Evan Peters to Play Quicksilver in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; What Does This Mean for THE AVENGERS 2?

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Though production is already well underway on director Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Future Past in Canada, a late addition to the cast has been made.  Singer announced today on Twitter that American Horror Story star Evan Peters will play Quicksilver in the star-studded superhero pic, though this may make things quite complicated for Marvel’s The Avengers 2.  In comics lore, Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds.  He also happens to be the son of Magneto, along with his twin sister Scarlet Witch.  While this is certainly a fascinating cast addition to the time-bending X-Men: Days of Future Past, it could very well affect Marvel’s Avengers sequel as Joss Whedon only recently revealed that he’s written both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into his script.  Hit the jump for more.

Here’s how Singer broke the news of Peters’ casting and the character addition on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/BryanSinger/status/337643722953080832

quicksilver-comicsLate last month, Joss Whedon revealed that he was including two of his favorite comics characters in The Avengers 2, and Kevin Feige later confirmed that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are indeed poised to appear as part of the Avengers team in the follow-up.  Legally speaking, both Marvel and Fox posses the right to include Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in their feature films.  However, given that Days of Future Past will hit theaters next year while The Avengers 2 doesn’t open until 2015, audiences may be a tad confused at seeing two iterations of the character onscreen.

As Marvel/Disney and Fox are competing in the marketplace, the two studios don’t exactly share their creative material.  As such, the version of Quicksilver in DOFP is likely to be quite different from the Quicksilver we’ll see in The Avengers 2.  For instance, Marvel doesn’t have the rights to X-Men so they can’t mention the fact that Magneto is Quicksilver’s father, and Fox doesn’t have the rights to The Avengers so they can’t allude to the fact that Quicksilver also hangs out with Tony Stark and the gang in his free time.

It’ll be interesting to see if Marvel balks and scraps plans to include Quicksilver, or if the studio—likely bullish from Iron Man 3’s billion dollar box office take—will stand tall and move forward with its own plans for the character.  Whatever the case, we’ve got a fascinating comics conundrum on our hands.  With regards to Days of Future Past, though, I’m interested to see how the inclusion of Quicksilver affects Michael Fassbender‘s young Magneto and/or Ian McKellan‘s present day Magneto.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on July 18, 2014, and The Avengers 2 hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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  • pwnednoob

    I wonder if it’s possible that they made a deal that Peters would be cast in both films? Set his character up in DOFP and then they don’t have to talk about him (and mutants) in Avengers 2.

  • JD

    TBH I wouldn’t bother with any characters connected with the X-men for Marvels films. Why bother? Seems like it would be too much effort to convey a character that is true to his comic book heritage, while at the same time ignoring his entire personal history. Way too much risk of pissing of your core fan base.

    And if someone else is doing it first and can use his back story then what’s the point unless FOX and Marvel are going to use DOFP to converge the universes.

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  • joe

    I think this is a DICK MOVE from Singer/Fox to try and do Quicksilver so Whedon can’t. Funny how there was no mention of him being in it till AFTER Whedon says he’s put those characters in his latest Avengers 2 draft. I say this as its very unlikely they’ll get to feature in both.

  • Ramone

    Seems like a good fit, but the bigger question is–doesn’t Marvel have any say who appears in their properties at other studios? Maybe it will turn out that Whedon is using him too. I’d really NOT like to see two different actors–or worse–that Q’silver won’t appear in Avengers 2 because of a pre-emptive strike by Fox.

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  • TJW

    Well I’m certainly more interested in Quicksilver as Magneto’s son than Quicksilver as another member of The Avengers.

    • grabthar

      …mutants can’t reproduce can they…?

      • Ethan

        of course they can, why couldnt they?

  • Wega

    It’s pretty obvious that fans would be delighted if they just manage to make a deal and connect both films. It would give them a bigger universe. Like when they considered putting the Oscorp tower in the Avenger’s New York landscape. It would have been a small but very meaningful thing.

    • stealthnull

      the only reason Oscorp tower didn’t appear, was due to time constraints.

      • Lex Walker

        You mean time constraints on getting the deal done, not on the film length, right?

  • Jeremy Gullett

    Now that Xmen have Quicksilver does that mean he cant be in xmen and this is Singers way of screwing over the avengers? Or is does it still make Quicksilver a gray area?

  • MCP

    I’m more interested in the DoFP movie than Avenger’s 2 anyways. So, win for me…

    • OK

      So it’s more interesting to have a company that didn’t create the source material throw in a borrowed character amongst an overwhelming cast at the very last minute? Plus you are more excited about a jumbled creative team that has been hit and miss since day one over the unstoppable premeditated team at Marvel? I guess it’s not crazy to prefer one over the other except that the rights should all be under one roof, and none of this me first bull shift.

      • MCP

        Short answer, yes. Kinda grew up with X-Men movies and they are my favs amongst comic “groups”, loved the early 90′s cartoon. Marvels movie’s have been good, but they seem to be similar at times, at least in general. Still haven’t seen IM3, prob. will wait till it comes out on Blu. Plus, the character will probably be in it for maybe a minute or two. Much like most of the “future” ones/characters in the movie.

        Also, to get this out of the way. I like, DC, Marvel, Snyder’s movies, Nolan’s movies. Not really to one sided, except for this. Wow, contradictory aren’t I…

      • OK

        That’s cool, I actually lean toward DC but it boils down to what I was raised on as well. Be careful going into Iron Man 3, and without trying to spoil anything, they take a lot of liberties. Mainly I am tired of studios recreating instead of adapting but movies are in a different category completely. Green Lantern didn’t do so hot so it threw a wrench in DC’s plans (a necessary wrench because they weren’t ready). One day I’d like to see everything turn out clean someday without the rights debacle, and Justice League and Avenger movies living in harmony… not to sound like some tree hugger haha

      • MCP

        Right on, ya thanks for the heads up on IM3. On a quick note, I really hope the Dr. Strange movie that will eventually happen will be great. Seems like an interesting character and magic is always a fun realm to enter…

        True movies are a different category/media form, so yea can’t expect to be completely the same. Green Lantern was… think it would of been alright as a Saturday Morning Cartoon Movie, if theirs such a thing, ehhe…

        It would be nice to see all property rights returned one day, but I suppose yea got to take what yea can get for now. Someday though… Side note: really hope Guillermo gets to make the JL Dark!!

        Nice to have a good conversation on here without all the bickering and trolling. Thanks for that and have a good one, prost!

  • Prathap

    Don’t know why Whedon bothered to include these two secondary characters when he can choose from a plethora of characters in the marvel universe that marvel studios have the right to.

    • OK

      Amen! Why would he need to include these characters before being able to use their proper backstory? I was a huge fan of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when it was still a thing, and I wasn’t upset Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch weren’t a big part of that show. How about Namor, Vision, Black Panther, or even use Doctor Strange and Ant Man before their solo films. The list goes on of how many characters they could have developed before resorting to these ones. I wish Silver Surfer could have made it back to Marvel because his tie with the FF is somewhat unnecessary and a battle between him and Thanos would have been EPIC!

  • Bob

    Awesome, I have been saying not to include Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and this just makes this point even more reasonable. It will not work if they include them in Avengers 2, and it def wont now. It will confuse people and just having two actors/actress play the same character bassically at the same time/age is just dumb. Black Panther, Vision etc can all be added to Avengers if they want more heroes instead.

  • JD

    This doesn’t really bother me seeing as how I have low expectations for this particular X-movie, and I don’t care for Quicksilver as a character, anyways.

    What it does is make me wish these studios could make a goddamned deal for a shared or “complementary” cinematic universe.

    My head would explode if I got a chance to see a snarky conversation about science between Downey’s Stark and Garfield’s Parker.

  • Film Frequency

    This is a really great, interesting problem.
    Hashtag Avengers.

  • B

    Unless fox and marvel/Disney made some deal together for the actor to play quicksilver in both movies I say this is BULLSHIT & FUCK FOX!!! I doubt they already had plans.

  • MarvelWatch

    Of course, if Quicksilver is in the past portion of X-Men, and they cast an older actor for Avengers 2, there probably wouldn’t be as much confusion. (Not that that will happen, but it’s a thought to keep in mind.)

  • http://twitter.com/taragatcha tara

    I’m just happy they picked Evan Peters. He’s such an underrated actor, I can’t believe no one has plucked him out of the AHS series to do bigger and better things.

  • El otro Amenábar

    This is a kick in the balls of Marvel Studios. Clear and simple. Now Whedon has to tweak his script.

  • Snoop

    I think the true confusion will be ” Petro or Banshee” ? I can’t tell them apart.

  • riserobotrise

    I am now quite convinced that Singer has NEVER read any Marvel comic books. Ever.

  • NICK НΛRT

    this is so stupid.. its almost like fox is taunting marvel.. how are they going to explain magneto’s son without ANY reference to him in any of the other films? it seems like they think that the time travel element will just supersede all continuity errors between this and the other x men films. as much as I would love to see quicksilver done well with the x-men, 2 different actors playing 2 different versions of one character in 2 different marvel franchises is just dumb. i wish fox would just sell the rights already

    • OK

      They are definitely trying to patch together a bunch of sloppy continuity, and it’s a lame excuse to throw him in the film just to use the character before Marvel. Fox can’t even make an X Men movie without the label “Marvel” in the credits, so the fact that they have made this decision might be an effort to create a bridge. I can’t imagine that Marvel doesn’t consult the properties being licensed by other companies, but if they added Quicksilver without consent, that’s pretty messed up. I wish Marvel could use Scarlet Witch to alter reality and never have to give their characters away.

      • NICK НΛRT

        i dont think they really needed to consult anyone, the decision was made awhile ago that the character was in a grey area and available for both studios, so i wouldn’t be surprised at all if kevin feige found out they were using him as soon as we did. joss whedon just shouldnt have even mentioned his wanting to use them and then maybe fox wouldnt have heard about it either

  • Luggen

    How could Evan Peters play Quicksilver in both films? I would guess he show’s up as Quicksilver in the 1970′s part of DOFP, and not present day DOFP. The actor is 26 now and probably will play a character somewhere between 18 and 26. I’m not sure when the character is born, but I would guess Magneto met Magda late 40′ – early 50′s, and this fits with the when the movie is set and the age of the character. But The Avengers is set present day, so the character would then be between 60 and 70 years old. So the only ways Peters could play him in both films would be if he did a Cap’ Am and got frozen and found by Fury, or do a timetravel at the end of DOFP, or Avengers 2 sets some of it’s scenes in the 60′s – 70′s. This kinda hurts my brain.

    • stealthnull

      Well, if im not mistaken, Quicksilver can run so fast that he can basically time travel..but i could be wrong.

  • RiddleThemThis

    I don’t understand the obsession over Quicksilver, I get that he is Magneto’s son but he has never come off as an interesting character to me.

  • Random Bystander

    I hope they don’t connect the universes. Having two versions of the same character in film at the same time will likely lead to WB pulling their heads out of their arses and allowing a tv batman.

  • Ash

    Maybe there is a pact between Marvel and Fox? In a new co-studio deal that introduces X-Men in Avengers 3? It seems logical that bot studios would use a bridging character to connect both the franchises to hint at a possible collaboration.

    If Whedon is planning on going all out on the 3rd Avengers, throwing in the X-Men to help defeat Thanos would be a very clever move.. Thats only saying Fox and Marvel find a middle ground to licence the characters from fox.. i’m sure they’ll find a way..

  • Hop

    Why don’t we all join hands…together. Sony and Fox and Marvel playing together like one big happy family. Iron Man and Spider-Man. Wolverine and Thor.

    Lets all work together and have fun….man!

  • bidi

    after all this Quicksilver love i bet Warners/DC immediately greenlights a Flash movie. clearly someone out there wants to see a dude run really fast

    • Joe

      …and no one is faster than Flash. Quicksilver has no chance.

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  • Greyson

    so much sexy. …. . . . . .

  • cruzzercruz

    I’m actually intrigued by this. It’s making what was a vague superhero movie competition between Fox and Marvel and making it a very direct one. So we’ll have Whedon, who wrote both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the plot of his film organically and with real interest, but has to eschew their origin vs. Singer, who slapped in yet another character who has no place in this plot, among an already bloated cast of glorified cameos, based on the fact that he wanted to do a single action scene around him. Oh, and he’s leaving his twin sister out.

    I wonder how this will play out.

    *Not to mention the fact that a year after Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were created for X-Men, they were already Avengers. Their origin with Magneto was added later. Their time as Avengers is just as important as the whole daddy issue mutant thing.

  • brNdon

    It seems to me that one or the other wouldn’t have the rights to the character. How far does “the rights to X-Men” expand outward?

    • Lex Walker

      When they made the initial deal to sell the movie rights for the X-Men universe to Fox, the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch had an addendum that said if Marvel ever got around to making an Avengers movie franchise they’d also be able to use those two characters also.

  • Yurine

    Next week Helen Mirren will be be joining the cast as Magik and Harrison ford as Fantomex

  • v98235

    Fox and Bryan Singer are trying to get a piece of the Avengers pie. Douchebag move, no doubt. NO. IT WOULD NOT BE IN THE FANS’ INTEREST TO HAVE THEM MAKE A DEAL…FOX IS CRAP AND WILL DO NOTHING BUT TAINT THE GOOD WILL THE AVENGERS HAVE BUILT.

  • Dommy Dearest

    It’s not like it really matters. The entire X-Men franchise is terrible and even the Avengers (movie) doesn’t follow the comics but rather uses them as guidelines. House of M needs to be a movie when Marvel gains the rights back to X-Men. The Fantastic Four movies were TERRIBLE. Galactus as a giant fucking hurricane? Jessica Alba as Sue Storm… They’ll probably screw over Quicksilver in the X-Men movie and make him uninteresting so that their ‘big’ stars such as Berry and Jackson (and whoever else are in these bastard movies) get all the focus. Joss hinted that Scarlett Witch only performs spells and probably won’t go into the reality warping and all those great things she’s capable of. Fox needs to give back the rights to Marvel, they can’t make a decent X-Men movie if their lives depended on it. They need to let Marvel put them to shame. Also, Spiderman, needs to be defaulted back to Marvel as well. I’m pretty sure Daredevil has as well as the Fantastic Four returned to their proper home.
    This is as stupid as Michael Jackson owning The Beatles shit.
    Just give it back. Please. That way people who have no idea about comics aren’t lied to anymore. It’s becoming way to obvious they are just pulling ideas out of their ass to make the movie seem interesting to those who don’t read the comics or graphic novels. I swear the uninformed would love actually seeing the characters as what they are versus what the studio wanted to do.
    Seriously.
    Galactus as a fucking threatening thunderstorm. SHEESH.

  • Dommy Dearest

    It’s not like it really matters. The entire X-Men franchise is terrible and even the Avengers (movie) doesn’t follow the comics but rather uses them as guidelines. House of M needs to be a movie when Marvel gains the rights back to X-Men. The Fantastic Four movies were TERRIBLE. Galactus as a giant fucking hurricane? Jessica Alba as Sue Storm… They’ll probably screw over Quicksilver in the X-Men movie and make him uninteresting so that their ‘big’ stars such as Berry and Jackson (and whoever else are in these bastard movies) get all the focus. Joss hinted that Scarlett Witch only performs spells and probably won’t go into the reality warping and all those great things she’s capable of. Fox needs to give back the rights to Marvel, they can’t make a decent X-Men movie if their lives depended on it. They need to let Marvel put them to shame. Also, Spiderman, needs to be defaulted back to Marvel as well. I’m pretty sure Daredevil has as well as the Fantastic Four returned to their proper home.
    This is as stupid as Michael Jackson owning The Beatles shit.
    Just give it back. Please. That way people who have no idea about comics aren’t lied to anymore. It’s becoming way to obvious they are just pulling ideas out of their ass to make the movie seem interesting to those who don’t read the comics or graphic novels. I swear the uninformed would love actually seeing the characters as what they are versus what the studio wanted to do.
    Seriously.
    Galactus as a fucking threatening thunderstorm. SHEESH.

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