I’ve mouthed off before about Sam Raimi throwing the character of Scarlet Witch under the bus in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Not only does Wanda Maximoff suddenly turning murderous and crazy clash with all previous cinematic portrayals of her, the character is now damaged so badly it makes all future potential storylines impossible (assuming she even lived). My biggest problem is the fact that the MCU versions of these characters are the ones Average Joes will be most familiar with. I’ll have to run around with a sign that says “Scarlet Witch isn’t really like this!”
I also feared that, for synergy’s sake, Marvel Comics would make the original Wanda turn heel as well, but gratefully, that’s not happening. The publisher just announced a new Scarlet Witch series today, one in which she’s the superhero she should be — not a scary loon out to abduct her imaginary kids.
Wanda is reborn as the hero the Marvel Universe needs her to be! Making the most of her fresh start, Wanda uses her powers in a glorious new way and embraces a new calling to help those who need it the most…
There is a door that appears only to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to. On the other side of this door is a mysterious witchcraft shop. Friend or foe, human or otherwise—if your need is great and your hope is gone, there you will meet the Scarlet Witch! Wanda Maximoff is familiar with hitting rock bottom—and now that she’s finally found peace, she’s pledged all her power to help others who are languishing at their lowest. But when a woman falls through Wanda’s door with a terrifying story of a town gone mad, the Scarlet Witch will have to muster her wits and chaos magic to deal with an insidious threat!
The new Scarlet Witch series will be written by Steve Orlando (Darkhold) and drawn by Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Spider-Man). “[Wanda] was the star of my first Marvel work ever, kicking ass, weaving spells, and humbling Doom in Darkhold!” says Orlando. “So, there was no way I could pass up the chance to work on Scarlet Witch.” “You have been waiting [for a] Scarlet Witch solo return for so long!” Pichelli responds. “Finally that time has come and I’m truly honored my art was chosen to make this happen. Can’t wait for you to see the book.”
This is the true Scarlet Witch — tell your friends! The first issue hits comics shops January 4, 2023.