Evan Peters reveals that his character Quicksilver will be a bit more mature in next year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix. With the film skipping ahead to the 1990s, Peters' Quicksilver will be subtly different compared to the one audiences saw in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Evan Peters' Quicksilver is one of the most popular characters in the modern X-Men film franchise. That's partly because 20th Century Fox invested a lot of effort into differentiating their version to the Marvel Cinematic Universe version, not to mention giving their Quicksilver some of the coolest scenes in the franchise to date; the super-speed scenes in both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse were highlights of their respective films. Given Quicksilver's popularity, it wasn't a surprise when Peters was confirmed to return in Dark Phoenix.
At a recent press junket for American Animals, Screen Rant had an opportunity to ask Evan Peters how Quicksilver has grown in the years since Apocalypse. His response was a fascinating one:
"He's definitely a little older and more mature, a little more subdued, sort of trying to make a, not a name but trying to do right by the X-Men and be a good guy and use his powers for good, so I think he's on that path at the moment."
It seems this older Quicksilver is a little less carefree and a little more responsible, which makes sense. Dark Phoenix will see the X-Men embraced as celebrity superheroes in a similar vein to the Avengers, carrying the weight of the world upon their shoulders. As one of the X-Men, Quicksilver evidently takes that very seriously and is trying to honor Xavier's Dream in his own way. The X-Men know full well that the public mood is fickle, and that one mistake could sway public opinion against mutants once again. As an X-Man, Quicksilver is expected to represent to the world just how good mutants can be.
Of course, with so much pressure resting on the X-Men, it was only ever a matter of time until something went wrong. It was confirmed earlier this year that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will kick off with a rescue mission in space that goes awry. Just as in the comics, this will result in Jean Grey transforming into the Phoenix - a cosmic force whose power is far beyond that of any other mutant on Earth. With one of their own number now the world's most terrifying threat, the X-Men must decide just how much they're willing to sacrifice in order to save the planet. Worse still, should they emerge triumphant, the X-Men must then deal with what's surely set to be their greatest PR disaster.
The X-Men cast and crew have teased that, in spite of the cosmic elements to this story, Dark Phoenix is "grounded" and personal. If that's the case, then everything will rest upon the relationships between the characters. It will be fascinating to see how Peters's "more mature [and]... more subdued" Quicksilver relates to the rest of the team, especially in this time of crisis.