‘WandaVision’ Episode 8: Chaos magic, Scarlet Witch defined

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This story comprises spoilers for “WandaVision” episode 8.

“WandaVision” itself has poked enjoyable at the truth that inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wanda Maximoff has all the time been identified simply as Wanda Maximoff. However that’s lastly modified.

Within the eighth episode of the Disney+ authentic sequence, known as “Beforehand On,” Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) takes Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and the viewers on a visit down reminiscence lane, visiting the traumatic moments within the superhero’s life that led to the creation of the present’s sitcom suburbs.

This new details about Wanda’s previous additionally helps Agatha determine the reality behind Wanda’s powers, after which she calls her by the title lengthy affiliated together with her Marvel comedian ebook counterpart — the Scarlet Witch.

“I do know what you might be,” says Agatha. “You don’t have any concept how harmful you might be. You’re presupposed to be a fable. A being able to spontaneous creation … That is Chaos Magic, Wanda. That makes you the Scarlet Witch.”

Evan Peters and Elizabeth Olsen in 'WandaVision'

Pietro (Evan Peters) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) in “WandaVision.”

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Who’s the Scarlet Witch?

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Wanda made her comedian ebook debut in a difficulty of “X-Males” within the Sixties. Alongside together with her brother Pietro, a.okay.a. Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch was part of the villainous Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However the siblings finally switched sides and joined the Avengers.

When Wanda and Pietro made their MCU debut, the tangle of display rights meant characters affiliated with “X-Males” and people affiliated with “Avengers” had been owned by two separate studios. So the Wanda and Pietro of Marvel Studios weren’t mutants — as in, their powers had totally different origins — they usually didn’t use their superhero codenames from the comedian books.

However within the comics, Wanda has been referred to as the Scarlet Witch for many years. In actual fact, in a latest “Scarlet Witch” sequence, Wanda mentions that the second she knew she had powers, she knew she was the Scarlet Witch.

On this 15-issue “Scarlet Witch” sequence (2015-2017), Wanda learns the reality about her heritage: Her start mom was additionally known as the Scarlet Witch.

It’s not unusual for comedian ebook characters to have their backstories reimagined — or retconned — to suit developments in newer storylines. And Wanda/Scarlet Witch’s historical past has been recast a lot of instances over the many years.

It wasn’t till years after they had been launched that Wanda and Pietro discovered they’re the kids of Magneto, a robust mutant who is mostly the enemy of the X-Males. After believing this story for years, it’s then revealed that Wanda and Pietro really aren’t mutants in any respect: they had been kidnapped as infants and genetically engineered to have powers by a being referred to as the Excessive Evolutionary (principally a superhuman mad scientist).

It seems that wasn’t the total story both. Wanda finally learns her powers are hereditary, together with her mom — and her mom earlier than her — additionally being known as the Scarlet Witch. (Although Wanda and Pietro had been nonetheless kidnapped by the Excessive Evolutionary as infants).

Agatha’s phrases to Wanda in “WandaVision” additionally point out that “the Scarlet Witch” is a title tied to Wanda’s powers.

Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision

Wanda reveals off her powers in “WandaVision.”

(Marvel Studios)

What’s Chaos Magic?

Like Wanda’s comedian ebook backstory, her powers haven’t all the time been clearly outlined.

Initially, Wanda’s mutant “hex” powers had been understood to regulate chances and outcomes. It‘s not till later within the comics that she comes beneath the tutelage of Agatha to be correctly educated in magic.

In “Scarlet Witch” No. 1 (2015), Wanda describes her powers as the power “to interrupt the legal guidelines of physics and scientific absolutes,” together with levitation, transformation and teleportation.

“I’ve typically heard the spells I solid known as Chaos Magic… however in precise reality they’re removed from ‘chaotic,’” she says. The principles have typically been a bit unfastened, however Chaos Magic is what offers her the power to utterly change actuality.

As talked about above, the origins of Wanda’s magic has additionally modified through the years. One model of the story has a demon/God of Chaos referred to as Chthon because the supply of Chaos Magic. In one other story, Wanda takes on Chaos itself to assist save the Goddess of all Witches.

As Agatha mentions, the important thing factor to recollect is that Chaos Magic may be very uncommon and really highly effective.

What does this imply?

For one factor, this “WandaVision” reveal retcons the basis of Wanda’s powers. It was beforehand believed that the Wanda and Pietro of the MCU gained powers by Hydra’s experiments involving the Thoughts Stone, as revisited within the episode.

Though magic was already part of the MCU with Physician Unusual, having Wanda’s powers explicitly known as Chaos Magic opens the door for much more magical beings, together with demons and different darkish gods, to look within the franchise.

It additionally means Wanda actually is among the strongest folks within the MCU.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany floating

Wanda and Imaginative and prescient having bother seeing eye to eye in “WandaVision.”

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What about that post-credits scene?

In Episode 8’s post-credits scene, we see S.W.O.R.D. director Hayward bringing Imaginative and prescient’s physique again on-line. This Imaginative and prescient, having been disassembled and reassembled by S.W.O.R.D., is all white.

Within the comics, the Imaginative and prescient has additionally appeared on this all-white type, and beneath comparable circumstances. A Nineteen Eighties “Avengers” storyline noticed him take over all of the computer systems on Earth, and though his mates stopped him earlier than he did something extra drastic, his actions put him on each authorities’s radar — and led to his kidnapping and disassembly by authorities brokers frightened by the extent of his powers.

Wanda and the West Coast Avengers had been in a position to rescue the Imaginative and prescient and put him again collectively. And though his physique was reassembled, his pores and skin was broken and misplaced its authentic hue. However much more important, Imaginative and prescient was revived with out his feelings. That means he may keep in mind being married to Wanda, however he couldn’t really really feel love anymore.

Within the comics, this was among the many string of tragedies the culminated in Wanda shedding her twins (as a result of they had been by no means actual) and having her reminiscences altered by Agatha.

With one episode remaining, it appears “WandaVision” is primed for a tragic showdown.

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