As we creep ever closer to the release of superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron next month, Marvel are helping us get to know a few new additions to the squad – superfast Quicksilver and the magic-weaving Scarlet Witch.
The brother-sister duo (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elzabeth Olsen) will apparently start the film as baddies allied with main robot villain Ultron (James Spader), before coming round to the Avengers’ way of thinking – though not before having some fun first.
New footage in the featurette shows Olsen’s Scarlet Witch use her abilities to mess with the Avengers’ heads (including Robert Downy Jr’s Tony Stark), while Johnson’s Quicksilver takes a more direct approach with his “faster than a bullet” super-speed to knock Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on his behind. Hopefully there are no hard feelings…
First appearing in Marvel comics in 1964, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (real names Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, above) were villains for several years before joining the Avengers and redeeming themselves alongside Hawkeye and Captain America (played by Chris Evans in Marvel’s film universe).
Interestingly, in the source comics the pair are the children of mutant terrorist Magneto (played by Ian Mckellen and Michael Fassbender in Fox’s X-Men films) as well as being mutants themselves, but rights issues between Marvel and Fox mean their backstories have had to be changed.
As well as altering their parentage and the source of their superpowers, the rights issues mean that Fox were able to include a version of Quicksilver played by Evan Peters in X-Men: Days of Future Past, as can be seen in the clip below.
“He’s fast and quick and anxious, and she’s grounded and thoughtful,” Olsen says of the super-powered twins in the clip.
“They only have one another – its kind of just them against the world,” added Johnson.
Looks like the Avengers can expect double trouble, then…
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in the UK on 23rd of April