Avengers: Infinity War – Why Scarlet Witch Is The Film’s Most Important Character
The moment the calendar flipped from 2017 to 2018, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got excited. Why may you ask? The answer, it is finally the year that we will be treated to the spectacle that is Avengers: Infinity War, which will be hitting theaters on May 4th, 2018. This is a film that will be epic in scale, rumored to feature 68 characters. This will include the likes of Iron Man, Steve Rogers, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Thanos, Thor and so many more fan favorites.
With a film so large, it is hard to imagine every character getting their fair share of screen time. We all know Cap and Tony Stark will be heavily featured, being the two biggest household names in the MCU. Obviously, Thanos, the films big bad, will be heavily involved in his quest for the Infinity Stones. So why is it that Wanda Maximoff, better known as the Scarlet Witch, will be the film’s most important character?
Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?
For starters, let’s take a closer look at her interactions in the first trailer with another character, Vision. In the trailer, the two characters appear to be getting quite close with one another, with Vision even taking on a more human-like form. A romance between the two characters has been speculated on since they both debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron. These rumors are based on the comic books themselves, in addition to some comments made by actress Elizabeth Olsen.
Oh, and let’s not forget the time photos were leaked from the set of Infinity War that showed Scarlet Witch and Vis locking lips.
Now, the reason we bring up the romance is because of Vision’s role in the film. The character currently possesses the Mind Stone in his forehead, which we know Thanos will be after. As a result, it is pretty likely something bad is going to happen to poor Vision. The stone may simply be ripped from his head. He might be kidnapped in order for Thanos and the Black Order to finally claim the stone. Or worst case scenario, they could kill him off completely.
No matter which of those options comes to light, it’s a good bet to say that this is going to affect Scarlet Witch. There are two ways this could likely play out, both of which will put Scarlet Witch at the center of the story.
Option one sees Scarlet Witch on a mission of revenge. This would be a scary proposition for Thanos, no matter how powerful, because Scar Witch is arguably the most powerful hero on the Avengers’ roster. Why? Because she gained her powers through an Infinity Stone!
It was actually the Mind Stone, while it was still housed in Loki’s staff, that is responsible for giving Wanda her powers. Then we got a glimpse of how she can overpower an Infinity Stone back during Captain America: Civil War. Remember the scene where Hawkeye comes for Wanda, but Vision is there to make sure she does not go anywhere?
Well if you don’t, the scene ended with Scarlet Witch overwhelming Vision, with his Mind Stone turning a red hue. Vision was thrust deep into the Earth’s surface, as Wanda uses her powers to make the Mind Stone almost powerless.
While the Mind Stone is yellow in color, Wanda’s powers always have a red shade to them. Given what we have seen her do, it appears she has some relation to the red Reality Stone. Could this mean she has ties to all six stones? Very possible. So at the end of the day, if she is hell-bent on revenge against the Mad Titan, she will surely be a critical weapon in the Avengers’ arsenal, thrusting her into the spotlight.
Now let’s look at option two. This is an option that would likely break a lot of Marvel fans’ hearts. And that is a return to the dark side. At least for a little bit.
So let’s say they take Vision captive and not kill him. Thanos then recognizes how powerful Scarlet Witch truly is, while she has yet to realize the true extent of her abilities. As a result, Thanos and the Black Order use Vision as a chip to recruit her to their side.
Let’s not forget when we first met Wanda, she was a villain. She has gone through her fair share of heartbreak already and is clearly in a fragile state. She is currently on the run after Steve Rogers broke her out of the Raft. The reason she was in the high-security prison, Tony Stark. It just so happens she has never been a fan of Tony’s. So she might be out for revenge against him.
If Thanos tells her she can be with Vision and get her revenge on the Iron Man if she comes and joins his side, she very well may jump at the opportunity. One other possible bargaining chip that Thanos might use is utilizing the Time Stone to bring back her brother, Quicksilver, who died during the battle of Sokovia.
Pitting Wanda against her former allies, with the potential of her killing some of them off, is an interesting possibility. It might even result in the writers her off as well.
There are so many possibilities for Scarlet Witch when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters. But no matter what direction Marvel takes, there is no denying Scarlet Witch will play a key role.