Warning: Major "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" Spoilers Ahead!
With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
When you walk into a superhero movie, you tend to feel pretty good about your main superhero walking out alive. But what about a superhero movie starring nine different heroes? Can they all save the day with their lives intact?
The answer is a very sad and very swift no, at least as far as "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Whether he likes it or not, director and writer Joss Whedon has a reputation for killing his darlings as a way to infuse his stories with stakes, and "Age of Ultron" was no different, thanks to the death of one of Earth's mightiest heroes.
Marvel producer Kevin Feige told MTV's Josh Horowitz all about why (SERIOUSLY, FINAL SPOILER WARNING) Pietro "Quicksilver" Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, had to die — smack dab in the middle of making his Marvel movie debut, no less! As heartbreaking as it is, Pietro's death makes complete sense once you hear Feige's explanation.
"It adds stakes to the ending of the film," he said, adding that it also serves as a way "to show repercussions to Ultron's actions, and also in a way to solidify Scarlet Witch's character, and Wanda's arc in the movie and where we'll see her in the next films."
Straightforward and simple enough, right? It probably doesn't hurt that killing Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also eradicates any confusion over the character's simultaneous appearance in Fox's "X-Men" franchise, but that's neither here nor there, and also quite possibly the nerdiest sentence I've ever written in my life. I digress.
Feige adds that there were no ifs, ands, or buts about Quicksilver speeding away from "Age of Ultron" with a happy ending, either. He died in every draft of the film, according to Feige, even if Marvel went through some great lengths to preserve the surprise — like releasing drafts of the script with Quicksilver surviving all the way through the ending, to even filming a version of the ending with Pietro still alive.
"We even shot him standing with the team at the end," he says, "to prevent people from giving it away … which MTV just did."
Aw, come on! Two big honking spoiler warnings isn't enough? Besides, the box office numbers tell us that pretty much everyone and their grand-Mjolnir saw "Age of Ultron" this weekend. Our conscience is alive and well. The same cannot be said for Quicksilver. Womp womp.
Rest in peace, Quicksilver. See you next year in "X-Men: Apocalypse."