by Ryan Rigley
Last week, "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner was kind enough to shed some light on an issue that Marvel fans have been worried about for quite some time now: will we ever get to see the X-Men and the Avengers together on the silver screen?
"I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige," Donner hinted in an interview. "But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely."
This, of course, comes as terrific news for those titular mutant characters that also happen to be key members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes; case in point being Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. the Scarlet Witch. Born the daughter of Magneto, Wanda is arguably one of the strongest mutants on the entire planet. She's been a regular member of the Avengers since 1965 and was at one point married to the Vision.
Click past the jump for more on Scarlet Witch and how she could fit into an "Avengers" movie!
Pregnant with both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the late wife of Magneto, Magda, seeks refuge on Mt. Wundagore in Transia after witnessing her husband's magnet-manipulating abilities for the first time. The twins are born during a battle between the Knights of Wundagore and the elemental host of Cthon, an evil Elder God who is imprisoned within Mt. Wundagore. Cthon, unbeknownst to Wanda, grants the child the ability to use magic in addition to her inherent mutant powers with the intentions of using her mature body as a host for his own brand of demonic possession.
Shortly after their mother dies in a blizzard, Wanda and Pietro (Quicksilver) are taken in by a Romani couple (Django and Marya Maximoff) who raise the two infant children as their own. But once they reach adolescence, Wanda and Pietro discover that they are in fact mutants and are forced to flee from an angry mob. They reluctantly join Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants for a short time (without any of them knowing their true connection), but soon Magneto is abducted by the cosmic entity called the Stranger and the Brotherhood disbands. Seeing this as the perfect opportunity to recruit the two, Tony Stark reaches out to Wanda and Pietro and asks them to join a little team of his called the Avengers.
Did I mention that Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful mutants on the entire planet? Not only does she have the mutant power of manipulating probability, but she also possesses an absurd amount of magical abilities due to the fact that she is the focal point for all of Earth's mystical energy. At one point in the comics, Wanda eliminates 90% of the mutant population by just uttering the phrase "No more mutants." She also has the ability to alter reality and resurrect the dead, two things that would prove extremely useful during a cosmic battle with the Mad Titan, Thanos.
Since Scarlet Witch is technically an "X-Men" character, perhaps we could be introduced to her during Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in 2014. It might be a stretch, but the "First Class" sequel has been said to take place several years after the end of the original. Maybe Magneto has had time to settle down with Magda and conceive a few children since then? Whatever the case may be, Scarlet Witch would first need to be introduced within the world of "X-Men" in order for her to make a cameo appearance in the "Avengers" sequel in 2015.
In Assembling Avengers, we're picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth's mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next "Avengers" in the comments or on Twitter!