(Warning, potential plot SPOILERS for Avengers: Age of Ultron are very much to be found below...)
Now, when it comes to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and in particular their roles within the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's not too hard to imagine that they're narrative arc is going to take on a pretty recognizable journey. After all, they seem set to start the movie as Ultron's stooges, before - presumably - realizing the error of their ways, and joining The Avengers.
The thing is, though, it sounds as if there's a whole lot more to their story than that - and that we're in for both a fair few defied expectations, and a surprisingly faithful origin story...
After all, as producer Jeremy Latcham has recently revealed...
The Twins are Going to Be Terrorists
As he told Geek Tyrant:
"Instead of Ultron giving a lot of speeches so everybody knows what he's thinking, it'd be nice if he had some allies. The story that Joss put together with these two kids is really sweet and poignant, and you really understand why they would start on this side of the line. It's a great journey that they go on, from being these rough and tumble kids in Eastern Europe who blame the West, and the Avengers for the plight, the power structure of the world that keeps kids like them down. Over the course of it they realize maybe the Avengers are here for good reason."
Which, from the sounds of it, makes them very much alike to a whole lot of America-battling insurgent groups around the world.
The particular twist on the twins, though?
Iron Man Killed Their Parents
Or, at least, according to Elizabeth Olsen (A.K.A. The Scarlet Witch), they think he did:
"Our characters have a lot of anger, especially towards Tony Stark, and we want revenge. We meet Ultron, and he's someone who preaches peace and… believes what we believe, which is that the Avengers create destruction and that Tony Stark's bomb is responsible for killing our parents."
Now, odds are it'll turn out that the bomb was stolen by a disreputable villain of some sort, and used against Tony's will, but even so - it seems Stark's warmongering past may well come back to haunt him. And, it seems, that Scarlet Witch's may well haunt her, too. As Olsen reveals:
"My character ends up really having to deal with her ignorance. A lot of problems that happen towards the end of the film are her responsibility."
The most intriguing thing about all of that, though?
It Totally Changes The Twins' Origin - And is Incredibly Faithful at the Same Time
Now, in the comics, the twins were traditionally (though it's recently been thrown into doubt) the children of Magneto, and two of the more notable mutants around.
With Fox holding the rights to both Magneto and the term 'mutant', though, that was always going to change for the MCU incarnations of the characters. So, their newly revealed origin as orphaned, anti-Western pseudo-terrorists? That's something of a leap from the relative innocents who were drawn into crime by their dastardly father.
Or is it? The thing is...
That's Surprisingly True to the Spirit of the Comics
Specifically, the fact that the characters are, from the sounds of it, going to be taken under the wing of a diabolical villain promising peace, only to eventually realize that he's only offering destruction - at which point they promptly sign up with The Avengers.
All of which is a pretty accurate description of what happens in the comics, too - only there, the villain is Magneto rather than Ultron.
So, presumably, much like the comics, we'll see a scene where Iron Man persuades the twins to join up...
What do you guys reckon, though? Will we see The Twins in the way it seems we well? Are there any other comic-book connections you think we'll see? And just what is the deal with that Terrigen mist?