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Yesterday it seemed as though there was a chance that we had solved one of the most interesting riddles surrounding The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it turns out that what we "learned" was just more misinformed rumor. While reports from "insider sources" claimed that the characters Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) would be rebranded as "Inhumans" instead of "mutants" in Joss Whedon's 2015 blockbuster, now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has gone on record denying those reports and keeping the mystery alive.
You're likely going to be reading a lot of quotes from Feige over the next few weeks as he sets out on the press tour for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it was while speaking with The Huffington Post the studio exec set the record straight on the Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver/Inhumans story and flat out denied its veracity. Confirming what was previously revealed by Stan Lee, Feige said that the studio is indeed playing around with the idea of bringing the Inhumans into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that the the brother-sister superpowered duo won't be their way in:
"Inhumans is something that we are definitely thinking about and we think there's great potential there for a great movie. But, no, no -- we have not linked those two."
The reason why Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver can't be referred to as "mutants" is because the rights to that term as it pertains to Marvel Comics characters belongs to 20th Century Fox - owners of owners of the X-Men, Deadpool, X-Force, etc. Whatever word Whedon and Marvel Studios end up using could just be a throwaway term with no real extra significance, but some have theorized that they could be retconned as aliens of some variety to explain their powers (hence the Inhumans rumor). Obviously Marvel is doing what it can to keep a lid on it for now - otherwise why wouldn't Feige just say it? - so we don't know if we'll actually get an answer for this question before the movie comes out next year.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron has already been filming sequences down in South Africa, and production is expected to run into the summer. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Don Cheadle are all expected to reprise their roles from previous Marvel movies, and other new additions to the universe include James Spader (as Ultron) Thomas Kretschmann (as Baron von Struker), and Paul Bettany (who previously provided the voice of Iron Man's J.A.R.V.I.S. system and is being reintroduced as Vision). See it in theaters May 1, 2015!