In an interesting turn of events, Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, has been cast in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The son of Magneto, Quicksilver will be played by American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters.
Singer revealed the news via Twitter, tweeting, “Before he was an #Avenger he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.
What makes this an interesting turn of events, I hear the few ask? Well, that would be the fact that Joss Whedon recently confirmed that Quicksilver, and his sister, the Scarlet Witch, will be appearing in his The Avengers 2. Where things get a little murky is the fact that both Disney/Marvel, who are producing The Avengers 2, and 20th Century Fox/Marvel, who are producing X-Men: Days of Future Past, have the rights to both Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Usually, a character(s) is exclusively owned by one studio when it comes to cinematic outings.
Don’t be getting excited about the two studios possibly crossing over with characters, though. Apparently, The Avengers 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past will both feature separate versions of the Quicksilver character. In fact, Hitflix is reporting that the use of Quicksilver in Days of Future Past may be a bit of an F-U to Marvel. The site reports, “This is not a situation where the two different companies are working together to try and create a sense of a larger shared world. In fact, if either of them could get the other to back off, they would. Bryan Singer has designed a sequence that he feels only works with Quicksilver, and Joss Whedon feels that there is a pressing reason for Quicksilver to show up in The Avengers 2. And so what we’re going to get is two totally different versions of one character.”
It seems that there’s a tad bit of animosity between the two studios over the rights to Dardevil The character was previously with Fox, as seen with the 2003 Daredevil film, but the rights recently reverted back to Disney/Marvel. Fox did their best to negotiate the renewal of the Daredevil rights, but the end result was that the character returned to Disney/Marvel.
Whedon apparently has big plans for the Quicksilver character in The Avengers 2, whilst Bryan Singer is reportedly using the character just in a one-off sequence.
Expect to hear more on this as it develops.