Elizabeth Olsen appears to display the powers of The Scarlet Witch in a mesmerizing new poster for the upcoming sure-thing blockbuster The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The 26-year-old actress, younger sister of the former child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, gets her biggest career break so far in the Marvel Films epic, a sequel to the 2012 Avengers movie that became the third-highest box-office grossing film of all time.
Marvel’s The Avengers trails only top-ranking Avatar and second-place Titanic on the all-time box office chart, with a worldwide take of over more than $1.5 billion.
Adjusting for inflation, however, Marvel’s The Avengers ranks 27th on the all-time list, according to Box Office Mojo. The top-grossing all-time movie, when adjusting for inflation, remains the 1939 Civil War epic Gone with the Wind, followed by 1977’s Star Wars and the 1965 musical The Sound of Music.
Where the Avengers sequel will place on the various box office charts remains to be seen, but in an effort to broaden the appeal of the Avengers franchise, Marvel has added two new characters from its five-decade pantheon to the new, Joss Whedon directed and scripted movie.
A new poster plugging the movie about six weeks out from its global release depicts Elizabeth Olsen in her role as Scarlet Witch, who seems to show off some kind of mystical, mind-bending powers.
The character, whose “real” name is Wanda Maximoff, was created in 1964 by a pair of legendary comic book creators, writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Her powers allow her to alter reality to suit her specific needs.
She appeared alongside the character Quicksilver, aka her brother Pietro Maximoff, whose main power — like the DC Comics character The Flash — is the ability to run extremely fast.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Quicksilver is portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the 24-year-old English actor best known for his lead role in the superhero satire Kick Ass and its sequel, Kick Ass 2.
In an interview last year, Olsen explained her approach to the Scarlet Witch character.
“I’m just doing a lot of reading right now on Scarlet Witch and it’s really exciting,” she said. “But the imagination, like to a child, and like running around in a play yard is what it feels like right now. And that sounds like so much fun, but you still want to approach it with the same kind of like ‘No, this is where she’s from,’ and it’s real.”
Elizabeth Olsen can be seen displaying the powers of Scarlet Witch when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits multiplex screens on May 1.
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