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"What If the Scarlet Witch hadn't acted alone?"

The story begins with Beast investigating the ruins of the Avengers Mansion to ensure thorough caselogging, with Carol Danvers backing him up. They go over the events with each other and Spider-Man when he shows up. Falcon also appears, recalling when Doctor Strange appeared and revealed that the Scarlet Witch was behind it all. They mention that Captain America took it especially hard and ask Falcon why.

Carol and Hank continue the investigation, going over the rest of the event with Iron Man, who encourages their investigation. They then confront Quicksilver, barely catching him, and ask him how Wanda's powers work.

Dr. Strange says that the way Wanda was able to get so powerful was through the death of the other Avengers through the event, especially Hawkeye sacrificing himself, which is the most power kind of death. Hank goes through the evidence, only to come to a conclusion so horrifying a disembodied voice (heavily implied to be Agatha Harkness's ghost) demands if the truth is so important. Hank reveals this to the Avengers and X-men, complete with Uatu's presence confirming the situation's importance. Falcon confirms Hanks theory, saying that deep down he knew it all along. The only person who can match this person's tactical ability is none other than Cyclops himself.

And just who is this other person working with Wanda?

The gathered heroes attack Genosha while Wanda is weakened, with the main group attacking Genosha's mutant army while a small group tries to attack Wanda. However, Cap expected this and Wanda manages to subdue them.

Wanda suddenly recovers, but Cap, realizing that he made Wanda mad, tells her to take them to find their friends and "take us where they are." They are both enveloped in the energy that consumed the army of heroes and disappear.

Date: 2017-01-17 12:46 am (UTC)
randyripoff: (splash brannigan)
From: [personal profile] randyripoff
Since when can Rogue absorb powers through a glove?

Date: 2017-01-17 12:50 am (UTC)
every_spiegel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] every_spiegel
This what-if is so, I dunno, stupid. I was interested in the idea and really wanted to like it but...

Date: 2017-01-17 01:02 am (UTC)
michaelsaint: (Default)
From: [personal profile] michaelsaint
Scarlett Witch and Steve Rogers are an interesting pairing. I am sort of surprised no writer has tried it.

Date: 2017-01-17 02:54 am (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Christopher Priest did try it, actually, as part of his long-term plan when he was writing Captain America and the Falcon. The romance got derailed by Disassembled, much to Priest's annoyance.

Date: 2017-01-24 09:46 am (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
I wonder if that's what planted the seed for this.

Date: 2017-01-17 02:16 am (UTC)
dcbanacek: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dcbanacek
It's not a real What-If unless Spider-Man dies.

Date: 2017-01-17 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
These days (meaning the last decade or so), it's not a real What-If until lots of people die.

Date: 2017-01-17 04:23 am (UTC)
beyondthefringe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
Oh no, it's not a classic What If without a high body count. Even the early stories were pretty brutal. :)

Date: 2017-01-17 10:56 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
"What if... Jean Grey hadn't died" being perhaps the most obvious example where the entire universe ends.

Date: 2017-01-17 03:47 pm (UTC)
lamashtar: Jesus Troll (jesustroll)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Yeah, it often seems the point of a What If is to hammer it into the reader that the canon is for the best so quit complaining!

Date: 2017-01-17 02:20 am (UTC)
dr_archeville: Doctor Arkeville (Default)
From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
Yikes, they keep throwing Vizh under the bus here.

Date: 2017-01-17 03:00 am (UTC)
thehood: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thehood
In what way?

Date: 2017-01-17 04:31 am (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
The repeated emphasis that he was "just" a machine. Considering he was a sentient, emotional being who chose to rebel against his creator and become a hero, it comes across as pretty dickish.

Date: 2017-01-17 10:58 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I'd say it was well past dickish and into the realms of the genuinely horrible behaviour towards a team-mate and firend.

Date: 2017-01-17 09:56 pm (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Sam Wilson calls Vision "just a machine" on the first page, though. Quicksilver being a dick is a bit more expected, though in that case Viz did earn his respect.

Date: 2017-01-17 06:18 pm (UTC)
thehood: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thehood

But the only one that said such is Evil Steve, who is said to be in love with Wanda here. Every one else still mourn him.

Date: 2017-01-17 02:52 am (UTC)
sarahnewlin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sarahnewlin
Wait did Tony magically lose his clothes or something?

Date: 2017-01-17 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Well... yeah. Pretty much.

Date: 2017-01-17 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
Yikes, even Jeff Parker has his off-days.

Date: 2017-01-17 04:32 am (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Yeah, I was surprised to get to the tags and see who wrote this.

Date: 2017-01-17 04:24 am (UTC)
starwolf_oakley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Way back when I had a sketch commissioned of Baron Mordo taking off a Doctor Strange disguise and saying "No such thing as chaos magic? HA!"

My in-story explaination was Mordo was disguising himself as Strange after kidnapping him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #500. Wong was forced to go along with it since he took an oath to serve the Sorcerer Supreme. Exactly why Mordo wanted Wanda out of the way... a screw-you to C'thon or something?

Date: 2017-01-17 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] capnduckman
I like how this seems to indicate that even in the regular timeline, cap was responsible for all of this.

Date: 2017-01-17 03:50 pm (UTC)
lamashtar: "It's just like Hitlers!" (Hitler)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Its funny because Disassembled made Wanda "obviously" crazy for years, and now its Steve who's "obviously" crazy for years.

..The truth is, everybody knows Steve does have severe issues with modern reality.

He kinda reminds me of Hydra Steve here.

Date: 2017-01-17 11:00 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
The truth is, everybody knows Steve does have severe issues with modern reality.

Does he? Other than not knowing why MySpace is of course....

Date: 2017-01-17 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
And NASCAR. Can't forget that.

Date: 2017-01-19 01:16 pm (UTC)
lamashtar: "It's just like Hitlers!" (Hitler)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Steve is still stuck on Friendster.

But yeah. Steve having major mental issues with his reality is something I've read pros talking about. (I can't remember any specifics where or by who tho) Apparently, they don't see it as an adjustment he gets used to, its like a constant trauma.


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