Magneto Should Still Be Scarlet Witch's Father, And Marvel Knows It – Screen Rant

Recent comics make it clear that writers and fans still consider Magneto, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver family, so why keep pretending they’re not?
Warning: contains minor spoilers for Dark Ages #3!
Despite the significant retcon to their family history in Marvel’s AXIS event, Magneto should still be the father of the Scarlet Witch (and Quicksilver too). While much was made of the reveal that Magneto is not the Maximoff twins’ biological father, even Marvel’s writers have still elected to treat them as family. This can be seen in ways both big and small in recent issues, proving that the retcon was a mistake and a decision made for all the wrong reasons.
Back in 2014, Marvel Comics published AXIS, an event that saw several heroes and villains have their core moralities magically inverted. However, a major retcon stole much of the spotlight when Wanda Maximoff’s Scarlet Witch cast a spell meant to harm those who shared her blood. While her brother Pietro was affected, their supposed father Magneto was not, confirming that the mutant Master of Magnetism wasn’t actually their father. Furthermore, it was revealed that the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver weren’t mutants at all, having received their powers from the villain known as the High Evolutionary. While this retcon was more than likely made to distance the Maximoffs from the X-Men ahead of their MCU debut with 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (where they wouldn’t be mutants either), Marvel failed to construct a compelling new version of the heroes’ parentage.
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Despite this change to the Maximoffs’ family history, their bond with Magneto has still been treated as a chief part of their stories. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s new origin was teased in Uncanny Avengers – along with a secret sister who possessed both their powers – but the plotline has seen little attention since, and Marvel writers remain fascinated with their bond with Magneto. Strange Academy #5 saw Magneto sending emails to the Scarlet Witch, wishing to reconnect with her and Pietro. Furthermore, Dark Ages #3 sees Pietro come face to face with Magneto, addressing him as “father.” Likewise, the end of the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala saw the Scarlet Witch reunite with Magneto, choosing to be family despite the absence of a biological connection. But if writers still have interesting stories to tell about this bond and no interest in exploring the alternative, why not just reverse the reveal as with countless other narrative missteps?
It certainly seems as though fans and writers alike have continued to consider Magneto related to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver regardless of the AXIS retcon. With the experiment to distance them appearing to be a failure, and any corporate motivations to separate the characters forgotten, it seems as though Marvel Comics should find a way to retcon the retcon. Of course, it’s possible for Pietro and Wanda to think of Magneto as their father regardless of biology, but he canonically entered their lives at a relatively late stage, commanding them as the brutal leader of a terrorist cell they eventually betrayed by joining the Avengers. Without an undeniable link to keep them connected, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s sense of emotional loyalty to Magneto begins to feel more like Stockholm Syndrome than found family.
If Magneto, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver are going to remain bound together, then returning their former status quo makes sense, but even if that’s not on Marvel’s agenda, firmer bonds are needed to keep these characters believably connected, especially if alternate realities like Dark Ages are going to keep presenting them as family. Forward momentum and growth should be had in future issues between the three of them. Marvel already knows fans and writers continue to view Magneto, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as family, but its universe still doesn’t quite reflect that reality.
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Kevin Erdmann is one of Screen Rant’s staff writers. With a major in Cinema Studies and a minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies from the UofO, Kevin is pretty sure he’s writing for the right site. While Kevin is a huge Marvel fan, he also loves Batman because he’s Batman and is a firm believer that Han shot first. Disney also shares a big part of his fan patronage. Kevin lives in Oregon with his wonderful wife and sinister cat who is no doubt currently plotting his demise.


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