Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch; Reveals Whether They’re Friend or Foe

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And the Avengers: Age of Ultron goods just keep on coming.  After yesterday’s image debuts, this morning brought news concerning Paul Bettany’s version of The Vision in the Marvel sequel.  Now, continuing Entertainment Weekly’s extensive set visit coverage, we have thoughts from writer/director Joss Whedon and new additions Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  Whedon reveals which side we find the brother-sister duo land on and discusses their unique family dynamic, while the actors further talk about their iterations of the comics characters.  Hit the jump to read on, though be aware there might be minor spoilers (that will likely be revealed in the trailers anyway).

avengers-age-of-ultron-quicksilverSpeaking with EW, Whedon says the twin siblings Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will act as antagonists for the titular Avengers:

“They’re on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to. With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody. And now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.”

Whedon added that the new duo harbor a secret grudge against the Avengers:

“I’m interested because there’s familial issues with that kind of resentment. You can sort of go deeper and I can play with their relationships and I can play with attitudes. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver hate them with a fiery hate…”

avengers-age-of-ultron-quicksilver-scarlet-witchHowever, that grudge might not exactly hold for the entirety of the film if this concept art image is any indication.  Speaking to their brother-sister connection, Taylor-Johnson said Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch compliment each other well:

“They’re gypsies in a way. They’re romani. They’re sort of like travellers…There’s a lot of clashing. He’s quick tempered. He gets agitated. He’s impatient. But he’s super protective. They’re very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he’s physical and she’s psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.”

As for Scarlet Witch’s supernatural powers, Olsen says she doesn’t have complete control over actions:

“The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.”

Look for much more on Avengers: Age of Ultron in our full Marvel panel recap from Comic-Con next weekend.  The film opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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  • Jack Dennis

    lets say marvel gets the rights back to x men in the next 20 years.how are they going to explain quicksilver and scarlet witch.it will be a shame not to use their full back stories.they also can’t just have mutants exist out of nowhere.wouldn’t make sense.they would have to reboot the entire MCU.i really don’t care if marvel gets x men back because i think x men deserves its own universe entirely which is why i have no problem fox keeping the rights as long as they keep churning out movies as good as DoFP.

    • milo

      Even if they got Xmen or Spidey back I wouldn’t be surprised if they completely put them on the back burner for a few years and didn’t bring them back until they felt like they needed to take a break and possibly reboot the current MCU. Which could be closer to twenty years. Or in the case of Xmen they could pick and choose characters who haven’t already been used in the Fox films. At this point there’s no clean way to merge the two universes but wait long enough and they can reboot everything and put them all together in a cohesive way.

      • Jack Dennis

        which is why x men should stay with fox and spiderman at sony. i also think fox and sony should merge FF and spiderman.thats the only crossover that would make sense.spiderman definitely needs a boost as well as FF.they would only benefit each other.FF could work in TASM series and peter parker could show up in FF to work with richard reeds. that crossover movie would make a billion dollars and bring something fresh to both series.

      • RiddleThemThis

        The Human Torch and Spider-man are known to be good friends, so having them exist in the same world does make sense.

      • Jack Dennis

        i hope that sony and fox are willing to work with each other and make this happen.they would be stupid not to help each other.

    • Tox1cboy

      They should explain that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilvers powers were still apart of their DNA, but were awakened, not by puberty, but the Loki stick. That way they can still have a sort of “X gene” but not be explicitly called Mutants.

  • Jack Dennis

    lets say marvel gets the rights back to x men in the next 20 years.how are they going to explain quicksilver and scarlet witch.it will be a shame not to use their full back stories.they also can’t just have mutants exist out of nowhere.wouldn’t make sense.they would have to reboot the entire MCU.i really don’t care if marvel gets x men back because i think x men deserves its own universe entirely which is why i have no problem fox keeping the rights as long as they keep churning out movies as good as DoFP.

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  • gar216

    Quicksilver looks kind of generic in that picture.

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    So. Many. Characters.
    But, I still like the sound of this. Seems like everyone has a logical place for the most part, and these starting as enemies gives their characters somewhere to go.

    • mbmarquis69

      I had similar concerns for DOFP — the cast was so large, I didn’t know how they were going to pull that off without shortchanging someone or overwhelming the narrative. But it worked.

      Where A2 is concerned, Whedon knows how to work with large ensembles, so I’m not concerned there. What remains to be seen is if the story works and moves the MCU forward in interesting ways.

  • Travis Gowen

    I have faith that everything in this movie is going to be amazing. However, I never have been a fan of the start as a bad guy, end as a good guy cliche which is where I see this one heading for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

    • senorjorge

      It would be interesting if only one of them had the bad to good character arc, while the other stayed on team Ultron.

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