My father, who got me into comics in the first place, had more Marvel books than DC. I remember reading specifically issues where Wanda (Scarlet Witch’s real name) discovers a shocking secret about her children that she had with Vision (see the cover of the issue below). I felt for this fictional character on the pages of this comic book. I was devastated for her.
I just kept a close connection to the character because of having read a chunk of Avengers West Coast as a child. Then as I was returning to comic books, Marvel was doing an event called “Avengers Disassembled” and SORRY SPOILER Scarlet Witch ends up being basically the big bad of the entire story. Though it could be argued that she wasn’t that evil, if you understand the context of what was happening with her. To be blunt, Scarlet Witch had snapped because of things that had happened in her life. This actually links all back to that issue posted above. This conflict with mental illness that Wanda had made me feel akin to her even more, as someone that has battled it and feels that sometimes they have done things in the past that they would not have done if they had been fully mentally okay. This confliction over her mental health cemented her as my favorite Marvel character ever. It has only gotten deeper, as they have reintroduced her into the universe following several other events (i.e. House of M). The series that ultimately reintroduced her into the mainstream Marvel universe was “The Children’s Crusade” which I loved. It also helped establish some other threads from back to that #52 issue that I keep mentioning involving the children that she lost. All this connection to a single issue of a comic book from my childhood!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of her is not my version of her though. I have enjoyed her comic book appearances much more than her cinematic presence. This is not a slight towards the actress playing Wanda on screen, but when you have a deep established relationship with a character in a particular way it sometimes can make it hard to see the character portrayed in another way. Overall though I am thankful that she has gotten screen time because it helps establish her as a mainstay within the Marvel universe proper. This character will always hold a special place in my heart because it is pure nostalgic driven love! Scarlet Witch forever!