Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Avengers 2" : Enter The 'Scarlet Witch' ?

Thanks to a killer performance from actress Scarlett Johansson in Disney's blockbuster "The Avengers", Marvel is anxious to reveal the next empowered female character from the Marvel Comics' stable of superheroes, to be given the live-action, 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' treatment for "The Avengers 2".

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige recently said that the Marvel Comics' character 'Wanda Maximoff' aka 'The Scarlet Witch' could be in an "Avengers" as well as an "X-Men" movie. 

Both the Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.

They were originally recruited by 'Iron Man', under the leadership of 'Captain America'.

Created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, the Scarlet Witch debuted in Marvel Comics' "X-Men" #4 (March 1964).

She is the daughter of 'Magneto', the twin sister of Quicksilver and the paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.  

The Scarlet Witch has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity, starring in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in superhero title the "Avengers".  

The character has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products such as animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, including action figures and trading cards.

The Scarlet Witch is a mutant with the ability to manipulate probability via her 'hexes', manifested physically as 'hex spheres' or 'hex bolts'.

She can use her hexes to light flammable objects, contain or remove air from a particular volume, deflect objects, stop the momentum of projectiles, open doors, explode objects, create force fields and deflect magical attacks.

'Quicksilver' (aka 'Pietro Maximoff'), first appeared in Marvel Comics "X-Men" #4 (March 1964).

Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. Originally capable of running at the speed of sound, exposure to the 'High Evolutionary'- designed 'Isotope E' made it possible for the character to run at supersonic speeds up to Mach 5, while resisting the effects of friction, reduced oxygen and kinetic impact.

Quicksilver's speed also allows him to perform fantastic feats including the creation of cyclone-strength winds, the ability to run up the sides of walls and crossing bodies of water.

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