Quicksilver Was Underused in Age of Ultron
Quicksilver and his sister, Scarlet Witch, were introduced as villains in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Quicksilver didn't really make a mark on the film. The real threat to the Avengers was Scarlet Witch, who used her telepathy to influence the Avengers. All Quicksilver really did in Age of Ultron was develop an amusing rivalry with Hawkeye, and ultimately die saving the Avenger's life. That death actually seems to have been forgotten by the MCU; no other Marvel film has even name-dropped Quicksilver, despite the fact Scarlet Witch played a major role in both Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. The only fallout we've seen is Hawkeye returning from retirement to help Team Cap in Civil War, because he felt he owed Quicksilver's sister a debt.
Although Taylor-Johnson was signed up on a multi-picture deal with Marvel, Joss Whedon always planned to kill Quicksilver off. In an interview with Comic Book, Whedon revealed that he told Taylor-Johnson this intention the very first time they met. Whedon's plan throughout the entire film was to leave viewers convinced Hawkeye was going to die, in order to subvert it at the last second and have Quicksilver die saving his life. While it worked in the context of the film, and it made narrative sense, it was also a shocking waste of a classic member of the Avengers.
Quicksilver was originally introduced as an X-Men villain (which is why Fox share the rights to the character), but he first joined the Avengers in 1965's Avengers #16. In the comics, the arrogant and brash speedster was one of the second generation of the Avengers, operating under Captain America's leadership. He famously added a complication to his sister's relationship with Vision, disapproving of it, but ultimately giving it his blessing to their marriage regardless. He's played a pivotal role in several Avengers stories, right up to this year's Avengers: No Surrender arc, which has launched Quicksilver's latest miniseries. As any comic book reader can attest, there is so much more to Quicksilver than this. It's true that Fox has made prodigious use of their version of Quicksilver in the X-Men films, but frankly Evan Peters's version shares the powerset and nothing more. Quicksilver deserves better.
Quicksilver Could Team Up With Scarlet Witch In Phase 4
The dynamic between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch is the stuff of comic book legend, and it's a real shame we've not had chance to see it realized on the big screen. As writer Peter David has explained it, Quicksilver's mind processes information at the same speed his body moves. That means he lives in a constant state of frustration, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up to him. As a result, Pietro is extremely harsh and judgmental; once he's made up his mind about a person or situation, it's difficult to change it.
In contrast, Scarlet Witch tends to be an optimistic, seeing the best in people rather than the worst. Where her brother is quick to judge, she will always take time to think; where her brother will dismiss others as irrelevant, she cares deeply. Quicksilver loves his sister deeply, and is constantly frustrated at the decisions she makes, but there's a strange sense in which he knows she is the better person. Pietro's best moments are the ones where Wanda has acted as his anchor, holding the super-speedster firm to what is right.
If Marvel do use time-travel to bring Quicksilver back from the dead, they'd be able to exploit this fantastic dynamic as part of their post-Phase 3 movies. It's already known that Taylor-Johnson signed up for a multi-picture deal with Marvel, and there's no evidence Olsen's contract is coming to an end either, so the two would be able to interact in future Marvel movies. That wonderful dynamic could finally be explored on the big screen, just as it deserves to be.
Right now, the evidence is sparse, but it's possible Quicksilver will be returning to the MCU. If he does, it would be a smart move on Marvel's part, allowing them to develop a character who has frankly been underused in the MCU to date.
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