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This article will contain spoilers for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Please stop reading if you haven’t yet seen the film.
We recently ran part of our interview with Age of Ultron co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, where he revealed that, even though his character Quicksilver died in the film’s finale, Marvel created an alternate costume for him that he would have worn had the studio allowed him to survive. In a separate podcast, Whedon revealed that Quicksilver almost was part of the New Avengers team that Captain America (Chris Evans) put together in the closing moments of Age of Ultron.
And now, I can share with you the fact that Taylor-Johnson hopes he can stay in the MCU… somehow. I asked him if he took the role of Quicksilver because he knew that it would be a one-and-done part, that he wouldn’t be locked into a lengthy Marvel contract, like other actors. And according to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, that wasn’t the case, at all. The actor told me during our exclusive interview:
No, because… I still feel like, you know, they were the best. I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed working on [this movie], and would love to do, I would love to being doing more movies with the guys at Marvel. Maybe there will be some case where that might happen. Again, I’m not sure, but..."
At that point, I pointed out that no one really dies in the MCU. Nick Fury and Special Agent Phil Coulson both "died" on screen, but found ways to return. Elaborating on that, Aaron Taylor-Johnson admitted to me:
I’d love to find what that loophole is, because I think they’re the best guys I’ve worked with in a long time, and yeah, you know, it’s cool."
CinemaBlend readers suggested plenty of loopholes under our story about Quicksilver’s death. Many referenced "Project T.A.H.I.T.I.," which resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) after The Battle of New York. Other fans pointed out the work of Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim), who can generate human tissue – as she did for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – in the chamber that gave birth to The Vision (Paul Bettany). And still others mentioned the untapped superpowers of Quicksilver’s sister, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen). Could she somehow resurrect her brother for a future Marvel movie?
All of this is possible. The MCU has invented numerous ways to bring characters back from "the dead," and with the emergence of the Infinity Stones, the MCU will have even MORE options for possible resurrection. The bigger question is should Quicksilver come back. His death, while tragic, carried resonance. These heroes should be in some danger. There needs to be consequences. Put another way, if Avengers never die, what tension can be milked from pending events like the Civil War, or even the Infinity War?