Even comic book characters have a bad time too.
The Scarlet Witch, sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto is mutant although she spends of her comic book time with the Avengers.
In a little story line which first brought me to the Avengers called Avengers disassembled the Avengers were brought down by one of their own, yes you guessed it – The Scarlet Witch. The Scarlet Witch had a break down, now in the real world break downs are bad and destructive things to yourself, your friends and family and even your career but when you’re a mutant who has the power to change reality that’s some pretty messed up $&i! and the Avengers were blown apart and daddy stepped in and took his daughter away to rest up and the Avengers were rebooted as the New Avengers.
Great story however that wasn’t the end.
Sometime later in a short mini series called “The House of M”, the Avengers and the X-Men decided to meet up and discuss the threat of the Scarlet Witch and there was even talk by heroes about killing her, this was written by one of favourite comic book writers Brian Bendis. The House of M was the main series however most of the ongoing comics at the time were also effected by the events at the end of issue 1.
Scarlet Witch altered time and history and created a new world, a world in which mutants were supreme and the dominant species on the earth with Magneto being in charge. Spiderman was a hero and Gwen Stacey his beloved dead girlfriend was very much alive. Wolverine had all over his memories. Everyone seemed to have everything they wanted.
But by Wolverine having his memories he became aware of the world he lived in not being real and thus the battle began to return everything back to the way it was. In this new world a character was created called Layla who was able to restore people’s memories of the real world and she helped Wolverine.
In the battle between Wolverine and his the human resistance against Magneto, the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and the House of M the Scarlet Witch breaks down again and says - ”We’re freaks, Mutants… You chose this over us and you ruined us… Daddy!” She then utters “No more mutants.” Then everything turns to white.
What happens next in the Marvel universe is known as “M-Day”, 99% of the worlds mutant population loses their abilities and only 198 mutants are left. This was devastating for some characters and blessing for others but overall a massive story line for Marvel Comics.
According to Marvel Editor-In-Chief, Joe Quesada, the Decimation event was designed to reduce the number of mutant characters in the Marvel Universe, putting the cork back in the bottle so to speak as it was felt that story telling had gotten out of control with the amount of mutants that now existed. This was designed to make writers think rather than just creating another mutant.
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