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Friday, November 29, 2013

Scarlet Witch Actress Confirmed for Avengers Age of Ultron!

To say that I'm only excited about the Avengers Age of Ultron sequel would be an understatement. I'm super excited about seeing where they take the franchise next.

However, I do have to admit that I'm not all that excited about the latest casting confirmation for the Scarlet Witch. And it has nothing to do with the fact that she's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's sister. Well, okay, very little to do with it.

Yep, we're talking about Elizabeth Olsen, and she will be stepping into the role along side Aaron Taylor Johnson as the sister/brother duo of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I'm not all that upset about Aaron Taylor Johnson as the mutant speedster, and I'm not all that upset about Elizabeth Olsen being cast as the Scarlet Witch either. However, I just don't see Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch. I'm not talking about acting prowess. I'm talking about actual looks. Sure she can die the hair red and all, but the Scarlet Witch is suppose to be overtly sexy, sultry, and alluring.

She has a certain look that Ms. Olsen just doesn't. Not to say that Elizabeth Olsen is not attractive. Sure she is, but in a cute, girl-next-door way. The Scarlet Witch doesn't look like the girl next door. There's just that X factor that isn't there.

And why are we being introduced to these characters when they are kids or teenagers? What's going on with that? I have no wish to see a teen version or a barely old enough to drink Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in an Avengers movie. That really just limits the options of who can best play the character. For example, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter resembles Wanda Maximoff a lot more than Elizabeth Olsen. Appearance wise, I would believe Atwell to be the character.

And, of course, if you look at the comic panel to the left, I see very few resemblance of Olsen in the actual comic character, except for the color of eyes. That's just my opinion, though, and I do think an actress should, at least, look pretty close to a comic character if they're going to portray them. To further my point, there is a striking resemblance of the Scarlet Witch in the comics to a certain actress that became an instant American icon with an unforgettable T.V. show during the 70s! Yes, I know, she's a bit old to play the character now, but I'm talking about looking like a comic character. If you haven't guessed it yet, it's Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame. 

From the picture at the left, don't tell me you couldn't see her in the Scarlet Witch costume and pull off the character at least visually.

The point is, Lynda Carter looked like the character of Wonder Woman. She even looks like the character of the Scarlet Witch. Elizabeth Olsen just doesn't make me think of the Scarlet Witch from the first glance. Or the second. Or the third.

Then again, I could be surprised. Olsen has stated that she is really getting into the character (why aren't there actresses that are already comic geeks to begin with?) and is mindful of not screwing up the character. Every actor says that line when stepping into the role of a character that has a fanatic fandom.

So as a fan of the character, I have to admit that I'm worried about this casting decision. I have more confidence that Ben Afleck can pull off Batman better than this call, and he can maybe even pull off the Scarlet Witch better as well. Then again, this is just all my opinion. What do you all think?


  1. I think you might be going a little over board in the pissing and moaning department. You strike me as the type of person that stomped their feet at the announcement of Robert Downey Jr getting the part of Iron Man or Heath Ledger getting the role of the Joker. Give the actors a chance to prove themselves. I am sure if they wanted casting advice they could have turned to you, but obviously they didn't and obviously you should accept and make due with what you get. Just like the saying goes, "Chuck Norris #ucked your wife, tough shit."

    1. Actually, I thought Robert Downey Jr. was an excellent choice for Tony Stark, and I didn't think anything of Heath Ledger when he was announced to play the Joker. Just as I didn't hop along the Ben Affleck bashing train when it was announced he would be playing the new Batman, cause as Kevin Smith once said, "I'd hire Ben Affleck to play everything, because he can play anything." I was elaborating on the joke as a Kevin Smith fan. As for the pissing and's called an opinion and everybody's got one. All I said in this post was that I DON'T THINK SHE LOOKS LIKE THE CHARACTER nor does SHE RESEMBLE Scarlet Witch to ME. Of course, I also stated that it was just my opinion, but I also did ask for your opinion as well and glad I got it. As for your last comment, it's my blog and I'll express my view point anyway I please, so "tough shit!"