Here’s a turn-up for the (comic) books and no mistake: mere days after Joss Whedon talked about using the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the Avengers sequel, Bryan Singer has tweeted that he’s cast Evan Peters as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. What's curious is that the original tweet in question has now been deleted - here's a screengrab of what it looked like and the full text is below - and was replaced with an Avengers-free missive, also below.
So Singer has announced that Peters – who already has a comic book film credit to his name with Kick-Ass’ Todd – is on board for the movie. In case you’re busy spluttering and wondering how he could conceivably turn up in two studio franchises, Pietro (AKA Quicksilver) and twin sister Scarlet Witch (real name: Wanda) are two of several characters spawned by the X-Men comics universe whose rights are jointly held by 20th Fox and Marvel/Disney. We've discussed the characters' tangled histories in a bit more depth here.
Quicksilver showing up in Days Of Future Past makes some sense: he and his sister are, after all, Magneto’s children, even if ol’ Erik Lensherr in the comics wasn’t aware of that for a long time. However, how he will fit in to the already sprawling cast and fighting-the-dark-future-timeline plot is still a mystery, and he won’t have a the biggest part to play given the late-stage casting, but it’s still an intriguing idea that we could see Magneto interacting with his son (we're assuming he'll be aware of the relationship here). Also: which Magneto? We're guessing this would be McKellen's version, since Fassbender seems a little youthful to be Peters' father.
Even more audaciously, could Peters conceivably be shown first in Days Of Future Past and then crop up in the Avengers sequel? It's unlikely, since Singer's version is a younger man in Days, and Whedon may have different plans for the character, but Feige's expressed openness to the idea of reuniting all Marvel characters in one cohesive universe, whatever studios hold the rights, so it's not completely beyond the pale. At the other end of the spectrum of possibilities, will this lead Whedon to reconsider his plans to include the brother and sister?
X-Men: Days Of Future Past already includes Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing and more. In fact, it’s getting to the point where it’ll be easier to list the people NOT in the film. It’ll arrive on July 17 next year. In case you have no idea who we're on about when we talk about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, head to the informative briefing on the characters right here.