No Scarlet Witch in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

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Scarlet Witch Surrender Marvel Comics No Scarlet Witch in X Men: Days of Future Past

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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  1. Good, there’s no need to add someone who’d just end up being another supporting character for Wolverine in the middle of this clusterf__k of a movie.

  2. people have complained about having no mutants in avengers 2 so how can they put scarlet witch and quicksilver in it and not even mention their father magneto but how can they put quicksilver in without his sister. they are never apart… cant wait to see people reaction to this. also have a feeling they wont even out QS and magneto together as family.

    • What are you talking about,”they are never apart”?

      Ever read West Coast Avengers? For the time I was reading it,she was NEVER seen with Quicksilver,and was always with Vision because they were married.

    • Corey,
      QS and SW will not/can not be mutants in the Avengers 2 movie! OR it just can’t be mentioned that they are mutants and cannot be the children of Magneto in it either, it has to do with the contract between Marvel and Fox!
      It sounds like THE ONLY THING that WILL BE the same is their names! I’m guessing that this will not go over very well with the comic book aficionados but the general public will not have a clue about their backgrounds and we all know that THE GP ARE THE MAIN AUDIANCE for all of these movies and NOT the comic book fans!
      I also have heard that they will also NOT have the same country of origin and they will now be British if im not mistaken!
      I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND why they did not use any of the other hundreds of Marvel characters and chose to go with 2 cool characters but change EVERYTHING about them but their names, It just bothers me beyond belief and It sucks that Whedon is going to use two of his favorite characters but also he’s going to ruin them/change them in the process and THAT to me does not make sense!

      IF I could use my favorite or 2 of my favorite characters in a film I was making but in the process CHANGE them I would NOT do it! because there is a reason you like them and Im just guessing here but I would venture that he likes everything about them and NOT JUST THEIR NAMES!! BUT I could be wrong, it just does not make much sense to me! I hope it make more sense once I see the movie!

      • i’m not sure where you people keep getting this idea that they can’t be mutants. Fox doesn’t won the right to all mutants ever you know. IF that were the case other movies which have “mutants” in them wouldn’t have been filmed, and there have been a number of those.

        if you want a guess i would say that fox didn’t get the rights to the scarlet witch.. she never was an x-men character despite first appearing in an x-men comic. she’s never been on an X-team and was only in the Brotherhood for a short amount of time before joining the Avengers.

        even if she’s Magneto’s child she’s clearly an Avengers character. as to what whedon does.. who knows most of the characters are changed for movies i would guess she keeps her probability powers.

        in fact i would argue the Avengers probably have an even better case for mutants than Fox does. it looks like they have the rights to the Celestials (having a number of cosmic characters minus the surfer) who created mutants in the first place.

        absent that maybe fox might borrow from the ultimates comics assuming they can >.> they weren’t mutants at all but super soldiers.. basically >.> mutants were created by the government in that universe.

        plus if you argue she’s an x-man because she first appears in an X-man comic i should remind you wolverine would be lost to fox since he first appeared in an Incredible Hulk comic >.>

    • never apart? i think you might be stuck in the ultimates. For most of her time with the Avengers she was apart from Quicksilver who went off to do his own thing sometimes with Xforce.. and most of the times with the Inhumans where he married and had a child with Crystal.

      plus you don’t have to mention her father every moment. you can even have a character point out that their father is a delicate issue if brought up.

  3. Why do so many people think that this movie will be a mess with everything that is included in it? Is it just Disney Marvel fanboys or DC fanboys that want this to fail?

    • It’s the lack of faith in the Fox machine, plus the Singer haters who don’t particularly like X1 & 2, let alone the rest of the franchise.

      They could be DC or Marvel fanboys taking a pop but it gets hidden behind the anti-fox / anti-singer posts, usually.

      There’s still those who want ALL the Marvel IP’s to revert to Marvel but haven’t yet managed to comprehend that if that did happen there wouldn’t be an X-Men movie for about 7years while Marvel finish off the MCU, let alone a Spidey or FF movie.

      Personally I hope it does well, I’ll be going to see it just like I saw all the others.

      Do fear it’ll be a bit overcrowded but if the original cast are effectively reduced to extended cameos I can handle that as hopefully it will reduce the competition for screen time with in the script so we can actually get some character moments with the “main” cast.

      Wait till I see the finished product, then kick it if necessary till then Yeah Fox, Yeah Singer, X-Men, X-Men, X-Men…. Woooooh!!!! (it’s like being on Jerry Springer lol)

      • Statements are right on the numbers. I believe the original actors for the older version of the characters should be kept to minimal roles at this time. They should be in the beginning and maybe toward the end for a small bit, but the new actors for the roles are the ones that got the franchise on the upward course and shouldn’t be just cast aside. Fox does well, but they should learn from the other franchises, and grow. I mean they shouldn’t think like ‘Don’t use the wheel because someone else already has’ it should be use the wheels that are already there and have been proven to work. Use the people and keep the X teams moving go not only into the direct future of the X-men but get the Spin-offs going. Maybe Fox could take the challenge and do their own TV version of mutant teams like Marvel/ABC are doing with SHIELD.

    • @Johnny3Piece

      It’s the fact that there’s so much going on in the movie seemingly and the worry people have that it’ll be a clusterfudge just to pump as many characters as possible into the film.

      Personally, I’m holding judgment until I see it. I wasn’t excited for The Wolverine because I haven’t enjoyed previous X-Men movies but found it to be nipping at Pacific Rim’s heels for the position of “best movie of 2013 so far”.

    • I think it’ll be a mess because most of these Fox movies are mediocre. You could also ask a question as to why people actually like, and continue to pay money to see, Fox’s mediocre X-movies.

      It’s all just opinion. I’m of the opinion that they mostly suck, although I did like X2 back in the day. That movie hasn’t stood the test of time for me. For other people it’s different, in that they actually like these movies. To each their own, I guess.

  4. Is X-Men Origins: Wolverine canon? Stryker looked a lot older in First Class, does anyone noticed?

    • The Stryker seen in First Class was actually his father, Stryker Sr.

      I don’t think Wolverine Origins is cannon anymore. Danny Huston played Stryker Jr (The one also from X2) in that film. Now with Josh Helman playing him in DOFP who is a younger actor, yeah the time line is definitely messing up. I doubt DOFP would good further back into the past.

      • Unfortunately, Fox has stated they are all one continuity and Singer said back in Jan that Days of Future Past will draw from all films in the franchise, including Last Stand and Wolverine Origins.

        “I’m taking into account every movie,” Singer said. “I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that.”

        Stating Origins is not canon with the rest of the previously released films is wishful thinking.

        • But…DOFP will take place in the 70s, right? And in the 70s, weren’t Wolverine and Stryker busy with Team X?

  5. I’m looking forward to both versions of Quicksilver. Fanboys need to stop making everything into a war.

  6. After seeing The Wolverine yesterday, I have to say anything that gives us that Wolverine again is much welcomed. That was a great flick and Hugh Jackman is the man.

    • + A lot

  7. i got to see the wolverine for free (glad did not pay for it) and i can say
    that without the MCU characters his character is becoming less and less
    interesting. the last four xmen movies (both wolverine movies and last stand
    and xmen:first class) have been a waste of time and have said nothing.
    there is no need for Marvel to do an origin story for quicksilver and the
    scarlet witch and leave the door open so the possibility of magneto being
    their father can come to a fruition eventually because every marvel fan
    wants to see the xmen and spiderman in MCU.

    • No we don’t…..If Marvel also had Spiderman and Xmen you would would never see a Black Panther film, a Doctor Strange film, an Ant Man film, or any other characters that Marvel can currently use. It’s a great thing that other studios have X Men and Spider Man.

  8. SPOILERS AHEAD:

    Scarlet Witch was not in the X-Men movie because at the time of filming she was at my place cuddling with me on the couch!

  9. I absolutely hate what fox is doing with xmen franchise.. I mean seriously..singer just threw QS in there just to spite whedon if it was about the integrity of the characters he wouldve theown SW in there too..I absolutely can Effin’ assure you he serves no central importance to the plot he’s jut there bc once again singer wants to throw a fan favorite in there without giving the character the attributes that fans fell in love with.. Sigh*

  10. At least quicksilver makes it to the Big screen first before flash which is kinda sad.speed force be dammed.

    • Personal preferences toward Marvel vs DC and one character vs another aside, I’m pretty amazed to see Quiksilver before the Flash as well. I also think it’s very evident of the shortcomings of Fox studios that DOFP will be the sixth X-Men installment, yet not one hint toward Apocalypse.

  11. Man I was really hoping to see Cyclops blasting some Sentinels, and scarlett witch beside her brother. I guess this is another Wolverine movie. I think I might wait till they start making actual X-men movies instead of Wolverine movies.

  12. Scarlet Witch is not in this movie because she was never an X-Man or in an X-Men related HERO team. Quicksilver was part of X-Factor for many years, but Witch has ALWAYS been an Avenger since they broke off from Magneto. It wouldn’t make any sense to have her in here, but it makes sense to have Quicksilver because of his ties to the X-Men.

  13. This is just confusing and makes it awkward to see one film with one actor, then go to the next film with another completely different actor. Also, Pietro and Wanda aren’t always together, but if they go the entire movie without even a mention of him having a sister, then what was the point? Let’s just introduce this character with litte/no/incorrect background and see how it goes. Unprofessional.

    • he has 2 sisters you know >.>

  14. “Wanted to bring Cyclops back – Singer didn’t enjoy how character was handled in X-Men 3.”

    how ironic, as if he handled Cyclops the right way in his movies.

  15. Singer is showing himself to be a buffoon with just having quicksilver in just because whedon
    Makes an announcement. And everyone here is right about quicksilver beating flash to the screen? How can warners put nolans name on MOS and not have enough guts to have done a lead up to flash for next year. They need to get it on, even sony and fox are cranking out more of their foolish crap next year even though they will never be a powerhouse like marvel or dc.

  16. Singer didn’t like how Cyclops was handled in X-Men 3? Welcome to the club pal. He wasn’t handled well in any X-Men movie! I doubt anything will change in this, another Wolverine show movie with a few mutants along for the ride…

  17. Here is what I want to see, A X-men film with Cyclops leading his team against Archangel, Sinister, and Apocalypse. But I will bet money, Wolverine will go up against Sinister, and Apocalypse before this is done. I guarantee it!

  18. And to see Scarlett whisper No More Mutants would be awesome!!!!

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