Author: Jay-Rey (@jay_rey)
We have all known for a long while, or at least heard the strong grumblings, of casting news regarding Avengers 2. James Spader was confirmed a few months back as the main villain, Ultron. And even longer, the rumors have been swirling around Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Marvel has officially announced that the two young actors will be portraying one of Marvel’s most infamous siblings for the upcoming sequel.
Johnson is well known for his portrayal as David Lizewski in the Kick-Ass series, a fun twist on every-day people becoming superheroes. Olsen (sister to twins Mary-Kate and Ashley), was recently nominated for awards for her roll in Martha Marcy May Marlene. There is talent in this pair, for sure. Check out Marvel’s official press release below:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012’s smash-hit “Marvel’s The Avengers”! “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the “Kick-Ass” franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in “Nowhere Boy,” for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor Johnson has starred in 2012’s critically-acclaimed “Anna Karenina” and director Oliver Stone’s “Savages.”
Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with “Silent House” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver in “Red Lights,” Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee’s “Oldboy.”
Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will share the screen as leads in the highly anticipated “Godzilla” remake scheduled for a May 2014 release.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
In addition to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.
The interesting part of all of this is that QS and SW are mutants, and children of the human-hating Magneto. Of course, with all of the licensing that had occurred early in the Marvel cinematic history, Fox owns all the rights to film depictions of mutants and the entirety of the X-Men franchise. So no mention of Magneto, or even of the origin of their powers probably. It probably doesn’t matter too much. Jumping right in worked for Nolan’s Joker. I don’t see why Whedon couldn’t pull something similar.
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