In May, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" Director Joss Whedon announced that two longtime Avengers, who also happen to be brother and sister, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be part of the "Avengers" sequel to be released in 2015. Now it looks as if we will know the actress who will get the roll of the Scarlet Witch in the upcoming blockbuster. According to reports from various movie news sites this week and confirmed by CinemaBlend.com and The Hollywood Reporter on August 22, actress Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to play the Avenger's resident witch. But who is the Scarlet Witch?
Created by the fathers of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Scarlet Witch, whose real name is Wanda Maximoff, has been a part of the Marvel Comics almost since its inception. The sultry mutant first appeared in "X-Men" #4 (March 1964) as a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Enlisted by Magneto the Scarlet Witch along Quicksilver reluctantly took part in Magneto's war against humanity. The Scarlet Witch and her brother first met Magneto in their Eastern European homeland where the two lived almost a gypsy lifestyle.
The two mutants would not remain on the wrong side of the law for long, and in "Avengers" #16 (May 1965), also by Lee and Kirby, the mutant sister and brother tandem responded to an ad from the Avengers to join Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were welcomed onto the roster with open arms.
The Scarlet Witch's powers are derived from her mutant Hex powers. She in effect causes bad luck for her opponents. At times this power is used as a bolt and other times it would cause the opponent to meet an improbable demise. The various creators often struggled with practical applications of the powers which led to wide interpretation of her abilities.
In "Avengers" #128 (October 1974) the Scarlet Witch received an offer of training from an actual witch, Agatha Harkness. The witchcraft led to many trials and tribulations for the Avengers as the Witch in their line up fell under the control of several other powerful magic wielders and over the years their influence would cause the Scarlet Witch to fall off the deep end a time or two, even leading to the cause of the worst day in Avengers history.
As the character gets ready for her big screen debut, the Scarlet Witch is finding redemption in the pages of "Uncanny Avengers" the current ongoing title from Marvel Comics featuring the mutant sorceress.
In the list, the Hollywood Comic Books Examiner takes a look back at the history of Marvel's first mutant Avenger.