That Whole Quicksilver Marvel/Fox Condundrum (Mostly) Explained

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!