Disney/Fox Deal Won't Impact Scarlet Witch Says Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen doesn't think the MCU will explore Scarlet Witch's connections to the X-Men. Marvel Studios is currently focused on finishing up Phase 3, which will conclude with next year's currently-untitled Avengers 4. The arrival of The Mad Titan Thanos is guaranteed to shake things up (and see the end of some characters' time as heroes). And with Phase 4 and beyond likely continuing without some of the MCU's biggest stars, the shared universe is actually primed for an influx of new superheroes.

Disney and 20th Century Fox agreed to a deal late last year that (should it be approved) will allow Marvel Studios to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU. The possibility of mutants and Marvel's First Family joining the fold is huge, and it could have major ramifications for a few characters and stories. However, Elizabeth Olsen doesn't think that the possible deal will change too much with regard to Scarlet Witch.

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In an interview with Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, Elizabeth Olsen was asked about the possible introduction of mutants will influence Scarlet Witch's story. In the comics, Wanda Maximoff is a mutant and Magneto's daughter. For the purpose of the MCU, however, she was instead classified as a miracle, something that was mimicked in the comics so that Marvel could use the character without infringing on Fox's movie rights. It's due to this new origin that Olsen believes they won't connect Wanda to the X-Men.

"I don't think so because we've gone so far to create a non X-Men universe backstory for my character. And now, it's the reason I'm connected to the Vision, because the [Infinity Stone] in his head is the Stone that gave me my powers. So we really leap into the Stones."

The MCU has made it very clear how Scarlet Witch (and her brother Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver) obtained their abilities. However, since the movies have yet to make any allusion to what allowed the Maximioff's to be the only survivors of Baron von Strucker's experiments beyond their hatred of Tony Stark, some careful and clever writing could make it possible for both to retroactively be made mutants.

Even if that is possible and Scarlet Witch is eventually revealed to be a mutant, there's hardly a way for her comic origin to remain the same. The MCU established that Mr. and Mrs. Maximoff died when Wanda was a young girl. Since she saw her father die, there's not an easy way to bring Magneto into the MCU and still have him be her father. Maybe she could alter the past and bring him back to life, or maybe she could unlock the mutant gene he unknowingly had - but all of that is rather complicated just to pull off.

Really, there is no clear need to make Wanda a mutant other than making her fit with the comics. Marvel's taken plenty of deviations from the page before when bringing characters to life or adapting particular story arcs, so this isn't a huge surprise. Wanda's powers being connected to the Mind Stone works for this version of the character, and since we don't even know how or when mutants will be incorporated into the MCU, trying to make Wanda fit in could just be too messy.

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Source: Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino

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