As we get closer to Captain America: Civil War, more and more of the plot is becoming clear. We already figured out why Bucky's on the run, and after hints that Scarlet Witch's role as the "wild card" would be of crucial importance, we finally know exactly what that means.
[Warning: spoilers ahead!]
After losing her brother in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Scarlet Witch returns as a fully fledged Avenger in Civil War. But although she can control her powers better, it seems as though Scarlet Witch is still challenged by her abilities. And one mistake will seal the Avengers' fate.
Collateral Damage & Accountability
We know that the movie will probably begin from this Avengers mission, as Cap and the new Avengers track Crossbones to the IFID headquarters.
Sometime after this, there's a mission in an African market, which we caught glimpses of in the second trailer. And this mission seems to awry quite badly, probably thanks to an accident caused by Wanda. When speaking about Scarlet Witch's character arc to Clevver Movies, Joe Russo hinted at this incident.
"She makes a mistake very early in the movie that sets her back."
This is backed up by Entertainment Weekly's coverage of Civil War: their page on Scarlet Witch notes that an "accident during an Avengers mission places her in violation of the global superhero restrictions."
According to EW, after this accident she has no choice but to side with Cap in his defiance of the Sokovia Accords. It could go further than this though: an accident caused by Scarlet Witch is bound to be dangerous and cause a lot of collateral damage.
Could this be the incident that catalyses the discussion of the Sokovia Accords we saw in the first trailer? Obviously the Avengers have been involved in more than their fair share of destruction: the list provided by General Ross proves that.
But this might just be the breaking point that prompts the US Government to bring the Avengers under control. Or try to, at least.
Growing To The Peak Of Her Power
Obviously, Scarlet Witch's role in Civil War will have a huge impact on the story, and according to Joe Russo this will mark an important step in her character development.
"You know she could’ve stopped that fight at the airport in 5 seconds if she were at the peak of her powers, so it really has to do her character specifically going on a journey to understand what the limits of her powers are."
It seems to be a story of one step forward, two steps back for Wanda in Civil War. Just when she starts to get a handle on her powers, this accident sets off a series of events that causes her to doubt herself and even turn on her fellow teammates (hands up if you're very concerned about that fight between Wanda and Vision).
But whatever happens in Civil War, it seems as though Scarlet Witch will really come into her own in Infinity War, as Joe Russo assured fans that the third Avengers outing will develop Wanda's character further.
All in all, it looks like Scarlet Witch's role in the MCU is expanding, as she finally learns to master her powers. Here's hoping that the events of Civil War don't set her back too far, so she can finally take her place as one of the most powerful Avengers.