Elizabeth Olsen talks Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron


We’ve heard from Robert Downey Jr and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and now Elizabeth Olsen talks about Scarlet Witch to Empire. Elizabeth Olsen talked about the approach that Joss Whedon wanted for Scarlet Witch. “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,” said Olsen. “I didn’t really have to do much stunt training. Instead I trained with a dancer, Jenny White, which was its own kind of soreness, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be.”

But when it comes to what Scarlet Witch can do, Olsen said, “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.” Olsen added, “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.

One of the funniest moments from the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con panel was when Olsen almost said that one forbidden word. “She’s not a mutant! I almost screwed that up at Comic-Con. I almost said “mutated” and everyone was, “Oooooooh!” It was one of the worst things ever.”


This isn’t the first time that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson starred together in the same film. Both actors starred in Godzilla as husband and wife. Many speculated that the incestual undertones between Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver would be seen, but Olsen talked about how the situation isn’t weird transitioning from Godzilla to Avengers: Age of Ultron. “You never actually are husband and wife with someone you’re working with. You’re just friends. You never have a relationship with them.” Olsen continues, “It makes it a bit different to have a familiarity with someone before you start a job, especially when you’re about to play twins who are inseparable, more so than husband and wife.”

The twins’ allegiance switches a lot in the film. They go from Baron von Strucker to Ultron to The Avengers. It sounds as if a lot of it has to do with how they were raised. “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.” Olsen continues, “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. They [the Avengers] are the worst evil in Wanda and Pietro’s mind, not this guy [Ultron] who hasn’t done anything yet.”

Olsen also talked about the possibility of a romance between Scarlet Witch and The Vision (Paul Bettany)? “[Laughs] I don’t know what you’re talking about…” Okay, so maybe not.

Avengers: Age of Ultron destroys theaters on May 1st.

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