Bryan Singer announced on Twitter that Evan Peters will be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past as Quicksilver.
You may recall that it was recently confirmed that Quicksilver (aka Pietro Maximoff) and his sister Scarlet Witch (aka Wanda Maximoff) would both be appearing in The Avengers 2. If you’re wondering how Quicksilver can appear in Days of Future Past (a Fox film) and also appear in The Avengers 2 (a Marvel film), don’t worry; you’re not any more confused than most people out there.
Here’s Singer’s announcement:
As you can see, Singer threw in a bit of a nod/jab to Marvel and The Avengers. What exactly does this revelation mean for The Avengers 2? In short? Nothing. It doesn’t have to mean a damn thing; The Avengers 2 can go right along with itself like nothing even happened. What will it mean? Speculation, and lots of it. Here, I’ll do my part in that area.
In case you’re unaware of the situation with the rights to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, I’ll try to explain it without confusing you further. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the children of Magneto; all three of those characters fall under the X-Men brand and are all three mutants; Fox owns the rights to the X-Men brand because Marvel licensed them back before Marvel was making their own movies; currently, if Marvel wants to use Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch in a movie, they can do so but cannot mention their “mutant” origin or their father.
Today’s revelation has led some to speculate that Singer and Fox, upon hearing the recent announcement that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be in The Avengers 2, decided to shoehorn Quicksilver into Days of Future Past just to screw with Marvel’s plans. I don’t think that’s the case, though, because just throwing a character in to be spiteful can only harm your movie, and Quicksilver was already in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, anyway, so it’s not like they haven’t at least hinted at the character before. What I would love to see happen–and what I’ve thought should be the case all along–is for the same Quicksilver to appear in both Days of Future Past and The Avengers 2. Why not? If Marvel and Fox work together and work out a deal which allows them to combine their currently separate cinematic universes? That would be incredible. Then we could maybe, possibly, potentially, hopefully get some kind of Wolverine-Hulk crossover action, down the line. It makes so much sense that I almost have to assume Hollywood won’t let it happen.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the really important question: will Evan Peters be a good Quicksilver? I’d say so. He’s best-known for his roles in the ever-evolving anthology series American Horror Story–the third season of which, American Horror Story: Coven, we recently learned will also star Peters’ off-screen girlfriend Emma Roberts–but also had a memorable role in Kick-Ass. As we’ve seen on American Horror Story, he certainly has the ability to pull of the brooding, deep-seeded anger and frustration we’d expect from Quicksilver. The only real thing I have to question is: how will he look with white hair?