One of the best things about Marvel’s promotion strategy are the prequel comics. The objective of these awesome pieces of Marvel artwork is to set some backstories and help us prepare for the upcoming movie. A side-effect is that we get even more anxious and excited. Which I am calling the Marvel-effect.
Marvel Comics has already released the prequel comic for Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, where we got a look at Peggy Carter and Hank Pym. Now, the prequel for Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released. The most interesting part is that it explains the origins of the Maximoff twins, aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
It’s a very important piece of information because, canonically speaking, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are Magneto’s children, therefore they are mutants. Fox owns the X-Men and the term “mutant”, so there’s no way we will hear this term in Age of Ultron. There have been rumours suggesting the Maximoffs in the MCU will be Inhumans, who are a race of superhumans in Marvel Comics. This would also serve as a link with the Inhumans movie planned for Marvel’s Phase Three.
In this prequel, brought to us by Will Corona Pilgrim and Wellington Alves, we follow Loki’s staff after the events of The Avengers.
Turns out that it fell into the hands of HYDRA leader Baron Von Strucker (you might remember him from the post-credits scene in Captain America: the Winter Soldier). Strucker is experimenting and using the sceptre to unlock powers in his test subjects. The base of operations is in the fictional city of Sokovia.
Now, two of those subjects are Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.
It makes perfect sense! Why? The first time we saw them, they were locked in cells and Baron Von Strucker was there along with Loki’s staff. It’s a strange feeling of joy when you connect the dots of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now I really want to know what’s going to happen to the staff throughout the movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released on April 23rd in the UK and Ireland and in the US on May 1st.
To prepare yourself for the greatness, you can download Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle now!
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