X-Men: Days Of Future Past Writer Talks Quicksilver Controversy, Scarlet Witch Cut Scene
There has been a bit of controversy concerning the use of Quicksilver in upcoming films based on Marvel Comics. Quicksilver, whose real name is Pietro Maximoff, is the mutant son of Magneto and debuted – along with his sister, the Scarlet Witch - as a member of the villainous Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and has spent much of his superhero career as a member of the mutant team X-Factor. On the other hand, he and his sister are also two of the earliest members of the Avengers and many fans associate him more closely with that group. Taking all that into consideration, it's not surprising that fans raised their eyebrows a bit when it was announced that Quicksilver would be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Many fans were, rightly, expecting Quicksilver to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron and were worried that there may be a sort of battle between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox over who got to put Pietro in their film. In a video interview with Total Film, writer Simon Kinberg spoke a bit about the controversy over the character. "It wasn't something we anticipated," he said, "because we didn't know they were using him in the Avengers movie. We only found that out…it got publicized, I think, weeks after we made the decision that we had done it, and then after that, even, it was a little while before the controversy started in terms of them using him too." In the end the controversy amounted to nothing. Quicksilver will be appearing in both films, though they will be two different and completely separate version of the character. Evan Peters will play Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Aaaron Taylor-Johnson will portray the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Kingberg also spoke about Quicksilver's future in the X-Men films that follow Days of Future Past, and the potential appearance of his equally disputed sister. "We talked about bringing Scarlet Witch into the mix for this film," said Kinberg. "Actually, there was a little scene that we shot that we ended up cutting out of the movie that alluded to her. But it was sort of an interstitial scene that didn't push the movie forward, so it ended up being cut…But [Quicksilver] would absolutely be back for the next X-Men movie." X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23.