Whedon Chats Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver in 'Avengers 2' on Fallon
A nugget of comic book news for fans to chew on this holiday weekend. To promote the upcoming release of his new Shakespeare film Much Ado About Nothing, writer/director Joss Whedon appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Friday evening and ended up chatting a bit about The Avengers 2. While they're still in the middle of early pre-production and casting on the Marvel Studios superhero sequel, Whedon did confirm that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be new characters added to the next one. Not a spoiler, just a confirmation. He also briefly explains why he wanted to add these two to the roster this time around.
The full video with Whedon can be seen below via NBC, however here are the key quotes from his interview:
"There are new characters. I've already said that we're going to have a brother/sister team, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who were great mainstays of The Avengers when I was reading the comics as a kid."
"Besides the fact that I grew up reading them, their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was, everybody basically had punchy powers. 'I can hit,' 'I can also hit.' Hopefully it didn't get too boring. But coming into the second one, [Quicksilver]'s got super speed. [Scarlet] can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. There's good stuff that they can do that will help sort of keep it fresh."
For anyone confused by what exactly he's talking about, here is a quick breakdown on the characters. The two are mutants, brother and sister, with Quicksilver possessing superhuman speed and Scarlet Witch able to control probability, or the power to alter reality, which should make for an interesting twist in the next movie. The pair were originally recruited by their father Magneto after he saves Scarlet Witch when she accidentally causes a house to burst into fire. They come from the X-Men universe, but are being crossed over, though exact details on how are unknown. Though it's cool to see Whedon talking openly about them.
At the moment we're still waiting for casting on these two characters and other details that slip out. I'm also curious if we'll see other characters in the mix, like Ant-Man, or if there's already a big enough ensemble being planned for Avengers 2. Disney/Marvel has the sequel set for release in May 2015 a few years away.