Elizabeth Olsen is a lovely, normal young woman, but she isn’t a superhero or a fitness model, and she’s nixed the idea of wearing the Scarlet Witch costume for the next Avengers movie.
My favourite piece is my secrecy cloak that prevents anyone from seeing what I’m wearing. There’s a hood, and a robe – it protects the image! I don’t think Joss ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those outfits; I am not a professional athlete and nor am I a model. Wearing those costumes wouldn’t be fun for anyone who wasn’t those things. He already had a different idea. It respects and involves the comic-book character but it’s different, more rooted. It’s for someone today. Well, if someone walked around wearing what she wore in the comics, people would stop and say, ‘What the hell… she thinks she’s a superhero!’
Olsen is younger sister of the 90s famous Olsen twins, Ashley and Mary-Kate, who favor baggy, unstructured clothes.
Not like this.
While superhero movies are a desired screen role for more and more thespians, getting into shape for a skin tight suit is no laughing matter, as Thomas Jane once lamented here. It’s said that Hugh Jackman fasts for a day before every shirtless scene, and Scarlett Johansson lived on carrot sticks for months to look sleek in her Black Widow cat suit.
Olsen plays Scarlet Witch to Aaron Johnson-Taylor’s Quicksilver in Avengers; Age of Ultron, which…just began filming!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.