All sorts of details are beginning to leak from Avengers: Age Of Ultron thanks to EW's exclusive access to director Joss Whedon and the set. Yesterday we got the lowdown on the film's major villain, Ultron. But Age Of Ultron is ultimately a crowded affair, and fans are about to see all sorts of new characters, specifically siblings Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The question is, whose side are they on?
"Team Ultron!" declares Joss Whedon in the new Entertainment Weekly, eliminating all Avengers: Age Of Ultron secrets.
"They're on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to. With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it's a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in."
Of course, the question is, who is on Team Ultron, and why would you be on it? As we learned yesterday, Ultron's entire goal is to eradicate humanity. That's going to include mutants, right? Or are we calling them Miracles, as Baron Von Strucker intoned at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? If anything, it would be interesting to see the Avengers tango with threats from all sides. But what sort of motivation does a human need to work with a humanity-destroying robot?
But yeah, yeah, yeah, motivation...what's really going on between Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who are played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and being re-conceived here as Eastern European orphans? Apparently Joss Whedon is going to have some fun with one of the more perverse suggestions of the Marvel universe. According to Olsen, (EARMUFFS)...
"In the comics, every time you see an image of them, they’re always holding each other’s hand and looking over each other’s shoulder. They’re always so close, it’s almost uncomfortable. Aaron and I have been playing a little bit with those kinds of images just for ourselves. "
This is right after the article mentions that her and Taylor-Johnson recently played a couple in Godzilla, and also that, in case you're forgotten, she's sister to a couple of famous twins. I CAN'T EVEN.
And speaking of sexy, Age Of Ultron will also feature the Vision, the beloved android Avenger in the comics, here being played by Paul Bettany. Created by Ultron, he's presumably some sort of evolution of Bettany's computer voice J.A.R.V.I.S. from the Iron Man series. Whedon allowed the magazine to witness test footage of the character. They've deviated slightly from the comics, so his appearance is, "a little more on the purple side of the spectrum than orange" and will be slightly more "technological" than the comics version, which makes sense because the original character is a sleek, borderline-futuristic humanoid. Not as weird as kissing your sister, but close. Avengers: Age Of Ultron will give you wrong feelings next May 1st.