During the press tour for Iron Man 3, Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon teased two new roster additions, a “brother-sister act,” to be introduced in the next team-up film. We’ve since learned that the pair are indeed Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and that the sequel will be titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It wasn’t long after that casting reports had Aaron Taylor-Johnson listed as a top contender for the role of Quicksilver and the actor has since confirmed that he is in talks with Whedon and Marvel Studios for the part.
While promoting his next feature to hit theaters, another popular comic book adaptation in Kick-Ass 2, Johnson is unable to avoid the Quicksilver topic and as time goes on, he’s becoming more open on speaking to the topic, even confirming a few interesting details.
Speaking with Total Film, Aaron confirmed that he’s in talks with Marvel Studios for the part but that he’s not yet signed for anything. Even without it being official, the star of Kick-Ass 2 is doing his research and is interested in the relationship with Quicksilver and his sister Scarlet Witch.
“There’s years – over 50 years – of backstory on him all there to use, and I like doing that. Him and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other… His sister really is his guidance – emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He’s very overprotective physically – he doesn’t want anyone touching her.”
On Quicksilver’s personality and how he’ll be different from the rest of the team:
“He has real anger frustration – I like that. I always thought it’d be quite funny if you saw him eating loads and people asked him why and he’d explain it’s because he’s burning so much energy all the time. Or ideas that you’d see him come back round – but he’s already nipped out and got his lunch somewhere else. He just got bored – his attention span is so fucking quick.”
That’s not unlike the brief description Evan Peters gave at Comic-Con of his version of the character in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Peters gave an example of Quicksilver getting very frustrated waiting in line behind one person at an ATM because time moves so slowly for him, and quick, menial tasks become long, drawn-out events.
To its credit, the Phase One films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to and including The Avengers offered faithful adaptation of the visual designs of most of the characters. Hulk is a big green monster, Captain America wore his red, white and blue duds, Iron Man was gold and red, and Thor was actually an armored viking god wielding a big hammer. With Quicksilver, who sports white hair in Marvel Comics, talks really fast and has several interesting costumes that may (along with his powers) remind you of DC Comics’ The Flash, his physical transformation is a big topic point of Taylor-Johnson’s discussions with Marvel.
“That’s what we’re in talks about really, right now – how I could become that character and not feel forced. I might not look right with white hair, and the accent may be wrong… it just doesn’t work like that… It’s about – unless you’re Jim Carrey or Nic Cage and go ‘This is the character’, people go ‘OK, OK…’ When people haven’t been shown your range like that, then they’re a bit more skeptical – they may not want you to push the boundaries in that way. But that’s what I’m interested in as an actor…”
The Brit actor seems to be interested in going all-out with his portrayal of Quicksilver should he be cast, but we know the character’s origins – and that of his sister – will be changed from the comics since Twentieth Century Fox does own the rights to them as well – they’re mutant children of Magneto in the comics. What we’re interested in is seeing where they come from and how they acquire their powers, if not for mutation. Will they even have the same names (Pietro and Wanda Maximoff) as their counterparts from the books?
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Source: Total Film