Joss Whedon Explains the Problem With Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and The Vision

By July 18, 2014

This week’s Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly really is the Avengers-centric gift that keep on giving. So far this week, they’ve already given us our first look at Ultron from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (along with a few tantalizing reveals about what he’s up to in the film) and a big batch of stills that focus on some of the biggest members of our favorite hero team. Now the magazine has shared a new facet of their massive Avengers package — one the focuses on some new heroes.

Avengers: Age of Ultron won’t just introduce the eponymous Ultron, it will also serve as the inaugural film (well, beyond that Captain America tag) for Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and The Vision (voiced by Paul Bettany, the previous voice of Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. system, and no, that is not a coincidence). Director Joss Whedon shared with EW a little bit more of what we can expect from the new possible team members. It’s a little problematic.


When it comes to the brother-sister pairing of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, well, they’re already coming with some of their own baggage. Whedon says:

They’re on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to. With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.

Well, oops. Here are two mutants who are not sure of their own powers and a crazy robot who can’t really control itself, who are all apparently on “Team Ultron” (and how that’s going to break down over the course of the film and why that puts them apparently in opposition to The Avengers team is intriguing on its own). Yow!

The outlet also shared a clearer take on Quicksilver, as star Taylor-Johnson explained about his role and how it works with Olsen’s:

There’s a lot of clashing. He’s quick tempered. He gets agitated. He’s impatient. But he’s super protective…They’re very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he’s physical and she’s psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is still filming in London, and will include returning stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bettany, along with newbies Olsen, Taylor-Johnson, Thomas Kretschmann, and James Spader.

The film will hit theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.