Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch Will Keep <i>Avengers 2</i> 'Fresh,' Whedon Says

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are hotter now than, well, any other time in their nearly 50-year history. Unknown outside comics circles, the Marvel characters were thrust into the spotlight a month ago, when writer/director Joss Whedon teased his Avengers sequel will feature "a brother-sister act," which he later confirmed to be the offspring of Magneto.

Since then, the duo has been the subject of much discussion, which only increased last week when Bryan Singer announced last week he had cast Evan Peters as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which has reportedly led to a stand-off between Fox and Marvel. And now? Now the mutant twins are being talked about on network television. It's not prime time, but still ...

Appearing Friday on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Whedon was asked to divulge a "scoop" about The Avengers 2, which naturally led back to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, whom the host admitted he'd never heard of (although he did offer casting suggestions: Channing Tatum and Selena Gomez).

Asked again what made him choose those two characters, Whedon turned his attention to their super-powers.

"Besides the fact that I grew up reading them, their powers are very visually interesting," he said. "One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers: 'I can hit!' 'I can also hit!' [...] Coming into the second one, he's got super-speed, she can weave spells, a little telekinesis, get inside your head -- there's good stuff that they can do that'll help sort of keep it fresh."

The Avengers 2 opens May 1, 2015.

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