I doubt anyone is going to see Infinity War for the romantic subplots, but Marvel has secretly been doing some interesting stuff with its characters. After playing around with Tony Stark’s psyche for a little while, the next logical step was to pair up the remaining single Avengers of the group. Although sloppily executed, the Black Widow/Hulk romance in Age of Ultron was one of the more interesting things about that movie. And against all odds, Vision’s scenes with Scarlet Witch ended up being one of the most engaging subplots in Civil War.
Additionally, Vision’s solo comic is one of the better books in Marvel’s current run, which may explain the added screen time in the upcoming movie. As for Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olsen is a great actress who could always stand to be in as many movies as possible, so the increased focus on her character is a welcome change of pace. According to an interview with We Got This Covered, Olsen said:
“In any other world I would say, ‘I don’t know,’ but because there are paparazzi photos that kind of spoil things for fans, I think it’s safe to say that we now get to explore that part of the comic book. We get to introduce and really explore their relationship. It creates a really exciting arc for me and I’m so lucky I get to work with [Paul] Bettany all the time now.”
Scarlet Witch and Vision have been paired up in the comics a few times over the years, with their own spin-off series running from 1982 to 1983 and then again from 1985 to 1986. If you’re unfamiliar with the current run of Marvel movies, Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch first appeared in Age of Ultron alongside her brother, Pietro AKA Quicksilver, who was killed in the climactic moments of that film. Vision, on the other hand, is the physical manifestation of Tony Stark’s operating system, JARVIS (with a touch of Ultron), who is brought to life to help fight against Ultron in AoU.
The main attraction of Avengers: Infinity War is the long overdue arrival of Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. This is a character we’ve been hearing about and hearing about (and hearing about) for years, which makes Infinity War a major turning point in the series. This also gives some context to the focus on Scarlet Witch, who’s being trained as a member of the new Avengers and will most likely be a major part of the franchise going forward, especially as the original actors’ contracts expire and characters start dying.
In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4th, 2018, with its immediate follow-up coming on May 3rd, 2019!
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