In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.
Today we take a look at Magneto’s three decade’s long tenure as the parents of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
I’ll be honest, I think that this is a BIT early to really feature here, as there will obviously still be stories to be told about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s parentage in the new Uncanny Avengers ongoing series. This might turn out to be more fitting for Abandoned Love. However, there are two things that make me willing to go with it now.
1. I figure I can always just do another post when we find out who their “real” father is, but more importantly,
2. People keep writing to me to ask me to feature this one that I figured I’d do it just to get rid of all of the darn mail (eight people have written in requesting that I feature this one – that’s about eight times as many e-mails I get for most requests for this column).
The story picks up where we left off with the previous story of how the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver originally believed their parents were Miss America and the Whizzer.
In Avengers #186, Bova explains to Pietro his and Wanda’s origins…
At the same time, over in X-Men #125, we are given the following, to sort of reward readers who read both X-Men AND Avengers that they now know something the characters themselves didn’t know, that Magneto was the father of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver…
This did not last long, though, as just four years later, in the finale of the four-issue Vision and Scarlet Witch mini-series, Magneto learns the identity of his children…
Oddly enough, this is all the “proof” he gives for him being their dad…
The issue ends with the following…
The answer really was “not much,” as Magneto really did not interact much with Wanda and Pietro over the next two decades, outside of an appearance in the next Vision and Scarlet Witch maxi-series and a famous team-up when Wanda was dealing with a mental breakdown after the Vision was dismantled and brought back together withOUT his feelings for Wanda.
A key component on whether this is a matter of whether there ever were any actual genetic tests mentioned in the comics. I don’t recall any, but I suspect that at some point in thirty years that SOME writer mentioned it.
Everything, of course, leads to last month’s Avengers/X0Men: Axis #7, where Rick Remender, Adam Kubert and Edgar Delgado reveal that Magneto is NOT their dad. Scarlet Witch and a number of heroes and villains had their personalities “inverted,” so the now-evil Scarlet Witch decided to punish Dr. Doom for taking advantage of her during the Young Avengers mini-series Children’s Crusade. Magneto and Quicksilver try to save Doom and that leads to this…
The best answer, of course, is that Magda was just impregnated by someone else (like perhaps the High Evolutionary).
Okay, that’s it for this installment! If YOU have a suggestion for this column, drop me a line at email@example.com!
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