The two biggest Marvel comic film franchises are going head-to-head and it appears neither director is backing down. Both films are set to be released very close to one another and so both are fighting for the limelight. Recently as reported in my last article, sniped the character of Quicksilver from under ’s nose for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but the The Avengers: Age Of Ultron director doesn’t appear to have been knocked. On 's late-night show, it appeared that Whedon wasn’t backing down from the characters of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver:
Besides the fact that I grew up reading them, their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers.
Quicksilver’s got super speed. Scarlet can weave spells and with a little telekinesis, get inside your head. There’s good stuff that they can do that will help sort of keep it fresh.
This suggests he will still include the characters in the film, characters which, according to statements from Marvel HQ, have already been written into the script.
If Whedon does place Quicksilver into the Avengers team there are some difficult legal hoops he must jump through, as Screen Rant reported:
Due to a complicated rights agreement between Fox – who owns the movie rights to the X-Men – and Marvel, Singer’s film can use the characters since they are the children of main X-villain Magneto and part of the established mutant universe. Whedon can include the characters if they are never acknowledged as mutants or part of the X-Men universe as a whole.
Personally I see no way that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch can be properly initiated into the Avengers team without addressing their backstory or the very fact that they are Mutants or the children of Magneto.
This Marvel Cinematic Universe project is getting increasingly more complicated. And I hope that with these two competing and with legal barriers the movies aren’t going to be ruined. With two major franchises going head to head in such a competitive, fan-driven genre, will this affect the quality of the films? Is Whedon right to keep the characters or should he concede defeat?