With a main cast that includes roughly a dozen major characters, Avengers: Age of Ultron certainly had a lot of character arcs and subplots to juggle when it hit theaters this past summer. Still, even with all that the Joss Whedon film had going on, it's safe to say that Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch proved to be something of a standout among the new additions.
After all, her character's powers represent a side of the Marvel universe that hasn't really been explored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing the concept of alternate realities and mind control to Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Loki's "glow stick of destiny" aside). So her decision to join the main team by the end of Age of Ultron should be an interesting thread to follow throughout subsequent films.
"[Scarlet Witch is] someone who's more powerful than she's able to control and she ends up going insane because of it. And she's like a wildcard. You never know [if] she's a hero or a villain, and that's a very fun part. ... I think [Captain America: Civil War is] going to be the best one. For real, I am very excited to see it myself. I only worked on set for five weeks. So I wasn't there for the majority of it."
The fact that Olsen wasn't present for the bulk of filming isn't too surprising. Captain America: Civil War is already tasked with serving a tremendous chunk of the established MCU -- and introducing a certain wall-crawling hero along the way. The film will likely be honing in on the central pieces of the conflict for most of its running time, allowing Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to take center stage while the other heroes will probably appear mostly during action set piece.
Still, Olsen's prediction that the next MCU film will be the best one yet is a bold claim, as a number of installments already hold spots on our list of the best superhero films of all time. If the actress's words of praise for Daniel Brühl's evil Baron Zemo are any indication, there's a chance that the third Captain America adventure (directed by Captain American: The Winter Soldier helmsmen Anthony and Joe Russo) could rank among the finest MCU entries to date.
"[Daniel] Brühl is an incredible actor and he's playing the main villain in it. And he's incredible! It's a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it's darker and it's allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines."
That description certainly sounds in line with what we've heard about the story so far, since its conflict should be far more ideological in nature than the Avengers' showdown with Ultron's robot army. However, as with every other comic book adaptation these days, there's the chance that the film's plot developments could be spoiled well ahead of its theatrical debut - a strange phenomenon that Olsen can't help but find frustrating.
"Being part of a Marvel movie makes me feel like I'm doing the most top secret thing in the world. It's ridiculous because it's a film, but also it's too bad when people want to spoil things about movies or paparazzi are on set taking pictures of certain things. And everyone then gets to guess what it is that you're filming. And it ruins it for everyone. It just so happens that in Avengers [Age of Ultron] we were able to keep a lot of things secret so there were surprises for the audience which is great.
Olsen has an excellent point here. There's a distinct difference between speculating on what might happen in a much-anticipated release and tearing apart every bit of spoiler-filled information to piece together the film months before it's even complete. Naturally, social networks make it harder than ever for films as high-profile as Marvel's to keep filming under wraps, but here's hoping that Captain America: Civil War manages to keep its best moments unseen until next May.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.