‘Avengers 2′: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver Actors Talk Comics, Powers & Sequels

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 5th, 2014 at 6:48 pm,

Scarlet Witch Quicksilver Avengers Costumes Revealed Avengers 2: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver Actors Talk Comics, Powers & Sequels

In The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s superhero team will face the threat of new super-powered “miracles” The Twins  – better known to fans as the characters Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). As seen in the Captain America 2 mid-credits scene, the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are going to be powerful (and dangerous) examples of what happens when humans gain super abilities.

However, before Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson play iconic superhero/villain comic book siblings, they will first play a husband and wife separated by the worse threat mankind has ever faced, in Legendary Pictures’ blockbuster reboot of Godzilla.

It was during the Godzilla press junket in New York that we got to talk to the pair of young actors, about everything from what it’s like filming the sequel to the box office behemoth that was Avengers; what it’s like stepping into such iconic franchises; and of course, the awkwardness of going from lovers to brother and sister in the span of a single movie.

Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in Godzilla 2014 Avengers 2: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver Actors Talk Comics, Powers & Sequels

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in ‘Godzilla’

Olsen was the more forthcoming of the two, playfully parrying the question of what it’s like having to pretend that the guy she was just kissing in Godzilla is now her brother in Avengers 2:

Elizabeth Olsen: It’s awesome! [Laughs] You know, we only did a few scenes together for [Godzilla], but we spent time together in Vancouver, and I got to know his family, and we spent time together. And to play really tight twin brother and sister, it’s really lucky it’s not with some guy I jut met or something. I think we both like the fact that we have this other film [Godzilla] in our repertoire.

(In one version of the comics, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are actually an incestuous brother/sister pair. So either way, Olsen and Johnson are ready!)

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Preparation is always key for an actor who is stepping into a major comic book role – but Olsen has made it clear in past interviews that she is doing substantial research on Scarlett Witch – research she has apparently continued with:

With ‘Avengers’, for me it was just like ‘Throw it all in!’ and just like read. And I’m still reading comics, and I love looking at fan pages for something like that. I think for something like a comic book character, that’s something else… But I’m also the first human interpretation of the Scarlet Witch, so you want to be able to honor cartoons and comics and fans and all of that. But bring your own thing to it that you’re creating. So that’s been a really fun process… But it’s awesome because she’s dope.

Olsen says that Godzilla was her first major CGI-heavy film – but the process of learning to act against your own imagination is apparently different when on the Avengers 2 set with Joss Whedon:

It such a different world. It’s so crazy. The main difference is that in ‘Godzilla’ you’re reacting to something that isn’t there, and in something like ‘Avengers’, you’re approaching and almost interacting with something that’s not there. [Pauses then laughs]. And so that’s what the main difference is for me, right now.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a much more guarded actor when it comes to discussing performances. Back during our Kick-Ass 2 interviews, Johnson was quite vocal about how he, as an actor, is not the biggest fan of sequels or revisiting performances – seemingly the antithesis of what blockbuster franchise films like Godzilla or Avengers 2 are aiming to do.

Taylor-Johnson touched briefly on this ongoing struggle as an actor – in regards to both Godzilla and (what he would only refer to as) “the other movie”:

I don’t sort of narrow myself down into any sort of like pocket of genre. I literally just go on the back of the filmmaker and the character, you know? I have to feel that character, believe that character, relate to him, so on… And the filmmaker is hugely important, because at the end of the day it’s their vision, and you’re going to spend three, six months in that world.

As for the struggle to revisit a character in sequels? Johnson says he’s still figuring out how to do that:

I think I’d breach those when it comes to the sequels… I guess so, you know? [Laughs] I’m just taking it one day at a time.

(Johnson’s phrasing could arguably be indication that  Quicksilver WILL be back in future Marvel movies, but that’s not yet been CONFIRMED. If/when it is, you heard it here first!)

Turning to our first meeting of “The Twins” at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier: It’s pretty clear in the mid-credits sequence that Quicksilver is still getting used to the physics and control of his super-speed powers; however, fans have been debating what it is, exactly, they saw Scarlet Witch doing with her abilities.

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In the scene, Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is seen levitating three blocks seemingly with her mind, until she smashes the blocks together in violent action before the screen suddenly cuts to black. The debate has been whether we observed dangerous telekinetic abilities at work, or if there was some hint as to Scarlet Witch’s “reality-altering hex powers” from the comics.

For her part, Olsen isn’t telling:

What am I doing [in the clip]? Whatever it looks like [Laughs]. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say ANYthing! I’m so terrified about everything Marvel!

Until we know more, fan speculation will likely continue to range from Marvel scaling Scarlet Witch’s powers down to a more manageable cache of psychic abilities to the character retaining her full abilities and somehow being connected to the Reality Stone – one of six Marvel Movie MacGuffins that could eventually culminate in a showdown with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in a later Avengers sequel. We’ll see.


VIEW: Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch Costume Photos



The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

BUT FIRST – Godzilla will storm theaters on May 16, 2014.


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  1. Can next year get here soon enough? Can’t wait for this movie!

  2. Well, I guess he won’t have to worry about returning for a Godzilla sequel because the nature of that character is that Godzilla can appear anywhere at any time and the human characters are insignificant in that they can play out a story and not have to worry about returning to it in future.

    I can appreciate his approach though because like other actors who refuse to do sequels, the feeling is that a sequel can just be a cash-grab that lacks the quality of the first one and it’s hard to feel whether it will be that type of film or something that expands on the first flick until it’s done and released.

  3. The only thing I DON’T like about comic movies, is that when good ones are made, you want sequels to be made. But here comes the bad part, most sequels take 2 to 3 years, and most are eager to see them (such as myself) and end up trying to rush life to see the sequel. See what I mean?

  4. Hopefully Quicksilver looks good, the X-Men version looks like a Goth guy playing racquetball.

    • No he looks more like Andy Warhol’s sidekick, if Andy Warhol had been a superhero. As silly as the costume in X-Men looks it actually is pretty clever and time appropriate. Fashion was ridiculous back then.

    • +1

    • ha yah, Aaron Taylor’s Quicksilver looks so much better then the Evan Peters one

    • Too bad the one that everyone claims is worse is the actual Quicksilver… not some bastardized version that has to adhere to the parameters set by the rival studio.

      • Huh? Opinions vary, BFD. Which one do you like and why?

      • Hypothetically, lets say quicksilver is just some random mutant used to break Magneto out of jail, and has no relation to Magneto along with no twin sister in XDOFP as highly suggest by interviews and trailers. Would that make him a bastardized version that has to adhere to the parameters set by a retarded studio?

        • suggested*

  5. what i don’t get is that they are mutants. Soooooo, what would Magneto think about this? Where is magneto? Where are the xmen in this? I know that they don’t have the rights, but wouldn’t that confuse us after DOFP? I just don’t get it. Are they not mutants? If so, that doesn’t make any sense. I want this to succeed as much as anybody, but you then look at plot holes and how they take care of their source material. They are both mutants. And that their father is the famous MAGNETO! So if they’re not mutants, would that the heinous? or would that be beneficial? Either way, to me, it doesn’t make any sense.

    • I do think this is the reason/point why FOX suddenly add Quicksilver to their movie (he was supposed to be Juggernaut). To blatantly shout to audience that the character belongs in their movie/franchise. But the difference in actors, design, and probably name (I think Whedon going to call Pietro by his name, and not Quicksilver like FOX do) won’t be confusing to general audience.

      Still, with the hint shown at the end of Winter Soldier, I get a feeling they won’t be mutants. Rather, human with gifted abilities (people on SHIELD’s index), or an 084 who are then infused with alien tech (Loki’s sceptre) to ‘broaden their mind’ and enable them to explore new powers. Kinda like Inhumans, IMO (inhuman are human altered using Kree’s substance). Their origin story will probably be more like Skye (and seemingly Coulson) in Agents of SHIELD, though she haven’t manifest her powers yet.

    • They are mutants in the comic universe, as well as any films by Fox, but they cannot be called mutants in the MCU. So heinous or not, get used to it.
      What I want to know is: were they born with those abilities, or were their powers created?

    • How does it not make sense for them not to be mutants? In the Captain America: The Winter Soldier post-credits scene, Baron Von Strucker procured Loki’s chitauri tesserect scepter from Hydra sleeper agents, and from what we can see, it appears as if Hydra scientists are using the scepter to experiment on Wanda and Pietro in an effort to create brainwashed soldiers like Bucky, but with superhuman powers courtesy of the scepter. They’re not mutants born with an X-Gene, they are likely just normal humans that were turned into “Miracles” via Hydra’s experiments.

    • It all makes no sense to you because you seem to lack in comic book knowledge. QS & SW were never Xmen and they hardly ever share a comic with their father magneto. They are Avengers first and I don’t even think people will care or notice they aren’t mutants.

      • Considering that days of future past has the same character. I’m just saying, it might confuse the audience. I know that they’re not xmen first. But I think that, even though their father is FREAKIN MAGNETO! Wouldn’t that confuse long time comic book fans? Maybe marvel studios really need to get their property back. ESPECIALLY SPIDERMAN!

        • It would only confuse long time comic book fans if aforementioned comic book fans were dumb. Lets give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they’ll know the difference and read into the reason behind two versions of the character on movie and comic book websites, yeah?

        • I think it will be the general public that will be confused. I can just imagine the arguments that non-comic readers will be having after seeing both films, which is why I would never go see these with non-comic readers 😛

        • It doesn’t look like Fox are even going to bother with the fact that Quicksilver is Magneto’s son. The trailers make it out as if Wolverine is the one who knows Quicksilver, and Fassbender certainly doesn’t look old enough to be QS’s father. I don’t really see this getting all that confusing for general audiences.

  6. Kinda portraying Aaron Taylor Johnson as a bit of dick… lol

    • He is getting into character. Quicksilver=dick.

    • I was thinking this too lol. I know it’s not intended but it did feel that way slightly.

  7. For Scarlet Witch power, I think with Agents of SHIELD continuously stating there’s no such thing as a proven ‘telekinetic’ power, that means her power is ‘altering reality’ as in using quantum energy to change the purpose or behavior of objects. Similar to how the ‘Soul Forge’ was used in Thor:The Dark World by Asgardian Scientist. IMO this power will be more explained in Doctor Strange movie…

    Which brings me to a wild guess, that she will indeed be in Strange’s movie. Or… she, along with Pietro probably will also join Cap in his 3rd movie, or perhaps in a future Inhuman movie (though not implying they are ones). Looking forward to see more of them in the future.

    • An Inhumans movie will happen eventually. Marvel is saying they have plans for two movies a year until 2028. Still, I doubt it is a detailed plan beyond phase five and obviously bad box-office could change their plans.

      • I’m definitely ready for an Inhumans movie: Black Bolt, Karnak, Triton, Gorgon, Medusa, Crystal, Lockjaw…yeah! I could watch that quite easily at this point in my life-time!!

  8. I wonder if they get the High Evolutionary and his scientist peers involved. Good tie-ins for Adam Warlock, Maelstrom and Spider-Woman down the line.

    • +1000

  9. I am really hepoped up for this movie, and really pumped that Q & SW are in this in some representation. I would like to se them in their early comics costumes, but I can live with whet they will be wearing in the actual movie, I think. I wish they were a little more like the canonical version form the early comics, but obviously there are some changes. Keep the incest junk out of the film, and I am definitely aboard. Now if only we could get Hank Pym/Goliath and Janet Van Dyne/Wasp in there, ASAP!!!! (Maybe Kang, who is a time-traveler, could go snatch them and bring them to the current-day Avengers scene?)

    • If I remember correctly, the incest was from the often crappy Ultimates line. You know the one that the new FF is based on.

      Quicksilvers costume/outfit looks like a modern version of his blue costume from the comics. That is the one he wore most often as an Avenger. The green was from when he was in the brotherhood. If you have never noticed before Green is he official color of bad guys in Marvel comics.

      • Green especially worn by Bob, agent of HYDRA.

        Also, the Marvel Studios films are taking cues from the Ultimates line too (Samuel L as Fury for the biggest example) but I can assume they’ll gloss over the incest thing.

        Unless……the characters are written as being in a relationship already and only referred to as “The Twins” by Strucker et al as some kind of code name and not because they’re actually related.

        Which would be weird and would also anger a lot of geeks but hey, you never know.

      • Huh? Hulk, jean grey, megan, iron fist, Vision, sub mariner ect. Sounds like someone’s token some green.

      • I dislike just about everything from the new FF reboot, as well. Call me negative…but I say I just appreciate quality (or you may substitute canon and tradition if you prefer). I can live with the costume Quicksilver has in Avengers movie #2. In the really eARLY COMICS WITH HIS FIRST APPEARENCES, HE HAD KIND OF A “DUMPY-DRAWERS’-LOOK GREEN AND WHITE COSTUME, i BELIEVE. tHAT LOOKED A BIT BAGGY OR NOT TOO STYLISH. lATER (STILL EARLY ON) HE GOT A BLUE MORE STREAM-LINED COSTUME, AND THIS IS THE ONE i WOULD HAVE PERHAPS PREFERRED TO SEE. (Oh, darn it, I hit the caps lock button, but since it is late, I am tired and not moving as fast as Quicksilver, I’m not gonna fix it. Luv y’all, but suffer through it!). It’s just that I get tired of everyone either looking like they are wearing street clothes or black leather. Oh, and you are right, b-Mite, green does seem to often prevail on many Marvel Badsters as they sashee down the runway on the big comics catwalk as far as their battling-togs go.

  10. I still say that concept of Quicksilver for avengers 2 looks like Chris Hardwick

  11. It’s pretty neat if you watch the original Kick Ass right now-

    Hey look! It’s Quicksilver and…. Quicksilver!

    • Hi ho Quicksilver…away!

      • Look! It’s Quickdraw McGraw!
        (“I’ll do the thinkin’ around here, Baba-Louie!”).
        (Some of you are probably too young to remember that cartoon…60s again.)
        How about Ricochet Rabbit?

  12. …CENSORED HOLLYWOOD NEWS: Entertainment industry cover up department: The supervising art director for Django Unchained, Interstellar (2014), Amazing Spider Man, Spider Man 3, Iron Man 1 &2, A Few Good Men, Lethal Weapon films, Charlies Angels and many other films lost at trial last month on charges of sexual a s s a u l t, libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress of award winning transgender singer Bralalalala. The director had been offering solicitation of the singers products but the singer did not realize it required sex until she was a s s a u l t e d on his couch after being declined a ride home. The girlfriend of the director lured the singer and other women to the house at other times on strictly platonic professional related pretenses. The directors effort to sue the singer and random others was dismissed. The criminal case remains pending and this civil case is not appealed. The case was not reported to keep the social status quo being that the victim is transgender and the assailant is a director of so many blockbuster films.

    • This is old news, so I am not sure of the point intended:

      “Jan 23, 2014 Los Angeles Music Award winning transgender hard rock singer Bralalalala has prevailed at trial against David Klassen, supervising art director for many Hollywood films such as Django Unchained, Interstellar (2014), Amazing Spider Man and Iron Man 1,2 among others, in a case where the director was charged with sexual assault, libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress of the singer.”

  13. This a the worry that many marvel and comicbook fans are facing.

    Are they mutants or some gifted individual….will not haveing the mutant label change the characters? Legitimate questions is also the relationship with the avengers and vision and the stark ran sheild. Idk the small changes will have ripples that down the line if marvel gains the xmen rights back.

  14. UMMM Scarlet Witch does not have telekinetic abilities whatsoever…..that is Jean Grey’s power…..What the hell is Hollywood doing???

    • Obviously in this universe she does.

  15. can you for the love of god get rid of sw emo girl costume…this costume sucks.. oh no shes wearing a red jacket.. wow how many women wear those is ny alone.. idiots


  17. It would be really daring if they actually went with the incestuous relationship between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the movies. Having them keep that secret and being so close would really effectively highten the drama. It would also force the audience to face the question of “forbidden love” in a modern version.

    Before in history it was love between persons from different social classes, interracial love, then gay love… now incestuous love is basically the only really forbidden love left for drama.

    And also, it would probably make the audience feel conflicted. Having a sibling pair help to save the world, putting their lives on the line…. and then we reject them and are disgusted by them because they deeply love each other? Or could we find it in our heart to accept their love?

    Anyway, would have been interesting. But of course they won’t go that route in the safe PG-13 superhero universe. But… as mentioned, would have been pretty ballsy to do so.