A Scarlet Witch Scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron Was Originally Meant for Captain Marvel

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 3:45PM
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 3:45PM
A Scarlet Witch Scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron Was Originally Meant for Captain Marvel
Remember all those rumors that Captain Marvel was going to be in Avengers: Age of Ultron? She isn't, as the actress hasn't been cast yet, but those rumors were true in a sense, as Captain Marvel was in an earlier draft of the script. Joss Whedon was so attached to the idea of including her, in fact, that he shot special effects footage specifically for her introduction, which was ultimately used for Scarlet Witch.

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This is barely even a spoiler, especially since that last TV spot explicitly showed Scarlet Witch becoming an Avenger, but here it is: "The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots," Marvel president Kevin Feige told Badass Digest. "Joss said, 'We'll cast her later!' And I said, 'Yeah Joss, we'll cast her later.' [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn't Joss] 'We're not putting her in there!'"

"Plate shots" are special effects footage that don't actually require an actor, so essentially, Whedon shot the plates and wanted to cast Captain Marvel before Age of Ultron finished shooting. Then, when that didn't happen, the scene was given to Scarlet Witch.

Feige confirmed that Captain Marvel was in an earlier draft of the script, in which she would have been revealed in full costume, much like Scarlet Witch is in the final version: "[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, 'Who is that?' It's just not the way we've done it before.

Thanos is the good 'Who's that,' because he's clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo - as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don't meet in the last two seconds of Iron Man 2 wearing her costume - you evolve that going forward."

It's all well and good that Feige wants to give Captain Marvel a proper introduction because she's headlining her own movie, but some of his reasoning seems strange. First, the claim that 99% of the audience wouldn't know who she is seems like a huge overestimation, especially considering all the publicity surrounding Marvel's first female superhero movie. And considering how flippant Feige has been in the past about the need for a female superhero movie, that "even Black Widow" comment stings a little.

But in more positive news, Feige's description of Whedon's decision to use the footage for Scarlet Witch had a little piece of MCU news in it: 

"Finally Joss was like 'Let's use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?' And that makes sense - she's come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks."

As far as we know, the only film to which he could possibly be referring is Captain America: Civil War. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, since anyone who is familiar with the comics plotline knows that most of the Avengers will probably show up, but it's still pretty exciting.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out in theaters on May 1.
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Scarlet Witch: Age of Ultron Was Originally Meant for Captain Marvel