With WandaVision within the air on Disney Plus, the Scarlet Witch’s household is entrance and heart — however isn’t there somebody we’re forgetting? There’s Wanda, the Scarlet Witch herself. There’s her loving husband-robot, the Vision.
And then there’s Pietro Maximoff, Wanda’s brother! But sadly, I’m not speaking about the cool kid with the goggles who saves everyone in the X Mansion, however moderately the man in Under Armor and frosted ideas from Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Quicksilver.
Avengers: Age of Ultron got here out six years in the past this May, so let’s go on slightly Quicksilver refresher course, as his presence stays important to WandaVision, even whereas he’s out of the image.
Who is Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver?
Pietro is Wanda’s twin brother. The two had been born in Sokovia, a small, made-up Eastern European nation. At the age of 10, their dad and mom had been killed utilizing Stark weaponry, engendering them with a deep hatred for Tony Stark. Out of hatred for Iron Man and the Avengers, and a want to wield the ability to liberate their war-torn nation, Pietro and Wanda volunteered for a harmful Hydra experiment that uncovered them to energies from Loki’s scepter.
The Mind Stone throughout the scepter gave Pietro and Wanda their superpowers. She obtained a mysterious suite of psionic powers that enable her to warp actuality, and he obtained … tremendous pace.
How did Quicksilver die?
Pietro died in the identical film wherein he was launched, whereas saving Hawkeye and a Sokovian little one from a hail of Ultron-fired bullets. He was quick sufficient to maneuver Clint Barton and the boy to security however apparently to not dodge the bullets himself.
Quicksilver has not appeared in an MCU property since, not even in flashbacks.
Why are there two Quicksilvers in Marvel films?
To unpack this, we have to unpack some Marvel Comics historical past and a few Marvel film historical past. It was not too way back that 20th Century Fox held the movie license for the X-Men and all associated characters, stopping Marvel Studios from together with mutants within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And, on the time, Wanda and Pietro had been mutants within the Marvel Comics — the dual kids of Magneto. But they had been mutants who occupied an odd gray space. Although they had been launched as villainous members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the 2 had spent nearly all of their editorial existence as reformed members of the Avengers than both as members of the X-Men staff or as X-Men villains.
Marvel and Fox agreed to share custody, so to talk. Marvel may use Wanda and Pietro as long as they by no means talked about mutants or Magneto, and Fox may use them as long as they by no means talked about the Avengers. But, in fact, studios don’t wish to create further publicity for a competitor. So when Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past launched Quicksilver in a giant manner, it appears doubtless that Marvel determined to eliminate their very own Pietro as rapidly as attainable, giving Wanda high billing.
Over at Marvel Comics, the same “no free publicity” edict was enacted in 2015’s Uncanny Avengers, when Wanda and Pietro went on a bizarre journey and found that they weren’t mutants in any respect! They had been common human twin infants who’d been experimented on by the High Evolutionary (a mad scientist with much more pretensions than normal) after which disguised as mutant kids. For causes!
These days, regardless that Marvel has recouped the movie license to the X-Men by means of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Wanda continues to be thought of one of many nice enemies of Mutantkind, bearing the overwrought moniker of the Great Pretender. Comics Wanda’s repute was destroyed by company licensing. And MCU Wanda’s brother was killed by the identical.
Could Quicksilver seem in WandaVision?
If WandaVision had been a comic book, I’d say it was inevitable. But WandaVision is a tv present, the place including one other character means paying a minimum of one actor to come back aboard. Nonetheless, rumors have swirled that Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who performed Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, is making an appearance in the series. They have additionally swirled that Evan Peters, who performed Quicksilver in Fox’s X-Men franchise, is making an appearance in the series.
Ultimately, WandaVision is anticipated to ultimately tie in to 2022’s Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness, and the place the Multiverse is concerned, something goes.