Aaron Johnson A Top Contender To Play Quicksilver in ‘The Avengers 2′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 6:54 am,

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Confirmed for Avengers 2 Aaron Johnson A Top Contender To Play Quicksilver in The Avengers 2

[Update: Aaron Taylor-Johnson confirms talks with Marvel and discusses character.]

Over the last two weeks Marvel Studios has managed to keep fans’ attention away from recent news regarding The Avengers 2, by having them speculate over the series of high profile casting announcements for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy which begins shooting later this month in London. Names including John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro have distracted from that fact that both Marvel and rival studio Twentieth Century Fox are currently planning on confusingly using two of the same characters in their biggest respective franchise films over the next two years.

Joss Whedon first revealed his intention to introduce Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch during the red carpet of the Iron Man 3 world premiere and after confirming they are included in his first draft of The Avengers 2 screenplay, Bryan Singer one-upped him by announcing he’s going to use at least of them first in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The studios sharing the characters and bridging continuities doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

The Wrap has the scoop which indicates that Marvel Studios and writer-director Joss Whedon are already looking to cast the new “brother-sister act” joining Earth’s Mightiest for The Avengers 2, which begins filming next February, and that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the frontrunner for the role.

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No other shortlisted names are known but whether or not Johnson lands the part, if the news is true that he’s at least a contender it does mean that any hopes of Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios working together to share certain characters are shattered. Bryan Singer has Evan Peters playing Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Joss Whedon may or may not have Aaron Johnson play Quicksilver in his Avengers sequel. There’s still no word on who could be playing Scarlet Witch in either cinematic universe and we don’t even know if that character is part of Days of Future Past, although it would be strange for Singer to include one child of Magneto, but not the other.

Another interesting oddity is that it’s Matthew Vaughn – the man behind X-Men: First Class and the story of Days of Future Past - who was responsible for helping launch Johnson’s career in his own comic book movie, Kick-Ass, which of course has a sequel coming out later this year. It’s therefore an odd choice for Whedon to grab someone who’s just coming off of playing the titular hero in two comic book films, especially when the brand power behind The Avengers can be used to introduce another unfamiliar star who can be signed for a super-long-term deal with Marvel Studios.


Iron Man 3 is currently in theaters, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes who you think Marvel should cast as Quicksilver!

Source: The Wrap

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  1. I’m sorry but doesn’t scream ‘Quicksilver’ to me :/

    Funny,the person playing Quicksilver in X-Men:DofP looks more like Quicksilver.

  2. People are really putting too much stock into how and why two different studios are using Quicksilver in their movies. I guess he was a big part of one of the dozens of crossover story lines Marvel has done in the past 20 years, but to think this is going to magically create some business deal between Disney/Marvel Studios and Fox to create some giant crossover movie just sounds like a pipe dream.

    • Quicksilver wasn’t just a big part of one of the dozens of crossover stories that Marvel has done – he WAS an Avenger, far longer than he was a X-Man, Evil Mutant, or whatever else he’s been associated with.

      If team assocation longevity was a factor in this thing, Marvel should have had all the rights to him as a character (as well as Scarlet Witch).

      • Exactly!! Those who aren’t well versed on the character are the ones bitching about them. It’s no big deal if you don’t read comics, but don’t assume you understand the characters outside of the movie universe.

        • I collected comics for years & Quicksilver was in & out of the comics during the 80′s & 90′s. Scarlet Witch was a more visible member of the Avengers due to her relationship with Vision.

          Hank McCoy spent more time on the Avengers when I collected, so all of the debate over which movie he should be in just sounds like movie hype for fanboys. Like you said movie fans probably don’t know much about the character & this will cause fun confusion.

          • I have been reading since the late 80′s, but I had read all of the main titles from the 60′s and 70′s when I got older. Quicksilver has always been a conflicted character. In the 80′s he was more of a villain, but always had devotion to his sister. He has major daddy issues and that is what makes them all so interesting. Both the X-men and the Avengers were all about redemption. Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Witch were all known criminals that showed the world that people can change. Scarlet Witch had the kindest heart, but she was also so powerful that it drove her insane. (Having ‘kids’ with the Vision didn’t help.)

            It would be great to see movie crossovers, but we shouldn’t hold our breath. Marvel is doing so well that they really don’t need help (until maybe after GotG & AntMan – hope not but maybe) and Fox and Sony could definitely use the help, but getting a studio to pay for that privilege is an almost impossible task.

            • Quicksilver was on the same kick as Havok, he did not really want to be involved in any of the hero stuff, he was usually just trying to protect Wanda. I do recall Pietro being a bit of a jerk most of the time too, good thing he could run fast.

              I feel that Singer is going to use the character for window dressing like so many other characters in the X-Men films. Whatever they do with him in the Avengers is just going to be something different because it would do their project an injustice to just rehash what Singer does.

              As for a crossover with the studios, I doubt it will ever happen. I have said before that some of this conflict about the Marvel properties with Fox and Disney has just been agitated by Disney getting their hands on Star Wars. I suspect Fox will churn out movies with the properties they have as long as they can out of spite.

              • I think I was most pissed about how they portrayed Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man). Being a huge fan of Peter David’s work, his new X-Factor run is stellar. God, I would be riding high for years if they ever got their act together and could expand to things like X-Factor Investigation. Now that would be a killer tv series.

          • I posted last week a similar comment about Beast. His first team as the blue furry version of the character WAS the Avengers and he spent a lot of time with them in that character version.

      • I prefer Quicksilver as a member of the Avengers Academy, I like the small disputes he has with Tigra but yeah I’d say Quicksilver has been an Avenger longer then he’s been in The Brotherhood of Evil mutants. Also who actually calls themselves evil? If your outright saying “I’M THE BAD GUY!” you must have serious problems, I never understood that about Magneto.

        Sure Magneto is the bad guy but from he’s point of view Magneto is the unsung hero trying to save mutants from the evil tyranny of the inferior humans, so why would he call he’s team “evil”? If you think what your doing is wrong why would you be doing it?!

  3. Here’s the problem: it’s not Tom Felton.

    • I was thinking about him also he would have to hit the gym though.For scarlet witch i don’t know i am just going to throw some names Jacqueline MacInnes Wood,Allison Miller,Alexandra Daddario. They are twins so they have to look alike which is going to be hard to cast.

  4. The only reason Fox have decided to use Quicksilver/Scarlett Witch in DOFP is purely out of spite; there was absolutely no mention of these two characters until Whedon announced he would be using them from Avengers 2. And then all of a sudden, Fox pipes up and says they’re going to use them too.

    Obviously the characters have links with both X-Men and Avengers and this situation was inevitably going to arise. Casting wise, Aaron Johnson seems like a good actor and I think he’d do a good job (be interesting to see if hey go with a european accent or something more generic). If Whedon does cast Saoirse Ronan to play Scarlett Witch, she does have a resemblance to Johnson, so would be believable as siblings

    • Im sure DOFP script was written before The Avengers 2 script…& I’m sure it wasn’t out of spite, when singer came out & said quicksilver was in it they already had him casted.

      • I realize the DOFP script was written first, but they added him in there after filming began. It was out of spite. I think they should add them into the SHIELD tv show, and pimp-slap them back.

      • I CLEARLY was out of spit. Whedon had gone public long ago. Face it FOX studios is simply jealous. Hell this project didnt even have movement untill Marvel pumped out 1.5B from the Avengers. Mark my words, Wolverine is going to SUCK, and this is a train wreck. Singer is an over the hill director who has seen his best day. I mean between Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Killer he should be in director Jail. he cant carry a story…and he is going to try to do a time travel one..OMFG.

      • You obviously don’t, “get” the backstory (and one of the many MANY reasons why you will never see this mythical crossover some keep delusionaly dreaming about).

        There is a fair amount of bad blood between the two companies. The most recent issue supposedly involved the grip Fox had on Daredevil……Fox was developing a script but needed more time that the contract stipulated. Fox approached Marvel asking for an extension (with nothing to put up except goodwill). Marvel countered, agreeing to the extension in exchange for the rights to the Silver Surfer and Galactus. Fox basically said, “no way” and ended up losing Daredevil because they weren’t willing to give a little to get what they wanted.

        So it’s their own damn fault but are bitter over it like a spoiled child and taking a spiteful jab at Marvel for not just agreeing to everything they wanted. Too bad because the DD project sounded promising and Marvel really could have put both Galactus and the SS to good use with the more cosmic side of the MSU.

        • You forgot about Disney buying Star Wars out from underneath Fox, that might have caused some bad blood too…..

          • Oh? O.o

            I wasn’t aware that Fox was making a bid for the franchise. So ah, yeah, that just adds fuel to the building bonfire.

  5. i never understood why J-Whedon chose the 2 Avengers that had NO SuperPowers to put in the movie when he could’ve chosen them with Powers, it makes sense now to have QUICKSILVER because he is basically like THE FLASH of Marvel and SCARLET WITCH is Marvel’s answer to WONDER WOMAN

    • How is Scarlet Witch Marvel’s answer to Wonder Woman? The 2 are not relatable at all. The only comparison is that they are both female.

      • Scarlet Witch is more of an answer to Zatanna (and a better character).

    • Because to elaborate on their powers would have taken a bit of time. Besides, they were worthy additions to the movie team.

    • Lemme put it simply…..money.

      The other characters = lots of CGI but two, “normals” required very little.

      Of course with the bucks Marvel has raked in, budget shouldn’t be as much of an issue anymore(though I doubt Disney will allow them to balloon it to say 300 mil)

  6. They’re going young huh? Understandable for X-Men but for Marvel I don’t see why they have to. I was actually just thinking that Benedict Cumberbatch would be a really great choice. He’s got the right body type and the it seems as though it would be relatively easy for him to bring Quicksilver to life.

  7. I almost wish Joss had not included Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in A2.

  8. This guy seems like he would be better as Wonder Man :/

  9. Where are the pics of Winter Soldier? He’s looks awesome!!!

  10. Paul Bettany, Jude Law would be better choice – They’re a bit old but no matter how young, quicksilver has a hard look, is emeciated, and deeply twisted and sick vibe that young people don’t have.Those two have this sickness in spade.

    • Paul Bettany already plays JARVIS.

    • ???

  11. The main problem I’ve had with the X-Men movies is that they introduce a lot of really good characters, but only use them as a part of the background really. I have a feeling it will be the same with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

  12. I’m with those that don’t think he’s right for the part. While he is a great Kick-Ass, he just doesn’t exude the qualities that QS needs nor does he even resemble Pietro.

  13. Yeah, because him and Evan Peters totally look alike…

  14. I can wait for the new X-MEN movie. I have been a marvel comic fan a long time.

  15. Weak casting choice IMO

  16. It’s crazy that these characters are actually going to be on screen in a sequel to a huge movie. Marvel is getting into all these lower tier characters while DC is sweating Batman and Superman. Marvel basically is introducing Flash and Zantanna in a JL sequel.

    I like the casting ideas for them. They won’t be like in the comics, but I really think Whedon has a clear idea of what he wants to do with them, both powers and personality wise.

    • Scarlet Witch was the original. She was introduced in early 1964 and Zantanna was DC’s answer to her later in 1964. It’s true QS was Marvel’s answer to the Flash, but nobody should think that all of these characters were originally DC.

      • I’m not saying they are the same. I know the differences. I’m really just commenting on how deeply into their characters Marvel is getting compared to DC.

        Flash is more widely recognized and has been around longer than Quicksilver, but Marvel is basically introducing their “Flash” in team movie, without worrying about a solo movie or an origin.