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With Quicksilver to show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron in just over a month, fans are likely to have lots of thoughts and comparisons to that of his X-Men: Days of Future Past counterpart. Which actor fit the character better, which character looked cooler, who held truer to the character of the comics, etc. Director Joss Whedon shared a few of his thoughts on this very subject and it sounds like he's pretty confident in their ucoming MCU rendition of Pietro Maximoff.
A recent BuzzFeed article detailed the Avengers director's thoughts on the fact that his upcoming Aaron Taylor-Johnson version of Quicksilver is arriving after Evan Peters already portrayed a live-action version of the superhero in X-Men: Days of Future Past and post DC's very popular series The Flash. Here is what he had to say about it:
There’s going to be an entire season of The Flash that’s gone on before my movie too, and what Aaron is doing and what I wanted him to do is so different from what they were doing in that movie, that I think we’re fine. I think there’s room for more than one Quicksilver. But yeah, I was never thrilled.
Whedon doesn't sound concerned about the fact that there's already a Quicksilver running around on the big screen nor did he seem to sweat the many comparisons innevitably to be drawn between his version and X-Men's portrayal of the speedster. It's likely from what we've already seen in clips and posters of the MCU's version of the character that Taylor-Johnson's rendition will have some differences, starting with his lower-profile costume and more serious personality. While it doesn't seem to look like they did a complete 180 with the MCU rendition, producer Kevin Feige assured fans that "It may as well be different characters."
Whedon also went on to explain how he already had plans to use Quicksilver in Avengers 2 when he found out Days of Future Past changed Juggernaut to the speedster... and while at first shocked, it sounds like he's since come to terms and is comfortable with the changes they've made to the MCU character.
For one, the way Quicksilver runs is going to be completely different.
Taylor-Johnson explains how when they first began shooting he struggled with doing it on a treadmill in front of a green screen, saying "there was no life to it." Producers later decided to shoot Taylor-Johnson running outdoors over natural terrain, allowing the actor to be more fluid and natural... something the actor says made it feel "more emotional and expressive."
Will we see anything reminiscent to the amazing prison break scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past? One can only hope, as that was an absolute highlight of Bryan Singer's 2014 film. Regardless, though, there are certainly many things that will be different in Whedon's version of the character, most notably his look and costume, and his relationship with twin sister Scarlet Witch.
Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters May 1.