Joss Whedon has been feeding the rumor mill lately with tantalizing tidbits about the script of The Avengers 2. Most recently, the writer/director stated that he’s written a brother-sister duo into the film, but when prodded, would not reveal more information. Entertainment Weekly is now revealing as part of their new Iron Man 3 issue that a reliable source has disclosed who this brother-sister duo is… and it isn’t who we were expecting!
Magneto’s children, both from Marvel’s X-Men universe, are slated to join the film. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the brother-sister duo, were previously believed to be unavailable to the Avengers team due to the X-Men rights being held by Fox.
In the comics, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are villains who eventually turn good. Both characters were recruited by Iron Man to join the Avengers after Magneto was abducted. Alongside Captain America and Hawkeye, the group becomes what is known as the “second generation” of the Avengers. It is unclear whether Magneto’s kids would play villains opposing the members of the Avengers, or if they’d join their team.
While both characters are popular in the comics, neither have appeared in either X-Men or Marvel movies. Because of this, we’ve put together two biographies on the twins:
Quicksilver, a.k.a. Pietro Django Maximoff
Quicksilver, real name Pietro Django Maximoff, is the twin brother of Scarlet Witch and the son of Magneto. Quicksilver possesses the power of superhuman speed, able to exceed the speed of sound for tremendous periods of time. This ability allows Quicksilver to create cyclones, dodge projecticles, and run across water. Additionally, the contact with the Mists of Terrigen have given Quicksilver the power to restore other mutants’ powers.
Scarlet Witch, a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff
Scarlet Witch, real name Wanda Maximoff, is the twin sister of Quicksilver and the daughter of Magneto. Scarlet Witch is a mutant who possesses the power to manipulate probability, alter reality, and use Chaos Magic. The Scarlet Witch’s powers were activated using hexes, manifested as either hex spheres or hex bolts. In later comics, the she was able to use her powers to resurrect fallen super heroes.
It’s important to note that while Entertainment Weekly is a very credible source, this news is not yet set in stone. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige dodged whether or not the characters had been written into The Avengers 2, stating:
“I’m not confirming or denying. The draft could change six months from now.”
Lots can change as Joss Whedon and company continue to flesh out the script before the film enters pre-production. The Avengers 2 is slated to hit theaters on May 1st, 2015!