I’ve gotten a couple questions about the Wanda/Pietro divide in the latest Scarlet Witch so I’ll address it as best I can.
I’ve just feel as though Wanda has become a very isolated character. In some ways, she’s gotten to show facets of herself in this solo that have been genuinely formative and interesting. But, at this point, it’s as though Agatha is the only person in her life which is not how I imagined this series would go. I pictured Wanda training Billy, I pictured interactions with old friends like Carol Danvers or Steve Rogers, I pictured Wanda finding the sense of family that she used to so heavily desire through other means than motherhood/domestication. To see Wanda at odds with Pietro is definitely disheartening, interesting in ways, but still very disheartening.
I think it shows a lack of faith in the character to always have her express her individuality through severance. I would’ve liked to see her and Pietro at odds but still around each other, still working things out- to me it’s far more interesting when characters have contentions but must stick it out with one another. If Pietro had a recurring role like that, I might’ve been more open to contention because I would know it’s going somewhere new, somewhere that develops both characters. Wanda doesn’t need to be in this vacuum with the ghost of some chick who is probably a Svengali shaping her into a WMD.
I really miss the days when there was so much possibility in this family. It was really exciting to me when Pietro was growing closer to Lorna and then Wanda became involved in that dynamic (even if it was sort of a one-shot waste). I miss the possibilities that Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade presented with grampy Magneto & the twins, I miss interactions with Luna and Crystal, I miss all that weird alchemy.
I think all characters who have ever been part of the Magnus family, including Wanda and Pietro, suffer greatly from Marvel’s current attitude.
Marvel sees the nature of their relationships as a weapon to use against Fox. Contrary to their claims that retconning Magneto as Wanda and Pietro’s father is all about telling a good story, it’s the exact opposite. The point is to force an artificial change for corporate-based reasons even though it horribly undermines story potential for all involved.
I consider myself a pretty good case study of just how badly Marvel screwed up here. After All-New X-Factor #14, I would’ve read a Scarlet Witch solo book, for the same reason I read the entire Magneto solo book. There may have been a chance of Polaris appearing on the book, and even if she didn’t, you at least knew that reading the solo would give you a better idea of their dynamic.
After Axis, and its forced retcon, I lost any reason I ever had to read anything involving Scarlet Witch. I’m a Polaris fan. The Axis retcon severed their relationship as sisters, and as a result, any relationship they have with each other period. It was an arduous stretch for Marvel to let them interact even when they had family grounds to do so. Marvel’s made it abundantly clear that they look down on Lorna and see her as “unworthy” to have any kind of meaningful role anywhere in comics. If they’re no longer sisters, and Marvel sees Polaris as a worthless nobody character, then there’s zero chance they’ll interact in the Scarlet Witch solo book. Marvel won’t “waste panel space” on “nobody characters” that have no ties to Wanda.
I think Marvel will eventually stop sucking, but it’s going to take a long time. Until then, no matter what Marvel does with any of the characters, they’re all going to suffer from Marvel’s terrible attitude.