Welcome to the four hundred and forty-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and forty-four. This week, was the Scarlet Witch originally supposed to die at the end of Marvel's Siege crossover? Did Lou Reed really used to dress up as Robin from Batman and Robin at kid's birthday parties? And what was the deal with the secret countdown during the Death of Superman?
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COMIC LEGEND: Scarlet Witch was originally going to be killed off during Siege before Marvel decided to kill off the Sentry instead.
In the time leading up to Marvel's 2009/2010 crossover Siege, the event was promoted as being the culmination of the various stories that writer Brian Michael Bendis had done ever since taking over the Avengers back in 2005 with Avengers Disassembled. Here's a video trailer Marvel did saying as much (there were other promos saying this, as well, but I couldn't find any handy)...
Therefore, since the story was seen as a culmination of events that began with Avengers Disassembled, there were some fans who thought that the Scarlet Witch (the driving force behind both Avengers Disassembled and House of M) would be involved. At the time, it seemed clear to me that the theory was more just a matter of "this is where these stories have all led" rather than "this will directly tie into the plot of Avengers Disassembled" but hey, I certainly don't know everything.
So in my recent Abandoned Love piece about how the Scarlet Witch was redeemed of her actions in Avengers Disassembled, reader David Fullan wrote:
Just got here, hope this hasn’t been asked or answered yet. I heard tales that Witch was supposed to be the sacrifice at the end of Siege. That the whole thing was plotted way ahead of time by Bendis, but that Marvel felt it would be too upsetting. So he was forced to use the Sentry instead. Anyone else heard this?
While I figured it was not true, who better to ask than the always informative Tom Brevoort, who was the editor of Siege. Tom not only confirmed that it was false, he even shared with me Brian Michael Bendis' original outline for Siege, then titled Dark Siege. While a few things DID change here and there from Bendis' original outline, the death of the Sentry was always part of it.
Here's the important part of the outline...
So that pretty much explains that, doesn't it?
Thanks to David for the suggestion and thanks to Tom Brevoort for going above and beyond with the excellent information!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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