The Avengers will soon return to the big screen with some new villains and some new heroes. One of the new heroes joining the Avengers is the Scarlet Witch. The Scarlet Witch has a long history in the Marvel Universe, since she came on the scene back in 1964.
The Scarlet Witch’s real name is Wanda Maximoff and she is the twin sister to Pietro Maximoff (A.K.A Quicksilver.) The twins will play a major role in the upcoming Avengers movie. Both children were considered to be orphans. However, they would learn the true nature of their heritage. The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are the children of Magneto. This fact is highly unlikely to be revealed in the Avengers movie due to licensing agreements regarding the X-Men characters.
The Scarlet Witch first made her appearance in the pages of another Marvel comic: The X-Men. The Witch appeared in X-Men #4 as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by none other than the long time X-Men nemesis Magneto. Originally the Scarlet Witch was considered a villain due to her connection with Magento’s team. In the end, her and her brother had been tricked by magneto and would later join the Avengers.
In the comics, the Scarlet Witch is a mutant, meaning that she was born with her abilities. Again due movie licensing rights with other studios, Marvel is not allowed to use the term mutant. The actual background for the Avengers movie is at this point unknown but she will not be a mutant.
The Scarlet Witch has the power to throw Hex Bolts and Hex Spheres. These energy attacks can inflict incredible damage on targets. These Hex powers also allow the Scarlet Witch to alter the molecular structure of surrounding areas.
Elizabeth Olsen has been cast to portray the Scarlet Witch in the newest Avengers movie. Fans got their first glimpse of the Scarlet Witch in the final moments of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In a scene following the credits, both the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were being observed in some sort of cell by the new villain Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker.
It is still unclear how the Scarlet Witch will be introduced in the upcoming movie but make no mistake the Avengers will need all the help they can get against the evil android Ultron. Avengers: The Age of Ultron hits theaters here in the United States on May 1, 2015.