As we near closer to the release of Captain America: Civil War next month, it’s time to start thinking ahead not just to Doctor Strange, which will hit theaters this November, but to Avengers: Infinity War, which the Russo brothers will set out to direct near the end of the year. While doing press for Civil War, we’ve already heard them talk about the two-part epic briefly, stating where they are with the script, and confirming characters such as Thor, and perhaps more importantly, Star-Lord for the film(s). (Of course, while it’d been expected that we’d see the Guardians join the Avengers, and hopefully the Defenders, in Infinity War, this was the first official confirmation of that actually happening.) With all of that said, it isn’t too surprising then that Joe Russo ended up confirming Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) for Avengers: Infinity War during the Civil War press conference.
While discussing her story-arc in Captain America: Civil War, which sees Scarlet Witch in a much different state than the one we first met her in during Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joe Russo discussed how we’ll continue to see Wanda grow in Infinity War.
“She is on a growth arc, and it is part of her development. It is very tricky with powerful characters, because unless they have an internal struggle or a flaw that limits them then they do become limitless, and the storytelling becomes muddled and not very interesting. You know she could’ve stopped that fight at the airport in 5 seconds if she were at the peak of her powers, so it really has to do her character specifically going on a journey to understand what the limits of her powers are. She makes a mistake very early in the movie that sets her back, and we’ll get to see where she goes in Infinity War.”
Having been among those lucky to attend a fan screening, I can safely say Olsen’s take on Scarlet Witch in Civil War is rather great, and I’m definitely curious to see what else the Russo brothers have in store for her going forward.
Captain America: Civil War will hit movie theaters on May 6th, 2016, while the first of the two Avengers: Infinity War films will hit theaters on May 4th, 2018, with part two following on May 3rd, 2019.