While attending the world premiere of Iron Man 3, Joss Whedon confirmed that he had finished the script for what we now know is titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron and that it would expand the roster of Earth’s Mightiest heroes by two. The “brother-sister act” he teased was quickly confirmed to be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, characters who in Marvel Comics are the mutant children of infamous X-Men rival Magneto.
This revelation raised quite a bit of confusion over the legalities of Marvel Studios using these two characters when Twentieth Century Fox owns the rights to the X-Men and all mutants from Marvel Comics, and rumors had Marvel and Fox at odds with one another when Bryan Singer – just weeks later – announced that Quicksilver was also going to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Evan Peters. But what of his sister?
JoBlo was in attendance for a Q&A at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, and with X-Men: Days of Future Past shooting in Montreal, the discussion was focused on the X-Men franchise with a few new tidbits revealed and/or confirmed about Days of Future Past.
Singer spoke on the tone of the X-Men film franchise versus Warner Bros./DC Entertainment and Disney/Marvel Studios movies, and hinted at issues with the original X-Men movie, a project that he had watched every episode of the (amazing) ’90s animated series for. And on Days of Future Past:
- Singer reiterated that it’s being shot in native 3D, the first X-Men film to do so since The Wolverine was post-converted.
- Recent casting addition Josh Helman is in fact playing William Stryker, who appeared in both X-Men 2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Most of the film takes place in 1973, meaning returnees from the original trilogy (whose story takes place a decade after X-Men 3) may have very limited screentime/cameo roles outside of Hugh Jackman.
- Wanted to bring Cyclops back – Singer didn’t enjoy how character was handled in X-Men 3.
- Scarlet Witch is not in the film.
This is the first time Bryan Singer has address the inclusion (or lack thereof) of Quicksilver’s powerful sister Scarlet Witch. Whether she exists in the X-Men film universe, has passed away or if this fact is just another deviation from the books, we don’t quite know. We do know that part to the reason the Quicksilver character was written into the script was for a very specific action sequence, one that Singer is shooting at 3600 fps, the director revealed over Twitter.
At the standard 24fps film rate, this footage would appear 150 times faster and can be used for very interesting (and smooth) slow-down effects. Prepare for the eventual and inevitable comparisons to Joss Whedon’s own take on the character the following year. Sounds increasingly likely that Aaron Taylor-Johnson may play that version.
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
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