Digital ‘Age of Ultron’ Prelude Comic Spoils All The Internet Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch Origin Speculation
Marvel recently released a new digital comic, Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle (Say that five times fast), that lays it all out for anyone speculating about how Marvel will handle Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olsen) origins when translating them from the comics to the big screen in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Gotta warn you, there be spoilers ahead and if you want to stay blissfully unaware… don’t click-through. If you do, it’s all on you.
As soon as we all saw the scene above on the tail end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier the Internet and comics forums exploded with thoughts on how Marvel would get around the FOX X-Men Movie Rights to all of Marvel’s X-Men characters and mutants.
Since Marvel can’t use the word mutant in their movies, they certainly couldn’t use the classic comic book origins of the characters because their father is Magneto, one of the biggest and most powerful mutants in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. One way around this would be to make the siblings Inhumans. The Inhumans are already a huge part of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series and slipping Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into that category of super powered beings would be pretty simple.
While that seemed simple, it really wasn’t the simplest answer Marvel could come up with. We saw that Baron Von Strucker had Loki’s scepter.
Now we’re getting into the territory where the digital comic takes us forward. Let’s get some of the digital comics details out-of-the-way first.
You can click the picture above to buy the comic and read it in its entirety. What basically happens is that Baron Von Strucker uses Loki’s scepter to unlock powers inside people. Now this could mean that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are going to be Inhumans and have their powers unlocked through the scepter instead of the usual Inhuman Terrigen mists, but more likely they are just every day humans that Strucker uses Loki’s scepter on to change and give powers in some super secret Hydra manner.
It seems that the simplest answer is the one Marvel will go with, why confuse people even more with some convoluted origin changes?
Now another interesting question would be: Are Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch the ONLY surviving test subjects that gained powers? This opens the door for Marvel to introduce a few other characters, most likely bad guys or gals into the mix without worrying too much about creating new origins.
What do you think? Did Marvel take the easy way out or will this be the move they use to untangle all the legal knots that tie up these two characters?