While discussing his surprise guest spot on the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Samuel L. Jackson mentioned some production details of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. During the interview he let slip that Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been added to the film’s already large cast as the Scarlet Witch.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise since she has been rumored to be in discussions to play the Scarlet Witch for quite some time. I can’t say I’m familiar with her work but I imagine she has to be pretty talented to be able to make it out of the shadow of her famous sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley. I also don’t know that much about the character of Scarlet Witch other than she is known to frequently team up with her super-speedster twin brother Quicksilver (also rumored to appear in the movie and most likely to be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this news since there were more than enough characters in the first movie. There’s already six team members, all the major S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and not to mention the possibility of integrating other characters from the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America movies which really makes me question if there’s enough room left in the script to properly develop the Scarlet Witch (and likely Quicksilver). Even the first film had problems in this department since Hawkeye spent the majority of his screen time playing a mindless drone to Loki. Then again, for all the misgivings I’ve had in the past about these movie’s Marvel has almost always managed to prove me wrong and I’m inclined to give anything written by Joss Whedon the benefit of the doubt
Elizabeth Olsen can next be seen in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy set to be released on November 27th and next summer’s remake of Godzilla.
Do you think Olsen is a good choice for the Scarlet Witch role? Are you excited for the sequel? Is there another character you want to make an appearance? Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you think.
Source: The Wall Street Journal