Marvel Comics’ Scarlet Witch hints at a new solo series

Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, has a small smile as she casts her red magic.

Insert of Scarlet Witch #1 cover by Russel Dauterman.
Image: Marvel Comics

fans of the scarlet witch might still be disappointed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Wanda Maximoff turned evil, killed a lot of people, and buried herself under a mountain at the end of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Magic. But maybe they can find some solace, the Scarlet Witch of Marvel Comics is much better.

Not only is she alive again after being murdered at the first Hellfire Gala, and forgiven by mutantkind at large for the events of House of M using her magic to allow millions of mutants previously lost forever to be resurrected through the protocols of Krakoa, but she now also has a new single-player comic series on the way.

Written by Steve Orlando (Darkhold and the current race of Marauders) with illustrations by Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Spider-Man), the aptly titled scarlet witch finds Wanda ready to do more good after Magneto uses Krakoa’s resurrection powers to bring her back into Trial of Magneto, despite the fact that she is currently not a mutant. here’s how Marvel describes it:

“Wanda is reborn as the hero the Marvel Universe needs her to be!” Making the most of her new beginning, Wanda uses her powers in a glorious new way and embraces a new calling to help those who need it most…

“There is a door that only appears to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to. On the other side of this door is a mysterious store of sorcery. Friend or foe, human or otherwise, if your need is great and your hope is gone, you will meet the Scarlet Witch there! Wanda Maximoff is used to hitting rock bottom and now that she has finally found peace, she has pledged all her power to help others who are languishing at their lowest.But when a woman comes to Wanda’s doorstep with the terrifying tale of a town gone mad, the Scarlet Witch will have to muster her wits and magic from the chaos to deal with an insidious threat!”

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An insidious threat?! Oh no! While it’s nice to see Wanda back in action as a hero, it seems a bit odd that she’s getting a solo series shortly after her movie counterpart took a heel turn. Not that the comics always need to mirror the movies, but I’m still a little baffled that Marvel Comics (DC is guilty of that too) never synergizes with Marvel movies, even if it would provide a point of view. major access for the millions of people who watch the movies but don’t read the comics. But oh well.

scarlet witch #1 will bewitch the New Year on January 4th.

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