Apparently Scarlet Witch does have the ability to fly. She's clearly levitating in this particular scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron which I didn't notice until I watched AoU for the 4th time today. I know she has the ability to fly in the comics but why didn't she attempt to fly prior to this scene in AoU?

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Her ability to levitate herself comes out of nowhere in the movie, I assume to enhance her dramatic entrance in the final scene. So there's no real explanation for why she doesn't ever try to do it earlier. In particular, there were times when levitating herself would have been very useful, such as

when she needed Vision to fly her out of the train car as Slokovia fell.

However, Wanda's major character development during the course of the movie is that she starts out, under Ultron's guidance, as a misguided villain, until her time spend with the rest of the Avengers eventually redeems her. You will notice that, during the first half of the movie, she almost exclusively uses her mental manipulation power. It's only after she starts spending time with people like Captain America and Hawkeye that she starts to embrace her other powers, like

stopping the train, or using hex-bolts on Ultron clones.

It seems likely that the Avengers have been helping her explore her abilities, and become better at using them. It may be as simple as her not knowing she could levitate until someone else convinced her to try.

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    Yep. What's important to note is that the building we see at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron is a training facility. She's obviously being mentored by someone there, exploring her powers and exerting more control over them. Aug 24, 2015 at 13:22
  • @DrRDizzle and that someone is probably none other than Steve.
    – Vishwa
    Aug 1, 2019 at 10:22
  • Just to add (along the same lines as @Dr R), she may have only just discovered she can, I wouldn't say it's something you really think of
    – Gamora
    Aug 1, 2019 at 16:03

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