Scarlet Witch and Vision’s Thanksgiving took a turn for the dramatic when Wanda’s father, the mutant terrorist Magneto showed up for dinner!
The upcoming WandaVision series stars Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff and her android partner Vision trying to live a peaceful suburban life while trying to conceal their powers and ignore the signs that something is not right -especially as they go through the decades and classic television tropes along the way. In Marvel Comics, the former Avengers once had a home, were expecting their first child together, and hosted their first Thanksgiving celebration. Friends, family, and fellow Avengers all joined at the Vision’s house for food, drink, and good company until the festivities took a dramatic turn with the arrival of Wanda and her brother Pietro’s father, the infamous mutant supervillain known as Magneto.
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In The Vision and Scarlet Witch #6 (1985) by Steve Englehart and Richard Howell, the Thanksgiving is attended by members of the Avengers including their newest member Namor, Wanda’s physician Doctor Strange, the couple’s neighbors, their realtor, Vision’s mother, and Pietro with his Inhuman wife Crystal and their daughter Luna. Needless to say, everyone is shocked by the arrival of Magneto who tries to ignore the tension with small talk while Pietro confronts his sister about inviting him. Although Pietro’s said that he made peace with their father, he still hasn’t forgiven the man who forced them into his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants before he knew they were his children and the situation drives the hormonal Wanda to tears. Although the food is delicious, Magneto’s presence has a polarizing effect on the guests, many knowing of his infamous reputation or having faced him in a superpowered battle.
As the night wraps up and everyone is saying their goodbyes, Magneto insists on speaking with his daughter privately. In her kitchen, Erik Lehnsherr admits to being a horrible father who mistreated Wanda and Pietro but claims that his behavior was a result of the political persecution he suffered and he only sought to protect mutants albeit in an evil manner. Wanda acknowledges his words but denies his request for acceptance, having neither forgotten nor forgiven his earlier abuse and stating that the day they freed themselves from his control was the greatest day of their lives, even surpassing their acceptance into the Avengers. She tells Magneto to leave, something the menacing yet somber antihero complies with.
No matter how well you plan something, you have to account for the possibility of something going wrong or an unexpected surprise popping up. This trope has been utilized in many holiday comedy films and the same applies to this story about a Marvel Thanksgiving complete with drama, awkward silences, politics, shouting, and people storming out over unresolved history. Although Magneto was told to leave, he returns to warn Pietro and Vision of an enemy presence, a replica version of the Brotherhood of Mutants masterminded by the mutant punching bag Toad. The constantly belittled mutant loved Wanda and didn’t take her marriage and pregnancy with Vision so he stole technology he didn’t quite understand in a ploy to gain power and revenge, which the three superhumans stop him eventually. Although Magneto impresses both Vision and Pietro with his effort and protection, he insists that they not tell Wanda of his involvement. Magneto wants to earn her respect and acceptance naturally, believing she’d see his involvement as a cheap way to do so, and that he wanted to do right by both of his children.
With the MCU rewriting Wanda and Pietro’s origin to not include Magneto as their father due to the tentative rights and speculation between Marvel and 20th Century Fox at the time, WandaVision‘s exploration of Wanda’s powers to alter reality could touch upon or reference this comic book relationship. Although Wanda and Vision‘s marriage and family would eventually deteriorate along with changes made to Wanda and Pietro’s true parentage in the comics, Magneto loved his children as best as he was able to and struggled to do right by them. In the end, it was good to see that Magneto didn’t end up the villain in that Thanksgiving story.
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