Leading up to the release of Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake we had the opportunity to chat with star Elizabeth Olsen about her at-the-time potential involvement in Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While not officially cast in the film at the time, Olsen had been answering questions about the character she was reportedly in talks to play (Scarlet Witch) for quite some time, becoming increasingly more open about details and her research, leading up to this week’s unsurprising official announcement.
We we can finally legitimately confirm that Elizabeth Olsen will be playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers 2 with Aaron Taylor-Johnson playing her bother, Quicksilver. Olsen’s career began just two years ago and immediately skyrocketed with critical acclaim for roles in indie hits including Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Beginning this week with the release of Oldboy, and more so next year with a lead role in Godzilla (funny enough, alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Olsen is quickly becoming a household name like her older twin sisters were years ago. Following these two high profile remakes comes a sequel to the biggest superhero movie of all-time and Olsen couldn’t be more excited, spending plenty of time reading up on Marvel Comics to learn the many stories involving her characters.
When chatting with Screen Rant, Olsen teased some of the more intriguing elements regarding Scarlet Witch’s superpowers and more recently, in an interview with Moviefone she explained that she met up with Avengers 2 writer/director Joss Whedon again recently to discuss the part.
I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently. I’m really excited about this movie. I’m so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I’m really enjoying it.
Introducing Scarlet Witch raises several interesting challenges for Marvel Studios. On the business side of things, the mutant origins of the character and her brother Quicksilver – and perhaps their abilities and real names – are owned by Twentieth Century Fox who hold the film rights to all things X-Men. So right off the bat we know the characters will not be the same as their source material counterparts.
The other challenge is with regards to Scarlet Witch’s powers, which could potentially make her the most powerful member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but also the most problematic from a storytelling standpoint. Quicksilver’s powers are rather simple in comparison – he’s extremely fast. Scarlet Witch on the other hand, is more “magical” in that she can alter probabilities and effectively change reality. In the major Marvel Comics crossover event House of M she actually erased the mutant gene from most of the world when she lost her temper.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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Scarlet Witch header art by Rick-4F
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