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With Avengers: Age of Ultron less than a year away, attention is beginning to turn toward some of the new superheroes we're about to see - especially Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's roles as The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

While we all have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Pietro 'Quicksilver' Maximoff when it comes to powers - he did, after all, already appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Scarlet Witch has been a little more shrouded in mystery.

That is, until now.

Speaking to Total Film, Aaron Taylor-Johnson gave a little insight into the nature of his character, the twins' relationship - and how The Scarlet Witch is no blushing wallflower:

"His sister really is his guidance...He's very over protective of her physically, but emotionally she's the one who looks after him."
In fairness, she looks like she can handle herself.
In fairness, she looks like she can handle herself.

More intriguingly, though, Elizabeth Olsen was also interviewed - and revealed that she's set to be a whole lot more powerful than we were expecting:

"I just love Scarlet Witch...She is a messed up lady. She can tell you where an object has been, she can tell you what your future is, she can connect with the dead and people from other universes and she's the only person in this universe who's capable of doing that."

Which, for anyone expecting her to play second fiddle to the more established Avengers, is a pretty big hint that she has a big role to play.

The question then is just what will she be able to do - and is there any limit to the power she'll wield in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Let's take a look at the comics and see.

Note, SPOILERS for the comics, and possibly the MCU, below...

First up:

Hex Bolts and Improbable Solutions

Also, improbably outfits...
Also, improbably outfits...

In the comics, Wanda 'Scarlet Witch' Maximoff's abilities were initially derived from her mutant power - to alter probability by 'throwing' hexes. These bolts could do almost anything - from opening doors to creating force fields, by way of massive explosions.

(Just out of shot...)
(Just out of shot...)

All those shots of Elizabeth Olsen on set gesturing wildly? That's likely what she's doing - just without the expense of a giant red flash around her hands.

Chaos Magic

And all that sail under her...
And all that sail under her...

The larger part of Wanda's power in the comics, though, came from her ability to use Chaos Magic, granted to her at birth by a demon named Chthon. This, combined with he gave her the ability to, essentially, alter all reality. However she wanted, and whenever she wanted.

And that time is apparently now...
And that time is apparently now...

Over the years, this led to Wanda going insane, de-powering 98% of Earth's mutant population, creating entire parallel realities, and doing generally terrible things to the Avengers.

But, on the plus side, it all looked really cool.

That's how she rolls in the comic-book universe, though. How will that translate to the MCU?

Straight Up, Old School Magic

(Also just out of shot...)
(Also just out of shot...)

From the description of her powers that Elizabeth Olsen has given, though, this could all be completely changed when Scarlet Witch appears on the big screen. Take another look at her powers, as described by Olsen:

"She can tell you where an object has been, she can tell you what your future is, she can connect with the dead and people from other universes..."

Which is a fair way away from her original reality shifting powers - and a lot closer to those of a more conventional Marvel Universe magic-user. Which might just suggest that she's being lined up to have powers that complement the other magic user we're likely to see in the MCU in the next few years: Doctor Strange.

Yes, yes, we get it. That's your name...
Yes, yes, we get it. That's your name...

Considering Marvel Studios' fondness for having their lesser known Avengers appear in supporting roles within other movies, could we even see The Scarlet Witch appear in Doctor Strange, whenever it appears?

Stranger things have happened - and no matter what, it's pretty much guaranteed to be less weird than this...

[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) is set for release May 1, 2015.


What do you guys think? What sort of Scarlet Witch do you want to see on screen?



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