For the past month, Marvel fans have been buzzing about the addition of The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers 2’. However, Pietro Maximoff appears to be making his big screen debut a bit earlier than 2015 because Bryan Singer has just announced that the character will be appearing in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.
As he has done in the past, Singer took to his Twitter to announce that ‘American Horror Story’ star Evan Peters would be stepping into the white hair of Magneto’s son. But along with the announcement, there appears to be a jab thrown at Whedon and Marvel Studios. Check out the tweet below:
Depending on how you look at that post, Singer is either making a simple Marvel reference or he’s being a bratty child declaring that he got to the toy that you wanted to play with first. Either way, this tweet has since been deleted from the filmmaker’s account and replaced with one without reference to the Avengers. It’s being speculated that Fox encouraged this to happen because they did not want the two versions of the character to be connected in any way, but it’s also possible that it was taken down after the backlash that ensued once the announcement was made. After all, Whedon has some passionate fans who will come to his side at the drop of a hat, so what would you expect when Singer comes along and makes a remark like that which could be perceived as a catty swipe?
Contractually, both films can feature the speedster and his magically gifted sister, but integral parts of the characters need to be overlooked in order for this arrangement to work. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige sums it all up in this quote about who controls the rights to the Maximoff siblings:
We both have [Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch]. There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with Avengers, but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with ‘The Avengers’.
While they both can lay claim to the character legally, the timing of the whole thing just seems off. This is a pretty late addition to the cast of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ since they’ve started production in Canada already. And then Hitflix’s report on the subject isn’t helping matters either because they are saying that Singer is including the character because he “designed a sequence that only works with Quicksilver”. From what we’ve heard so far, it sounds like Whedon definitely has plans for Pietro that go beyond one scene, so this unprecedented situation appears to be happening just to spit in the face of the competition.
Controversy aside, it’ll be interesting to see Evan Peters in the role. He’s a great actor and I assume that he’ll be interacting with Ian McKellan’s Magneto in the film in some way, so I’ll be looking forward to that. I just hope that Peters doesn’t get lost in the sea of talented co-stars and his character gets lost in the shuffle of all the other X-Men already slated to appear.
It’s too bad that Fox can’t just work something out with Marvel to connect their two cinematic universes. Paramount worked things out with the House of Ideas over Iron Man and the Avengers and they’re still making bank off of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Iron Man 3’, so why wouldn’t Singer and company want in on that action? It just seems logical! (But then again, Fox cancelled ‘Firefly’ prematurely, so what do they know about logic?)
What do you think about Bryan Singer adding Quicksilver to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’? How do you think this inclusion will affect Joss Whedon’s portrayal of the character in ‘The Avengers 2’? And what do you think of Evan Peters taking up the role for Fox? There are so many angles of this story that require commenting on, so let your voice be heard in the comment section.
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart, and Even Peters hits theaters on July 18, 2014.