Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen reunite for The Avengers: Age of Ultron

I have sort of avoided posting this 'rumor' for a few months now.  Back in July, at the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel officially announced the sequel to it's mega-hit, The Avengers.  The sequel is titled, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  And none other than James Spader would be playing the primary villain in the title.  That was the big headline news as far as the movie; but there was some other drama brewing that concerned some lesser known characters.

It's a long story, but we've got time and I'm not going anywhere.  Before Marvel was making it's own films featuring its characters, they were licensing them out.  Sony Pictures has made 4 Spider-Man films so far, while Fox made Daredevil and numerous X-Men films.  Here's where it gets interesting.  Joss Whedon, who directed the first 'Avengers' film, and is set to direct the sequel, wanted to use a character named Quicksilver.  Well Fox ALSO has the rights to the character, as he has sometimes been featured in X-Men comic books.  So in a classic case of ego-driven charm by the two studios, the character will be featured in two different movies, with two different actors, in two very different franchises.  Evan Peters got the part of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it was recently announced that Aaron Taylor-Johnson would play the same character in the 'Avengers' sequel.

We all know that Johnson has a history with comic book films.  He starred as Kick-Ass in two films based on the character of the same name.  I really enjoy Johnson's acting and I think he will be a terrific addition to an already star studded affair.  The character is an interesting one, as long as he doesn't get sidelined by the bigger named heroes in the film.  I really like Johnson's casting here.  But wait, there's more!  Quicksilver has a twin sister!

There's not nearly as much drama with this casting choice.  Quicksilver's sister, Scarlet Witch, will be played by Elizabeth Olsen.  Olsen has been rumored for months to be playing the part, but only today it was made official when she let it slip in an interview.  I have to be honest, I don't really know any of her work.  I have never seen any of her films; but every time I read a review by a film critic I respect, they are usually raving about her acting skills.

Olsen, Johnson, Cranston at SDCC 2013
Another really fun fact is that this is a reunion of sorts for Johnson and Olsen.  They've already filmed the re-booted, Godzilla, set to be released next year.  The film stars the two young actors, as well as the incredible Bryan Cranston.  The Godzilla film may be yet another re-boot/sequel/prequel thing going on; but it can't be any worse than the 1998 debacle starring Matthew Broderick can it?  Can it?  Let's hope not.

Funny thing is, in the Godzilla film, the young actors play husband and wife; while in the 'Avengers' film they'll be twin siblings.  Eesh!  Wierd.  But a fun movie fact nonetheless.  I'm obviously very excited to see the sequel to The Avengers, and what director Joss Whedon has up his sleeve for us this time around.  The Marvel universe of films has not let us down yet, and I don't expect this film to be any different.

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