Elizabeth Olsen on why Avengers 2 is really Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's 'origin story'

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Jan 27, 2015, 1:53 PM EST (Updated)

The upcoming Avengers sequel Age of Ultron promises to cram in a boatload of characters, but don’t think that means new additions Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be getting short shrift.

The second Avengers film looks to take several major world-building steps, by both establishing folks with new powers and showing how the world has changed in the wake of the alien attack on NYC. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver are arguably the biggest additions to the roster (along with Paul Bettany’s Vision), and now Olsen has revealed we might be seeing even more of the new folks than we’d thought.

In an interview with the print edition of Empire, transcribed via Comic Book Movie, the actress described the Avengers sequel as an origin story of sorts for her character and Quicksilver. Considering that director Joss Whedon has a penchant for writing strong women (his first Avengers script was famously described as a “very Wasp-y draft”), it’s no surprise that he put some time and attention into the first major female super-powered being addition:

“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. 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's not a mutant!”

Along with those reveals, Olsen also offered up some additional backstory on “The Twins,” which seems to fit with the footage we’ve glimpsed in those initial trailers. Apparently Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were raised in a country where the U.S. (and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by extension) are hated, which might explain why they’re so willing to join up with Ultron in the early goings:

“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 growing 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.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. Do you like what Olsen had to say?

(Via Empire, Comic Book Movie)