Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, who are better known as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, are set to be the newest members to join the Avengers team. Both characters made their debut in 1964 through “X-Men #4” and their father is the X-Men’s arch nemesis, Magneto. However, the word “mutant” is not allowed to be uttered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). As a result, the twins’ origin story is new and slightly different in the MCU.
In the video, director Joss Whedon explained his reasons for introducing the Maximoff twins and how their roles will affect the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ mission to save the world.
According to Whedon, both characters shared “darker points of view on the heroes” after their parents were killed in a bomb attack. He said:
They don’t like America, and they don’t like the Avengers. We only touch on it briefly — there was more. When the movie was an hour longer, everything got explained a lot.
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who came aboard as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, also revealed their thoughts on their respective roles.
Robert Downey Jr. is returning to the film to reprise his role as Iron Man. Chris Evans returns to reprise his role as Captain America and he will be coordinating the team that consists of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Mark Ruffalo’s The Hulk.
After his short stint as Richmond Valentine in “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, Samuel L. Jackson is also returning to the MCU as Nick Fury, alongside Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is scheduled for worldwide release on 1st May 2015.
According to Whedon, the film will meet a running time of roughly 142 minutes (2 hours and 22 minutes).