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We’ve known for months that Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver would be newest addition to the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been circling the Quicksilver role for what feels like years, but it looks like his superheroine sister has beaten him to the punch. Elizabeth Olsen, the younger (and far more talented) sister of the Olsen twins and star of Martha Marcy May Marlene and the upcoming Oldboy and Godzilla reboots, is now in final talks for the role.

Scarlet Witch (who, along with her brother Quicksilver, have been a members of the Avengers since the 1960’s) has one of the most bizarre superpowers in Marvel Comics – specifically, the ability to cast hexes and manipulate probabilities. That sounds excruciatingly dull, I know; normally it translated into magically wishing bad luck upon her opponents via collapsing floors, exploding gas mains or misfiring weapons. In recent years she’s been upgraded a few times, to the extent that she can now alter the very fabric of reality.

Don’t expect a whole lot of probability-related gobbledygook in Age of Ultron. In discussing Scarlet Witch’s role, Joss Whedon has only referred to her as “magic” and “a witch” in the simplest of terms (those exact terms, in fact). He’s already admitted to removing her ridiculous M-shaped head garment. Expect Olsen’s Scarlet Witch to be a much more streamlined, modern take on the superhero who is also a witch and ends up in a loving, committed relationship with a robot. [The Hollywood Reporter]


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