Joss Whedon is pitting Earth’s mightiest heroes against a mechanical monstrosity in 2015, with the upcoming feature “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Today confirmation has been verified that two new characters will be involved in the story. According to sources, Aaron Taylor Johnson has been cast as the speedster known as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen will play the bewitching sorceress, Scarlet Witch.
Prior to joining Marvel’s “Avenger’s Initiative,” Aaron Taylor Johnson has starred in films such as “Kick-Ass,” “Anna Karenina” and “Nowhere Boy.” Olsen is known for her roles in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Silent House” and “Kill Your Darlings.” The two actors will also be featured in a 2014 reboot of “Godzilla.”
In the Marvel Universe, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, the children of X-Men antagonist Magneto. Pietro is a mutant with the ability of super human speed while his twin sister, Wanda, is a mutant master of probability manipulation or Chaos Magic. Though they originate from the X-Men universe they are heavily involved with the Avengers storyline, so you can see the appeal to director Joss Whedon, who has been fascinated with adding the super siblings into his “Avengers Initiative,” although it is still unclear which side they will be on or how they will be introduced into this saga since “The Avengers” has no ties to Fox’s “X-Men” film saga.
“The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will follow the remaining Phase two installments, “Thor: the Dark World,” “Captain America: the Winter Soldier,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is set for release in summer 2015. This sequel also stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader as Ultron.