Events in last week’s episode of WandaVision, episode 5, teased that titular character, Wanda Maximoff , will definitely become Scarlet Witch. Elizabeth Olsen looks to follow MCU tradition, and adopt the name of her alter ego. This is likely something that ties in with future events in the MCU, an aspect to the show we discussed in WandaVision: Five Things to Expect. In that same article we also stated we felt there’d be further character development. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at how the character of Wanda came into the show, and how she might become Scarlet Witch. Furthermore, let’s also discuss ramifications this development could have . . .
From Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), it was clear Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) was powerful. For example, her ability to manipulate minds gave her an ability that could wreak havoc. Even at that stage she was able to take out other superheroes. Those she bested weren’t beginners, either. But luckily, Wanda was soon onside, or was she? . . . Whilst it looked like she was set to become a part of the Avengers roster, in the future, perhaps the reality was quite different. Wanda must have been damaged, emotionally, before we even saw her. It’s important to take into account what she’s been through. Consequently, those early life experiences may well have a lasting impact. Before we can see where she might be headed, recapping what we know about her so far seems pertinent.
The Story So Far
In Captain America: Civil War (2016) Wanda wasn’t properly supported. She was grieving for her brother, and that seemed to go largely ignored. No doubt, her pain and anguish will have festered, during events of this film. What’s more, Wanda was infantilized, as well as being put under house arrest, too. Something that we spoke about in WandaVision: Five Theories, is why Wanda may have created a fantasy world. The death of Vision (Paul Bettany) was a tragedy. That was likely the catalyst for Wanda’s actions. But what’s also important to remember is her early ill treatment. Perhaps some of her response is down to those who should have done more. For example, given her less responsibility, whilst she was vulnerable. Undoubtedly though, they had no idea of Wanda’s true abilities . . .
Scarlet Witch and MCU Impact
One way to perhaps frame how Wanda has been viewed is as an asset. Decisions about her own life have not been her own. So, perhaps she ought to have been given more responsibility. Yes, you read the above correctly. That stated responsibilities were unfairly put onto her. So, there lies the difficulty. It could well be that there was no right way, with Wanda. Perhaps, her fate was inevitable. Or, at least some aspects of it were. May The Verse Be With You explored that concept in “A Scarlet Spell”. It’s all about her emotions.
When Wanda stood up against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame (2019), she seemed to be stronger than she was previously. Could it be that her rage was why she could face off against him, even with him wielding every infinity stone simultaneously? If so, then her emotional and psychological state might be key to everything. That includes her transition into Scarlet Witch. We know Wanda will feature heavily in upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). But what we don’t know is whether she’ll be friend or foe. It could be that ultimately, she’s neither exclusively. Whatever happens, Scarlet Witch will have a massive impact.
WandaVision airs weekly, Fridays, on DisneyPlus. There’s 9 episodes in Season 1. We’ll feature the show in coming PodCast Episodes.