While The Avengers 2 isn't due in theaters until May 2015, Joss Whedon recently admitted that he'd be adding two important characters to the mix, siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who both come with a very interesting history. Because they're part of the X-Men universe and the Avengers universe, Disney/Marvel and 20th Century Fox both have the rights to use them in any of their movies. Though we don't know how they're being used in The Avengers 2, we gather it'll be in a major capacity (possibly as villains), and that Saoirse Ronan is on the wish list to play Scarlet Witch.
That may have all changed this afternoon, however, as X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer busted out a big announcement via Twitter, revealing that Kick-Ass actor Evan Peters has been cast as Quicksilver in his X-Men sequel, due out on July 18, 2014, less than a year before the character would appear in The Avengers 2. Did Fox simply write the character into its script in order to make things difficult for Marvel, or could Quicksilver's appearance in Days of Future Past actually help The Avengers 2 by introducing the origin story for a pivotal new Avengers character, thereby making him an easier sell by the time Marvel's monster sequel comes to town?
Based on the way Singer phrases his tweet -- and that Evan Peters is in his mid-20s -- we imagine they'll be using a younger Quicksilver in the X-Men sequel, leaving enough room for Marvel to use an older version of the same character in The Avengers 2. If it seems confusing, know that no matter what happens behind the scenes, this is definitely a cool thing for fans in that there's potential to see a single character used in two major franchises from different studios. Quicksilver's father is none other than Magneto, and if we see his origin story in Days of Future Past, then reunite with an older version of the character in The Avengers 2, all that does is allow fans to have a more complete big-screen experience with a character versus seeing only part of his history.
Of course there's also the small chance both studios are conspiring together and working toward an even bigger crossover down the line, testing the waters with one character before building something larger. That would be pretty amazing, and also pretty unbelievable considering the amount of legal hoops each party would need to jump through first.
Should be fascinating to see what Marvel does now. We hope the filmmakers stick to their plan, because assuming Fox does right by Quicksilver, it'll just make fans that much hungrier to see him appear on-screen again in The Avengers 2.
What do you think?