Avengers 4 Should Bring Back the MCU's Quicksilver

Avengers 4 is the perfect chance for Marvel to bring a much-loved character back from the dead - it's time for Quicksilver to fight alongside the Avengers once again. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's version of the super-speedster was introduced, and quickly killed off, in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. In contrast, Fox has been developing their own version of Quicksilver - played by Evan Peters - since 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the Fox films have demonstrated rather well just how powerful a super-speedster can be.

On the rare occasion when a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie kills off a hero, they usually come back - just look at Phil Coulson and Black Panther. The cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest "fake death" sequence to date, since several of the heroes who turned to dust are confirmed to return in their own sequels set after the events of Avengers 4. To date, Quicksilver's death is one of the few that has stuck. But should it stick? Will Marvel really lose anything if they bring Quicksilver back from the dead - and what could they gain?

Avengers 4 Will Revisit Major Events

The Avengers In New York

Set photos from Avengers 4 have clearly implied that the film involves some sort of time travel. A number of set photos have shown scenes during the Battle of New York, with Earth's Mightiest Heroes wearing their 2012 costumes. Thor has been spotted with his trademark flowing locks, Steve Rogers has been seen clad in his "old-fashioned" Avengers outfit, and there have even been images of the aftermath - with Loki being led away in chains. Surprisingly, though, these photos have also shown Ant-Man stood alongside the Avengers. There definitely seems to be an element of time-travel involved in the film, with both Ant-Man and an older Tony Stark traveling back to the past. It's not yet clear why, or even if any of the other Avengers of the present-day join them. But if they're revisiting the Battle of New York, there's no reason the heroes couldn't also intervene in other major Marvel events.

It's hard to get much more "major" than Avengers: Age of Ultron. The second Avengers movie saw the destruction of Sokovia when Ultron attempted to initiate an extinction-level event. The Avengers defeated Ultron, but at a terrible cost in terms of both lives lost and economic hardship to Sokovia's survivors. It's no coincidence the MCU's version of the Super-Human Registration Act is known as the "Sokovia Accords."

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It seems likely that Ant-Man and Stark revisit the Battle of New York because there are Infinity Stones present: the Mind Stone and the Space Stone. The Mind Stone is also heavily involved in the events of Age of Ultron; Stark's experiments with it actually created Ultron in the first place, and it wound up embedded within Vision's forehead. So if the heroes are time-traveling in order to interact with Infinity Stones, Sokovia would be a logical place for them to go as well.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Reportedly Spotted on Set

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers 4 seems to involve the return of a number of characters who have been dead for quite some time. There have been constant rumors that Frank Grillo has been on set, even though his character Crossbones was killed off spectacularly in Captain America: Civil War. Maximillio Hernandez, a.k.a. Jasper Sitwell was also in Atlanta during filming. This is probably related to the time-travel aspect of the plot; Sitwell, for example, played a key role in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s cleanup of New York after the Chitauri invasion, so his inclusion would make sense.

Fitting with this, in November last year the Daily Express - a British tabloid - claimed that Taylor-Johnson was in Atlanta on the set of Avengers 4. More recently, the Express has claimed he's returned there, with the film presumably undergoing additional photography. It's important to note that none of these accounts have been substantiated, so they should be treated with a certain degree of care. It's actually not even confirmed that Marvel is conducting additional photography on Avengers 4 right now; while reshoots are expected, Chris Evans told the New York Times that they'd be later this year.

So this one needs to be treated with a certain degree of caution. In reality, we have a limited number of unsubstantiated claims that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is on the set of Avengers 4. The probable time-travel element does mean it's possible, but right now the evidence is sparse. Still, it raises an interesting question; should he return to the MCU?

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  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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