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Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch: A Beginner's Guide To The Avengers 2 Newcomers
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Joss Whedon confirmed this weekend that the brother and sister that he had previously teased for Avengers 2 are, as practically everyone already guessed, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Then Bryan Singer tweeted that he's cast Evan Peters as Quicksilver in his X-Men: Days Of Future Past. But for those who haven’t been reading the comics for the past 40-odd years, who are these two, how can they be in both franchises and who should be cast? We answer all these questions and more below...

WORDS HELEN O'HARA
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Who are they and what can they do?

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

They’re Pietro (Quicksilver) and Wanda (Scarlet Witch), the twin children of Magneto and his gypsy wife, Magda. She was a fellow Auschwitz survivor who the magnetic mutant married after World War II. On seeing an early and devastating example of Magneto’s power at work, Magda ran away and, heavily pregnant, took refuge on top of Mount Wundagore and gave birth to the twins. So far, so similar to Latona in Greek myth – but Magda, worried that Magneto would turn up to claim his children and force her to reveal them, vanished days later, apparently sacrificing herself for them.

Even more unfortunately – wouldn’t you know it? – the mountain was a prison for the Elder God Chthon (think Cthulu’s cousin) who was attempting to escape at the time of the birth, leading to a pitched battle against the mystical Knights Of Wundagore . Basically, Magda’s idea of “refuge” is not ours. Even amidst all this, the god reached out and twisted baby Wanda’s mutation as she was born. So Pietro had the fairly normal – for Marvel – power of superhuman speed, while Wanda was gifted with a stranger mutation. She could twist probability to manipulate outcomes by throwing “hexes” and, later in life, could alter reality itself.

Back up: these two are Magneto’s kids?

They are – but that doesn’t mean they’ll be referred to as such in Avengers 2. In fact, the terms of the legal agreement between Fox and Marvel probably rule out any references to their father or the fact that they’re technically mutants rather than superheroes (there is a difference in comic-book lore). Much as we’d like to say otherwise, the chances of an Ian McKellen cameo here are roughly equal to the chances of Hulk picking a bunch of flowers to give bashfully to Iron Man.

Meanwhile, the Quicksilver we see in X-Men: Days Of Future Past will not be acknowledged as a member of the Avengers, but will - we assume - be someone Magneto knows is his son, since otherwise what's the point? And we're pegging the relationship on future Magneto, because while it might be technically possible for the 1970s Maggie to have kids Peters' age, it seems a little unlikely.

Incidentally, Quicksilver already appeared, super-briefly, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, suspended from rubber cords in the middle of a steel cage in order to stop him building up any speed and escaping - but given all the time-line issues in that film and inconsistencies with other movies and especially X-Men: First Class, there's a question whether that's even canon (see Emma Frost's apparent age in that movie, for instance). Scarlet Witch didn't appear there that we could spot, but her name does appear in Stryker's database in X-Men 2.

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1 RE: Ultimate Incest
ultimate comics universe there's a subtle incest thing going on between the two characters! That'd be interesting to see for a big blockbuster! They're also more of a covert force in the team. If anything i'd prefer to have less characters! I'm worried that it'll be overloaded and they need to find a smarter way to do "oh evil aliens from space" this time around. Nobody seems to question Thor's origins as to whether he's a god...so Scarlet Witch could have something to do with this? Aubrey Plaza ubtle? There's nothing subtle about it... they're straight up in love with each other and bone like crazy... More

Posted by stonicus on Tuesday August 6, 2013, 20:27

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anybody but dormer please. More

Posted by perks2010 on Monday June 10, 2013, 07:50

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How about Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal? They are after all real life brother and sister and damn fine actors to boot. More

Posted by HIM on Tuesday May 28, 2013, 11:15

4 ?
Why must they be cast as children? oh I forgot Disney..... More

Posted by Trubie on Tuesday May 28, 2013, 11:02

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No more mutants. More

Posted by Rod Hull on Thursday May 23, 2013, 20:19

6 Ultimate Incest
In the ultimate comics universe there's a subtle incest thing going on between the two characters! That'd be interesting to see for a big blockbuster! They're also more of a covert force in the team. If anything i'd prefer to have less characters! I'm worried that it'll be overloaded and they need to find a smarter way to do "oh evil aliens from space" this time around. Nobody seems to question Thor's origins as to whether he's a god...so Scarlet Witch could have something to do with this? Aubrey Plaza More

Posted by makeminemedia on Thursday May 23, 2013, 17:37

7 Saiorse Ronan Please
Not so fussed about Pietro, he'll be a redshirt. Just not entirely convinced yet that these characters ought to be in the film, I'd rather see Carol Danvers, assuming they have to save Ant-Man and Wasp for after the Ant-Man film. Speculatively, what I want to happen in A3 is for Downey to go out with a bang and Spider-man to take up the mantle of Wisecracker-in-Chief if Sony's recent financial troubles mean Marvel can wrangle the rights off them. Keep Garfield please. More

Posted by bleugh07 on Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:51

8 James Franco
Nice idea for casting, but that's not him in the picture! More

Posted by the_equalizer on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 22:21

9 Boldly suggesting what no man has suggested before
You know who I think would be a good fit for Pietro (even though he's north of 30) - Chris Pine. Just think how well he'd fit into the already existing cast and we've already seen him holding his own as part of cinema's second/first (you decide) starriest ensemble. Discuss. More

Posted by circuit on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 20:21

10 Boldly suggesting what no man has suggested before
You know who I think would be a good fit for Pietro (even though he's north of 30) - Chris Pine. Just think how well he'd fit into the already existing cast and we've already seen him holding his own as part of cinema's second/first (you decide) starriest ensemble. Discuss. More

Posted by circuit on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 20:21

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Summer Glau :) Has to be :) She's utterly, utterly perfect :) More

Posted by DanTDavies on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 16:44

12 Maximoff Twins
I'm interested to see what they do with their mutant-free origins, especially SW, as her powers are off-the-chain (though the reality-altering thing might tie in with the infinity gauntlet's powers). Natalie Dormer is perfect for SW. Franco, Felton are alright for QS, but I'd cast Garrett Hedlund. More

Posted by veedlemonster on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 15:11

13 Wonda Vs Thanos
I agree with a point Empire made - I recon they will be cast as villains for the 1st part and then team up with the avengers to help take down Thanos; I mean Wonda vs Thanos who would not want to see that. Following the event of the Avenger squeal they will return to a life of crime and will remain on SHIELDS radar More

Posted by Gazzabrook on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 12:05

14 Interesting characters
Pietro has always been the dour and moody one in the comics. Never trustworthy, cagey, mean and unreliable. His only concern was ever for his sister. Wanda, on the other hand, was always the emotional anchor for the Avengers team. Never the leader, she however was a solid, reliable and loving member of the team. And she married an android ! (kinky!) However, approaching Avengers #500, Wanda had a total collapse which led to the death of half the active Avengers roster, destroyed the mansion and broke up the team. After M-Day, which severely messed up a good deal of Marvel's main characters, mentally (Spiderman in particular!), she then uttered the words - "No more mutants" reducing the world population of mutants to less than 200. This action was fatal to a large percentage of mutants whose abilities enabled them to survive in hostile locations, ie; in space, underwater, in a volcano ! Both were very important characters through the 80s-90-s Avengers team. However the More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 11:37

15 Mad Mutants!
You've said it now Helen, it has to happen. Brie & Kartheiser FTW! More

Posted by Y2Neildotcom on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 11:29

16 Natalie Dormer
Would her involvement work since she appeared in Captain America? More

Posted by bradcam72 on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 08:56

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Would it be to obvious to cast Sean Maher and Summer Glau? On a different note, I'd be intrigued to see Emma Watson linked to the role of Scarlet Witch, although Natalie Dormer is a solid shout. More

Posted by Popcorn Required on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 00:22

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