Of all the characters in the Marvel Universe, you wouldn’t think that Quicksilver would be one of the heroes that studios are competing over, but that seems to be what’s happening. Recently, Avengers writer-Director Joss Whedon said that the mutant siblings Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch would appear as villains in Avengers 2. “You know, they had a rough beginning,” Whedon says of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. “They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.” Avengers 2 is produced by Disney Studios.
However, right on the heels of that revelation, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has announced the casting of Evan Peters (American Horror Story), who will be playing the Quicksilver in his film. Singer has come up with a sequence which he feels only works with Quicksilver. The X-Men franchise is produced by Fox.
As many well-informed fans know, more than one studio owns the rights to the varied pantheon of Marvel Comics characters. Disney owns the Avengers and Fox owns the X-Men. In the comics, the character of Quicksilver began in the X-Men but later reached greater popularity as a member of the Avengers. So who should rightfully have the character?
Kevin Feige—Marvel’s executive producer for all their films (Disney or Fox) has explained how the character could appear both in the Fox and Disney films. “With both Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, there’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with Avengers, but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with The Avengers.” Basically, we’re going to see a legally-negotiated compromise wherein we’ll get two completely different versions of the same character, one played by Evan Peters for Fox and the other by an as-yet uncast actor for Disney.