If there was ever a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, then Evan Peters' portrayal of super-fast mutant Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past was it. When images first emerged showing Peters sporting grey hair, a silver jacket and a pair of goggles no one knew quite what to make of the character design, but after the movie's release the general consensus was that Quicksilver's slow-motion takedown of Pentagon guards was one of the best scenes in the movie, and that the worst thing about the character was his lack of screen time.
Needless to say, many X-Men fans are eager to see Peters back, in what will hopefully be an expanded role, when X-Men: Apocalypse releases next year, with Bryan Singer once again returning as director. The sequel will see another jump forward in time, though whether Quicksilver will have matured at all remains to be seen. One thing we do know, however, is that he has found new purpose in life, and that purpose will bring him back into the X-Men fold.
Speaking in an interview with Details, Peters said that Apocalypse will be "the biggest X-Men film" of all, since "it's about the apocalypse, so the scope of the film is huge." He also explained just why Peter Maximoff decides to join the X-Men team.
"The story is that my character is searching for his father and wants to find him. It starts there and then he jumps on the X-Men train and gets sucked up in this whole Apocalypse madness. He tries to stop him from destroying the world."
The reason Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is out to destroy the world (rather than simply killing or converting all non-mutants, as per his regular M.O.) is due to the titular Apocalypse, an ancient and extremely dangerous mutant with near-irresistible powers of persuasion. Magneto becomes one of Apocalypse's lieutenants, the Four Horsemen, while the other three are Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Psylocke (Olivia Munn).
Those who are familiar with the X-Men movies' comic book source material will already be aware of the relationship between Quicksilver and Magneto, and it was hinted at in X-Men: Days of Future Past when Peter says, of Magneto's ability to control metal, "My mom once knew a guy who could do that." The two met, presumably for the first time, when Quicksilver broke Magneto out of his underground plastic prison, and now it seems he will be called upon to rescue his father once again.
We might get a glimpse of that relationship sooner rather than later, as Singer posted a photo of himself and composer/editor John Ottman on Instagram today, promising that there's a "teaser coming soon." We're certainly interested to see what comes next.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.