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Subj: Somewhere along the line, folks forgot what her powers were supposed to be
Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:54:38 pm EDT (Viewed 22 times)
Reply Subj: It feels like they treated a symptom while ignoring the larger problem.
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 08:27:11 pm EDT (Viewed 354 times)


    J. K. Rowling one said that something to the effect that when writing fantasy, it is important to figure out what your characters are not capable of.

    Comic book writers often tend to ignore this. (Especially with the more powerful characters.) Wanda in particular has been so powerful that she'a a walking chiche Deus Ex Machina character. If she's at that power level, people can't help but ask "Why doesn't the Scarlet Witch just wave her hand and make the villains vanish" every time there's a tense situation. Say what you will about Avengers Disassembled, but it got rid of that blockage of drama and tension. (House of M also got rid of the problem of too many Mutants in the MU.) If this is it for Hienberg's story, he will have fixed the "Wanda Problem" but will have brought back the bigger problem of another "can do anything" character.


The Scarlet Witch needs to be brought back to her original power set, probability alteration. She should be able to make unlikely things happen, but unable to make IMPOSSIBLE things happen.

She should be able to make the Green Goblin's pumpkin bomb go off in his hand before he throws it, or cause it to be a dud. But she shouldn't be able to turn it into a real pumpkin, levitate it out of his reach, or make it disappear.

I say divorce her from magic entirely. Go back to the old mutant hex powers. Plus, she's most interesting when sometimes she gets an undesirable effect and her hex backfires.

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