In this week’s installment of Fox versus Disney, Avengers 2 director Joss Whedon went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and confirmed that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will both be featured in the next Avengers film. This comes only a few days after X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer announced the casting of Quicksilver, as we reported.
In the interview, Whedon explained some of his logic for including the brother/sister duo in the plot for Avengers 2. Other than their gritty past, he mentioned that their powers are visually more exciting than the characters from the first Avengers movie. Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and even Iron Man have “punchy powers”. They basically just compete over who can punch the hardest. Quicksilver’s superspeed and Scarlet Witch’s hexes and probability manipulation are much more original and make for potentially more visually exciting action sequences than another two hours of punching. In discussing Scarlet Witch’s abilities, Whedon also mentioned telekinetic powers which would definitely add to the diversity of superpowers in the film.
Whedon also let us know that he is currently in the process of writing the script and that the casting for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch has not been considered (or at least not officially). Fallon had some friendly suggestions: Channing Tatum and Selena Gomez. While I’m sure they would look very cute in the outfits, I don’t think anyone is falling for that one.
While neither Whedon or Fallon mentioned Quicksilver being cast in X-Men, that is definitely looming over Whedon’s head. The major worry is that it might be confusing to viewers to have the same character being portrayed differently in two different franchises, but some have more faith in fans than to assume they’ll be so dumb that it would confuse them. The more devoted fans will understand the difference and will have followed the process, while the more casual fans won’t make a big deal of it. Or so we hope.