Why is Quicksilver in two different movies played by two different actors? Find out the confusing reason why two studios are fighting for the silver speedster.
Recently we got a great question by Ms. Mariah:
Q: I do wonder why there are two Quicksilvers? One in the Avengers and one in X-Men.
The short answer is that both Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox say they own Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, so both studios are using the characters. Back when I made the Marvel Character Movie Infographic, I noted that the characters are the property of both Marvel Studios and Avengers. That's almost true. Each company says they own the characters for different reasons.
Who Are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch?
- Scarlet Witch (aka Wanda Maximoff) a mutant that controls probability
- Quicksilver (aka Pietro Maximoff) a mutant that moves at super-speed
- Both are children of Magneto (aka Erik Lehnsherr)
They were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in The X-Men #4 (1964) as members of Magneto's "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants," along with Toad and Mastermind. So, technically, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are bad guys.
Avengers #16 (1965), when Captain America forms the second Avengers team using villains along with former villain Hawkeye. The Maximoff twins go on to be primary members of the Avengers, and Scarlet Witch is a member of "West Coast Avengers" and the "Defenders."
Who Owns the Rights to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch?
- Marvel Studios owns the rights to Avengers
- 20th Century Fox owns the rights to mutants
In 2005, Avi Arad, the CEO of Marvel Studios, announced that they were planning to do a bunch of standalone movies that would lead to Avengers. It worked and they made the monumentally successful film Marvel's The Avengers. Marvel now firmly owns the rights to any characters that are Avengers. But it created an interesting vacuum.
If all mutants belong to Fox and all Avengers belong to Marvel Studios, what about mutants that are Avengers? Does that mean the studios have to work together? Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, says no. "There are only a handful of characters that occupy that middle ground," Feige said. "Iron Man is not going to show up over there [at Fox] and Magneto is not going to show up over here [at Marvel]. But there are a few gray points even after many years of negotiations … and that only happens with a character like Quicksilver, who has been a part of the X-Men, the son of Magneto in those comics, but also a primary Avenger."
So, who owns the characters? Apparently, they both do. So the big question is: where are they going to show up?
How is Marvel Studios Using Them?
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson cast in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
If Marvel can't call them mutants or have their father be Magneto, then who are they? The answer is in another movie. They showed up in the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Baron Von Strucker is talking about Hydra's super-secret project of volunteers. Most are dead, and Strucker says, "The dead will be buried so deep their ghosts won't be able to find them." When asked about the survivors, we see "the Twins." In two glass cells are a dude moving really fast and a girl (Elizabeth Olsen) floating boxes. Not much to look at, but if you know the characters, it's really, really exciting. They're not mutants, but part of some Hydra experiment. Taylor-Johnson said they're abandoned. "The thing to think about that [sic] he’s an abandoned child." he said, "Him and his sister are abandoned and they live in Eastern Europe. There’s more character aspects that I’m interested in than the power aspect." Marvel's Quicksilver isn't a mutant and Magneto isn't his Dad. Scarlett Witch will also be in Avengers 2.
Marvel has big plans for both of these guys.
Update: SPOILER After Quicksilver is killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron it remains to be seen if he'll be back. After all, Coulson survived Avengers.
How is Fox Using Them?
- Evan Peters cast in X-Men Days of Future Past (2014)
So, Fox isn't using him for much. Bryan Singer also confirmed that Scarlet Witch is not in the movie. So he's probably not a twin. Quicksilver is named Maximoff though. The weird thing is Evan Peters is 27 and Michael Fassbender, who plays Magneto, is 37. So, unless they're doing the old "I'm my own grandpa" thing, Quicksilver isn't Magneto's son. Fox's Quicksilver is a mutant, but Magneto isn't his Dad. Scarlet Witch will not be in X-Men.
Update: In Days of Future Past Pietro says, "They say you can manipulate metal. My mom used to know a guy who could do that." Many have said this is a reference to Erik being his father. It still doesn't explain the age, but he could be playing a teenager. It's happened before. So, it's possible Magneto is Quicksilver's father.
At IGN Simon Kinberg says, “The plan was to use him in [X-Men: Apocalypse] and have him expand his part and grow into the franchise. That was the thought. But now people have seen the movie and he’s one of the most beloved things in the film universally, there’s no question that he’s going to be a big part of the next movie.” So his "one scene" will be much larger in the next movie.
Update 2: X-Men: Apocalypse brings Quicksilver back and he says "Magneto is my father". Go figure.
What About the Costumes?Both Fox and Marvel are playing conservative with the comic book costume. They both have white hair, but only one has the blue outfit. Neither has a lightning bolt.
Now you know the whole sordid and confusing story. Some have asked if this is going to lead to a partnership with Fox and Marvel, but it's doubtful. While X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner said she'd love to have a cross-over a year ago, but since then tensions have been slowly escalating as the movies get closer.
How do you feel about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch being in two movie franchises? Does it make sense now? Would you like to see the two studios work together?
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