Marvel: The Scarlet Witch’s killer has finally been revealed

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

Marvel’s X-Men: Trial of Magneto ends with Wanda Maximoff redeeming herself.

X-Men: The Trial of Magento may have been the best comic book event of the year. From the start of the Marvel story, all we knew is that the Scarlet Witch was murdered and Magneto was the leading suspect. However, it seemed too obvious. Everything pointed to him too perfectly.  When it comes to comics, the obvious answer is usually not the right one.

Almost as soon as the final issue of the series begins, we find out who killed the Scarlet Witch. It was Toad! He said it was because of how she broke up the Brotherhood and he did it for Magneto. For his crimes, Toad was sent into exile with Sabretooth, Nanny, and Orphan-Maker. Come to find out, however, Toad wasn’t guilty. There was a different culprit behind Wanda’s murder.

It was actually…Wanda.

Why did Wanda do it?

Wanda wanted to be killed so she could be brought back via the Resurrection Protocols. She told Magneto her plans and let it happen. He was reluctant, but he trusted Wanda – who then created the evidence that made it look as if Magneto murdered her. Then, she magically killed herself, making it look like Magneto did it so she could go through the protocols. Why do all of this? So she could make up for M-Day (see House of M for more on that).

There was a flaw in the Resurrection Protocols. You had to have a backup in Cerebro to regain your memories. On top of that, those who died wouldn’t come back with their powers. That meant millions of mutants couldn’t come back. Scarlet Witch, Legion, and Proteus came together and changed that. The backups are also protected in a way that no human can reach them. In a place in the Astral Plane they’re calling the Waiting Room.

Marvel’s Scarlet Witch redeems herself

For years, Wanda has felt awful for what she did during House of M. The X-Men couldn’t forgive her for killing friends and removing the powers of millions of mutants around the world. Both sides have tried to move on, but they couldn’t. It was too difficult. The Trial of Magento changed that.

Everything Wanda did here saved lives and it helped to redeem her. The people who lost their powers won’t have to die in the Crucible to regain their abilities (see X-Men No. 7 by Jonathan Hickman for more on that). Mutants who were lost to the world can return, even the ones who died decades before Krakoa.

Lastly, the X-Men and the mutants of Krakoa have forgiven Wanda. She’s even allowed to visit Krakoa despite not being a mutant. A beautiful ending to a flawless series from Marvel.

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