WandaVision’s 8th episode makes it clear that Wanda’s powers are beyond measure. She can create and alter realities using Chaos Magic.
The 8th episode of WandaVision not only shows us about Wanda’s MCU origin but also reveals her original name from the comics i.e. Scarlet Witch. And along with it, the episode gives us a glimpse of her powers, better known as, Chaos Magic.
Watch: WandaVision Episode 08 – This is chaos magic, Wanda.
What makes Chaos Magic so revered and feared and worshipped by magicians and witches is because someone who has access to it can rewrite reality. This power is a worthy counterpart for Jean Grey’s Phoenix powers. And in Wanda Vision, we see Wanda literally changing the landscape around her and every little part of it, that too subconsciously. Also, her power supply seems to be limitless.
Chaos Magic in the Comics
In the comics, during Wanda’s birth, the God of Chaos Magic, Chthon had attempted to possess her while she was born, but wasn’t quite successful. It might be the reason that Wanda has almost unlimited amounts of Chaos Magic energy. The Chaos God Chthon is the source of all chaos magic. In the comics, Agatha was also a major part of Wanda’s life and served as her teacher for most of their relationship.
In the Marvel comics, Chthon, the God of Chaos, tried to possess Wanda during her birth but was unsuccessful. However, some of the chaos magic remained in Wanda. However, Wanda only came to fully control it under the guidance of Agatha Harkness. For most of the relationship between Wanda and Agatha, the latter was a teacher to the former.
At one point in the comics, Wanda becomes so strong that is able to create her own multiverses, a feat that even Gods had a tough time achieving. In WandaVision, the Westview anomaly is just a fraction of Wanda’s powers of Chaos Magic. And this is why Agatha seems a little worried and wants to find out how Wanda did it all. It may be, that she too wants to have a taste of that power.
In Scarlet Witch (2015) #1, Wanda defines Chaos Magic herself. She says that her powers allow her to “break the laws of physics and scientific absolutes.” According to her, Chaos Magic is not chaotic. The intensity and power are linked to womankind and the energy of the Earth; something that was worshipped by ancient pagan faiths and that which men feared.
“Its name is witchcraft.”
What Is a Scarlet Witch?
The 2015 Scarlet Witch solo series holds just a few tantalizing hints to her true lineage. Wanda and Agatha entered the plane of existence called The Witches’ Road to find out why magic was fading. There they met the spirit of Wanda’s mother, Natalya Maximoff. Natalya introduced herself as the Scarlet Witch.
The 2015 Scarlet Witch solo series talks about the real lineage of the Scarlet Witch. In an event, both Wanda and Agatha enter The Witches’ Road, a plane of existence to find out why magic was fading. Here, they meet the spirit of Wanda’s mother, Natalya Maximoff. And she introduces herself as Scarlet Witch.
On being asked by Agatha that is she thought she was the first, Wanda replied that she never thought about it. “It came into my head fully formed, the moment I realized my powers I knew… I was the Scarlet Witch.”
Agatha reveals to her that same was the case with Wanda’s mother and her mother before her.
Chaos in the MCU
The Wanda of MCU shares a commonality with her origin in X-Men #4. In there, a terrified villager points at her and yells out that she is a scarlet witch and her power needs to be destroyed. In WandaVision, although Agatha does not want to destroy Wanda’s Chaos Magic, she is concerned and wants to know more about it. “..[You are] a being of spontaneous creation,” Agatha tells her. This “creation” might as well include Vision as well as her children.
Wanda’s powers have evolved since her first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. From telekinesis to moving objects to warping reality, she has come a long way. And we are eagerly waiting for what’s more in store for her, and us too. Period.