One of the newest additions to the Avengers roster this year is Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. The actress recently spoke to Empire magazine and gave a few details about her character’s powers and origins in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
She first talked about her approach to creating a unique version of the character: “The coolest thing about Scarlet Witch is, because you’ve never seen her, we got to create how she moves. Joss was really inspired by dancers, and so he knew that he wanted to change visually how she moves, to be more like a dancer than a fighter. I didn’t really have to do much stunt training. Instead I trained with a dancer, Jenny White, which was its own kid of soreness, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be.”
“Age of Ultron is almost our origin story, so we don’t have one of those montages where heroes learn all of their powers in five minutes”, she continues. “We are still discovering the things we can and cannot do. The extent of her powers isn’t fully explored in Ultron. But she can manipulate objects. And she has visions, and she has the ability to share them.” She then clarifies her comment from Comic Con this year: “She’s not a mutant!”
She adds how both her character and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver stand against the Avengers: “Obviously there are plenty of countries in the world that hate America, for whatever history and pain they believe it has caused their own country and their own lives. That is the world we have created for Wanda and Pietro, to have been brought up in. What you’re told a lot of times goriwng up is that that, country, those people, their way of living is the reason why we have been bombed. [The Avengers] are the worst evil in Wanda and Pietro’s mind, not this guy who hasn’t done anything yet.”
Finally she was asked about any relationship between Scarlet Witch and the character The Vision:”I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she responded.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April 24th 2015 and North America on May 1st 2015, with Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (JARVIS / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), James Spader (Ultron), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho) and Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw).