Elizabeth Olsen recently spoke with MovieFone about her role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy. During the interview she was also asked about playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and how she has been preparing for the role. Take a look at the questions below.
Where are you with “Avengers 2?”
I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently. I’m really excited about this movie. I’m so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I’m really enjoying it.
So, you didn’t read comic books beforehand?
No, I never read comic books. Comic books was always my brother’s thing and he collected comic books every week of his life since he was 7. So he is who I go to when I have meetings about things that have to do with comic books. And now I’m going to know a little bit more about it, about my brother and about the world.
What is the thing that you’re most excited about in terms of “Avengers?”
I just love Scarlet Witch. I love her. It’s so funny because I’m often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch… She is a messed up lady. She has got more sh*t to deal with than anybody else I know. I’m excited to figure out what’s appropriate to use for her, because there’s so much material from all of these decades, and we’re going to tell this one story. So to be able to choose what you’re going to bring into it from all of this abundance, it’s really fun.
Scarlet Witch is a very dynamic character indeed. She is one of those characters that was more of a background character and then the writers super-charged her powers and created an entire storyline based around the repercussions of her powers (House of M). I don’t know how Joss Whedon is going to portray the character in the next film but I doubt they’ll get into too much detail because there are still many members who are the main interest of the film. I would guess the role would be similar to that of Hawkeye’s in the last film as far as screen time goes. There are going to be a ton of characters this time around and that means that some are going to have to move into the background, I’m guessing the newbies are going to have to prove themselves before Joss puts them on the frontline.