Joss Whedon Re-Confirms Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch in ‘The Avengers 2′; Dodges X-Men Question

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Twentieth Century Fox’s seventh and by far the biggest Marvel movie to date (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is currently shooting in Montreal. Director Bryan Singer is bringing back everybody from the original X-Men trilogy along with the principal cast of X-Men: First Class and many new faces for the ambitious team-up involving a story featuring time travel.

Over at Marvel Studios where four films are in various stages of production, Joss Whedon has handed in the first draft of his screenplay for The Avengers 2 and in it he’s introducing a pair of new heroes, the same two characters that Bryan Singer and Fox may be using in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Two studios, two characters, two separate Marvel Cinematic Universes.

Whedon has been sharing his excitement for introducing the “brother-sister act” ever since teasing their introduction weeks ago at the world premiere of Iron Man 3 - an odd time to begin namedropping new characters for a movie two years out. Since that time, multiple publications have spoken with Whedon who’s since confirmed that the pair of new characters will be Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

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The timing of Whedon’s (intentional) reveal is as odd as the character selection itself since these two particular characters are the only two that are shared with another studio: Fox. As Marvel Comics readers know, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the mutant children of X-Men villain Magneto and so they fall under the film license agreement Fox has over all mutant characters. They’re exceptions to the rule however, since they’ve also been main characters of The Avengers  in the comics so Marvel Studios can technically use them as well, albeit with certain restrictions.

With the two superpowered siblings earning headlines already, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer took it to the next level by tweeting out the surprise casting announcement that Evan Peters (American Horror Story) would be playing Quicksilver in his own film. Some unverified sources claim this was a powerplay by Fox and that the studios aren’t exactly best friends. Others remain optimistic that the hopes of key people such as X-Men producer Lauren Shuler DonnerThe Wolverine star Hugh Jackman and Fox’s Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar – who wish to see the studios work out a deal to crossover their film universes – may have helped make it actually happen and that Evan Peters’ Quicksilver could, just maybe, be the same Quicksilver that Joss Whedon will be directing in The Avengers 2.

Oddly enough, when appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last Friday, Joss Whedon managed to ensure Fallon wouldn’t even ask about the hot button topic but last night when the Film Society of Lincoln Center held a special screening of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing followed by a Q&A session, it couldn’t be avoided. The event was appropriately dubbed “An Evening with Joss Whedon,” and after the show the attendees had a chance to interact with The Avengers 1 & 2 director.

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To no surprise, he was asked the question: What’s up with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch being in The Avengers 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past and will he change his script as a result of Bryan Singer’s casting announcement of Evan Peters as Quicksilver?

“And so continues the Q and not-A… That’s not something I can really talk about, but Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are going to be in the movie and they’re going to be AWESOME.”

Whedon is not changing his mind and despite what Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige says about the script potentially changing in a few months time, Whedon has every intention of using these two characters and he will. The question remains on whether or not he’s going to have his own unique take on the characters with different actors in The Avengers 2 or whether something miraculous has happened and Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch are the first two links connecting the franchises together.

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If Whedon knew he was casting his own Quicksilver, would he not say so? The hopeful and optimistic might point out that the timing of Whedon’s reveal of the two new characters is so odd that it almost sets up Bryan Singer to cast them and literally double the buzz. It’s also an interesting coincidence that Marvel Studios may have an actress in mind in Scarlet Witch with no info on Quicksilver, where it’s the opposite from Fox – as if they’re intentionally holding back that reveal due to the implications of such a confirmation. But that’s a stretch.

It could be a while before we find out more concrete info since Whedon is the king of dodging answers while keeping everyone happy and despite there seemingly being many reveals coming from Bryan Singer’s Twitter account, he’s yet to confirm any of the roles taken on by new actors. Except for Quicksilver. Strange.

X-Men: Days of Future Past releases July 18, 2014 and The Avengers 2 releases May 1, 2015.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you’d like to see Marvel & Fox share the characters!

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  1. I posted this in the Wolverine Crossover post and I think it still applies because the interest of two studios working together matches the hype that we had with avengers of 4 different movies coming together…

    I really think Quicksilver is the tip of the iceberg. I REALLY think he’s the first of many to cross over.

    #1 – All these scripts and plots and themes are already pre-planned, fleshed out and redrafted, they’ve already got CGI teams working around the clock and they’ve already been negotiating with KEY players in the movie. They’re is NO WAY Fox just half hazardly threw in Quicksilver to “steal” him from Marvel. Why derail and Re-write an entire movie to steal a character who would probably never be a standalone franchise. The fact is they ALREADY knew Quicksilver was in the story. They ALREADY were negotiating with that Actor and they probably ALREADY had him Cast. Its not like these studios half hazardly name everyone the minute their cast. It was a well thought out Marketing tactic. Which leads to….

    #2 Joss Whedon was helping cross promote. All things Disney Marvel are dissected and analyzed. NO mere SENTENCE is taken for Granted and yet the God of the AVENGERS universe randomly announces 2 new superhero characters midweek? 3 2 years before a movie? and then Said character who was probably already written in, and already cast at FOX is announced within the same week? There are no coincidences….

    #3 Quicksilver is a character that is SMALL enough to not be a risk. If AVENGERS flops, odds are its not because Quicksilver couldn’t be adapted to the universe. For example imagine if Wolverine was in #2. The whole world of critics and CMB geeks would focus on how well the two worlds are explained. With Quicksilver we wouldn’t need alot of exposition and focus they can introduce him just as easily as they introduce Hawkeye. And half the AVENGERS fans wont even know he existed. But it will be a market test for how well crossovers can be received by superfans and critics. Plus his character is an Avenger AND Magneto’s son, so its not like he’s thrown in half hazardly on either side story wise. So it doesn’t look like a cash grab.

    #4 The Marvel universe was conceived at least 5 or 6 years prior to its release. We are now 3 years off from its next release. There is absolutely no way Quicksilver wasnt discussed prior to last year by either studio.

    #5 Daredevil was part of negotiating. Somehow I think it ties in to all this. Fox couldn’t really fit him into the Xmen Universe and Marvel can always use him. BUT no way FOX didn’t get something in return for turning him over. Marvel announced his return as if they gave nothing up for him but their must have been backroom dealings going on. (i’d like to think Game of Thrones style). In exchange for giving up Daredevil, Marvel had to incorporate a Mutant into its larger Cinematic Universe to bring more interest to FOX’s.

    Look we all know FOX is consciously thinking about an interconnected universe within XMEN. We all know Marvel thinks 5 or 6 years ahead, storyline wise. We all know Fox hired a former MARVEL employee to head its XMEN turnaround, but why couldn’t all this effort to change the XMEN timeline not in connection with a clashing of their two universes? There are no coincidences in comic books.

    • @ flyazahale

      Fun.

      #1. Actually, FOX throwing in Quicksilver haphazardly is exactly what happened. Scripts get changed on the fly all the time. It’s called being aware of your competition. These studios aren’t cooperating; they are competing.

      #2 You are right. It’s not a coincidence that FOX announces Quicksilver shortly after Whedon mentions that he wants to use Quicksilver. The intentions just aren’t as pure as you want to think. FOX is trying to encroach on the pie that was baked by Marvel. Nothing more. Nothing less.

      #3 This one seems a bit incoherent. You think they are choosing a “safe” character to start this “integration?” I’m not sure exactly what your trying to say here so let’s move on.

      #4 The Marvel Universe has had drastic script changes happen during production, including director changes. This seems to be an echo of #1.

      #5 This one is just flat out wrong. Daredevil is not part of any cooperative negotiating. Here’s what happened with Daredevil:

      In 2011, FOX put David Slade in charge of re-booting Daredevil. A year later, David Slade surprises FOX by backing out of the project completely. FOX explains to Disney what happened and asks for an extension. ( You see, the deal was, you have to be using the property in order to retain it. No movies, no property.) Disney says no problem on the extension… as long as they get Surfer and Galactus in return. FOX says nice try, thanks but no thanks. FOX then gets Joe Carnahan on the project, who has an awesome script, but now the clock has ticked too long. FOX approaches Disney with the idea of co-founding the Daredevil movie, which would have effectively been the first step in introducing a shared anything. Disney says no.

      There was no time left on the clock, FOX was forced to eat some losses, and Daredevil went back to Disney/Marvel.

      • that suggests that if they don’t make a silver surfer movie.. then Disney would get both the Surfer and Galactus hopefully in time to face Thanos.

      • well if fox doesn’t use silver surfer and Galactus then marvel would get them back.. aren’t they running out of time for that as well?

        Daredevil was in 2003 and the Surfer appeared in 2005… so by that logic then Marvel just has to wait 2 years. or well 2 years after they got Daredevil back.

    • Yes, Marvel is thinking 5-6 years ahead and , neither the X-Men or Spider-man are part of those plans.

      I really wish people would stop grasping at straws, and trying to make connections where there are none.

      There is no good reason for Marvel to work either Fox or Sony, they can make billions on their own so why on Earth would they share that?

  2. If people can get over Johnny Storm and Steve Rogers being twins then they can get over this.

    • No dude, that’s the thing. FF’s Johnny Storm and Steve Rogers are two different characters. And because of the failure of Fantastic Four, they want to reboot the whole story. And it’s one actor plays two character. On this case, it might two actor/actress play for one character.

      People WILL compare them.

      Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be in two different movies. Different studios, and they might have different approach from the respective studios.

    • Other Marvel twins: Hannibal King & Wade Wilson, Happy Hogan & Foggy Nelson, and Raven Darkholme & Joan (The Punisher).

  3. Here is the thing I find interesting, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch play nearly no part in th story of DOFP, with Pietro only hinted at on the cover and the Scarlet Witch shown as being deceased on the cover and in the interior pages. But another Fox property does have a role in the story, Franklin Richards, could this movie really be as being a way to bridge the gap between those two franchises?

    • Don’t bet on it.

  4. i’m sure Whedon’s Quicksilver will be flipping pimp while the X-Men movies Quicksilver is going to have a few scenes, no real dialogue and suck balls despite having a fairly talented actor in the role. I hate how Fox crams as many mutants as they can into a film and just use them as background characters… flipping lame man.

  5. @ Rob Keyes
    A couple of questions:
    1. I thought Nolan was the king of dodging questions?
    2. I don’t understand how both studios have LEGAL claim to use the characters. Can you explain this better? Just curious because your explanation above would apply to Beast as well as Q and SW, and probably a few more characters if I sat and thought about it for awhile.

    • As far as both studios having rights to the characters, everyone is pretty much taking Kevin Feige’s word for it, because that is what he has said in multiple interviews and it has never been contested. 
      There is also this 1993 Agreement that everyone talks about, which is basically the agreement between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Comics for the X-Men’s film rights.  The agreement specifies that it “includes the X-Men Characters, specifically the “core” Characters and the Characters of the “X-Universe””.  The reason why Beast falls under that umbrella is the fact that he was one of the original members of the X-Men and is so closely associated with the team.  The reason Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch do not fall under it, is because while they are characters originally introduced and known to exist in the X-Universe, they were also well known and important members of The Avengers.  Not everyone who was both an X-Men and an Avenger (like say, Beast and Wolverine) gets the same treatment as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

  6. Marvel Studios has Thor and Agents of S.HI.I.E.L.D coming out, they can easily creatively throw in a quick exposure to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in either of those without actually showing their faces.

  7. “Others remain optimistic that the hopes of key people such as X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman and Fox’s Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar – who wish to see the studios work out a deal to crossover their film universes – may have helped make it actually happen and that Evan Peters’ Quicksilver could, just maybe, be the same Quicksilver that Joss Whedon will be directing in The Avengers 2.”

    Not……..goin’….happen. Why would Disney want to share their $$$ w/FOX?
    They made 1B w/o FOX. There’s no guarantee that they would make more. They could make less.

  8. OK this is the deal this may be old but I just heard and I have to comment fox sucks all their movies are terribal the Xmen are all just bad with the new wolverine being one of the leaders but also I hate the choice on the captain America thing the only good choice was Thor but the movie was so jumbled up I didn’t care for it either and omfg!!!! Iron man 3 it was so bad I thought many Michal bay made it now let’s hope they don’t mess up hulk more and I really like the new guy and the avengers movie was actually OK dispute Chris evens

  9. Also noone cares about quicksilver or scarlet witch and I hope the guardians of the galaxy is awesome and let’s get over the mutants (xmen) and let’s check out the inhumans ( black bolt is a god and I’m sick of them butchering wolverine)

    • First of all, learn to use punctuation. Secondly, just because you don’t like Scar Witch & Quicksilver doesn’t mean no one does. The witch is my favorite character and both of them have much more to offer than GotG or the Inhumans. Not saying I don’t want to see those guys too, but their are a hell of a lot of heroes I’d rather see first.

  10. Could always replace the twins with Brian and Elizabeth Braddock,,, they have pretty different powers to e current avengers and could add a international tone ;)

    • I really don’t like that idea. First of all, they are both mutants and only Brian has a tie to the Avengers is Brian. Second, they are nowhere near as interesting as QS & the Witch. Maybe I’d give you Betsy, especially of late, but she has never wiped out almost the whole mutant population or resurrected people from thin air. It’s just, no…

  11. so dose that mean that other x man characters who served in the avengers (wolverine, beast, fire star ect) will be in this cinematic universe?

  12. Am I the only one here that knows that Earth-10005 (where the x-men movies take place) and Earth-199999 or not the same. QuickSilver from E-10005 is not the same as QuickSilver from E-199999 . So even if for some reason they decide to crossover the universes it doesnt matter because you could still have both QuickSilvers in the same movie but with different background. Just like spiderman met the x-men and his other versions on Earth-92131. That is why it doesnt matter if Captain America is the same actor, that why it doesnt matter if Phoenix turns into Phoenix without going to Space, because E10005 is not the same as E92131. And it doesnt matter if they didnt get Deadpool right, or if they have a whole different background for Wolverine. They are not the same Deadpools and they are not the same Wolverines. There is one Wolverine from E-10005, one from E-92131 . Same with Deadpool. there is one Deadpool from Earth616 and one from E-10005. Am I the only one who understand this?. Now if they screw up this perfectly good equilibrium that exists right now then Im going to be kinda angry.

    • Ok first of all the different universe thing Guillermo explained is partly right but Deadpool as he “himself in his own comic” explained there are not many of him in alternate universes so Ryan Renyolds is stuck and hay marvel already confirmed he will be in another of his own, and humor is not exactly PG so I dont think any other studio will touch him especially Disney. But besides that point, I am going to proudly say this that I and many other marvel fans will never be happy with a Avengers movie until we see Hank Pym and Janet Van-Dyke (aka. Giant man and Wasp) in a movie that is not their own but a Avengers movie, especially before any Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch.