Olsen Confirms ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Main Villain, Talks Scarlet Witch

In a talk with Premiere, Elizabeth Olsen shed some light on what we should expect when Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens next year. The actress reprises her role as Scarlet Witch in the film, a role she originated in this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The two main takeaways from the interview are Olsen’s confirmation of who the big baddie is, what kind of a threat he poses, and where her character is at this stage of her onscreen mythology.

While most already knew this, or felt it was obvious, there was still some uncertainty about who the primary villain of Civil War would be. After all, much of the focus on the film so far has been on some sort of showdown between Captain America and Iron Man. There are also expected to be appearances by various characters that plant seeds for future Marvel films, some of which could be antagonists. Olsen reveals that, hands down, Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo is the main villain in the third Captain America film:

“Brühl is an incredible actor and he’s playing the main villain in it. And he’s incredible! It’s a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it’s darker and it’s allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines.”

In that answer alone, Olsen not only praises Brühl, but throws a bone at critics of Marvel’s last two Avengers epics. While those two films were bashed for having generic, soulless villains for their climactic finales (the Chitauri and an army of Ultron robots), Olsen says the threat is human this time around which should raise the dramatic stakes considerably.

As for her character, Olsen says that Scarlet Witch is still very much figuring things out and cannot be counted on one way or the other just yet:

“She’s someone who’s more powerful than she’s able to control and she ends up going insane because of it. And she’s like a wildcard. You never know [if] she’s a hero or a villain and that’s a very fun part.”

It looks like, once again, the Russo brothers have stepped in to make a film that answers critics and elevates the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their first Marvel film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, was praised for bringing in a truly credible villain, incorporating headier ideas through social commentary, and for toning down the often-times too-jokey nature of Marvel’s films to make a film that was more of a grown up thriller. With everything we’ve heard so far about Civil War, it could very well give the MCU the shot in the arm it needs after Avengers: Age of Ultron left fans somewhat underwhelmed and Ant-Man didn’t exactly set the world on fire.

Captain America: Civil War comes out on May 6, 2016.

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie

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