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.

Page 2: Olsen Describes Psychologically Damaged Scarlet Witch

Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The 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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Source: Moviefone

Scarlet Witch header art by Rick-4F


At least a few key characteristics and potential plot points will be kept from Scarlet Witch’s history in the books, at least it seems that way from Olsen’s description of the character:

“I just love Scarlet Witch. I love her. It’s so funny because I’m often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch… She is a messed up lady. She has got more sh*t to deal with than anybody else I know. I’m excited to figure out what’s appropriate to use for her, because there’s so much material from all of these decades, and we’re going to tell this one story. So to be able to choose what you’re going to bring into it from all of this abundance, it’s really fun.”

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have a troubled history, switching sides from “hero” to “villain” by association (their father is X-Men villain Magneto) on multiple occasions. If the character is “messed up” in in the film, we’re curious how she and her bro meet The Avengers, why they sign up, and what their connections are with the new origins of Ultron. Joss Whedon is introducing the pair for very specific story reasons and while we know Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver don’t necessarily agree with what The Avengers do, there are some very interesting story implications of an unpredictable, super-powered and potentially psychologically damaged character like Scarlet Witch – especially considering her odd relationships.

Ultron, a sentient AI, created another android character named Vision in the comics – the husband of Scarlet Witch and another Avenger. In the Ultimate Marvel Comics stories of The Avengers, it’s Ultron who actually kills Scarlet Witch (who in this version has an overly loving relationship with her brother) so there are definitely some dark times ahead, as Whedon has suggested in the past when saying “awful” things will happen to the team.

Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see from Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s costumes, powers and relationships in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The 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.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes for your Marvel movie news!

Source: Moviefone

Scarlet Witch header art by Rick-4F

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