If you're reading this, you've probably seen that Ultron has begun his takeover of Marvel Puzzle Quest! With so many Avengers ready to answer the call to Assemble and stop him, we thought this was the perfect time add one more classic Marvel character to our ranks - the Scarlet Witch! Like her twin brother Quicksilver, this version of Scarlet Witch is wearing her uniform from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron! Hopefully you'll be second in line (behind me) to see the new movie and learn all about Pietro and Wanda but, while you're camped out waiting, here are some great Marvel comics to get you up to speed.
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch often come in pairs, and their debut as Avengers was no exception. Captain America recruits the two reformed villains to the team, where they'd be mainstays for decades. Much like with Quicksilver, if you want to read some classic Avengers adventures with Scarlet Witch, it all starts here.
By Bill Mantlo & Rick Leonardi
By Steve Englehart & Andy Mushynsky
Years later, a pairing that would define both characters was the romantic relationship between Scarlet Witch and the android hero, the Vision! The two starred in a mini-series where they would eventually fall in love and get married, and it was so much fun that the following year, a 12-issue mini-series of their futher adventures came out. A lot of Wanda stories stem from the events of this series, so it's a must read for anyone wanting to be up on their Scarlet Witchology.
Did you know there used to be an Avengers team based out of Los Angeles? While the core team stayed in their Manhattan mansion, Hawkeye struck out West and formed his own team which, eventually, The Scarlet Witch would become an important member of. West Cost Avengers #42 is the start of a Scarlet Witch focused story that, again, centers around her relationship with The Vision.
When the Avengers got a reboot in the late 90's, Kurt Busiek recruited Wanda and Pietro for his new line-up, along with about half of the characters to ever get an Avengers membership card. Scarlet Witch remained a stand-out until the end of Busiek and George Perez' run, though, and in a lot of fans' eyes, this is the definitive comics version of the character.
After the events of Avengers: Disassembled and House of M, Scarlet Witch was missing from the Marvel Universe for years. In that time, the Young Avengers began patroling New York, including a magic-weilding teen named Wiccan and a speedster named, uh... Speed. Suspecting their connection to Wanda, they go looking for her. This story is the beginning of the Scarlet Witch's return to the Marvel Universe, and is beautifully illustrated by Jim Cheung.
Recently, Wanda was part of Captain America's Avengers Unity Squad, and Uncanny Avengers #1 is the start of their battles against The Red Skull, the Apocalypse Twins and Kang in a series of stories whose repercussions can be felt in Marvel stories today. Scarlet Witch revisits her complicated relationship with Wonder Man, heals some wounds between her and Rogue, and makes amends for some past wrongs.
That brings us up to date! Hopefully after reading these stories, you're excited to get your hands on this magical powerhouse. Scarlet Witch can be earned as a prize in the Avengers Vs. Ultron event starting on April 24th! Good luck!