Elizabeth Olsen Explains What She Loves About The 'Scarlet Witch' Character

Elizabeth Olsen Explains What She Loves About The 'Scarlet Witch' Character

Yesterday the Martha Macy May Marlene actress finally confirmed that she will indeed play Wanda Maximoff in Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel. Now while chatting to AICN, Olsen discusses what drew her to the character.

Since Elizabeth Olsen confirmed that she'll play Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age Of Ultron yesterday, we've heard from quite a few outlets who've managed to get a few more vague details out of her. Now while talking to AICN about her role in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake, the actress offers up a few more tidbits. First off, she has indeed seen the costume - though she won't give even the tiniest hint as to what it could look like. "I do have a sense," she says when quizzed about the character's pretty revealing outfit from the comics. "But I have logic and mind enough not to share it. [laughs] I know what the costume is going to be more or less like. I'm just excited that she's never been portrayed in film or on television before." More interestingly Olsen also talks about Scarlet Witch's personality and powers; but bear in mind she could just be talking about the comic book incarnation - we may not see the movie version exhibit all of these abilities.

"She's crazy. She has more things wrong with her than any character I've ever played. She can tell you where an object has been, she can tell you what your future is, she can connect with the dead and people from the past, the future, other universes, and she's the only person in this universe who's capable of doing that. She's unbelievable; it's so cool. I grew up loving STAR WARS and LORD OF THE RINGS, and anything that has another type of world or universe aspect to it is so fun."

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Lightsplasher - 11/12/2013, 9:39 AM
It's great to have an actress which likes her character , more and more actors and actress likes them , this is good
Bl00dwerK - 11/12/2013, 9:44 AM
If she says "No more mutants" will FOX's rights disappear?
AsgardianHobo - 11/12/2013, 9:47 AM
LOL Bl00dwerk
Brainiac13 - 11/12/2013, 9:48 AM


I'm looking forward to her interpretation of SW
Rhysno1 - 11/12/2013, 9:50 AM
Scarlett Witch is such a badass
marcvader1 - 11/12/2013, 9:54 AM
Favorite female Avenger of all time.
Mephisto - 11/12/2013, 9:54 AM
Bl00dwerK, you just made my day.
Omarvls - 11/12/2013, 9:55 AM
Scarlett Witch vs Wonder Woman ?
TheWolverine08 - 11/12/2013, 9:56 AM
She probably didn't know the character existed until a few months ago. Lol. At least she is passionate.
antman73 - 11/12/2013, 9:57 AM
beside a few the most powerful earth based humans/mutants/inhumans are females. Scarlet witch, jean grey, susan storm. beside franklin richards who's going to be net next universe galactus...

actress SEEm to like their character, I think some does others just try to assure a most renowed and well paid job, nothing qrong with it. Ever heard someone compling about thei character and actually play him/her? I never heard.
CherryBomb - 11/12/2013, 9:57 AM
I've always loved Scarlet Witch.
She's a great character with lots of depth.

The powers they're giving her sound cool.
I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for probability manipulation but I won't hold my breath.

marvelstudios - 11/12/2013, 9:59 AM
Looking forward to see Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver join the Avengers.

Long Live the MCU!
Tainted87 - 11/12/2013, 10:00 AM
Bloodwerk - tee hee.
I remember when Fox was in charge of roughly half the CBMs coming out between 2000 and 2007. So much has changed since then. I made this video way back when.


Honestly, the only thing I'm a little worried about with Scarlet Witch is her powers. I've heard that she's going to have telekinesis, and that's.... well, off. I understand how they'd want to limit her hexes, but I sure hope that's just the tip of the iceberg.

On a side note, considering how the MCU is gradually steering us towards the Infinity Gauntlet - wouldn't it be interesting if Wanda was literally the Reality Gem? Or perhaps more will be revealed with Doctor Strange in that respect.
ParisSun - 11/12/2013, 10:06 AM

Probability powers would be great to see done on film. I don't think we've seen anything like it, so it would be something to see it realized.

But with these movies, it seems like MCU has tried to water down the powers of their supers. Hulk and Thor are no where near as powerfull in the movies as they are in the comics. Even Cap doesn't has been powered down and he's a human. I imagine that they are not going to give SW all of her abilities for fear that she will appear too overpowered and the sense of danger is minimized.
McNyagano - 11/12/2013, 10:10 AM

Lmao xD That comment made my day :') lol xD
knocturnalzen10 - 11/12/2013, 10:12 AM
wonder if she'll be using chaos magic .............
JGAR - 11/12/2013, 10:18 AM
Hope she'll do a good job.
nikgrid - 11/12/2013, 10:18 AM
...Money, lots of money.
BritishMonkey - 11/12/2013, 10:39 AM
I think i know just how the costume will look.
Malcopunch - 11/12/2013, 10:47 AM
I have a theory that her powers might be not only from the Terrigan Mists but having the Reality Gem Sealed inside her while Quicksilver has the Time Gem inside him..that's just a theory
Equivocal - 11/12/2013, 10:47 AM

funniest comment I've heard in a looooong time !!!

CarlXVIGarfield - 11/12/2013, 10:51 AM

Wow, not a bad theory! Maybe they are SHIELD experiments, they got hold of and used those gems? "Avengers Initiative: Phase 2"
tvor03 - 11/12/2013, 10:57 AM

I guarantee she won't be wearing that ridiculous head piece.
gambgel - 11/12/2013, 10:59 AM
really hope she has a cape and the headpiece.

If not, she wont be the Wanda we all know. Thor and Cap look like Thor and Cap, Joss, so now give us Scarlet Witch how she is!
RajunRemyLebeau - 11/12/2013, 11:12 AM
It sounds like the movie version is just going to be a precog with some telemetry senses. I think SW's powers on a large scale is too big of an idea for a movie. I don't like the comics writers having Scarlet Witches and Phoenix powers that are essentially a reset button. When everything gets instantly resolved like that, it makes me think "well, what was the point of this story?"
typicalfanboy - 11/12/2013, 11:47 AM
She can? I didn't know she could do that.
NoAssemblyReqd - 11/12/2013, 12:00 PM
I doubt she'll have the headpiece, but I wouldn't put it past Whedon to include some winking reference to it, perhaps via juxtaposition or forced camera angle. Catwoman in TDKR already did the ears-as-goggles bit so I'm not they'll come up with an equally cool utilitarian reason for the red headpiece.
WarNoodle - 11/12/2013, 12:15 PM
Sooooo her and the brother will be the first MUTANTS in the Marvels Avengers correct? We need more MUTANTS!
8thDynasty - 11/12/2013, 12:48 PM
I still have no idea what her powers are?

She's a magic mutant that effects the turnout luck or chance or something...?
Rambaldi47 - 11/12/2013, 12:52 PM
Thor doesn't have his helmet, so I'm guessing SW won't have the headpiece. As long as the costume is red, I don't have a problem. I thought one of the only good things about the Elektra movie was the costume. They pulled the red off nicely and the outfit worked for a movie. No way the red leotard would've worked on screen.
faver - 11/12/2013, 1:06 PM
Her powers will no doubt be extremely watered down. As someone said above, even Thor and Hulk have been depowered. And Wanda's powers are really too much, especially for a film.

Regarding the costume, I hope they lose the headpiece and the cape. They look ridiculous. And I don't know what reason she could have to use them.
Demigod00 - 11/12/2013, 1:09 PM
You blew my mind! It does make sense that she could have something to do with the reality stone/gem. Maybe that's how she got her powers.
marcvader1 - 11/12/2013, 1:37 PM
keep crying newmut
LittleDanglyThing - 11/12/2013, 1:46 PM
Thor and Hulk don't seem depowered at all to me? They all seem within their normal power levels even Ironman. I mean the things Thor did in TDW were pretty over the top. Super strength, weather manipulation, lighting.. The only thing missing is his ability to open portals and shit.
Pyche - 11/12/2013, 1:58 PM
Everyone looked like how they looked cause they had a movie with them before Avengers. Hawkeye doesn't really look like Hawkeye (or at least the comic version) to me, until AFTER the movie and the comics started to reflect the movies.

superwolverine - 11/12/2013, 2:48 PM
What she love about the character? the buttload of money she gonna make from it... I hate when actors fake the funk, watch if marvel ask her to come back she'll be asking for more money or screen time.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 11/12/2013, 3:03 PM
@pyche ultimate has existed before the movies. Hawkeye from avengers is hawkeye from ultimates.
MsDarkPhoenix - 11/12/2013, 3:08 PM
@Malcopunch this is actually a great theory!

I hated Cap's Kooky Quartet at first, but later I just fell in love with Maximoffs and Hawkeye. Pietro and Clint in the same movie, this is gonna be fun!
Pyche - 11/12/2013, 3:51 PM
Oh, I know. Which is why Nick Fury is Sam L. But in terms of costumes it wasn't even close unless you count her early 90's look. Powers, mind you I didn't read past Ultimates 3 (which was terrible) but Ultimate Wanda didn't seem to have the reality changing powers of 616 Wanda or at least to that extent.
UltimateTypeface - 11/12/2013, 5:22 PM
they cant be Mutants so maybe the infinity gems are the source of their powers??

The gems dont seem to have the traditional "gem" shape in the MCU.

The Tertrasect(soul) and the Ether(space)were random objects.

I like another chick in Avengers - too much sausage!
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