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Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch Are a ‘Huge Part’ of The Avengers 2, Whedon Says

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Did you ever think you’d live in a world where Quicksilver was in such hot demand that he’d be appearing in two movies from two different studios? In May, Joss Whedon revealed that Quicksilver and his twin sister Scarlet Witch will in The Avengers 2, while director Bryan Singer announced he had cast Evan Peters as the speedster in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

As comic fans know, the siblings have a long history with both franchises as members of Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and also the Avengers. Plus, y’know, they’re Magneto’s children. According to reports later that month, Marvel Studios and Fox have very specific rules about who can say what in which films. Basically, Singer can’t have Quicksilver refer to the Avengers while Whedon won’t be able to refer to Magneto, mutants or anything with an X.

Crave Online caught up with Whedon at the 2013 Saturn Awards and asked him about the new additions to his blockbuster ensemble. “[They’re] a huge part of [Marvel’s The Avengers 2],” Whedon said. “I’m really excited about it. I don’t know what they’re doing and I’m determinedly not knowing. They’ll do their thing. I have to do mine.”

Whedon also addressed his feelings about his abandoned Wonder Woman project at Warner Bros. in the wake of The Avengers‘ success. “It’s like grief,” he said. “There’s a period of anger where you’re like, ‘Hey! Remember all those times where I told you it would have worked? They believed me and it did! So now I’m going to get angry about stuff that I had pretty much dealt with.’ You do kind of want to have a slap-line of everybody you had previously worked for. But I’m luckier than most people, so you get over that.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23, 2014, with The Avengers 2 scheduled for May 1, 2015.

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  • demoncat_4

    nice to see fox is not risking marvel and disney coming back and taking the x-men rights from them should they try and deny them quicksilver and the scarlet witch after all the talking that they are part of avengers two. can’t wait to see how joss works in quicksilver and wanda.

  • Hy Gearr

    It sounds more like Bryan Singer is “working in” Wanda and Pietro. Days of Future Past is suffering from X3 syndrome. Too many mutants. Not enough story.

  • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

    Marvel/Disney can’t take them (the co-rights) back, since the rights also belong to Fox (via a thin line) as long as they hold the license (hence anything referencing the X-Men universe), unless they buy them back outright. These are just some casualties of Marvel (under Avi Arad) selling licensing rights when they were emerging from bankruptcy.

  • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

    Yeah, I’m thinking at most they’ll be more quick cameos than anything, or quick throwaway parts (kinda like Angel was in X3)

  • demoncat_4

    they can’t take them but tell fox they are buying them back out of spite. if they start messing with their avengers plans. and actully it was ron pearlman who was the one selling rights that put diisney and fox where they are at now not avi arad. for ron own marvel at the time of the bankrupty the rights were already sold off to places like fox before avri came to the rescue.

  • BigRog6789

    they cant just take it back. they signed an agreement where fox owns the rights to use the characters for movies. the only way it reverts back is if fox doesn’t use the property and make a movie after so many years (like 5 or 6 years inactivity. not 100 percent positive on the years but you get the idea)

  • hooliganb

    There must be some mention of Megneto being Quicksilver’s father, though. Either that, or he’s on the brotherhood in some form. Otherwise, what motivation would there be of using him specifically? Northstar and Surge are also both speedsters that would be more visually distinct as in-and-out characters.

  • Jon

    “Whedon also addressed his feelings about his abandoned Warner Bros. project at Warner Bros.”

    So the abandoned Warner Bros. project was at Warner Bros., then..? ;-)

  • Derek Metaltron

    I think it’s evidently clear that Pietro will be in Future Past purely because Fox wants to say ‘Suck It’ to Marvel, indeed I doubt they’ll even reference he’s Magneto’s son, anymore than Juggernaut was a mutant and not referenced to being related to Charles or Colossus and Psylocke have blink and you miss them cameos with totally different accents to what they should.
    Point is, Future Past wants to be Avengers, but it’s in danger of being more like Last Stand if all these X-Men are in there for short little spots and Logan, Charles, Eric and Raven end up being all who matter in the story.

  • Jon

    What part of “It’s not Marvel’s call” don’t you understand? If Marvel could take back the Spider-Man, FF and X-Men rights (now that they have their own movie studio), believe me, they would have a heck of a long time ago.

    Again, in case it’s still not clear for you : Marvel would take those rights back RIGHT AWAY if they could. They cannot. Their hands are tied. The deal Marvel originally made with Fox and Sony allows those studios to use the properties they required until the End Of days, if they so choose… as long as they continue to respect the conditions.

  • Derek Metaltron

    Indeed, though the dire straits which Sony presently finds itself may eventually lead to them coming to some sort of deal with using Spidey in Avenger films. I’m not saying its guaranteed but it’s becoming more of an option than a while back.

  • Jon

    There musn’t, and there won’t be. These characters work even without the Magneto or X connection. Just the fact that they’re bro/sis, with the overprotective big bro being a borderline villain (as he has always been portrayed, even in his best days) already gives writers more to work with than they had with Hawkeye and Black Widow. Hell, if the complete revamping of Hawkeye in the movieverse is any indication, they really didn’t think much of his costume or back story when they cast him in the first movie.

  • DarthTigris

    Though it may not be factually correct, I remember teading that Singer said he needed him for a certain action sequence. To me that means he just needed a speedster. I could definitely see Singer lobbying for Northstar, as he was one of the first comic characters to come out as gay.

    All signs point to this being Fox trying to beat Marvel Studios to the punch. So pitifully petty …

  • hooliganb

    We were talking about how Singer is using them in X-Men, not how Whedon is using them in The Avengers..

  • Jon

    Oh, my bad. In that case, of course Singer will mention the connection with Magneto. He’d be a complete jerk to use them and not mention it. If that was the case, it’d be hard for me not to interpret it as a passive-aggressive move to dissuade Whedon from using them in Avengers.

    But being the positive fellow I tend to be, I like to think Singer has specific roles for them that couldn’t be filled by others (like Northstar/Surge). Which would mean mentioning that Magneto is their father.

  • Joshua Yamada

    AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!

  • lewis4510

    There’s only been mention of Quicksilver being used for one action sequence in Days of Future Past and no mention of Scarlet Witch being used at all. Which indicates to me he could have easily used Northstar or created a brand new character for that “one action sequence.” Neither Quicksilver nor Scarlet Witch were even in the DoFP storyline anyway. So this was all about sticking it to Marvel from the beginning.

    Fox is pissed because Marvel went outside the box and did their own thing with their own characters and did it well. Which in turn makes The X-men a less valuable property.

  • Rob M

    Whedon won’t be able to refer to Magneto, mutants or anything with an X
    Can he use a Xerox machine? Or play a xylophone?

  • demoncat_4

    or if fox does not have the film in even pre production like with daredevil . that plus if disney wanted too they could just see how much it would cost to buy the rights back from fox .

  • demoncat_4

    as long as fox has a film in some sort of production but disney can also buy back the rights as most other companies some times due for no doubt marvel put in a clause that they could have a certain buy back price . sony marvel has let them have spidey for good. for sooner or later disney will want a full marvel film universe and will offer fox a fortune to take back x-men and ff.

  • Jon

    You’re very desperately trying to latch on to this notion that you are right, here. Please, just stop. Your original assertion was that Fox should somehow be worried that they’ll lose the rights to X-Men back to Marvel. That’s is what you implied. And we are telling you that the only way Fox loses those rights is if they WANT to lose those rights, such as accepting an offer they can’t refuse from Disney. There is nothing for Fox to “fear” here. If they agreed to this, it would be willingly and they would make out like bandits.

  • Joseph

    I WANT THE HULK ACTION FIGURE TOYS

  • demoncat_4

    never said i was right but disney like fox has a rep for getting nasty when it comes to certain business things and one of them could be with the marvel characters for even their ceo once said he sees some day disney buying back some of the rights for even fox loves money and sooner or later will decide the x-men have run its course. as all things movie wise do.

  • Jon

    Yep, you’re still trying to be right. :) Hopefully that works out for you.

  • Dezz

    Whedon’s take on the character is the only one that’ll be relevant. Singer’s just adding him at the last minute to get some of that Avenger’s spotlight and nothing else. The fact that QS is the son of Magneto in comics means nothing to Singer. Just ask the kid in Superman Returns.

  • Dezz

    When has Singer ever recognized family in a comic book film? Charles sister “Mystique” or Superman’s illegitimate child in Superman Returns?

  • Nissus

    That depends on whether you want to sell the rights.

  • Nissus

    Sorry, *THEY want to sell the rights back. And they don’t. These films, even those that have failed, have given them enough profit

  • kelly

    Yes!! I loved the first one! And I love how they all connect!

  • JusticeBringer

    Surge isn’t a speedster.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I don’t have high hopes for Days of Future Past. It is clearly suffering from X3 syndrome. Why does there need to be two dozen mutants in the movie? Quicksilver is obviously not a main character, so it’s just petty to fight over including him. Just get another speedster.

    It sucks that Whedon can’t even mention that the characters are mutants since that’s such a huge part of who they are. It seems like he’s going to have to change A LOT about the characters in order to use them. Shame. Hopefully they’ll still be recognizable. When it comes down to it, I trust the director of The Avengers much more than I trust the director of Superman Returns.

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    This sounds like Disney is talking a few decades into the future. At the moment (and for probably as long as we will care), X-Men is still too hot of a property for Fox to let go of.

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    Not to mention that Cyclops’s “younger” brother is as old as their father should technically be.

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    Maybe there’s intention to feature Quicksilver more prominantly in future X-Men films? I just think that Evan Peters is such a terrific actor to play him (maybe a little too young, but time will solve that problem). It would be a waste of a fantastic actor to have him appear in only a scene or two.

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    Honestly, I just think it’s all a publicity stunt (maybe even jointly orchestrated?) and it’s working incredibly well. I don’t think that Marvel, Fox, Wheddon, or Singer have anything to be upset about: in the end Quicksilver is selling all of them more tickets.

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    It was Wonder Woman. They passed on his Wonder Woman project. Which would have been awesome.

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    Bryan Singer literally said that he wants to unite the X-Universe (and fix the continuity errors) using DoFP in the same way that Avengers united the Avengers universe. If that’s the goal, then it makes sense to have cameos of alternate versions of his current core characters (the 1st Class crew).

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    There needs to be a dozen mutants in the movie because almost all of them will be cameos. Singer is supposed to repair all of the continuity flaws using time travel in this movie. In order to do that, you need to have some shots with Patrick Stewart’s Xavier, etc.
    The last time that Singer handled a large cast directly (X2), the filmed turned out amazingly well. Before Avengers, it was the best superhero TEAM movie out there. To many non-comic book fans, I’m sure they still consider X2 a better movie (remember that Avengers was rated the most overrated movie of 2012, and I will bet that most of these people were non-comic book fans).

  • hooliganb
  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    She can use her electricity powers to run fast, but she doesn’t actually have super-speed as a power. It’s very different from Quicksilver, who can read books at super speed or talk super fast, or run long distances.

  • hooliganb

    Are you sure? This says she ran from NY to CO in an afternoon… and these look like super fast speech to me: http://i56.tinypic.com/o5or2d.jpg
    http://bit.ly/13jEsna

  • hooliganb

    It totally would have been awesome! Granted, Dollhouse didn’t do so well. Still, considering the rabid fan following he has behind Buffy, one of the most iconic strong, female characters in television… I think he would have slayed with Wonder Woman (pun quasi intended)

  • http://www.living-silver.com Living Silver

    I haven’t read her early appearances since they were originally released, so I may be wrong about how far or long she can “surge”. But the point was that her power is electricity/energy-manipulation based and not speed. It’s the same thing with Velocidad from Generation Hope. Even though he runs fast, he’s not a speedster: he’s a time manipulator (like Tempo or Kidden from NYX).

  • hooliganb

    Alrighty… I guess I brought her up as a speedster because she runs/moves really fast, and having a similar power set would make her a viable alternative.

  • Dezz

    Agreed, it boggles the mind the misguided fanboys come to FOX’s aid saying that QS and SW are mutants how belong in X-men because they’re Magneto’s children…As if FOX has ever cared about any X-men characters origin.

  • V

    I’d prefer the Wasp and Ant-Man.

  • francescadsch

    hey are. It seems like he’s going to have to change A LOT about the characters in order to

  • sk

    It’s a shame Fox and Whedon have such a bad relationship. I could see execs at Fox holding back possibilities of crossover just to spite him lol