When Marvel Studios launched their cinematic universe, it did so without the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men, or the Fantastic Four – all of whom have been among their oldest and most popular comic characters. Without them, the original Avengers have been turned into some of the most recognizable names in Hollywood, but fans of the comics continued to wait for the day that every Marvel character could live under one umbrella. Spider-Man is now officially a part of the MCU, but the X-Men universe continues to move along with Fox.
This separation has led to Marvel not being allowed to mention “mutants,” which complicated things when they introduced Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Despite their family ties to X-Men super-villain Magneto, both characters fell into a grey area of the legal rights for their ability to appear on the big screen. Fox made a splash with Evan Peters as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Taylor-Johnson’s involvement was cut short. However, he is still hoping he can reprise the role in the future.
Taylor-Johnson is currently out promoting his upcoming role in Nocturnal Animals, but Metro.co.uk (via MCUExchange) was sure to ask about the potential for him to once again come back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the abrupt, but heroic, death of the character in Age of Ultron, he enjoyed his time on the project and in this universe and said he “absolutely” wants to come back. However, if this possibility is in the plans, he is unaware of these conversations. He said:
I don’t have any knowledge I could share with you if I did.
Even though Quicksilver’s time as an Avenger was not nearly as long as many suspected, his seemingly permanent death was not always in the cards. Joss Whedon, who directed Age of Ultron, previously revealed that an alternate ending was shot to the film that included Quicksilver’s powers healing him from the bullet wounds he sustained. This was ultimately not used, but it does show that Marvel at one time, however briefly it may have been, considered keeping the character around longer.
Moving forward in the MCU, there are possible ways for Taylor-Johnson to reprise his role, either living or not. Doctor Strange is set to open up a whole new realm of possibilities and alternate realities that could be used to either resurrect Quicksilver or have a Quicksilver from a different world or timeline cross over into the current universe.
His sister meanwhile also possesses the powers to alter reality, depending on how Marvel decides to use her abilities. She has not yet mastered her powers as evident in Captain America: Civil War, so it is plausible that she could snap down the line and bring back her deceased brother at a moments notice.
The biggest possibility for Quicksilver to return soon would be via the Infinity Gauntlet that Thanos, and potentially more, could wield in Avengers: Infinity War and beyond. The Gauntlet has previously been used to bring people back from the dead in the comics, and a situation where the Avengers need more help would be as good a chance as ever to have Quicksilver be brought back. All of these possibilities are simply just that for now, with no indications coming from Marvel that this is part of their larger plan. However if it is, it should be comforting for fans to know that Taylor-Johnson would be happy to return.