Official Age of Ultron prequel reveals Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's origins

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Feb 4, 2015, 12:05 PM EST

Ever since Captain America: The Winter Soldier introduced Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) — aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch — during the mid-credits scene, we’ve been wondering about their origins and why the heck they were in the evil paws of Hydra Big Bad Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann).

Sure, the bit revealed that the comic-book villain was conducting some sort of experiments with Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) scepter on the Twins; and we saw what kinds of superpowers the two wielded. Quicksilver displayed his super-speed, while Scarlet Witch exhibited some sort of cool, but scary, telekinetic powers. But what we didn’t know was that both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch volunteered for the experiment. And you can find out more about them in Marvel's stealth one-shot digital comic Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Scepter'd Isle, which has just been released.

Here’s a short blurb:

The Battle of New York is over, but the war has just begun! S.H.I.E.L.D. is taking a vested interest in artifacts recovered from the cataclysm...but they're not the only ones! Dive deeper into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this prelude to the upcoming film Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron in the stunning Infinite Comics style!

The one-shot digital comic, written by Will Corona Pilgrim and illustrated by Wellinton Alves, follows the path of Loki's scepter starting from the finale of 2012’s The Avengers right until it arrives into the hands of Baron Von Strucker. The story reveals that Baron Strucker used the scepter on test subjects in order to "unlock" any powers they might have.

Well, that’s an interesting twist, to say the least. The fact that the Hydra doctor uses the term “unlock” in the digital comics tells us that the Twins have inherent superpowers, but they needed them to be unlocked (hence being with Strucker in the first place), and we already know the reasons why they want 'em. The fact that powers need to be triggered is an idea that’s a bit similar to Marvel Comics’ “Inhumanity” event, which saw dormant Inhuman powers being triggered by an external force — and in the comics’ case, it was a Terrigen bomb. Now there are speculations that the crystal that powers Loki’s staff is either a Terrigen crystal or an Infinity Stone. The later hypothesis would make more sense, since early in the comic a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist claims that the crystal and the Tesseract (which is another Infinity Stone) are connected. 

Now, back to our dynamic twin duo. It’s been hinted before that both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are Inhumans — and not mutants — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because Marvel doesn’t hold the rights to call superpowered people mutants (Fox holds that right). And with the recent events of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which an Inhuman city is discovered by Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team, and in which Skye (Chloe Bennet) is also revealed as being an Inhuman by having her latent powers triggered, this leads us to believe that this is exactly what Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are in the MCU: Inhumans.

Anywho, have a look at a four-page preview below, and let us know what you guys think.

(via Newsarama)