Fans of the Marvel comics have long speculated that Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff could become the MCU’s next Thanos-level villain. In fact, Marvel has stated that this was the original plan all along. SDCC 2022 revealed Marvel’s schedule through 2026, and the next two studio phases, Secret Invasion and The Kang Dynasty, pretty much ended those hopes by cementing Kang the Conqueror as the next major villain.
Since her introduction to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fans have debated whether Elizabeth Olsen’s character is really a villain. Wanda often shows both heroism and rogueness.
In WandaVision, she sacrificed her magically created husband and home to right her wrongs. and in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, she brutally slaughtered dozens of innocents in gruesome ways to satisfy her delusions, earning her a complex character and a strong relationship with fans. Here are some of the many reasons why the Scarlet Witch should be the MCU’s next big villain rather than someone else.
Scarlet Witch is perhaps the strongest creature in existence
Among the Avengers, the Scarlet Witch is undoubtedly the most powerful. She defeated the Mad Titian all by herself after Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America together failed to defeat him in a fight against Thanos. The Scarlet Witch isn’t just strong though; she can also change the course of events.
Wanda isolated a town using her Chaos Magic and made all the inhabitants live out her sitcom-esque fantasy. She travels through time with the city and even brings back the deceased Vision to marry him. Wanda’s self-titled WandaVision was another universe where she imposed her whims on everyone.
Wanda reveals her true power in the final Multiverse of Madness. Wanda uses her illusions to trick Doctor Strange into giving her the power she seeks. and then she turns on him when he refuses to give it to her. Wanda then pursues him and single-handedly destroys the enchanted castle of Kamar-Taj, home to hundreds of powerful magic users.
She follows Strange through the Multiverse and encounters the Illuminati, a group of alternate Avengers like Captain Marvel and Black bolt, and eliminates five of Earth’s mightiest heroes in minutes. This shows that Scarlet Witch can easily defeat some of the MCU’s strongest characters and highlights the fact that she has yet to face her match.
Kang vs the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Secret Wars must happen! pic.twitter.com/D9qFLxiERm
— aka (@itsjustanx) January 10, 2023
Wanda’s story makes her more captivating
Wanda has the saddest backstory of any Marvel character since she lost everything and everyone she ever cared about. More than any other hero, she bore the brunt of her own actions, both good and terrible.
Wanda’s life is filled with tragedy: she lost both parents when she was youngshe was turned into a weapon by terrorist experiments, her brother was killed, she indirectly caused the Avengers to split up and fight each other, and she had to blow a hole in her lover’s head to stop Thanos, only to seeing him kill again right before she disappears.
She collapses after being brought back to life when the Avengers defeat Thanos, and she loses control of her abilities, reviving her late husband Vision in an imaginary universe. She is about to go on a killing spree across the Multiverse when she realizes she is being deceived and responsible for the suffering of the innocent.
Wanda spends all her time in the MCU trying to figure out who to trust, what grief is, where to find happiness, and how to raise children, so there’s a lot to digest there. Fans have spent over a decade getting to know Wanda intimately, seeing her love, tragedy, and realizing that everyone, no matter how strong, has a limit.
Spending so much time with Wanda has given her a human quality in the eyes of audiences, cementing her place in their hearts in a way no other movie villain ever has.
The Scarlet Witch vs. Kang pic.twitter.com/B4YWRwQKgW
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An Avenger fighting the Avengers would be an epic battle
According to many fans, the Scarlet Witch’s reputation as the best villain in the MCU would have been even greater if Wanda had taken on the Avengers. Although Wanda was not yet at her full potential in Age of Ultronshe took on many of the Avengers and almost pitted them against each other before finally switching sides.
Wanda, an Avenger who’s been through hell and back, who’s suffered and lost, taking on the Avengers is a great premise and fit for something as big as the next Avengers movies. There are currently no other heroes who have experienced similar experiences to Wanda’s or who could theoretically turn against the Avengers, which is why Scarlet Witch is the only choice for this. For this reason alone, it would be a mistake to skip Wanda.
Only Kevin Feige knows for sure how Wanda Maximoff’s story ended in Multiverse of Madness, but Scarlet Witch is said to have a longer arc. Still, Marvel has a chance to revive Wanda and finally give her the recognition she deserves while her future remains uncertain.
It has long been rumored in the Marvel comic community that Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff will be the next Thanos-level villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Marvel in particular has confirmed that this was always the intention.
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