If you’re a Marvel fan, you’ll still remember how surprising it was to see the results of the Miracle show, which was barely hinted at as the origin of Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) powers in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron by Joss Whedon. To give a bit of context, in the comics, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were originally mutant superheroes, children of the supervillain Magneto. But for rights reasons – and the separation of characters between studios that resulted in multiple stories occurring in parallel – the Marvel Cinematic Universe. provided the twins with an entirely different origin.
Let’s do a bit of memory: in Avengers: Age of Ultron it was explained that – unlike the comic – the version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the Maximoff twins are not the result of the valuable mutant gene, but of a scientific experiment that is barely shown and that supposes an appreciable variation in the original history.
The origin of the story is narrated in pieces in several of the films of the franchise. Decades after the fall of the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and the defeat of HYDRA, other characters, including Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), rebuilt the organization and once again made it a frequent threat within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One, also, with enough power to carry out all kinds of experiments of notable complexity, something that was shown in depth in Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.
There was also information about Hydra’s activities in the Agents of SHIELD Series, which half-narrated what had happened to the organization during its years in the shadows. Ultimately, Hydra’s resurgence culminated with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) leading a devastating attack on the remnants of the organization in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Of course, what HYDRA was doing before its defeat in Age of Ultron has a considerable impact on the way information is handled in the House of Ideas franchise, which must deal with the conspicuous absence of various characters. due to the pressure of the studies for the possession of rights.
Marvel solved the awkward situation by providing a different origin story to the twins and then assassinating Quicksilver in a heroic way at the end of Age of Ultron, leaving his sister a powerful, unbalanced and dangerous force, much the same. to his version in the world of comics.
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In Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wanda will have her own series and will co-star with Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, putting her at the forefront of considerable importance within the House of Ideas franchise.
But to understand how Marvel will deal with the origin story that gave Scarlet Witch and her brother their powers, it is necessary to go back to the Miracle project. Which will undoubtedly come up sooner or later to provide context and meaning to Wanda’s disturbing capabilities.
Actually, the Miracle project could be summed up in a single sequence: In Avengers: Age of Ultron, HYDRA leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) discussed the organization’s work with Dr. List (Henry Goodman). In the middle of the conversation, the character pointed out that what was taking place in the laboratory was actually the beginning of an “era of miracles”. Since then, the description was attributed to everything Strucker did during his time with HYDRA, which included – apparently – genetic, molecular and other investigations related to the very nature of reality, which, as the Baron made clear, was an extraordinary result: two human beings with formidable mental and physical capacities.
Much of Strucker’s work is related to the notes and research that Red Skull left after his death. The character apparently knew more about the Infinity Stones than anyone could possibly guess and based on information from different moments in different Marvel movies his attention to the Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Of course, the character was convinced that they were objects of divine origin and even mentioned that the tesseract was “left by the gods” at some dark point in history. Presumably, Strucker had different conclusions and focused his research on a much more scientific view on the subject.
According to the recently published book The Wakanda Files, Baron von Strucker had very specific reasons for choosing the isolated and lonely Sokovia for his experiments. Geography and the advantage of being in a place that would help them remain unnoticed were natural factors, but there was another added benefit that contributed to the decision to be based in a small and practically anonymous country.
Always according to the book, a good part of the country’s inhabitants had “appropriate genetic markers”, which ensured that any of his experiments – especially those related to DNA modification – were correct.
The volume’s information gathering suggests that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch already had special characteristics, that the stone within the tesseract did nothing but activate. In this way and in a very subtle way, Marvel managed to explain the genetic origin of the twins, now that there might be a review of the X-Men stories.
As you may recall, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch weren’t the only successful HYDRA experiments. The experiments and their results were the focus of the first seasons of the ABC series Agents of SHIELD, allowing the studio to have an alternative version of the powers of several of its emblematic characters and to claim the value and importance of the experiments. in the future phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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