by Brett White
Relations between Marvel Studios and Fox have gotten a bit more complicated after Bryan Singer announced that Quicksilver, a character that Joss Whedon has been very vocal about including in "The Avengers 2," was just added to the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Judging by the quickness (pun super intended) of the casting, it's not far fetched to assume that Quicksilver was added to the now-shooting "X-Men" film just to get to him first.
In fact, the initial wording of Singer's tweet contained a subtle jab at the Avengers, saying that "before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid." Singer's since deleted that tweet and replaced it with this one:
But as olive branch-y as that replacement tweet may seem, HitFix's sources say things are anything but peaceful between the two studios.
"This is not a situation where the two different companies are working together to try and create a sense of a larger shared world," HitFix's report states. "In fact, if either of them could get the other to back off, they would. The thing is, 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 see is a legally-negotiated stand-off in which we'll get two totally different versions of one character. While they may act like things are amicable in public, HitFix sources say otherwise... Marvel has larger plans for the character, though, and wants to use him for more than just one action sequence."
This fits in line with how the X-Men films have operated in the past. At least a dozen X-Men characters have been adapted into film in barely recognizable forms, or for nothing more than power-based cameos with no real characterization. The two least respected X-Men films, "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," are the worst offenders, with characters like Multiple Man, Psylocke, Emma Frost, Callisto, Maverick and Angel being put in film with little work done to make their appearances matter. Quicksilver even got this treatment briefly in "X-Men Origins," appearing for literally four seconds as a super fast kid stuck in a cage.
This HitFix report confirms that Quicksilver looks to be set up for this treatment again, especially considering how crowded "Days of Future Past" already is. The good thing is that it doesn't look like Quicksilver's appearance in "Days of Future Past" precludes him from being in "Avengers 2" (as hinted at in the tweets found at Comic Book Movie), where the character stands to play a significant part. But just because the character might still be in "Avengers 2" doesn't mean Marvel Studios will be too happy about all this.
"This is the first time this has happened, and there is still time for Fox to blink," HitFix's report continues. "If they push forward and allow Singer to include the character, there's a chance they're burning down any future cooperation with Marvel, who have proven themselves to be hard negotiators who aren't afraid to flex whatever muscle they have."
More updates as things get more confusing, which they probably will.
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