Evan Peters starred as Quicksilver in the X-Men film trilogy for Fox, and now he’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in WandaVision! Peters was “recast” in the character of Pietro Maximoff, Wanda Maximoff‘s late twin brother (Elizabeth Olsen). Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he died in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Because of the unusual allocation of Marvel’s character rights, there was a Quicksilver in both the X-Men movies and the MCU. For years, Marvel’s X-Men and mutant characters, such as Quicksilver, a mutant and the son of Magneto in the comics, were owned by Fox, not Disney, and so were not part of the MCU’s stock of licences to draw upon. However, in the comics, Quicksilver was a member of the Avengers, and Marvel Studios kept the rights to the Avengers’ roster of characters when they began producing their own films in 2008 with Iron Man. In 2012, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated: “Even after many years of talks, there are only a few characters who occupy that middle ground… a few grey areas… Only a figure like Quicksilver, who has been a member of the X-Men, the son of Magneto in those books, but also a key Avenger, has experienced this.”
While Marvel Studios might incorporate Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, Fox beat Marvel to the punch by introducing their own version of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past a year earlier. Despite this, the two Quicksilvers had no connection other than their superhuman speed and the fact that they both had white hair. The Mind Stone gave Pietro Maximoff his powers in the MCU, but Quicksilver – named Peter Maximoff – in the X-Men movies’ updated timeline was a mutant whose father was Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and he was decades older than the MCU’s speedster. After Disney, Marvel Studios’ parent company, purchased Fox in 2019, the rights disputes between Marvel and Fox became moot, allowing Fox-owned characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four to be included into the MCU.
The X-Men films had an advantage over Marvel in that they teased Quicksilver 11 years before he made his film debut in Days of Future Past; in 2003’s X2: X-Men United, the name Maximoff followed by the number (2) was on a list of known mutants displayed on a computer screen. Scarlet Witch was also included in the Easter egg, despite the fact that the X-Men franchise never attempted to create their unique version of Wanda. Regardless, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was one of the most popular characters in the X-Men films almost immediately, and Peter Maximoff was significantly more popular than Aaron Taylor-Pietro. Johnson’s Here’s a list of all of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver’s appearances in the X-Men films, as well as in WandaVision.
In X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Quicksilver
Peter Maximoff made his first appearance in the 1973 portion of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who had time-traveled from a post-apocalyptic future where the Sentinels were committing a mutant genocide, advised Peter. Logan, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) enlisted Peter’s help to break into a secure plastic cell beneath the Pentagon and release Magneto, who is imprisoned of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy .
Magneto was Quicksilver’s father, according to X-Men: Days of Future Past, as a result of an affair with Peter’s mother, but Peter only assumed Erik Lensherr was his father. Quicksilver is well known for the spectacular scene in the Pentagon kitchen where he used his speed to save his mutant companions from security guards shooting at them, which was set to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle.” Peter, on the other hand, stayed behind as the X-Men and Magneto continued their quest, and he wouldn’t see the X-Men again for another decade.
In X-Men: Apocalypse, Quicksilver
In X-Men: Apocalypse, where Peter Maximoff was still a self-described “failure” living in his mother’s basement in 1983, Quicksilver made a cameo appearance. However, Peter felt certain Magneto was his father ten years after meeting him. After Magneto reappeared in Poland and joined forces with Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), Quicksilver tried to aid but was too late, so he rocketed to the Xavier School to find the X-Men.
Maximoff got at the X-Mansion just in time, as Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen were ready to blow it up. Before the X-Mansion blew up in another fantastic scene set to Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Quicksilver single-handedly saved all of the students in the school and launched each mutant to safety. Quicksilver was apprehended and imprisoned by Colonel William Stryker (Josh Helman) at Alkali Lake’s Weapon X facility, where he confessed to Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) that Magneto was his father. Quicksilver then joined the X-Men as they escaped Alkali Lake and proceeded to Egypt, defeating Apocalypse and saving the world. Peter didn’t reveal to Magneto that he was his father, but he did join the X-Men.
In The Dark Phoenix, Quicksilver
During in the events of Dark Phoenix in 1992, Quicksilver was still a member of the X-Men. During a space shuttle rescue operation, Peter joined the crew after Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) merged with a cosmic energy that transformed her into the Dark Phoenix. Quicksilver was delighted to give the young children at Xavier’s School credit for the mission’s success.
Quicksilver joined the X-Men when they went to rescue Jean when she got increasingly unstable and travelled to her homeland to confront her estranged father. The war was devastating, and Mystique died as a result. During the battle, Jean wounded Quicksilver’s legs, and he sat out the rest of the movie, but he remained a teacher at the Xavier School until Professor X resigned and Beast took over as Headmaster.
Deadpool 2’s Quicksilver
Despite the fact that Deadpool 2 takes place in 2018, 26 years after the events of Dark Phoenix, Quicksilver and several other X-Men make an appearance.
As Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) bemoaned how empty the X-Mansion was, he failed to notice Quicksilver, Beast, Professor X, Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in a room behind him, who promptly locked the door to keep Deadpool out.