There are plenty of powerful women in the world of Marvel Comics, and two of them come in the form of Scarlet Witch and Dark Phoenix, who are both prominent in the X-Men storyline. Scarlet Witch is known to have incredible magic powers that could alter reality at her most powerful state. On the other hand, Dark Phoenix is a corrupted Jean Grey that’s empowered by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force. So, in a battle between Scarlet Witch and Dark Phoenix, who would win?
Dark Phoenix would win in a fight against Scarlet Witch because she is simply a lot more powerful. It might be true that Scarlet Witch can alter reality, but Dark Phoenix has the power of the Phoenix Force, which is one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe and is conserved to be an extinction-level threat.
Scarlet Witch is indeed powerful and has overpowered magical abilities that make her a threat in both the comics and the MCU. But the thing is that Dark Phoenix is a threat to the entire universe as her powers are cosmic-level. In that regard, it is easy to see why Dark Phoenix is the more powerful character. But let’s go over the details to understand why Dark Phoenix would win.
The thing about Scarlet Witch is that she doesn’t have any enhanced physical capabilities. She might be stronger than your average human female, but she doesn’t possess any superhuman abilities that allow her to overpower other characters using her strength. In that regard, she was never a threat in terms of her physical abilities, as she was always known more for her incredibly potent magical abilities instead.
Jean Grey, whether she is in her regular form or in her Dark Phoenix form, isn’t really very strong. If her powers were negated, her strength isn’t really a threat because she is only at a level that is above that of a regular female human’s own strength. Of course, she did undergo strength training as a member of the X-Men, but her strength pales in comparison to the own strength levels of superpowered characters in the Marvel Comics universe.
It is plain and obvious that neither Scarlet Witch nor Dark Phoenix could physically overpower their opponents. Of course, they could both use their powers to enhance their strength, but that’s an entirely different scenario.
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Powers and Abilities
Scarlet Witch has always been known to be a threat because of her incredible magical abilities, as she was born with powers that allow her to alter reality on a whim. She is more powerful than most of the other human magical entities in Marvel, as she can bend different forces of magic to her will without even taking a second to do so. In that regard, in House of M, it was simply the fact that she said: “no more mutants” that nearly caused the extinction of the entire human population.
In her regular form, Jean Grey was already so powerful that she was considered one of the strongest mutants at her peak. That’s because her psychic abilities allow her to do whatever she wants to do, as she can use incredible telekinetic abilities that some of the strongest characters aren’t even capable of resisting. However, when she is in her Dark Phoenix form, she becomes a lot more powerful because of the fact that the Phoenix Force is one of the most powerful cosmic entities. As such, Dark Phoenix was listed as an omega-level and extinction-level threat to the entire universe, as she is basically a god.
We don’t know how far Scarlet Witch could go with her reality-altering powers, but we know for a fact that Dark Phoenix is a threat to reality itself. As such, there is no doubt that Dark Phoenix is more powerful because she could threaten the entire universe.
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While we do know her for her incredible magical powers, Scarlet Witch really isn’t a threat without them because she isn’t even strong and doesn’t even move very fast. It is possible that she can move as fast as a well-trained human, but she doesn’t have powers that allow her to move as fast as some of the superpowered characters of Marvel. However, she could use her powers to levitate and move very fast. But, in terms of her physical speed, she really doesn’t excel in that department at all, even though she could move from one place to another fast enough using teleportation.
Jean Grey, in her regular form, can move faster than regular humans due to her ability to augment her speed with telekinesis. However, when she enters her Dark Phoenix form and taps into the power of the Phoenix Force, she gains the ability to teleport instantly from one place to another. She even has cosmic teleportation, which allows her to move incredibly fast at will. Of course, the Phoenix Force is also capable of augmenting her physical speed well enough that she could move as fast as some of the superpowered characters of Marvel.
Scarlet Witch simply doesn’t stand a chance against the cosmic powers that allow Dark Phoenix to move incredibly fast.
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The thing about Scarlet Witch is that her body is still as human as it can get. That means that if she fails to defend herself with her magic, regular attacks that could hurt regular humans could injure or even kill her. It might be true that she has powers that allow her to manipulate her biology and heal her wounds quickly. But the thing is that she can’t heal from attacks that could potentially kill her, especially if she doesn’t have her guard up to defend against such attacks.
While Dark Phoenix isn’t the most durable character in Marvel Comics, the thing is that she has the ability to reconstruct herself at will whenever she dies. That means that she is actually immortal, as she could never die as long as her body is the host of the Phoenix Force. She could always bring herself back to life. This is why it is incredibly difficult to stop or defeat Dark Phoenix, as she is a godlike entity with powers that allow her to become almost immortal.
The fact that Dark Phoenix is capable of actually reconstructing her body and reviving herself gives her a clear advantage over Scarlet Witch, whose best survival ability is her healing magic.
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Scarlet Witch is just like any comic book character in the sense that she went through martial arts training. That means that she has the ability to defend herself if her magic is rendered useless. She is a capable close-combat fighter that could augment her abilities using magic. However, her fighting skills aren’t really that impressive that she could win a hand-to-hand fight against someone like Black Widow.
Jean Grey is actually a well-trained combatant, even without relying on her powers as Dark Phoenix. That’s because all members of the X-Men regularly go through combat training. At one point, Jean was able to defeat a group of ninjas by using only telekinetic weapons. As such, she is a capable fighter that could stand up against other fighters in hand-to-hand combat.
While Dark Phoenix isn’t really the best fighter, she is still a very capable combatant that’s strong enough to defeat ninjas. We haven’t seen Scarlet Witch showcasing the same feats.
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Scarlet Witch vs. Dark Phoenix: Who Wins?
This is actually an unfair battle because, while Scarlet Witch is a threat to the entire world due to her reality-altering powers, Dark Phoenix could endanger the entire universe because of the powers of the Phoenix Force, which is one of the most powerful cosmic entities in existence. There is a reason why Dark Phoenix was always an extinction-level threat as only a handful of cosmic entities are powerful enough to defeat her. Unfortunately, Scarlet Witch isn’t one of them.