. They succeeded and were inducted into the Avengers as replacements for Giant Man and the Wasp. Pietro and Wanda happened to be the first mutants to join the group and, along with Hawkeye, the first reformed villains to be accepted into it. Led by Captain America, this incarnation of the Avengers was referred to as "Cap's Kooky Quartet" and was the first major upheaval of the Avengers roster in history (Avengers (vol. 1) #16). The early days of the group were filled with in-fighting, especially with clashing hot-heads Quicksilver and Hawkeye, but they soon evolved into one of the most tight-knit teams of Avengers to date. What they lacked in power, they made up for with teamwork.
At one point in their membership, Wanda and Pietro took a leave of absence to return to Wundagore, as they both felt their powers fading. Apparently, some strange element in their native area revitalized their powers, though the diathermic treatments of a local scientist too had some influence in their recovery (Avengers (vol. 1) #32). Almost back at full strength, Wanda and Pietro once more were contacted by the X-Men, who needed more firepower against the imminent threat of Factor Three. However, like before, the twins refused, reasoning that, if they returned to the States, it would be as Avengers (Uncanny X-Men #27).
Just when they were about to return to America, an alien craft landed in Transia and the aliens captured the two mutants. Ixar, a shapeshifter, then journeyed to Avengers mansion, posing as Wanda, and lured the heroes into the craft as well. Despite Captain America suspecting a trap, the Avengers were nearly overpowered but, in the end, they managed to drive the aliens away from Earth (Avengers (vol. 1) #36-37). Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch officially rejoined the ever-changing roster of Avengers, including new and returning allies, like Goliath, the Wasp and Hercules.
Pietro, however, was slowly developing a resentment towards humanity, like his biological father. This gnawing doubt sprang up full force when Magneto returned from space, captured the twins and asked them to accompany him to the United Nations, where he instigated an assualt on the Scarlet Witch by one of the security guards. Enraged at his sister's injury, the culprit being a “mere human”, Quicksilver rejoined Magneto's Brotherhood and brought the unconscious Wanda along with him (Avengers (vol. 1) #46, 48-49).
Her forehead being scratched by a bullet, Wanda again temporarily lost the use of her powers and could do nothing to intervene with Magneto’s schemes to capture the X-Men and force them into his service, save argue with her brother. After calming down, Pietro soon realized how rash his actions were and, with the help of the Avengers, the X-Men and Magneto's flunky, Toad, the master of magnetism was apparently killed in a landslide. Instead of returning to the Avengers, Wanda, Pietro and Toad became traveling companions, looking for a peaceful existence somewhere in the world (Uncanny X-Men #45, Avengers (vol. 1) #53).
It didn't work. Soon, they were captured by the Sentinels, like most other known mutants at the time, and again they had to rely on the X-Men to bail them out. After being freed from the Sentinel base, the Toad once more opted to travel with the twins, still having his crush on Wanda (Uncanny X-Men #59-60).
Searching for a means to restore Wanda’s power, they went to Europe and checked the libraries of several monasteries, until they came across an ancient book of spells. Wanda felt herself drawn to one of the formulas and, once it was cast, Arkon materialized in front of the three mutants. Throwing around his lighting bolts, he took himself, Wanda and, by accident, the Toad back to his world, leaving Quicksilver behind. Arkon intended to make Wanda his queen and, also, as his planet’s energy rings were depleted, saw no other way than to destroy Earth’s sun to re-empower them. Wanda, of course, tried to prevent this, but she also saw a gentle, noble side of Arkon that almost made her respond to his feelings. In the end, the Avengers, alerted by Quicksilver, came to rescue her. It was discovered that Thor’s magical hammer could easily recharge the energy rings, thus ending the need for a battle between Arkon’s world and Earth. Arkon let Wanda go, by now respecting her enough to no longer try to force her into a marriage, and revealed that the dimensional jump should have restored her mutant powers just fine. As this was indeed the case, the twins could rejoin the Avengers (Avengers (vol. 1) #75-76).
In their absence, the Avengers had gained several new members, including the Vision. The repressed synthezoid still had the soul of a man and, despite his grave-cold voice and him being artificial, the Scarlet Witch found herself highly attracted to him (Avengers (vol. 1) #80-81).
In an attempt to manipulate the female Avengers, the Enchantress approached them in disguise as the Valkyrie. She made up a false origin and, reminding the heroines of them always being in the shadow of their male comrades, she goaded them into forming the Lady Liberators, consisting of herself, the Wasp, Medusa, Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch. Quickly, they overpowered the male Avengers, but the Asgardian's plans were stopped when Wanda saw through her disguise. Once exposed, the Enchantress fled (Avengers (vol. 1) #83).
When Earth was beginning to see the first effects of the galaxy-wide Kree-Skrull-War, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch were both captured by Ronan the Accuser. Facing possible death, Wanda revealed her feelings to the synthezoid and he, evidently, felt the same way. However, before their lips could touch for a kiss, he turned away, because of his own reservations of just "pretending" to be human. In the days after, he refused to talk about the incident, saying that Wanda was acting far too emotional about it (Avengers (vol. 1) #91-93).
The matter was further complicated by Hawkeye's jealousy, himself having the hots for the Witch, and her overprotective brother‘s violent disapproval. Though for different reasons, neither man wanted Wanda to get together with the Vision and, more than once, they made their opinions heard (Avengers (vol. 1) #99, 102).
When the Sentinels re-appeared and captured the Scarlet Witch to use her as a power source for a device that would render everyone on Earth sterile, Pietro disagreed with the Avengers about the best way to save her. Projecting his anger towards the Vision, he announced that he could save his sister himself and departed, while the remaining Avengers, of course, continued to search for her as well. They found the robots‘ base in Australia and, after liberating Wanda from it, the entrance to the vast cave system was fused by Iron Man, the team not knowing that Quicksilver too had made it to the base and was still inside, several bones broken in a battle with one of the Sentinels. To the Avengers, Pietro was just missing in action (Avengers (vol. 1) #102-104).
Wanda was determined to find Pietro and, along with the Avengers, followed every possible clue. Instead, however, they came across the Savage Land Mutates. The beautiful Lorelei got all the male Avengers under control with her hypnotizing voice and, just about when Wanda wanted to fight her alone, the Vision knocked their opponent out. The fact that he was not affected by the enthralling mutant’s abilities only deepened his belief that, as an artificial man, he was incapable of love and had no right to be with a human female (Avengers (vol. 1) #105).
However, an encounter with the Grim Reaper, of all people, showed the Vision that he was wrong. As the Vision’s brain was based on the engrams of the Reaper’s brother, Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, the villain considered the Vision his brother too and tried to make him join him in his villainous activities. Of course, the Vision only pretended to go along until he could free the other Avengers that the Reaper had taken hostage. However, along the way, he learned what it meant to have a brother and, as Wanda was missing hers, he offered her a shoulder to cry on (Avengers (vol. 1) #107-108).
Them now openly having a romantic relationship drove Hawkeye to quit the team. Likewise, when Quicksilver got in contact with the team again, having been found and nursed back to health by the Inhuman Crystal, whom he intended to marry, he too dismissed this romance and actually forbade Wanda to love the Vision. Angrily, Pietro broke off the conversation, though not before telling his sister to only bother calling him again if she regained her senses (Avengers (vol. 1) #109-110).
When the general public learned about the two Avengers’ feelings, their reactions were mostly as rash as those of Quicksilver. A few fans wished Wanda and Vision all the best, but many sent hate mails that the union of a machine and a mutant would be an insult to God and human society. Wanda grew bitter and temporarily gave in to some of the anti-human sentiments originally taught to her by Magneto. Several times, she claimed to be above “common humanity“ and belittled them for their narrow-mindedness, much to her beloved’s concern (Avengers (vol. 1) #113-114, 119).
On one occasion, she was attacked by a few workers at a construction site, who wanted to show her the difference between kissing lips of plastic and those of flesh and blood. Wanda was aided by the martial artist known as Mantis, and invited her to Avengers Mansion. In retrospect, this seemed to have been a bad move, as the Vietnamese woman with perfect body control seemed to be an equally good match for the Vision and soon was attracted to him. Just like Mantis’ lover, the Swordsman, the Scarlet Witch acted rather jealous and accused the Vision of wanting to have an affair with the new ally, while the confused synthezoid found it already difficult enough to be in a relationship with one woman, yet alone two (Avengers (vol. 1) #125-126).]
It was around this time that the Scarlet Witch first met the Whizzer, as the Avengers were called to deal with a menace called Nuklo, who turned out to be the radioactive poisoned son of the Whizzer and his late wife, Miss America. Hearing the older man's story of how he and his wife had traveled to Wundagore Mountain when she was pregnant a second time, along with Frank and Pietro's shared speed power, convinced Wanda that he was her true father (Giant Size Avengers #1).
Although Pietro did not bother to notify them personally, the Avengers followed an invitation from the Inhumans and attended his wedding to Crystal. The Whizzer watched the event on a monitor screen in the infirmary of Avengers mansion, where he was recuperating from a recent heart attack. During the festivities, Wanda once more tried to reason with her brother, but he repeated that, as long as she would remain with the synthezoid, he would have no love for her (Avengers (vol. 1) #127).
Returning from the wedding, which had also been attended by the Fantastic Four and their friend, Agatha Harkness, the old witch sensed that Wanda yearned for more control over her gifts and offered to teach her in magic. The Scarlet Witch more than happily accepted, even though it meant that they had to isolate themselves in one of the mansion’s rooms and allowed only little interaction with the Vision (Avengers (vol. 1) #128).
The studies were soon interrupted by the appearance of a star above Avengers Mansion, highlighting the coming of the Celestial Madonna. Knowing that hers would be the most powerful offspring, Kang sought out the Avengers to mate with her. Not yet aware which one she was, he captured all three females present at Avengers Mansion – Mantis, Wanda and Agatha. Though first signs pointed towards the Scarlet Witch, the Celestial Madonna turned out to be Mantis, just as Kang was driven away (Avengers (vol. 1) #129, Giant Size Avengers #2).
While the Avengers went to Vietnam to further explore Mantis‘ heritage, Wanda remained behind with Agatha to continue her training. She made good progress and amplified her powers, giving her improved control over organic matter and allowing her to go beyond her earlier limit of only three hex spheres within a short time. However, she also grew somewhat distant and, ultimately, became overconfident, letting herself be lured into a trap by Dormammu (Avengers (vol. 1) #132-135).
In the meantime, the Avengers‘ quest had them brought to Immortus, who sent them through time in order to learn about their pasts. The Vision discovered himself to be the Original Human Torch (or actually as it later turned out a second version of it, a split in the temporal continuum having left two Torches), altered and modified, and, on the way back, he came across Dormammu and freed his lover from him. His supposed heritage having given him some extra confidence, he could truly see himself as a human being and so he proposed to Wanda. In one of the most bizarre ceremonies ever, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch were wed in Vietnam by Immortus, alongside Mantis and the spirit of the Cotati, an alien plant race (Giant Size Avengers #4).
After a short honeymoon on the beaches of Rurutu, the newlyweds returned to active status with the Avengers, not knowing that, in the meantime, the Toad had returned from Arkon’s world (where he had been forgot about) through a detour to the Stranger’s planet. Using his technology, he had wanted to make the Scarlet Witch love him, but the Avengers stopped him before he could disturb the honeymoon (Avengers (vol. 1) #139-140).
Shortly after their return, the Avengers decided on a new roster, but both Wanda and Vision were still among them. One of the group’s first missions led them to New Orleans against the Black Talon. In the battle, Wanda proved to be the deciding factor. Still, she knew that she had only gotten lucky and felt that her self-knowledge and understanding of her powers was incomplete, which is why she temporarily wanted to leave the Avengers and have some time to think (Avengers (vol. 1) #152).
However, fate would not grant her that time. While investigating the ruins of the Brand Corporation in search for the Serpent Crown left there during an earlier battle, Wanda was opposed by several guards. She violently lashed out against them, but one of them managed to shoot at her. The bullet hit her in her right arm and she had to flee back to the Avengers. With her not being able to gesture with the arm, her powers were literally cut in half for the time being (Avengers (vol. 1) #153).
Back at the mansion, the Whizzer, who had previously vanished without a trace, was waiting with disturbing news. He had learned that his son Nuklo has been locked away at some secret military base. The Avengers helped him to liberate Wanda’s supposed older brother and organized for him to be taken in by Project Pegasus. This time, Wanda and the man she believed to be her father maintained contact. In fact, the Whizzer aided the Avengers several times, much to her concern due to his deteriorating health (Avengers Annual (vol. 1) #6, Avengers (vol. 1) #164).
Wonder Man’s sudden return from the dead put a strain on the marriage of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision, as the synthezoid’s brain was based on his recorded engrams. With Simon Williams alive, the Vision felt he was no more than a cheap copy of him, which caused some serious insecurities in the synthezoid. Just like before, he gave Wanda the cold shoulder (Avengers (vol. 1) #151, 156).
Having no idea what caused this behavior, the Scarlet Witch acted very friendly towards Wonder Man and helped him become accustomed to his new lease on life which Simon was rather thankful for. Reasoning that he and Williams would have the same taste in women, the Vision feared that Wonder Man would too fall for Wanda. In a rush of jealousy, the synthezoid lashed out and fought Wonder Man until the other Avengers separated the combatants. The conflict came to an end when the Grim Reaper returned, wanting to find out which of the two was really his brother, intending to kill the other one. Wanda clearly sided with Vision, even suggesting that he’d lie to the villain about his identity, which he did not. Instead, Wonder Man and Vision put their differences aside and, like true brothers, acted as one against the Reaper (Avengers (vol. 1) #157-158, 160).
When the Collector tried to capture all past and present members of the Avengers, Wanda got to meet her twin brother, Quicksilver, again. His opinion on her marriage still had not changed and he felt similarly about Jocasta, a robot woman recently added to the group. Moondragon was so annoyed by his behavior that she reached into Pietro’s mind and erased his hatred, giving him insight to her own definition of life. Pietro indeed changed his violent attitude and now could accept the Vision as his brother in law (Avengers (vol. 1) #176).
With there being too many heroes loosely associated with the Avengers and mansion security having been breached several times, the government limited the roster to seven members and, even worse, named who these seven were. Wanda and her husband were both among this group, while some other choices and rejects were quite surprising. On the same day, before Pietro could leave the mansion, both he and Wanda suddenly collapsed, their souls having been transferred into two marionettes by gypsy magic. Having lived in Vladivostok for long years, their adoptive father, Django Maximoff, had read about them having become Avengers and wanted to reclaim his children. Apparently, the years had taken their toll, as Django constantly referred to them as Ana and Mateo, the children he had lost before adopting Wanda and Pietro. Still, enough of what he told the twins of their upbringing in the gypsy camp rang true with them, so that by the time the Avengers tracked Maximoff down and made him undo the soul transfer, they decided to join him on a journey to Transia, in order to uncover their true origin. For the duration, Wanda’s place among the Avengers was given to Ms. Marvel (Avengers (vol. 1) #181-182).
As both versions of their heritage revolved around the region around Wundagore, that was where the three traveled to and started their search. Indeed, Pietro found a small cottage atop the mountain and met Bova, their midwife, who told him the truth: Neither Maximoff nor Frank was the twins true father. One had adopted them and the other one intended to do so; however, who their progenitor was, Bova could not reveal either, as she had only met Magda, the woman who birthed them. While Pietro learned this, Wanda was approached by Modred the Mystic, a servant of Chthon, who tricked the Witch into releasing the Elder Demon, then possessing her body. Quicksilver knew that he was in over his head and alerted the Avengers, but the entire team was overcome by the demon-possessed witch. It was Django Maximoff who saved his beloved daughter, by trapping the demons soul in the marionette he had carved of the Scarlet Witch. The strain of the battle though took its toll and he was buried near the mountain where he had spent the happiest times of his life (Avengers (vol. 1) #185-187).
When the Avengers returned Quicksilver to Attilan, they learned that his wife Crystal was pregnant. Wanda was happy for her brother, though at the same time was worried that the joy of having children of her own would be forever denied to her; the Vision being an artificial man. She was not sure whether she really wanted to have a baby or if it was just the thought of not being able to have one that bothered her. So, by the time the team was back in New York, she decided to let Ms. Marvel keep her spot and continue her leave of absence in order to sort it out. The Vision could not understand his wife but, being in love with her, he accepted that decision and let her go (Avengers (vol. 1) #188-189).
Ms. Marvel became a close friend to Wanda and she added a more feminist view to the topic, telling her that, all over the world, millions of females admired the Scarlet Witch and would be eager to take her place, so why should she ruin her career as a superhero only to become a happy housewife? Ironically enough, right after their talk, Ms. Marvel herself was diagnosed to be three months pregnant, her having no idea who the father was. To help sort out this mystery, Wanda returned with her to the Avengers, only to see the baby grow and be born in a matter of days. Apparently, it was the child of Immortus, who, seeking a means to escape from Limbo, had impregnated Ms. Marvel with his essence, but his existence now disrupted the timestream and he needed to return to Limbo. Ms. Marvel opted to accompany her son, all the while the Scarlet Witch decided that she could settle for having “only“ the Vision’s love. It was only months later that the Avengers learned that Ms. Marvel had been mind controlled by Immortus, neither her pregnancy nor her departure being voluntary. Wanda especially took it pretty hard to have failed her friend (Avengers (vol. 1) #197-200, Avengers Annual (vol. 1) #10).
In the meantime, the group had shaken off the governmental limitations but, after several incidents, such as some members being overlooked or not contacted for briefing sessions, this led them to re-invent some of Gyrich’s ideas. The line-up was once more limited to a certain number and every one of the heroes was given a day to re-think whether they would want to be part of a much smaller, tight-nit team. This time it was Wanda and Vision who retired from crime-fighting; all this time they had been busy among the Avengers, but now they were ready to try mastering the challenge of ordinary life (Avengers (vol. 1) #211).
The two left New York and bought a house in the suburbs of Leonia, New Jersey, which caused a commotion with the people living there, who either hated mutants or saw the marriage of a human and a "machine" as an affront to God. Still, Wanda and Vision liked it there and did not care for what others thought of their relationship. A friendly face showing up was Robert Frank, the Whizzer, who still believed himself to be Wanda’s father, as she had never found it within herself to tell him the truth and take away the only family that remained to him. The Whizzer asked Wanda for help in getting legal custody of Nuklo, wanting him to get out of governmental institutions. Suggesting that they take him to the Inhumans‘ scientist on the moon, Wanda agreed to help, not knowing what was in store for them. One of the scientists taking care of Nuklo was actually Isbisa, an old villain of the Whizzer, who had slowly been leeching off his radioactive energies for himself to get revenge. When the heroes came to pick up Nuklo, Isbisa fought them to a standstill. In the heat of the moment, the Vision revealed to the Whizzer that Wanda was not his daughter, right before he was killed by the villain. His death, at least, served a purpose, as it inspired him to take some responsibility and enter the fight; strangely, he and Isbisa canceled out each other’s energies (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 1) #1-2).
With one father figure having left her life, another was about to enter. When Wanda and her husband were visiting Quicksilver and Crystal on the moon, they were suddenly approached by Magneto. The siblings feared he wanted reclaim them for his Brotherhood and immediately attacked. The fighting only stopped when Crystal yelled out, fearing for the safety of her daughter, Luna. It was then that Magneto revealed what he had learned earlier that day – having tracked down Bova, he had learned that the mother of the mutant twins was Magda, his own wife, making him the grandfather of little Luna. Crystal allowed him to hold the girl in his arms, but the peaceful moment was not to last. Quicksilver wrested his daughter from his arms and told Magneto that he could not forget the way he had treated them before, and any genetic relationship would not change that. Wanda fully agreed with her brother (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 1) #4, Avengers (vol. 1) #234).
In the following months, Vision and Wanda helped out the Defenders two times, though they had no intention of joining, and more than once had to say no to the Beast, who, in an attempt to get over the group’s non-team status, eagerly offered them membership (Defenders (vol. 1) #124).
Shortly afterwards, the couple was called into Avengers service as emergency reservists to deal with an outbreak of the Negative Zone in Manhattan. When the Vision tried to pierce the Negative barrier intangibly, his entire system shutdown and he collapsed inside the field. Wanda was devastated to see him cut off from her and anyone else who could possibly help. Finally, when the field was deactivated from within, the synthezoid could be examined and was taken to Avengers Mansion where, placed in a stasis tube, his systems could reboot and repair itself. Much to the concern of the Avengers, Wanda would not leave his lifeless form for hours, until they managed to get the Witch distracted by making her rejoin the active roster for the time her husband was recuperating. In She-Hulk and Captain Marvel, the Avengers had some new members that Wanda had not worked with before, but she got along with them very well and quickly made new friends (Avengers (vol. 1) #233-235).
One of the newest Avengers, Starfox of Titan, came up with the idea of hooking Vision's circuitry up to ISAAC, the world computer that ran the entire Eternal civilization that lived underneath the surface of Saturn's moon. The attempt seemed to be a blessing at first - though the Vision's body was still under repair, his mind was awake once more and capable of manifesting itself through a hologram anywhere on the mansion's grounds. At the same time, though, he seemed more robot-like than before (Avengers (vol. 1) #238).
When the Vision's body was fully repaired, he startled Wanda with the revelation that they were not returning to domestic life as they had planned. Being hooked up to the mansion’s sensors, he had learned of a threat so big that it would require their presence among the Avengers line-up. Indeed, on the same day, nearly all the current roster and many other heroes were transported to Battleworld by the Beyonder to participate in the Secret Wars (Avengers (vol. 1) #242).
Vision assumed temporary chairmanship of the Avengers, and he and Wanda worked to keep the peace on Earth while the others were missing. All was not right with the Vision, however - interfacing with ISAAC had corrupted the emotion-regulating chip Ultron had installed in him upon his creation. The now-unstable Vision had devised a benevolent plan of world domination and he needed the Avengers to do it. Using emotion-influencing technology, the synthezoid was able to convince the Wasp not to reclaim her role as chairwoman when she and the others returned from Battleworld. He then went to work establishing stronger ties with the American government and expanding the Avengers franchise with the West Coast Avengers.
Wanda sure noticed her husband’s strange behavior, as he grew more distant with each day and left her out of his decisions, but every time she tried to address the subject he found an excuse (Avengers (vol. 1) #243-248).
The Vision’s goal was to bring peace to the world and, thinking humanity incapable of governing themselves, he wanted to take over all computers and weapon systems, just like ISAAC was controlling all of Titan. When the house he and Wanda had bought was burned down by angry protesters, any doubts he might still have had were gone. He sent the Avengers away on fake missions to keep them busy and, gaining access to cyberspace, he placed the Earth's entire nuclear arsenal under his control. By the time the rest of the team learned of this, it seemed already too late. Not only was his logic faulty, as such an act would inspire more hatred towards super-humans but, also, his human mind was not capable of containing all that data and information without spreading too thin.
Wanda, Wonder Man and the other Avengers eventually managed to talk Vision down from the edge of possible armageddon, and destroyed Ultron's chip - thus restoring Vision's sanity. As a bonus, this act gave him an even greater level of empathy than ever before. However, the governments of the world were now a little nervous where the Vision was concerned, and so Wanda and Vision agreed to step down from the active roster to help keep the peace (Avengers (vol. 1) #252-255).
After a series of interrogation sessions by Henry Peter Gyrich, Wanda and Vision began to live the domestic life once more and bought themselves a new house in Leonia, thus showing that they would not let the world scare them away. A double attack by the Black Talon, Nekra and the Grim Reaper on both them and Wonder Man led to the Reaper’s death. However, it also reunited the Vision with his “brother" and mind-donor and led to him being accepted as kind of a third son by Martha Williams, Wonder Man’s mother (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 2) #1-2).
During an encounter with Salem's Seven, Wanda ended up having to channel the magical energies of an entire town of witches and warlocks, funneling the power through herself and away from the Seven's appointed goal. In the process, the mental image of the deceased Agatha Harkness appeared, telling Wanda to use her power wisely. The Scarlet Witch had no idea what her former mentor was referring to, so she used this massive dose of energy to supercharge her hex power, apparently overcoming the insurmountable odds against her becoming pregnant by a synthezoid (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 2) #3).
In the following weeks, the couple enjoyed their domestic life, interacting with their neighbors and often being visited by Quicksilver and Crystal, as well as other members of the Avengers. Even Magneto, at the time being reformed and headmaster at Xavier’s school, was a welcome guest in their home. Wanda also took to tutoring a local girl in witchcraft, partially in order to pass on Agatha’s teaching and also to keep herself in shape. Making use of the Stranger‘s alien technology, the Toad tried to attack several times but Wanda never noticed, with the Vision, Magneto and Quicksilver fighting him off before things got too serious (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 2) #6-7).
When Crystal was discovered to be having an affair with Norm Webster, one of Wanda’s neighbors, Pietro took it pretty hard. The Witch tried to help solve their problems, but Quicksilver misinterpreted this as her siding with his wife instead of him and angrily ran off, not being able to forgive her. It would be months before Wanda or anyone else would hear from Pietro again. When they did, it seemed that his mind had snapped (though his insanity was partially induced by Maximus of the Inhumans) (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 2) #10).
Shortly before Wanda’s pregnancy came to an end, the Toad attacked another time, and this time he succeeded in getting through all defenses and heroes blocking his way. Yet, when he came to be face-to-face with Wanda, he was disgusted by the sight of her. This was no longer the frail beauty he remembered from the days of the Brotherhood. Annoyed by the Toad’s reaction to her pregnancy, Wanda gathered enough power to defeat him and his technology by herself (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 2) #11).
Shortly afterwards, the Scarlet Witch gave birth to twin boys, Thomas and William, named after Phineas Thomas Horton, the Vision's original creator, and Simon Williams. The couple continued to live in wedded bliss, with the occasional visit from "Uncle Simon" or the babies‘ grandparents, Martha Williams and Magneto (Vision & Scarlet Witch (vol. 2) #12).
Gone over the edge, Pietro helped Gyrich and the Commission frame the Avengers for various crimes by giving false testimony and twisting events against the group. The Avengers were imprisoned in the Vault, but escaped and cleared their names after battling Quicksilver's allies, the android Zodiac. Pietro only backed down when Vision confronted him with images of Thomas and William, and defied Pietro to declare them worthy of his wrath as well.
Eventually, Wanda and Vision received a fake note from Bova, asking for their assistance in some serious issue. Upon arriving in Eastern Europe, the couple were battled with special weapons to counter their abilities and found themselves arrested, just like the West Coast Avengers, who were there investigating some other matter. It turned out that Quicksilver was once more behind the attacks. He was now so insane that he believed his sister and his former allies had betrayed him, and had also given in to his old hatred towards the Vision as an artificial being. Pietro even went as far as readopting Magneto’s views of genetic superiority. He had allied himself with some communist people from the East Block and the heroes had to overcome several super-powered opponents like the Voice and Dr. Doom to get to him and defeat him (West Coast Avengers (vol. 2) #33-34).
Returning to the States, the Scarlet Witch and the Vision were witness to the near disbanding of the West Coast team over disagreements between team leader, Hawkeye, and his wife, Mockingbird. With all but Hawkeye and Wonder Man leaving due to personal reasons, the couple felt obligated to help keep this branch of the Avengers alive and moved with their infant sons to the Avengers Compound in California. The sudden appearance of Mantis made Wanda worry that she might go after her husband once more, but the Celestial Madonna was too caught up in her own business for that and quickly left again (West Coast Avengers (vol. 2) #37).
The first weeks back with the team seemed to be business as usual, but one morning Wanda woke to find her husband gone. The governments of the world had always been leery of Vision following his short-lived takeover of the planet's nuclear weaponry but, as long as he was inactive with the Avengers and didn't have access to their advanced computer system and network, they were content to let him be. His return to active duty prompted action from a specialized, international task force, designed to neutralize the potential threat Vision held. After they tricked the disgruntled Mockingbird into concocting a tactical scenario for capturing the synthezoid, this task force kidnapped the Vision in the middle of the night and took him to a secure base. Regretting her action, Mockingbird helped the West Coast team to get back their missing member. However, by the time they got to the base, his body had been dissected and his memory wiped clean. Moreover, the scientists had also implanted a virus in the Avengers computer system that erased all data pertaining to the Vision, and through their cyberlink to S.H.I.E.L.D., the Fantastic Four, and every other database on-line. The West Coast Avengers managed to retrieve Vision's body and, in a testament to his skill, Hank Pym was able to rebuild the synthezoid, virtually from scratch, and reprogram his history from memory. Without Wonder Man's brain wave patterns to act as a blueprint, however, Vision was an emotionless machine - he felt nothing empathically and could only recall his memories, though not feel any emotional attachment to them. This included his feelings for Wanda, which crushed her, but Wonder Man's refusal to let his mind be copied again perhaps hurt even more. It seemed that Simon was never comfortable sharing his mind with another person and, as he had serious feelings for Wanda himself, he was not willing to have his brain waves copied another time (West Coast Avengers (vol. 2) #42-45).
Feeling that her husband was dead to her and two of her closest friends (Simon and Bobbi) had betrayed her, Wanda was in a rather vulnerable state. As Hank Pym had done all he could to restore her husband, she accepted an offer from the Saunders College in Texas to help improve the synthezoid’s condition. However, their real interest was in Wanda, as the Witch learned soon after arriving at the place. She was locked in a single, bare room and, before she could even try to escape, a black, symbiotic organism engulfed her body. This organism was a collective seed from Earth‘s very beginning that had lain dormant within several specimen of Earth’s dominant lifeform. Referring to itself as “that which endured,“ the seed would reevaluate which qualified as the dominant lifeform every few millennia, and now they chose mutantkind with the Scarlet Witch being their first new host. It took the combined efforts of two Avengers teams to free Wanda from the possession (Avengers West Coast #47-49).
Constantly being disappointed by the people around her, Wanda was about to give in to the same hatred towards humanity, like her brother, making several statements about mutant superiority. Things only got worse as her children turned out to be unliving constructs that only existed when Wanda thought about them, whereas they vanished when she was too distracted during a battle or even knocked out. Although though the boys’ various nannies had told the Witch about these disappearances, she was in denial and on the verge of a nervous break-down. Subconsciously, Wanda reached out with her reality altering powers to find someone to help her cope with the situation. Such help arrived in the form of Wanda’s mentor and friend, Agatha Harkness, miraculously resurrected, apparently by Wanda. However before the old witch could shed any light on the boys‘ status, a horde of demons attacked and Master Pandemonium absorbed Thomas and William into himself. It turned out that Wanda did not create life when she instigated her pregnancy, she only stole it - specifically two shards of the demon lord Mephisto's soul, which had been shattered and scattered months earlier. That revelation made, Mephisto himself appeared and reclaimed what belonged to him. The only way to drive him away was for Agatha Harkness to erase the twins‘ existence from Wanda’s mind, thus affecting the parts of Mephisto that were still linked to her (Avengers West Coast #51-52, Avengers (vol. 1) #503).
The constant manipulations and setbacks in her life were too much for the Scarlet Witch to bear. She fell into a catatonic state, completely dead to the world around her. Worried about the woman he secretly loved, Wonder Man even volunteered for his brainwaves to be used on the Vision again but, surprisingly, the synthezoid refused this gift. With cold logic, he explained that he would still not be the same man from before. Her teammates only temporarily managed to snap Wanda out of her trance by saying that the Vision was in danger. The Scarlet Witch came around, though her perception of reality was somewhat off as she kept hallucinating of the Vision still being his former self and in love with her. When the synthezoid decided to leave her, instead joining the somewhat understaffed East Coast branch of the Avengers, Wanda again went catatonic (Avengers West Coast #53, Avengers (vol. 1) #312, Avengers West Coast #54).
Her father, Magneto, kidnapped her in this condition and she came out of her catatonia with an overwhelming loathing of humanity, and especially her former teammates. This "Dark Scarlet Witch" demonstrated dramatically greater power levels and tortured a number of her friends, later facing them in outright combat. Wanda even deactivated the original Human Torch with malevolent glee, temporarily sending him back into the inert state the Avengers had found him in. Father and daughter were joined by Quicksilver, whom Magneto had asked to join them in their family reunion, and the three mutants departed to Asteroid M to restart the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The remaining Avengers followed them but were hopelessly outmatched and sent back to Earth (Avengers West Coast #55-57).
Quicksilver, however, in the meantime had come to his senses, and only faked to agree with Magneto’s views to get his sister away from him. He betrayed the redeveloping Brotherhood to the Avengers West Coast and, in this second battle, the heroes won, partially due to Wanda spacing out again in the middle of the fight. This time, it was even worse than before, as not only was she catatonic but she was out of sync with the temporal flow of reality. Immortus then stepped in and revealed that almost everything that happened to Wanda up to this point was by his design: the Vision's deconstruction, the arrival and loss of her twins and her augmented powers. The Scarlet Witch was the nexus being of her reality, a fact that made her unique in all the multiverse and specially suited for Immortus' needs. By funneling temporal energy from various alternate realities through her, Immortus could use Wanda as a power source to help him throw off the Time Keepers' hold on him. His plans backfired when, first, the Avengers West Coast followed him and Wanda to Limbo, then the Time Keepers showed up themselves and, with help from Agatha Harkness, Wanda awoke, casting away all the extra power Immortus had built up inside of her. The Keepers took all this power and forced it into Immortus himself, casting him into the fate he had reserved for Scarlet Witch (Avengers West Coast #60-62).
her will was stronger than it had been in months. She began to accept that her family was gone and kept hanging around Avengers mansion, pondering what to do with her life. She tentatively began seeing Simon Williams socially at the time. Several weeks later, when Ultron transformed some of the team, including her brother, Quicksilver, into robots, Wanda managed to create a hex sphere that changed probabilities for helping Iron Man find the right frequency of ultra-violet light that would return them to normal (Avengers West Coast #65, 67-68).
About the time her powers were fully restored, the Avengers were coming under U.N. sanction and new regulations. The Scarlet Witch was among the heroes to receive the most votes and, as such, she was allowed to stay with the West Coast Avengers. On the same day, she backed out of her relationship with Wonder Man - it was simply too difficult dating a man who was so much like the one she had just lost, as his mind had been the template for that of the Vision. Though Simon was deeply hurt by the rejection, he eventually came to accept that they were "just friends" once again (Avengers West Coast #69-70).
Of course, the Avengers wouldn’t be the Avengers if soon members would quit and others joined, but for all line-up changes, Wanda was a mainstay of the group. Occasionally, something or someone, like Spider-Woman and her daughter, Rachel, would accidentally remind her of the tragedies in her past, but she had come to accept her new life as a single person. The Avengers West Coast continued to have adventures and, when Hawkeye stepped down as chairman, citing his impartial treatment of his newly-returned bride, Mockingbird, as making him unfit to command, the position was turned over to Wanda, the most senior member at the time (Avengers West Coast #98-100).
Unfortunately, her leadership stint started with a death among the ranks. During an encounter with the Lethal Legion, Mockingbird was kidnapped by Mephisto and, though the Avengers followed and freed her, she was killed on the way back from Mephisto’s Nether-Realm. Several other bad events and inefficiencies caused the East Coast branch to ponder closing down the spin-off group. The constant attacks on the West Coast compound had incurred so many costs that it seemed too expensive to keep both groups running, and, with Wanda’s team being down to four members, two of them rather hotheaded (USAgent and War Machine), the choice seemed logical. The end result was a vote that disbanded the West Coast group and its members being offered trainee status with the East Coast branch. Furious, Wanda and the others quit the Avengers, seemingly forever (Avengers West Coast #102).
Iron Man returned at this time after a hiatus from the group and offered Wanda, Simon and a few others a place in his new rival super-team: Force Works. They accepted and moved into Stark Enterprises' Works HQ base in Ventura, California. Wanda was named field leader and Force Works adopted a unique, pro-active approach to crime fighting - a massive probability-calculating computer would predict potential hotspots around the globe and the team would assemble there to keep the problem from growing too large. Unfortunately, the team seemed almost destined to fail from the start, when Wonder Man was killed on their very first mission. The Scarlet Witch tried to keep the group functioning and running smoothly, but with so many personal problems, combined with Iron Man's dominating attitude and resistance to Wanda's authority, things were anything but smooth (Force Works #1-3).
Everything came apart during the incidents referred to as The Crossing, as Iron Man was revealed to be a long-standing pawn of one of the Avengers' time-jumping foes, Kang. Driven insane by the mental influence he was under, Iron Man betrayed both the Avengers and Force Works, outright murdering or crippling a number of former members or support stuff for the two groups. Stark briefly regained his composure long enough to sacrifice his life and "save the day" but the damage was done. Force Works could not long survive without their founder and financial backer, so the group went its separate ways (Avengers: The Crossing, Force Works #22).
Along with Hawkeye, Wanda returned to the Avengers, which currently housed both her brother and the Vision as well. While the reunion with Pietro was a happy one, the Vision was troubling her. The synthezoid had recently recovered his emotions and now truly felt what they had lost. Wanda, however, was not willing to fully talk about it and proclaimed that their marriage was long past. Likewise, the Vision then assured her that, even though his empathy had returned, he was still a different man than he had been before his deconstruction and had no interest in renewing their relationship (Avengers (vol. 1) #397-399).
Shortly after this, the Avengers were called into battle with Onslaught and his legion of Sentinels and other minions. Onslaught was nearly unbeatable, especially when he transformed into an entity consisting of pure energy. The heroes realized that in order to defeat him, they had to give Onslaught physical substance that could be attacked. Several heroes volunteered to be that substance and entered Onslaught’s psionic state. The only heroes not able to make this sacrifice were mutants, because their mutant energies would have increased Onslaught’s mind. However, the Scarlet Witch’s probability altering powers intercepted these effects, allowing her to join the other Avengers and the Fantastic Four in their final hour. They all willingly sacrificed their lives to help end the threat of Onslaught, and the attempt was successful, but the heroes were believed dead by the world for nearly a year (Onslaught crossover.
In actuality, they had been transported by Franklin Richards' god-like powers into a pocket universe he had subconsciously created to save the heroes. They were crafted with new memories and their histories were "rebooted". Without Magneto and Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch had no real family or origin in this reality. Instead, Wanda was raised by Agatha Harkness and trained in her powers. She joined the Avengers when Agatha believed she was ready, and slowly but surely found herself attracted to the synthezoid called the Vision. She also became a pawn in a complicated scheme hatched by Loki and the Enchantress. Manipulated into believing herself to be the Enchantress‘ daughter, Wanda briefly fought her own teammates. Luckily, Wanda’s stay in this twisted reality was brief, as the Celestials intervened, them not allowing there to be two universes in the spot of one. Shortly after they learned the truth, the heroes returned home to their own universe (Avengers (vol. 2) #1-13, Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4).
Upon their return, a series of attacks on Avengers around the globe led to a mass meeting of the entire roster. However, the attacks were only a trick by Morgan le Fey to get her hands on the Scarlet Witch, whose chaos-spawned energies enabled her to manipulate the magic of the Twilight Sword and rearrange reality itself into a world more to her liking. All the Avengers, except Wanda, were reconstructed into the Queen's Vengeance, devoted soldiers in Morgan's army. Wanda was kept prisoner in the dungeons of Morgan's castle, but she managed to send out a series of hex-boosted cries for help: "Avengers Assemble." As a result, those Avengers with the strongest devotion to the group and its concepts began to snap out of Morgan's spell. As an added bonus, Wonder Man was inexplicably brought back to life by the same hex. A being of pure energy, Wonder Man could never be truly destroyed to begin with and Wanda's "summons" provided enough force for his mind to reassert itself and bring the scattered bits of his consciousness and energy form back together. He was not fully alive yet, however, and tended to act like a genie in a bottle, manifesting only when Wanda called for him and disappearing when she didn't need him anymore (Avengers (vol. 3) #1-3).
After Morgan was defeated and reality set right, the Scarlet Witch elected to join the re-assembled roster full time, partly to explore her somewhat disturbing hold over Simon and partly because Vision had been massively damaged in the final battle against Morgan and was recuperating in the mansion's basement. Wanda was unsure about her feelings for her estranged husband, but the Vision’s statements that their wedding vows had been “till death do us part” and him being dissected qualifying as some sort of death made it look like he thought their relationship didn’t really have a future (Avengers (vol. 3) #4).
Wanda was not comfortable with conjuring up Wonder Man every time when there was a crisis; she felt it was like abusing him. Soon enough, though, Simon also appeared without her consciously calling out for him. For example, in a moment when she felt lonely and depressed, he materialized to give her some moral support. To better understand their strange link, Wanda visited her mentor, Agatha Harkness, who then explained the full nature of her powers to her. According to Agatha, Wanda would have become an energy-wielding mutant like her father, but Chthon’s intervention during her birth had set this energy to be wielded as his own “chaos magics“. These energies were responsible for altering probabilities and were especially effective on organic objects. However, just like Agatha herself was only alive due to Wanda’s reality warping powers, so was her explanation just a subconscious means to allow Wanda to cope with her abilities to re-shape reality to her liking – in fact, there is no such thing as “chaos magic“. Still, that’s the story the Scarlet Witch led herself to believe, and guided by the old witch, Wanda cast a ritual during which she had to express and accept all her love for Wonder Man, which provided the required anchor to fully restore his physical form (Avengers (vol. 3) #10-11, Avengers (vol. 1) #503).
Just as she and Simon started dating, the Vision’s repairs were complete. He congratulated the Witch on her new relationship; however he hinted at that he too was still in love with her. Before they could sort out the matter the team was called to yet another emergency. Despite all these troubles, Wanda even took on a leading position, though only as deputy under Captain America. Several inefficiencies in the team’s performance caused her to address Cap about some flaws in his leadership and they soon agreed on him doing the field leading and organizing, and her becoming a morale officer, trying to integrate newer Avengers and working out training schedules to improve the teamwork of members unfamiliar with each other’s powers (Avengers (vol. 3) #12-13, 15).
Though the Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man were happy together, during a battle with Ultron, the Vision openly expressed in front of his teammates that he still loved Wanda. He had only rejected her as he knew that all of his actions and likings were based on those of Wonder Man and, as such, he felt he had no right to intervene in Wanda’s relationship with “the real deal.“ At the same time, though, he could no longer stand to be near them and constantly witness their feelings for each other, which is why he took an extended leave of absence (Avengers (vol. 3) #22-23).
Due to some framed charges by the Triune Understanding, the Avengers had to change their roster once more. Some had to leave because of personal shortcomings, others because of the group not including enough minorities. Wanda was among the few who remained and, though offered to lead the team, she declined and remained deputy, now under the Wasp. Her reason was that her unsorted relationship with Wonder Man and the Vision was too problematic for her to fully take charge (Avengers (vol. 3) #27).
Indeed, in the upcoming months, fate seemed to want to separate Simon and Wanda. While she was rather comfortable with her being an Avenger, Simon had no intentions of being a full-time super hero and, instead, opened a charity foundation called "Second Chances" in Los Angeles for people who, like him in the past, had failed in life and needed help in getting on their feet again.
When the couple discussed the matter, fully aware that their relationship would not survive the long distance, as it was mostly a physical one, built on passion and touch, they decided to part as friends. Wanda was surprised that the end did not bother her as much as she thought it should (Avengers (vol. 3) #41).
Wanda’s so called “chaos magic“ related powers also made her attuned to one of the universe’s cosmic entities - the Inbetweener. When other forces had split this being into two halves, it was through Wanda that Chaos could reach out and search for his missing “brother,“ Order. After he had been found, Wanda could reunite the two halves and restore the Inbetweener to his regular state (Avengers (vol. 3) #57-60).
Her being able to affect even the embodiments of cosmic principles, Wanda must have realized the full scope of her powers, at least on some subconscious level. Apparently in way over her head, in the months that followed, the Scarlet Witch's powers began to play havoc on her own sense of reality. Wanda's mind apparently regressed to a period of time when the loss of her children had been temporarily wiped from her memory. When re-confronted with this tragedy, her already weakened mind snapped from the trauma, and she lashed out against anyone who would try to remind her of her children’s death.
Agatha Harkness apparently was the first to encounter Wanda’s wrath, ending her life a second time. The Scarlet Witch began experiencing intense hallucinations and her power started acting out the whims of her subconscious. She also began a relationship with Captain America, but periodically forgot about it altogether as her fractured mind continued to degrade. Since at least some part of her blamed the Avengers for the loss of her sons, they suffered the brunt of her madness. Wanda's hex power caused a series of threats and incidents to inexplicably occur one after the other, ultimately leading to the death and serious injury of many Avengers, including her ex-husband Vision and her close friend, Hawkeye. However, Wanda’s teammates only realized that she was the cause of what was happening when Dr. Strange traced the magical attacks back to her. In a final confrontation between the Scarlet Witch and the Avengers, her mind simply shut down, reducing her to a vegetative state (Avengers (vol. 1) #500-503).
A split-second before, though, she called out for someone to help her, and her distress was sensed by her father, Magneto, despite him being half a world away on Genosha. His powers actually being diminished at the time, Magneto suddenly found himself able to create a wormhole, allowing him to travel to New York in time to pick up his mindless daughter and take her to Genosha. Apparently in her despair, Wanda had increased her father‘s abilities to provide him with the means to rescue her. Once back on the island, Magneto asked his old friend, Charles Xavier, to use his telepathic powers to provide some psychic treatment for Wanda’s damaged psyche (Excalibur (vol. 2) #8-14).
However, it seems that Xavier’s attempts were only partially successful, at best. Even in her catatonic state, Wanda was slightly warping reality around herself, and it was only a matter of time before she became a danger to all of Earth, if not the entire universe. Even Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, proved unable to help Xavier's progress. And so, a summit was called at Stark Tower between the Avengers and the X-Men to discuss what could be done about Wanda, with the implicit purpose of the meeting being to decide whether or not they simply needed to kill her.
Needless to say, a large number of those present were unable even to entertain the notion until they heard from Wanda herself, and so an expedition to Genosha was planned. Their arguments hadn't gone unnoticed, however - Quicksilver had been spying on the meeting, and rushed back to Genosha ahead of the heroes to warn his father and sister of what was coming. Magnus was at a loss for what to do, and so Pietro took his sister aside to speak with her. Wanda was all but willing to die, to be sacrificed for the greater good, but Pietro wouldn't hear of it. In desperation, he conceived of a plan to give Wanda a chance at living, to use his mind and the psychic powers of Charles Xavier to create a perfect world, where everyone would be at peace and their father would have his dream of mutant supremacy realized. Wanda was in little condition to put up an argument against her brother, and so they ambushed Xavier when the heroes arrived, and initiated a chaos wave that reorganized reality to fit Wanda's new world order (House of M #1).
In this new reality, Magneto had successfully championed mutant freedom to the public decades previously, and taken command of the entire world with his newly royal family, the House of Magnus. "Sapiens" were now an underclass, tolerated among the ever-blossoming mutant population as they moved closer to extinction each year. Wanda herself held a unique position within the House of M: she was publically identified as Magneto's "human daughter," a non-mutant anomaly in his genetic line. Something of a recluse among the royal family, she was known to have two sons (reincarnations of Thomas and William presumably) but their father in this reality was never named, if indeed they even had one.Events came to a head when a mysterious girl named Layla Miller unlocked the memories of a large group of heroes, and they organized a strike against the House of Magnus to restore reality to what it once was. While conversing with Wanda, Strange suggested Layla was a construct created by Wanda's own subconscious, but she denied even knowing the girl. Wanda was clearly still in a destabilized state - she had resurrected Clint Barton, Hawkeye, in this new world after causing his death during the first outbreak of her madness, yet erased him from existence again when he confronted her with what she'd done. Things got even uglier once Layla unlocked Magneto's memories, and he was horrified at what Pietro had engineered in his name. After brutally battering his son to the point of death, Wanda emerged from isolation and froze her father in his tracks. She repaired Pietro's injuries with a thought, and began to lash out at Magneto for having abandoned his children in favor of the "mutant cause" and the "mutant race." Wishing to punish Magnus for his failings, Wanda whispered three words... No More Mutants. With that, reality was reconstructed back to what it had been before, except that the mutant population had been decimated - nearly a million mutants had existed prior to the House of M, and now a mere few hundred were left empowered on the entire planet (House of M #4, 6-7).
In the aftermath of her actions, Wanda disappeared from the world view. She returned herself to Wundagore Mountain, and the small Transian villages where she once lived. Whether consciously or subconsciously, she has also completely cut herself off from any of her past memories, or access to her powers. In a brief encounter with Hawkeye, who had been searching for her, Wanda claimed to have been living in her new home her whole life with her suspiciously absent "Aunt Agatha" and to have little or no knowledge of the Avengers and the outside world. After he saved her from a pair of local kids who tried to steal her purse, Wanda spent an intimate night with Hawkeye (House of M #8, New Avengers #26).
Wanda was last seen encountered by the Beast in the same Transian village, as he went to seek her out in the wake of the Decimation, looking for a cure, having finally deduced that since magic caused it, that it could be the only thing that might reverse it. Wanda, however, proved just as amnesiac, claiming she didn’t believe in magic, and insisting, after sharing a cup of coffee with him, that she needed to get home to tend to “Aunt Agatha” (X-Men (vol. 2) #204)