In an interview with BuzzFeed, director Joss Whedon has confirmed that his new sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron will be one full minute shorter than Marvel's The Avengers, clocking in at a hefty 142 minutes (2 hrs and 22 minutes). The first cut of the movie was actually a full hour longer, but a lot of backstory was cut out. Especially some moments with Scarlet Witch, which helped better explain her powers. But we'll still get to see those powers in full effect. The director reveals that we'll get to see inside this team of superheroes' heads, as Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, is capable of giving them nightmares. He explains:
"She can make you have a nightmare, is one way of putting it. Trip balls would be another one. That was something I very much wanted, because it meant we could spend a little time inside the Avengers' heads, either their past or their impressions of what's going on, or their fears, or all of the above. And confronting that is very debilitating for the Avengers, but it's also kind of revelatory. That's not the movie I made last time. I could never have done that."
The director went onto talk about casting both Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the brother and sister team of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. He also talks about how much they don't like America, or this team of costumed heroes who fight for their country:
"I met [Elizabeth Olsen], and was like, Oh yeah. This is not a conversation either. I think she's unforgettable. [Aaron Taylor-Johnson] is an old-school movie star. Pietro has always been kind of a dick. Aaron is so beautiful, like sculpture beautiful, that you buy him as somebody who's going to be a little arrogant. He's not as a person. He's a dear. He works his ass off. But I knew that he could play that guy. They don't like America, and they don't like the Avengers. We only touch on it briefly. The Avengers are like a world power, and not everybody's on board with the Avengers coming in and starting fights, even in the name of justice. So you need that dissenting voice, and you need to understand it and sympathize with it."