That Whole Quicksilver Marvel/Fox Condundrum (Mostly) Explained

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Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver Comic Book

Or, well, further speculated upon, anyway.

In any case, as you might have heard yesterday, Bryan Singer made quite a kerfuffle when he announced on twitter the casting of Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”) as Quicksilver in his upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. He wrote:

Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.

You’ll notice that he mentioned the Avengers in the above tweet. Well, that apparently was too on the nose, and Singer later went back and deleted that tweet and did a new one — minus the “Avengers” part:

Unfortunately for Singer, and he really should have known this by now, once you put something out on the Interwebs, it stays forever. Even tweets. For a guy who tweets as much as he does, you’d think he would know you’re not going to be able to delete a tweet and pretend it never happened.

The Avengers Roster Comic BookIn any case, so what does this mean for Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers 2″, where the director also has big plans for Quicksilver and his sister the Scarlet Witch? For those living under a rock, The Avengers are owned by Marvel/Disney (though Disney really doesn’t get into the “Marvel business” and is mostly a hands-off partner when it comes to content creation), while the X-Men are owned by 20th Century Fox. Part of that X-Men package includes Magneto, the father of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, which would seem to indicate Fox owns his kids, too. Right?

Maybe not so much.

According to Hitfix, unnamed sources tell them to expect a “legally-negotiated stand-off” in which Fox gets to use Quicksilver but not mention the Avengers, while Marvel gets to use Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, but not mention that they’re “mutants”, or reference their dad, Magneto. As you’ll recall, the Marvel movies have yet to touch upon the subject of “mutants” in their movies, thus avoiding the existence of the X-Men, Fox’s moneymaker, completely.

Hitfix also says that Quicksilver’s appearance in Singer’s “DOFP” is more of a one-and-done, a short sequence, while Whedon has made mention that he has big plans for the siblings in “The Avengers 2″.

Meanwhile, THR’s Borys Kit has tweeted some additional info to go along with Hitfix’s story:

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver Comic BookWhich is very interesting. So Whedon can’t refer to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch by their codenames, but instead only by their real names? You’ll notice it’s just “Pietro and Wanda” and not their full name, Pietro Maximoff and Wanda Maximoff, since that, one presumes, would make mention of their pops, which would be the Master of Magnetism himself, Magneto.

Of course, these are all speculations and rumors at this point, though Hitfix’s story about how Singer just wants Quicksilver for a short appearance makes sense. How many characters are in “DOFP” now, a few gazillion? Hard to give them all decent dialogue, much less storylines, when you have that many characters to service in one movie.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out how the Quicksilver conundrum shakes out. You can bet Marvel isn’t going to say a peep. Fox, by way of their tweeting machine Bryan Singer and their comic book movies “consultant” Mark Millar on the other hand? I bet Millar is about to explode right now trying to hold his tongue. Come on, Mark, do it, you know you wanna add something to this!

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  • Sojourner

    Not as up to date on how movie licenses work but I’m assuming Fox will keep making Marvel movies with whatever characters they had (the lucrative ones at least) till infinity correct? That way the license never laps and Disney will never be able to take control of those characters again?

    Or do these licenses actually have an end date? Because at this point just take the properties out of Fox’s hand as soon as legally possible because the gap in storytelling just sucks more than anything.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      They’re not all the same, but yeah, MOST of the time it’s “make a movie by a certain date and you retain the rights for a certain number of more years.”

  • Juggernaut

    It is what it is I suppose. Quicksilver will be in Avengers 2 and “Pietro”. One thing that I am exited for is the possibility of Pietro showing up in an Age Of Apocalypse type scenario. That would be awesome!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Go back and read the comics then cause that ain’t gonna happen. LOL. We’re most likely just getting young Quicksilver in X-men. I think they should use the names for Scarlet witches kids in the Young Avengers Speed and Wican or Wica (sounds better for a female).

      • Juggernaut

        Why would that not work?! Alternate realities! time travel! it could happen!
        From what the article said the Quicksilver name can be used in the FOX properties. Quicksilver was a core member of Magnerto’s group of X-Men in AoA. Scarlet Witch was dead in that story line so i can see why there was no mention of her character (as of yet).
        Pietro can show up in Marvel’s Avengers 2 along with his sister Wanda and all will be right with the world. LOL.
        It would be cool to see the blue or AoA costume in X-Men: DOFP and the classic green costume in the Avengers 2 or vice versa. More than likely they would end up in their Ultimates uniforms in the Avengers 2 though.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          I’m saying an AoA event won’t happen. I mean I wouldn’t be surprised if they throw some more characters in from it like Blink (yes I know she showed beforebut promptly died), but thats about it. It’d be a great end to a trilogy or something though, just highly doubtful.

          • Juggernaut

            I really think that they’re going to have a mash-up of a few time travel/alternate reality plotlines. DOFP, AoA, Hope’s future, Cable’s future, Bishop’s future, Rachel Summers’ future, etc. Obviously not every aspect of every story but bits from each. Just my opinion.

  • John

    So that means Avengers can use x-men properties too and call wolverine logan?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      HELL NO!!! That’s Wolverine! Fox ain’t giving that up!!

      • Juggernaut

        I agree that it is not likely but it is an interesting question. The loop hole seems to be that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were members of both teams at one point, well so was Wolverine! So was Spider-Man! I have no idea if it can be done but if it is a possibility that would be the biggest news in genre film history!!!

  • The_Watcher

    Guys, everybody seems to forget that Quicksilver already made a cameo in a movie. http://www.pietromaximoff.com/film/xmen-origins-wolverine.html (I assume it’s because the movie wasn’t THAT good though…kof… Deadpool… kof…)
    Hopefully they will reach an agreement that’ll leave everybody happy.

  • Rob Heyes

    Seems like a lot of trouble to go to when there are so many other marvel characters what wouldn’t need negotiation between the studios. Actually, second thoughts, why don’t the studios put the fans first and their egos/legal issues second and just give us the Avengers – X-Men continuity it deserves