#3 The Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
This is where it gets fun, because Wanda Maximoff is another pivotal Avengers character, but she also has connections to the X-Men Universe, being the daughter of Magneto and a charter member of his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. In fact, we wondered whether she may have been a part of the 20th Century Fox’s deal for the X-Men and if maybe they’d incorporate her into the sequel to “First Class,” so we decided to ask Marvel Prez Kevin Feige about this and got a great answer from him:
We both have them. There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with “Avengers,” but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with “The Avengers.”
Good. So she’s fair game.
At first, Wanda’s mutant powers seemed to be an ability to perform elaborate magic tricks, but in time, her power grew to the point where she was able to alter reality, which turned out to make her one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe as well as one of the most dangerous. Starting in Brian Bendis’ “Avengers Disassembled,” Wanda started going a bit crazy, killing off her fellow teammates and then with three words “No More Mutants,” she obliterated Marvel’s mutant population, something that’s still being felt in the comics today as she’s being brought back in their latest big crossover.
We have a feeling that none of this stuff will ever make its way to the movies, but part of the concept behind Thor was to introduce magic to the Marvel movie universe, and if they go ahead with Dr. Strange, that’s just going to make magic more relevant in the movie universe. Wanda’s magical powers certainly fill in a niche and she’d bring a great dynamic to the team, especially if they introduce some of the other characters that have played a big part in her life like her android husband The Vision (don’t ask!) or her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver.
Who could play the Scarlet Witch? There are lots of absolutely gorgeous actresses who could do the job but we’ll go with Alexandra Daddario from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. She has amazing eyes and a slightly Eastern European look that would make her perfect for the role of Wanda, plus she’ll bring some much-needed youth to the team.
(Alexandra Daddario photo: Ian Wilson/WENN.com)