In Captain America: Civil War,

The Avengers are split on whether to sign the Sokovia Accords.

On the side in favor are

The Vision, Black Widow, Iron Man, War Machine, Spider-Man (kinda),

On the side against are

The Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Hawkeye, Captain America, Ant-Man, and the Winter Soldier, and later the Black Panther

When Captain America and


seek to escape in order to stop Baron Zemo, the other three members of their group are taken into custody, and imprisoned

by the United Nations on a submarine.

Now, most of these people are essentially powerless without their gadgets, and could be contained quite readily by a normal prison. By contrast,

Wanda the Scarlet Witch is very powerful, able to summon up enough force to throw the Vision through several dozen floors and into the ground. Even Bucky Barnes, with his mechanical arm, was able to punch his way out of the similar prison that he was contained in earlier—and he doesn't have much on Wanda. This doesn't even take into account her ability to control the minds of her captors.

How was the prison able to contain someone with that power set?

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    Every time Wanda uses her powers, she uses excessive amounts of hand-gestures. In the prison, she's completly restrained, and only able to move her head. Also, there's a collar on her neck, with some blinking LEDs, maybe it's an inhibitor of some sorts?
    – Petersaber
    May 7, 2016 at 10:29
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    Plus, the first time Stark entered the room, she appeared to be shivering. I thought she was drugged.
    – Izkata
    May 8, 2016 at 19:50
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For clarification, she did not throw Vision through several dozen floors; she controlled his density shifting (first, to allow the person he was holding to slip through his grasp...literally) to make him so heavy that he fell through those floors.

In addition to restricting her hand gestures with a straightjacket, she is also shown wearing a lit electronic collar. While I don't believe it's explicitly stated in the film, the implication is that the collar would inhibit her abilities in some way.

Setting aside the collar's capabilities, she's never been shown to use her powers without making hand gestures to control or guide the effects.

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    I didn't catch that! I assumed she was just applying a very great pressure to him. Nice catch, if so.
    – Adamant
    May 7, 2016 at 22:44
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    It's a bit subtle, but they foreshadowed it a bit by reminding the audience that her powers were also granted by the stone in Vision's head.
    – Liesmith
    May 7, 2016 at 22:46
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    It's also possible that the collar could knock her out should she escape.
    – Rogue Jedi
    May 8, 2016 at 0:44
  • Where is it been said or shown? May 8, 2016 at 18:39
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    do you have any sources to back up your 1st paragraph?
    – RedCaio
    May 10, 2016 at 2:57

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