Elizabeth Olsen Scarlet Witch

Two weeks ago, one of the burning questions regarding ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was answered when Marvel released promo artwork that spelled out which side the various Marvel heroes would choose in the upcoming rivalry between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

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Cap’s team includes not surprisingly, The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Agent 13 (Emily Van Camp) plus Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).  Iron Man, meanwhile, will be backed up by War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Vision (Paul Bettany) and newcomer The Black Panter (Chadwick Boseman).

But this revelation raised one more even more burning question: What about the Scarlet Witch?

Introduced in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, the Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen joined the restructured team at the end of the movie.  So that begs the question of which side will she take?  Why isn’t she in the artwork?

Turns out there may be an answer for that.  Elizabeth Olsen didn’t exactly spell things out, but she offered a perspective that at least hints at why her character wasn’t shown:

“She’s OK. She’s doing alright. She’s confused, she’s conflicted. She’s found some people she thinks she connects with, but she’s doing alright. They released images of Team Cap and Team Iron Man. She wasn’t there. She’s always the wild card. I like being the wild card.”

Wild card huh?  There are some rumors that the Scarlet Witch’s chaotic hex magic may be the cause of the Registration Act in the movie.  Even in the comics, her powers are sometime hard to control, so that could be a big clue that maybe places her in a more important role than everyone assumed.

There are a couple of other possibilities too.  Maybe she’s Switzerland, choosing neither side.  Or maybe she switches allegiances.  With her unpredictable abilities, it makes sense that that same instability spills over to her personality and when faced with conflict within this newfound “family” she finds herself divided between two factions with which she equally identifies.

However the movie turns out, expect the Scarlet Witch to play a larger role than we originally thought. To that end, Olsen explains that viewers should expect to see some growth and evolution in her character, who certainly qualified as a wild card in ‘Age of Ultron’.  This goes so far as to even affect her body movement, as she explained:

“It’s not a new hand technique per se. We’re trying to grow her movement as a whole… Jenny [White- ‘Avengers’ movement coach] and I have great pride in trying to make this a huge transformation — the next time we see her — of her abilities.”

So we’re going to see a new and improved Scarlet Witch.  Will she shift the balance of power to one side?  Or will she be the force that divides the teams to begin with?

How would you like to see the Scarlet Witch utilized in ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

Titans clash when ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ directed by the Russo Brothers hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: Comic Book Movie