After years of preparation and tantalising post-credit appearances, Marvel's upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War will finally reveal the destructive power of Thanos, one of Marvel's most sinister and deadly villains— but he may soon have some competition from one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
To take on this overwhelming threat, the Russo brothers have claimed that 68 MCU characters will appear in the film, although a number of these could turn out to be villains of course. However, out of all of these potential heroes, only one truly stands a chance against the Mad Titan Thanos and that's Wanda Maximoff, otherwise known as the Scarlet Witch.
The two characters may face each other head on in Avengers: Infinity War, but in reality, Thanos and the Scarlet Witch are far more similar than you would think. Not only do they both share a villainous past, but both Wanda and the Mad Titan have also wiped out millions of people in the blink of an eye.
Forget Loki. He's a weakling. Ultron? Nothing more than spare parts thrown together. Given time, the Scarlet Witch could be the real threat and possibly even the most powerful opponent that the Avengers have ever faced on film. It might sound crazy, but it's happened before in the comics, a lot.
Join us as we round up just a few of the many times that Wanda Maximoff lost it and used her reality-warping powers to take down Earth's 'Mightiest' Heroes with ease.
1. Reluctant Origins
Back when Wanda Maximoff first appeared in 1964, the fan favorite superhero was actually a villain, fighting the X-Men alongside her twin brother, Quicksilver. Both mutants were members of Magneto's evil team, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but they didn't stick around for long.
Stan Lee originally envisioned the twins as a villainous counterpart to Spider-Man; Peter Parker was a reluctant superhero, so why not create a pair of equally reluctant super villains who actually wanted to do the right thing deep down?
After taking on the X-Men, the Scarlet Witch and her brother joined the Avengers just one year later, supposedly denouncing their 'evil' ways, but it seems that Wanda couldn't resist her villainous origins for long.
2. West Coast Crazy
Since she initially joined the good guys, the Scarlet Witch has lost her mind more times than Thor's lost his hammer, but one of Wanda's most memorable breakdowns came complete with a fancy new costume and 'do, so there's something to be said at least for turning evil.
During a pivotal West Coast Avengers story line, the Scarlet Witch was possessed by a time travelling villain called Immortus, who decided to make Wanda his beloved so that they can rule together over time itself. Kind of a tempting proposition, that is, until you see what Immortus actually looks like.
Ultimately, Wanda was rescued from Immortus's control, but her brief return to villainy began to finally demonstrate the full scale of her reality-warping powers.
3. House of OMG
The Scarlet Witch's brief stint as Immortus's eye candy was pretty impressive, but ultimately, her reluctantly evil actions were nothing compared to what Wanda did during the Avengers Disassembled arc, where dark forces took over once again and forced her to kill both Hawkeye and her own husband, the Vision.
Control was restored to Wanda, but at a cost. The emotional breakdown she suffered following the deaths of her loved ones threatened to destroy human-mutant relations for good, forcing the X-Men and the Avengers try and kill the Scarlet Witch in order to prevent further deaths.
This kicked off the company-wide crossover event House of M, where Wanda created an alternative reality where the hidden desires of the world's heroes were finally met. While that sounds great in theory, the Avengers and their allies eventually figured out what was going on and fought to restore reality. This eventually led to M-Day, the moment where Wanda said three simple words that irrevocably changed the Marvel Universe forever.
With that simple utterance, the Scarlet Witch robbed more than a million mutants of their powers. Imagine all of the lives that could have been saved by those who had become de-powered. Ultimately, not even Dr Strange could undo Wanda's sorcery and that guy knows his stuff. He is a doctor, after all.
4. Avengers: Age of Angst
Just like in the comics, Marvel's cinematic take on the Maximoff twins positioned Wanda and Pietro as villains at first, duped into taking on the Avengers by the evil tin man Ultron. Once they discovered Ultron's true intentions, the Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver switched sides, joining the Avengers before Pietro's untimely death.
So far, this journey from reluctant villain to bonafide hero sounds kind of familiar for the Scarlet Witch, but some seeds have been shown in the movies that suggest Elizabeth Olsen's take on the character could end up being a wildcard in the MCU, even making a full on transition to villainy.
In the comics, Wanda's tipping point into full-fledged insanity is usually the result of some kind of emotional pain or loss, something that her cinematic counterpart knows all too well. Not only did her family die at the age of 10, the Scarlet Witch has since lost her brother as well and the unintentional deaths she caused in Captain America: Civil War could prove to be her breaking point.
Now that Wanda is on the run from the law, working alongside Captain America and the rest of the heroes who defied the Sokovia Accords, tensions will be running high during her next cinematic appearance, which could all eventually lead to Wanda losing control and turning on the rest of her teammates.
Considering the full extent of the Scarlet Witch's powers, the Avengers may have a lot more to be worried about than just Thanos by the time Avengers: Infinity War is released on April 25, 2018. Just look at how easily Wanda takes the Infinity Gem-powered Vision down in this clip from Captain America: Civil War.