by Brett White
And things just got very, very interesting for Marvel.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer dropped a bomb via Twitter this afternoon when he announced that Evan Peters, best known for his roles in the TV series "American Horror Story," has been cast as Quicksilver in next year's mutant film. This comes as great news for fans of the character, who has frequently popped up as a member of the super hero teams X-Factor and the Avengers.
Oh yeah, the Avengers. This is a bombshell because writer and director Joss Whedon has been very vocal about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's involvement in his early drafts of "Avengers 2." Since the characters have spent the majority of their 50 year comic book career as members of the Avengers, it makes sense for Whedon to include Quicksilver and his twin sister in an Avengers sequel. But since the characters are mutants, and Magneto's children to boot, they're also fair game for Bryan Singer. This is a problem since the Avengers and X-Men's film rights are owned by two different studios.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has gone on record saying that the characters are fair game for either studio, but it seemed like this was a first-come first-served type thing. So what does this mean for Quicksilver's involvement in "The Avengers 2"?
Bryan Singer's tweet acknowledges the character's role in Whedon's initial drafts, and it's not hard to read into the director's choice of words.
There hasn't been a new cast member announcement since just over a month ago when Adan Canto joined the cast, most likely as Sunspot. I say "most likely" because Singer has kept the new actors' roles top secret. You have to go to the film's IMDB page to get even a hint as to who new cast members like Booboo Stewart and Peter Dinklage are playing. Singer specifically pointing out that Evan Peters is playing Quicksilver is unlike any other casting announcement so far, and can definitely be read in a "FIRST!" tone. This announcement coming relatively soon after Whedon revealed Quicksilver's involvement in his drafts, and the lengthy stretch of time since the last X-Men casting, just makes it seem like Fox wanted to use Quicksilver before Marvel could.
So what does this mean for "The Avengers 2"? The script is still in its early stages, so it's possible Quicksilver could be written out. Maybe we'll only get Scarlet Witch in "Avengers 2," leaving the siblings separated by film rights. Or maybe both studios will have a Quicksilver in their respective franchises (although "X-Men: Days of Future Past" may be the only film allowed to call him Quicksilver). Unless this was a bluff by Whedon all along and he expected Fox to make this move, it wouldn't be surprising to hear that rewrites are being made.
Who ever thought there'd be this much attention paid to Quicksilver?
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