WandaVision: Wanda Maximoff’s Insane Comic History Explained

Much like her on-again-off-again romantic interest, Vision, Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch has been rocketed into the pop culture mainstream by her prominent role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe–and that spotlight is only going to get brighter now that she’s making her way to her very own show. WandaVision is headed for Disney+ in 2021 and, with any luck, it will both help clear up some of the loose ends in Wanda’s MCU story and establish her moving forward as she goes on to feature in more films, like Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

On the big screen, Wanda’s story has been relatively streamlined. She, like Vision, was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron as a Sarkovian refugee along with her brother, Pietro AKA Quicksilver, who had been subjected to human experimentation by HYDRA with the Mind Stone. It’s not entirely clear how the experiments actually worked or why they gave the twins the powers they wound up with, but Wanda came out of the HYDRA facility with the ability to telekinetically move objects and manipulate people’s minds. That last power was only featured once or twice, particularly in making heroes like Captain America fall into dream-like illusions–but it’s still something worth keeping in mind.

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Author: M Downey