Last week, the multiverse (of madness) finally descended upon Marvel fans everywhere. There’s a whole lot to unpack in this film – how this continues the story of two fan favorite characters, the return of director Sam Raimi to the Marvel universe, and the future of the MCU.
We’ll be posting our thoughts soon (for those of you who are still into “reading”), but in the meantime, join us on the Casual Comics Cast for a discussion of how well the movie met our expectations, what we learned about Doctor Strange and The Scarlet Witch, as well as our “Top 3 movie moments”.
With the premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness rapidly approaching, we thought it was high-time to take a deep breath and reflect on the Marvel Multiverse – what is it, what’s led up to this point, and where might it be going?
On our latest podcast, we’re discussing –
Marvel’s What If… – A quick series overview, including which episodes are a great entry point into the series for those who have never seen it and which episodes are the absolute essentials if you’re going to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Most Important Variants in the Multiverse
By now, even Casual Marvel fans have heard of the main universe in Marvel continuity – Earth 616. But, what are the other variants that the MCU has explored already – both in television and film? And which are the ones that are key to the future of the MCU? Marvel Zombies – check!
House of M – An in-depth (grab a beverage and sit back to relax, it’s like 25 minutes) review and recap of the seminal comics event from Marvel. This Scarlet Witch centric mini-series takes place on Earth-58163 (see what we mean about the “most important variants in the multiverse”). The series from Brian Michael Bendis, originally published in 2005 introduces a multitude of storylines that will definitely influence not only the Doctor Strange film, but also Wanda’s overall arc and key role in the next Phase of the MCU. You’re going to want to know the basics of House of M and Earth-58163 to get the maximum / Maximoff from these movies!
So, settle in and join us as we dive into MARVEL’S MULTIVERSE!
Let’s take a look at the “better half” of my favorite Marvel couple – The Scarlet Witch.
At least I hope it’s “The Scarlet Witch”… (Checks the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe)
Curse you, Marvel! According to their guide, it’s just “Scarlet Witch”, no “The”. I had the same problem with her hubby, Vision.
In the upcoming movie, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Marvel will finally be bringing my favorite mutant to the big screen. For those of you who may not know who she is, you’re in luck. I’m about to lay some information on you. And I think most of it is accurate.
Where necessary, I’ll consult The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe because, as far I’m concerned, Marvel continuity ended in 1983.
Origin: Wanda, and her brother Pietro (aka Quicksilver) are the children of Magneto. However, because Fox still owns the rights to X-Men, you won’t see that in the movie. There will probably be an inside joke or two you might get, though, now that you know that.
Wanda’s mother was afraid of Magneto after she found out he was a was a mutant with villainous tendencies – understandable, really. So, before she delivered the babies, she ran away to Mount Wundagore where (and this is going to sound silly) she met a half-woman, half-cow creature named Bova.
This is not a joke.
After delivering the twins, she ran away (presumably to die in the freezing cold) and left them to be raised by the cow-woman. Her “World’s Worst Twins’ Mom” title would later be assumed by Princess Amidala.
Fast forward through terrible gypsy step-parents, and The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver became villains, working for Magneto – and none of the three even knew they were related.
Later, she switched allegiances and joined the Avengers – which is where she met her main squeeze, Vision.
Powers: The Scarlet Witch has three main powers (listed from least to most impressive).
1. She knows real magic. After joining the Avengers, she trained with Agatha Harkness (an honest-to-goodness witch), so she does have mystical powers. I’m also including her hex bolts here, which are just basically a “magic missile” spell.
2. She can alter probabilities. Her mutant powers allow her to make things that are highly improbable happen, simply by changing probabilities. It might sound lame, but it’s super-powerful. For instance, it’s really improbable that a steel door would rust and crumble in seconds instead of centuries, but she’s made that happen.
How to Identify The Scarlet Witch – a Spotter’s Guide
If you’re looking for The Scarlet Witch, you’re looking for a woman with long, curly, red hair and an upside-down “W” on her head.
Also, she’s likely to be wearing sheer red stockings and an outfit cut up and over her hips.
(Even when she’s pregnant)
She’s probably also casting hex fields in-between going on a rampage when someone hints that her synthozoid husband is not a “person”.
Examining her and Vision separately is not as easy as dissecting them as a couple, but their combined family tree is mind-blowing in its complexity.
Be on the lookout for Elisabeth Olsen as The Scarlet Witch in the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The tease at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier promises a great onscreen version of Wanda.
With the new revelation that the Hulk / Iron Man throwdown in Avengers 2 is because Wanda’s hex powers cause Hulk to get out of control, I’m even more excited for her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
News and rumors on the casting for Avengers: Age of Ultron is accelerating, so now’s a great time to catch up and reflect on the announcements. Here’s the cast with my casual commentary and arbitrary grades assigned.
Note: I’m only looking at only cast who will appear for the first time in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’ll get around to the characters introduced in other movies (like The Falcon) in another post.
Ultron: James Spader
I think it’s great that we’re getting Ultron as a villain in Avengers 2. Since Scarlet Witch is in this movie (more on that in a minute), and Ultron created Vision, is it too much to hope that Joss Wheedon will use Avengers 2 as a launching pad for that Vision and the Scarlet Witch TV series I’ve been pining for? Read the rest of this entry