By Ben Morse
The Scarlet Witch changed everything.
She did it when she disassembled the Avengers.
She did it when she created the House of M.
She did it when she said “No more mutants.”
She’s about to do it again.
For the past year, AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE has chronicled the Scarlet Witch’s return in an epic adventure that has drawn in all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as well as the X-Men, X-Factor, Magneto, Doctor Doom and more. With the pivotal issue #7 on sale Wednesday, September 21, we’ve enlisted writer Allan Heinberg to revisit the critical events and major players, as well as discuss what will happen next.
Wanda Maximoff has been through a lot.
Born an outcast, the young mutant fought against her villainous pedigree and harsh childhood to become a hero with the Avengers, find unlikely love with The Vision, and form a family of her own. She had it all torn away from her in harsh swaths and managed to persevere for a time, but even the strongest woman can only last so long; The Scarlet Witch lost her hold on reality, and in the process, nearly destroyed her friends, her race and the world around her.
Now, following a period of hidden exile, Wanda has returned with the opportunity to redeem her crimes and regain her family or lose everything all over again.
As we prepare for the next chapter in the saga of The Scarlet Witch, we spoke with Allan Heinberg about the controversial figure at the center of AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE.
Marvel.com: I know you’re a fan of The Scarlet Witch; why is the character important to you and why did you want to tell this story with her?
Allan Heinberg: I've always loved The Scarlet Witch. She's one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. She's been through periods of enormous change in the last few decades, and I've been as eager as Wiccan has to hear about the events of "Avengers: Disassembled" and House of M from her point of view.
Marvel.com: How has it been charting Wanda’s emotional track just through this story, as she regains her memories, learns her sons are alive and so on?
Allan Heinberg: It's been interesting trying to get to the essential core of the character. After all, Wanda had amnesia at the beginning of our story, so it was fun trying to figure out who Wanda Maximoff truly is, when she isn't The Scarlet Witch.
Marvel.com: How does Wanda view her actions that have led to this point?
Allan Heinberg: Wanda has nothing but crippling remorse and shame when she remembers the actions that have led her to this point. In CRUSADE #6, she's suicidal. She knows she has no right to exist anymore, given the lives she has taken and destroyed. Her only concern now is how to restore the mutants whose lives she destroyed.
Marvel.com: Once she restores Rictor’s powers, Wanda seems far more self-assured and as if she has a plan; are we seeing the return of The Scarlet Witch as the resourceful hero here?
Allan Heinberg: That's the plan. In the past, Wanda has shown herself to be an incredibly resourceful, confident hero who at one point even served as a team leader; see FORCE WORKS. That's who Wanda's always been to me, so that's how she'll move forward, at least in the pages of AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE.
Marvel.com: Regardless of where the story goes from here, do you believe Wanda can be redeemed?
Allan Heinberg: I would like to believe that no human being is beyond redemption, no matter what sins they've committed. However, not every character in the Marvel Universe agrees with me or shares that belief, as you'll see in AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #7.
Keep joining us all week long for more with Allan Heinberg as we gear up for AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #7!