Though Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced a number of new characters and team dynamics to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps the most important character is Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. Her story features a transformative arc, taking the character from a villainous sidekick to a seemingly full-fledged Avenger by the film's end.
Anthony and Joe Russo's upcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War is set to kick off Phase Three of the MCU, featuring an ensemble cast of new and returning characters large enough to rival either Avengers movie. The film will shake the foundation of the universe that's been meticulously built over the last twelve movies, forcing the heroes to choose sides and fight amongst themselves (as well as battling Daniel Brühl's Baron Zemo).
Though the sides have already been chosen, there's one character suspiciously absent from the lineup: Scarlet Witch. After the death of her brother at the end of Age of Ultron, she appeared to be committed to joining the Avengers and becoming a hero. However, considering the character's history of instability, many have wondered if she has fully recovered from his tragic death.
Speaking with MTV about her character, Olsen revealed new details about Scarlet Witch's state of mind as well as her role in the upcoming film.
"She's OK. She's doing alright. She's confused, she's conflicted. She's found some people she thinks she connects with, but she's doing alright. They released images of Team Cap and Team Iron Man. She wasn't there. She's always the wild card. I like being the wild card."
Olsen is referring to the image below, which shows the expected roster for the film minus Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch. This isn't the first time Olsen has called her character a "wild card," suggesting that the character might be the catalyst for the conflict in Captain America: Civil War. Her absence from the image would corroborate this idea, though it's also possible that the character will simply switch sides during the film.
Scarlet Witch's powers over reality could make her one of the heaviest hitters in the Avengers. In the interview, Olsen indicated that her powers may be evolving past what was shown in Age of Ultron and that she's currently working with movement coach Jennifer White to improve the character's sense of motion.
"It's not a new hand technique per se. We're trying to grow her movement as a whole... Jenny and I have great pride in trying to make this a huge transformation - the next time we see her - of her abilities."
If the character's powers evolve along the same course as they did in the comics, Scarlet Witch will eventually become powerful enough to rewrite reality itself. She famously did so in the storyline House of M, where she changed the entire world to grant all of the heroes their heart's greatest desires. What followed was a world ruled by mutants, with alternate takes on some of Marvel's most famous heroes. It's the character's most prominent role, one that Olsen has expressed interest in portraying in the films. However, she admits it's unlikely, specifically stating the storyline is too dark for the MCU.
There's no telling how large a role Scarlet Witch will play in Phase Three, but her powers give the creators behind the MCU plenty of options for new stories farther down the timeline.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.
Source: MTV News