Joss Whedon Confirms Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for THE AVENGERS 2; Talks about Iron Man’s Return

     May 17, 2013


The twin brother-sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have been likely contenders to join The Avengers 2 since April when Joss Whedon teased, “I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie.”  Kevin Feige followed that even though the characters fall into a legal grey area (The characters are mutants, Magneto is their father, and Fox could have possession since they own X-Men), they would be available.  Today, Whedon has confirmed that the characters will be in The Avengers 2.

Hit the jump for more including what Whedon had to say about bringing Iron Man into The Avengers 2.

avengers-2-quicksilver-scarlet-witchSpeaking to IGN, Whedon said:

“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”

For those unfamiliar with the characters, Quicksilver (a.k.a. “Pietro Maximoff) has the power of super-speed and Scarlet Witch (a.k.a. “Wanda Maximoff”) is far more complicated.  She can cast “hexes” which manipulate probability, alter reality, and are a form of “chaos magic”.  Scarlet Witch is definitely a character who complicates matters, but presumably the film will define the limits of her abilities so that she simply can’t blink Thanos out of existence.  It’s also worth noting that the characters have decades of history and exist it different continuities, so we don’t know what Whedon is targeting as his source material.  As a side note, SHH heard that actress Saoirse Ronan is the “prototype” for Scarlet Witch.  No one has been cast, but it could means they’re looking for someone young (Ronan is 19) and British even though the brother and sister are Eastern European in the comics.


robert-downey-jr-iron-man-3Whedon also discussed what to do with Tony Stark following the events of Iron Man 3:

“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve changed’ — he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, ‘Yes!’”

The larger question is “Will he show up played by Robert Downey Jr.?”  The actor isn’t officially signed on to The Avengers 2, and he already pulled in $50 million from The Avengers.  His quote is obviously going to go up, and the question is if Marvel will pay for the popular actor.  They’ve discussed the possibility of going the James Bond route where they simply recast the role without a passing of the torch.  However, Iron Man 3 just crossed $1 billion worldwide, and it’s doubtful the movie would have reached that total so quickly without Downey in the title role.  There are bigger risks than throwing in a character who can manipulate reality.

  • Bob

    Not sure how I feel about this. He has to introduce them before Avengers somehow but I dont know how he is. The only way I think of is thtough thr SHIELD Tv series. If you watch the trailer, you actually briefly see someone running fast as hell(and I mean Quicksilver fast as hell). I just don’t know how well the series is gonna pan out though. We’ll see I guess. I hopr Whedon knows what he’s doing. In Whedon we Trust.

    • Nathaniel Haywood

      It’ll be tricky but not impossible. Hawkeye and Maria Hill were not in anything else (except for like 3 seconds of Thor for Hawkeye) and that worked out reasonably well. It seems to me like they may start out as people the Avengers have to deal with but then team up with to face Thanos. Or their reluctant recruits to SHIELD as an alternative to them being locked up for “terrorist” activity. There’s lots of ways to do it.

      • Nunegro

        I dig this idea, reminds me of how they were handled in the Ultimates continuity which would make sense considering.

      • PrimeTimeAly

        But I think quicksilver and scarlet which are more complicated characters that have to fit in well instead of just agents doing their job

    • Lex Walker

      That’s an interesting idea, if they were the main villains for the first season of SHIELD and end up locked in SHIELD’s holding cells only to be recruited in the movie.

    • Chad Duerksen

      Why does he “have to” introduce them before Avengers? They can be in Avengers without having an origin story or having been seen elsewhere. Audiences will get it.

  • peter

    i hope they dont screw them up like they did with hawkeye

    • Johnson

      Hawkeye was perfect.

      • no


      • Alex Sanchez

        Hawk eye was fine but I wouldn’t say perfect! The problem was you really didn’t know much about him and half of the movie he was in mind control. Barton is deep character with some some history of his own but they couldn’t go into all of that because of all the other heroes

    • Carlos Shabo

      you are one of those people who thought he deserved more screen time than Captain America, Hulk, Iron-man and Thor….


      • Hush

        you are one of those people who though he deserved to be some henchman for Loki…


  • Freeman

    Morena Baccarin is tailor made for the role of Scarlet Witch. Please, Joss: cast her!

    • Lorena Sanz Vallas


  • Prathap Kutty

    tom felton for quick silver and saoirse is perfect for scarlet witch

  • RAR

    Not to sound like a huge nerd, but I get annoyed when people talk about “different continuities” or different versions of characters. At Marvel there is one main universe/continuity/canon/whatever (the one people refer to as the 616 universe…don’t ask). The only other big one is “Ultimate” universe. So far, the movies have mostly pulled from the main one, because it is the main one, although the Sam Jackson Nick Fury is notably the Ultimate Nick Fury (Hawkeye also feels more like the Ultimate Hawkeye). Basically, there is a 90% chance that they will pull from the main canon (although technically both the 616 and Ultimate universes are part of the same multiverse…again, don’t ask), anything else will be either from the Ultimate comics or original to the movies.

    My point was that it’s not as complicated as most people seem to think…but I don’t know if that came across…

  • Kriptonian Knight

    1 billion plus for IM3 = bigger payday for RDJ and he’s earned it. There is a term called ROR (Rate of return) and you would be tripping over dollars to pick up pennies by not bringing RDJ back for A2 and A3. As for Iron Man sequels, I think he’s done.

  • TotesMcGotes

    I’m not very familiar with Scarlet Witch,but more Saoirse Ronan is never a bad thing.

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  • jk

    If Feige is smart, he’ll play ball with RDJ.

  • Nunegro

    Gotta admit, I’m disappointed by this. Even if it works out story wise, I would have loved to have seen The Black Panther re-imagined to play a role in this shared Universe.

  • LEM

    Those are some odd choices given the other options they have but I think the best thing they can do is to cover as much ground as possible to intro stories and characters in the S.H.I.E.L.D series and integrate them into the movies.

  • Yurine

    I just hope this doesn’t turn into a weird x-men and Avengers crossover thing. It would be weird see thor in an x-men movie and wolverine hitting on black widow.


    Black Panther needs to be confirmed and then I’ll be happy lol. Dude needs his own movie though. He’s awesome enough as a character to have his own movie and then be put into The Avengers movie. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are good choices for Avengers 2. Hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem telling their stories and fitting them into the plot of the movie at the same time.

  • sense11

    Just pay the man

  • Carlos Shabo

    Gosling for Quicksilver please. would love to see Ian Mckellan and Gosling on the screen together

    • Lex Walker

      That wouldn’t happen anyway considering the X-Men universe where Mckellan is Magneto is produced by Fox and Gosling would be the Quicksilver in the Marvel produced films which have nothing to do with one another as far as continuity goes. It would be cool though.

    • Andrew Sanders

      Yeah,Gosling’s a brilliant choice for Quicksilver.
      Hope they get somebody decent for Scarlet Witch as she’s one of my fave characters in the sprawling Marvel Universe.
      I’d heard/read somewhere that they may be saving Thanos for Phase 3,…even though he was glimpsed at the end of The Avengers.Anybody else get that or was i dreaming?

      • Lex Walker

        That’s what I wish was happening, but now that Guardians are Phase 2 and Ant-Man is Phase 3, it seems likely we’ll get Thanos for Avengers 2 and possibly Ultron for Phase 3.

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  • Dare Devil

    so they are gonna be kind of in a negative role ….

  • Wega

    Well, they need to bring somebody they can actually kill, don’t they?

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  • Andrew Brown

    for starters Quick Silver is her brother yes but was part of the Brotherhood of Evil and than Xmen not the Avengers or anywhere near them in the comics only when he was fighting them ! Scarlet Witch yes but only if they Introduce the Vision but seeing how Ultron and Hank Pym are all tied together and Ant Man no where near The Avengers they will just throw shit at the wall and see what sticks and fuck with comic history as usual !! Not to mention that both Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch are Magneto’s children ..I wonder if Wedon will even mention that in this film !!! Will we ever see Xmen , Avengers and FF on the same screen ??

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