Marvel Studios’ WandaVision The Scarlet Witch Funko POP
From Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, The Scarlet Witch, as a stylized Funko POP. The Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Her first appearance was in The X-Men #4 (March 1964) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. Originally said to have the ability to alter probabilities, The Scarlet Witch has been depicted as a powerful sorceress since the 1980s and was later said to be powerful enough to alter reality. For most of her comic book history, she is portrayed as a mutant, a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with an “X-gene” that grants superhuman abilities and traits. Scarlet Witch is first depicted as a reluctant supervillain along with her twin brother Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, both founding members of the Brotherhood of Mutants. A year after her debut, she joined the Avengers superhero team and ever since has often been depicted as a regular member of that or related teams (such as the West Coast Avengers and Force Works). When the Scarlet Witch was first created by Lee and Kirby, her main ability was a vaguely defined “hex power” that could cause random and unlikely things to affect her enemies or other targets, often in the form of “bad luck“.
These effects could be unpredictable, however, and thus not always helpful to Wanda. The vague and unpredictable nature of her power meant Wanda could use her ability in a variety of ways that helped the plot but also meant she couldn’t easily solve all her problems. Despite the character’s name, The Scarlet Witch‘s powers stemmed not from witchcraft or magic but from being a mutant who could affect probabilities. Later stories gave her increased control, allowing her to release targeted “hex-bolts” that could cause enemy weapons to backfire, their abilities to fail, or the area around them to suffer sudden damage and instability. Eventually, she also became adept at casting energy blasts that could directly stun opponents. She later realized her hex-bolts were the most basic use of chaos magic. Wanda had a strong talent for magic, possibly caused by the demon Chthon giving her latent magical talent as a child. Under Englehart, Wanda studies spell casting and the manipulation of magical forces under the tutelage of Agatha Harkness. Along with increasing her control over the effects of her hexes, this allows her to counter, deflect, and block a variety of magical attacks. On multiple occasions, Wanda has temporarily had the power to shift and alter reality. Each of these times were later credited to another person or outside force temporarily granting her extra power.
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