Avengers: How Scarlet Witch & Vision REALLY Fell in Love (and Fell Apart)

After saving the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Avengers, Scarlet Witch and the Vision will finally get to spend some quality time together in the upcoming Disney+ show WandaVision. Even though both were killed by Thanos at one point or another, this couple’s MCU history is still far more straightforward than they deeply weird relationship in the comic book Marvel Universe.

Although both quickly became some of Earth’s Mightest Heroes, Wanda Maximoff and the Vision were both introduced as villains. Scarlet Witch is actually introduced as Magneto’s subordinate in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s X-Men #4, but and she and Quicksilver have occasionally been thought to be his children too. However, she and Quicksilver quickly broke apart from Magneto’s Brotherhood and joined the Avengers. Vision first appeared in Roy Thomas and John Buscema’s Avengers #57 and was originally created by Ultron, but the Avengers eventually convince him to join their side after Vision finds out he was created using a deceased Wonder Man’s brain patterns.

After both characters eventually met during their Avengers tenures, Vision and Wanda eventually fall in love and get married in Steve Englehart and Don Heck’s Giant-Size Avengers #4. After a few years as an active, married superhero couple, the lives of these two Avengers took a very strange turn.

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In 1985, Englehart and Richard Howell’s The Vision and the Scarlet Witch miniseries showcased Wanda and Vision living in the suburbs while they dealt with hateful neighbors. However, the most noteworthy aspect of the series was the birth of their children. While Wanda and Vision believe their love was spawned from their own free will, we find out in Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, and Carlos Pacheco’s Avengers: Forever  #10 that Immortus set the two up to prevent Wanda from passing on her powers to children.

However, this plan failed and the two had twin boys named Tommy and Billy. And in 1989, John Byrne’s Avengers West Coast  #52 revealed that the children were actually fragments of the demon Mephisto’s soul. Wanda wanted kids so badly she manifested these fragments into child-like apparitions who were later reabsorbed by a demonic foe named Master Pandamonium, and Wanda’s memories of the event were erased.

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Shortly after this, the Vision was disassembled and rebuilt as an emotionless android, which caused the couple to drift apart. As Wanda grew increasingly close to Wonder Man, the man on whom the Vision’s brain patterns were based, they fell further and further apart. After Wanda and Wonder Man’s relationship played its course, the Vision made another attempt to reconcile with his ex-wife.

However, her lingering grief over the loss of her children caused Wanda to begin changing the fabric of reality with her powers. After her powers tore the Avengers apart in Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch’s “Avengers Disassembled,” she broke out of this and ripped apart the time-space continuum Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel’s House of M.

Around the same time as House of M, Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s Young Avengers series reintroduced Wanda and Vision’s children as reincarnated young heroes. Billy came back as Wiccan who had similar powers to his mother. Tommy goes by the name Speed and has identical powers to Wanda’s twin brother, Quicksilver.

While the Scarlet Witch dealt with the lingering effects of those traumas and resurrected her superhero career, the Vision built himself an entirely new family in Tom King and Gabriel Walta’s  Vision, and he based his new wife, Virginia, off Wanda’s brainwaves. He also creates a son and daughter named Vin and Viv, respectively.

While this Avengers couple may no longer be together, they were still one of the team’s longest-lasting superhero couples. And from what little we know about WandaVision thus far, the series seems set to simultaneously embrace several eras of their history, from their days in the confines of suburbia to the complex psychology of their relationship in Vision.But no matter what happens to them in the MCU, it almost certainly won’t be weirder than Wanda and Vision’s comic book history.

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While WandaVision will shine a light on the romance between the Scarlet Witch and Vision, this Avengers couple has a strange relationship history.

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