Nearing adulthood, Wanda and Pietro fell under the wing of the criminal Magneto and as the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver they joined his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Following violent clashes between the group and the heroic X-Men, the siblings struck out on their own, unhappy with their alliance with Magneto and unsure of their future. When the founding members of the Avengers disbanded, leaving Captain America to continue the team, Wanda and Pietro accepted an invitation of membership, hoping the Avengers might help them reverse their reputations as villains.
Mistress of Magic
The source of Wanda’s unnatural abilities stem from a two-fold base; unparalleled mastery of actual magic and an innate power to warp reality.
Due to exposure to mystic energies and forces at an early age, Wanda may reshape reality to various extremes. Known as a “hex” in her formative years as an Avenger, the Scarlet Witch believed she used the ability to affect probabilities for a positive benefit to herself, though at times to imprecise outcomes. Later, she mastered the ability and began to understand it as a literal altering of reality.
In addition, Wanda trained under other magicians and spellcasters to become proficient in magic-use, which manifests from incantations and spells. To this end, she has become one of the most proficient sorceresses on Earth.
Though she does not possess a quite-so specific rogues gallery as many of her fellow costumed champions, the Scarlet Witch can claim a few immediate enemies from her years with the Avengers and her own personal trials.
The powerful mutant known as Magneto subverted Wanda at an early age to not only believe herself to be a mutant, but also his daughter. Wanda eventually rebelled against the villain’s manipulations to ultimately confront him whenever encountered and act as a bulwark to his schemes. Doctor Doom, another dominant personality in Wanda’s life, desired her powers for himself, and betrayed her when she sought him out once to help her uncover missing memories. Later, Doom closeted her in his native country after a dramatic event, taking advantage of the amnesia she then suffered under and proclaiming his supposed affections for her.
The genetic genius called the High Evolutionary has also caused misery in the Scarlet Witch’s life, claiming responsibility for her abilities and confusing her further as to her and her brother’s parentage.
No other person on Earth stands as close to Wanda as her brother Pietro. Though often at odds, the siblings share a deep bond, one that saw them through troubled times as children and their later years as Avengers. Pietro’s love for his sister sometimes becomes overbearing, but his protectiveness of her knows no equal and to this day they still act as a formidable duo.