Elizabeth Olsen in 'Avengers 2' and Paul Giamatti in 'Spider-Man 3'
Two casting confirmations in the world of Marvel comic book adaptations have surfaced today, straight from the talent playing them. First up, we already know that Paul Giamatti is playing Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but director Marc Webb says that Jamie Foxx as Electro is the primary villain in the film. Considering the rumors of a lead-up to to the assembly of the Sinister Six, many assumed Giamatti would likely return on one of the other two sequels set for 2016 and 2018. Now Giamatti himself has confirmed to Collider that he will return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but isn't yet signed for The Amazing Spider-Man 4. If the fourth film really does feature Spider-Man's nemesis team, he'll probably be back.
Meanwhile, following rumors that Elizabeth Olsen would be taking the role of Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a report about Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy confirmed that she was in final talks for the role. However, we never heard that a deal had closed. But if Samuel L. Jackson is to be believed, then Olsen is officially part of the cast. Speaking with The Wall Street Journal about the sequel, Jackson couldn't reveal much about the sequel, mostly because he didn't know tons of details, but he did say:
"I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script.”
For those unaware, Scarlet Witch uses a power called Chaos Magic Reality Warping, the superhuman ability to manipulate chaos magic. Her hexes essentially destabilize probabilities by inducing chaos. She's also the brother of Quicksilver, another hero Joss Whedon has confirmed will be in the sequel, and may be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. With the production date looming nearer, hopefully we'll learn more about the Marvel superhero ensemble sequel sooner than later.