For years, we’ve been debating who the best, strongest, or most powerful Avenger is. And while I’ll leave the “Captain Marvel versus Thor” debate to others (as well as who the best Avenger is in general), I will not back down from the statement that “Scarlet Witch is the most powerful Avenger.” Yes, Thor is a Norse god, but she could take him if she really wanted to. Still don’t believe me? Here are all the moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that prove Scarlet Witch is the most powerful Avenger.
Spoiler alert if you haven’t already seen Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness! I’ll be going in order of the events when they happened in the MCU to show how far she’s come since we first saw her in the end-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier to when we last saw her in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Brainwashing the Avengers in ‘Age of Ultron’
When Wanda finally gets to see some action after a brief glimpse at her powers in The Winter Soldier, she comes in with a bang in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Avengers were told “she’s weird,” but nobody ever told them how powerful she was, even though she was untrained.
The first time we truly see her powers in action, she brainwashes the Avengers and starts breaking down the team. Tony’s is probably the most heartbreaking because it showed his biggest fear was failure. And while that ultimately led to Ultron, she was able to defeat the robot with the Avengers.
The only Avenger she was unable to brainwash during the movie was Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye. However, she was driven by hatred and anger, so I’m going to excuse this oversight. In the end, though, it was probably best he didn’t get brainwashed.
Becoming an Avenger in ‘Age of Ultron’
Speaking of why Hawkeye shouldn’t have been brainwashed, I don’t think he would have given that “walk out the door and you become an Avenger” speech if she had. After joining Ultron because of her hatred of Stark Industries, that speech really set her on the right path (for a few movies, that is).
The moment Wanda walked out that door to help fight Ultron, I was sold. I loved her and knew she’d become a fan favorite in that instant. Wanda wasted no time in tearing apart robots with her magic. And don’t even get me started on how she ripped out Ultron’s heart.
In addition to those feats in that battle, can we talk about how her power just poured from her when Pietro died? She felt it; I couldn’t imagine a better way to show untapped power than in that scene. It was so beautiful and tragic.
Pushing Vision Through the Compound Floors in ‘Civil War’
We didn’t get nearly enough Wanda in Civil War. Yes, she was one of the main reasons for the Sokovia Accords after accidentally blowing up a building – she saved hundreds of people, by the way. Aside from that, though, she was killing it (not literally) on the battlefield.
Before the big fight of Civil War even happened, though, she had to get out of her compound lockdown. Just wanting her freedom, she turned against her lover, Vision. She condensed his mass, stopped him from being able to phase through things, and pushed him through several floors of the building. Talk about power!
Holding Off Team Iron Man in ‘Civil War’
After her quite literally taking down Vision, Wanda showed her powers again in the big fight scene. She wasn’t used too often, but she did manage to divert Tony and Natasha for some time while Steve and Bucky made it to the quinjet.
I will say she was a little rough with Natasha, but Wanda clearly didn’t want to be locked up like a caged animal just because she needed to practice with her powers a bit more.
With Tony, though, he had a suit, and she was still a little bitter towards him because he’s a Stark. I’m not saying she should have thrown cars on him, but he was better than Rhodey at the end of the fight.
Fighting the Black Order in ‘Infinity War’
While I do love Tony and Dr. Strange’s banter at the beginning of Infinity War, I prefer Wanda’s fight against the Black Order when they went after Vision. Before Steve showed up (looking better than ever, might I add), she was handling herself pretty well, considering she was on the run and not practicing combat often.
And while the battle was interrupted by Natasha and Steve showing up, I do love that Wanda got her second chance later on in the movie. Before the fight even truly got started, she was healing Vision so he could phase again. I just love how far she’d come after just about two years.
Everything She Did in the Battle of Wakanda in ‘Infinity War’
The Battle of Wakanda was full of unforgettable moments. Before the fighting started, Wanda had to start coming to terms that something might happen to Vision. And she still left him in Shuri’s care to fight alongside Natasha and Okoye. And get her revenge on Proxima for the earlier fight.
Then, she destroys the Mind Stone, kills the “man” she loves, and holds off a Titan with all but one Infinity Stone. I am just in awe of that power. Thanos was supposed to be the most powerful on the battlefield, so I’m sure he was just as shocked as when she held him off. Sadly, he did have the Time Stone.
Almost Killing Thanos in ‘Endgame’
After being dusted, Wanda got her chance to get revenge for Vision’s death. She came in fast and ready to kill the Titan despite him not even knowing he had done so because it was a past version of Thanos. And that line, “You will,” sent chills down my spine.
Wanda wasn’t holding back – not one second of that fight did it look like she’d even consider holding back. Kevin Feige himself even said at a New York Film Academy question and answer session, “Wanda Maximoff was going to kill Thanos.” The Titan literally had his ship shoot the field he was on just to escape her wrath.
Creating and Taking Down the Hex in ‘WandaVision’
Shortly after the events in Endgame, Wanda went on to create the Hex in Westview. And while the beginning of the show doesn’t highlight how powerful she was, the last two episodes do. From how she let her grief and sadness take over to give her one last moment with Vision to taking it down, Wanda proved her powers went far beyond what anyone expected.
Even when she threw Monica out of the Hex or when Wanda walked out to threaten S.W.O.R.D., she didn’t unleash her powers and was reasonable. And because we haven’t talked about it enough, she changed everyone’s DNA if they went through the Hex even once. Look at Monica’s transformation.
Becoming the Scarlet Witch in ‘WandaVision’
While I’m on the topic of WandaVision, let’s talk about her fully embracing her destiny as the Scarlet Witch. As Agatha describes it, the Scarlet Witch could either destroy the world or save it. Her power will even exceed the Sorcerer Supreme, which we see in Multiverse of Madness.
But what’s even better about her embracing that destiny was how she did it. After just one quick explanation in Agatha’s basement about runes, Wanda used them against the witch and tricked her. I honestly think if Agatha hadn’t taught her about them, that battle wouldn’t have been nearly as satisfying.
Taking Control of the Kamar-Taj in ‘Multiverse of Madness’
Something that the sorcerers never considered was that Wanda would or could take the Kamar-Taj. None of them knew she had embraced the Scarlet Witch’s destiny or that she had been reading the Darkhold, so I understand why they underestimated her.
The way Wanda was able to get past the sorcerers to land in the Kamar-Taj was bone-chilling. And maybe it’s because the movie was basically a horror film at times, but I honestly thought she wasn’t going to leave any survivors besides Strange. But she did – only because she was being “reasonable.”
Wanda vs. the Illuminati in ‘Multiverse of Madness’
There were so many moments in Multiverse of Madness that showed off Wanda’s power, but one of my favorites was when she took on the Illuminati in that world’s Wanda’s body. According to Elizabeth Olsen, that specific version of Wanda wasn’t even at her fullest potential and power – and she still decimated the most powerful people on that Earth.
My favorite takedown was when she proved Captain Carter couldn’t actually do it all day. But the most chilling that would have given me nightmares if I had seen it as a child was when she killed Professor X in his own mind.
The other ways she killed the Illuminati members were crushing Captain Marvel, shredding Mr. Fantastic, and literally making Black Bolt melt his own brain.
Destroying the Darkhold in ‘Multiverse of Madness’
After all the craziness that was Multiverse of Madness, let’s get to the last moments we saw of Scarlet Witch. Her fight with America landed her right back in the universe with her children, Billy and Tommy. Through that encounter, she realized how evil she had become because of the Darkhold.
So, when she took accountability for that and decided to make some things right, it was amazing. After making sure America and Wong were no longer going to die because of her, she took down the temple made for her and the Darkhold, effectively destroying the book in every universe. But there was also a flash of red in the destruction – Wanda’s not gone for good.