With X-Men: Apocalypse officially in the rearview mirror, many are wondering what’s next from the Fox corner of the Marvel universe. Speculation has run rampant from fans and critics about the direction the X-Men universe may head, with ideas for sequels and spinoffs currently being vetted by the studio and discussed by fans. Everyone has their own ideas, of course, and there’s certainly plenty to work with.
While critics and fans were sharply divided in their opinions of Apocalypse, most everyone was united in their opinion of one aspect of the movie: Quicksilver. Played by Evan Peters (American Horror Story), Quicksilver once again stole the show with a mind blowing scene showcasing his faster-than-fast powers and incomparable teenage irreverence. The success of the character has led to some speculating whether or not we’d be seeing more from Quicksilver in the form of his own spinoff, or as a leading role in the next proper X-Men movie. Peters himself has his own ideas - one of which might be just crazy enough to work.
In an interview with The Wrap, Peters discussed the potential of a Quicksilver solo movie. The actor was somewhat hesitant about this idea, citing the length of time it took to film his major scenes in both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse.
“Oh my god, I don’t know. It would take three years to shoot, wouldn’t it? Yeah I don’t know, I would love to do that.”
He brings up a good point there, seeing as is his major, film-stealing scenes in both movies took around a month and a half to film. As fun as that might be, it would be a cumbersome endeavor, making the likelihood somewhat difficult to imagine. Peters, however, was quick to throw out another, more intriguing idea.
“I would like to see a Deadpool/Quicksilver movie, I think that would be really fun.”
Now there’s an idea worth exploring. The success of this year’s Deadpool has left many fans wanting more of the smart mouthed character, including more interaction with the other members of the X-Men canon. Quicksilver seems as good an idea as any, given the character’s penchant for biting witticisms and snappy dialogue. Indeed, it’s not hard to imagine the possibilities: the banter between the two characters alone would make the movie potentially worth seeing.
Still, is it even in the realm of possibility? On the surface, it seems unlikely. Remember, of course, that both of Quicksilver’s appearances so far have occurred in the 1980’s, while Deadpool takes place in modern times. That does complicate matters somewhat, but given what we know about the potential sequel to Deadpool, it doesn’t seem to be that big of an issue. As revealed in the post-credits stinger for Deadpool, and later confirmed by producers, Deadpool 2 is set to feature Cable, a time traveling, cybernetic warrior who, in the comics, often teams up with the so-called “Merc with a Mouth.”
A time traveling angle certainly opens up the possibilities for Deadpool to interact with the X-Men of the First Class timeline, which would play well to the Deadpool style. While this alone wouldn’t necessarily lead to a proper Deadpool and Quicksilver buddy comedy, there is certainly room for the characters to meet, possibly even team up if the narrative allows.
One thing’s for sure: the popularity of Quicksilver is something Fox should consider as they move forward with the X-franchise. Whether that means giving him more of a lead role in the next X-Men movie, his own solo movie, or allowing him to team up with other mutants in spinoffs is almost immaterial. Audiences, and critics, clearly want more of Quicksilver. It's hard to believe those entrusted with the brand haven't noticed - and haven't already started adjusting accordingly.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now playing in theaters. Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018 (possible New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.
Source: The Wrap