Elizabeth Olsen Uses Chaos Magic to Earn Talks for Scarlet Witch in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Elizabeth Olsen

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You have to wonder if Nick Fury had this much trouble getting people to actually join the Avengers Initiative (it never appeared to take much more than a brief post-credits scene to rope anybody in). You’d think it’d be even easier to get someone on board with simply playing the Avengers in a movie — better pay, fewer risks of death — but recent news had Saoirse Ronan passing on the part of Scarlet Witch. Reports from Bleeding Cool, however, are that Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to replace the Hanna star as the Marvel heroine in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Originally conceived as a villain — a member, alongside twin brother Quicksilver (who has been all but been officially handed to Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the blockbuster sequel) of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants due to a debt owed to X-Men‘s evil mastermind Magneto — the Scarlet Witch turned her allegiances to justice and used her superpowers of “influencing probability” to fight alongside the Avengers.

New to the craft though she may be, Olsen has some hefty material under her belt: the chilling Martha Marcy May Marlene and the forthcoming Allen Ginsberg thriller Kill Your Darlings. Though a part amongst the likes of superstars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and co. might be a daunting task for a 24-year-old with only a handful of titles to her name, Olsen’s acting prowess seems to be on a steady incline. Scarlet Witch might be her final step into legitimate stardom.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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