It appears there won't be a problem with Fox and Marvel both using the character Quicksilver for their upcoming films X-Men: Days of the Future Past and Avengers 2. Who said big companies can't learn how to share, eh? Still, while the legalities seems to be in order, there's now the unfair and likely to be very one-sided argument of which Quicksilver will be done best. One side has big plans for the character and his sister, a plot where their personality is fleshed out and they actually get screen time, while the other side appears to need him for a very specific action sequences that only makes sense for Quicksilver.
Now, I'm not overly fond of absolute statements, so I've been pondering what makes this action sequence so Quicksilver-specific, and so far I've only come up with one. He runs really fast. Now, while that's all well and good, and sounds like it will make for a great sequence, he's not exactly the only character in the Marvel Universe with freaky genes that allows them to run really fast. Some of the other ones might even add to the visual effects of the scene in pretty spectacular ways. If Fox should ever decide that using Quicksilver in a movie with the same name as a comic book where he was nowhere to be seen, know that fans are desperately waiting to see a more fleshed out version of the character in another film a year later. This may be seen as petty and stupid, here's a couple of suggestions that will let them keep the action sequence and save face.
Other Fast Marvel Superheroes
Now, who the heck is Velocidad? OK, it's a stretch. He's a fairly recent addition to the X-universe whose powers don't actually include running very fast, but it still appears to be so. This guy accelerates time in a field around himself, in a way that lets him move around in what appears as superspeed. The downside to this is of course that he ages a lot quicker than the average person, so any time he uses this power excessively, he'll grow a beard. So in a speed-related action sequence, he'd start off clean shaven, and end up with a three day shadow.
Next up is Surge, the blue haired speedster who gradually absorbs electrical energy that she can control through her gauntlets. How exactly this allows her to run really really fast, I don't know. I bet it has something to do with the speed of lightning. In an action sequence related to speed, this could be a great way to show off where she's been running by leaving a trail of sparks.
Last one, and the one I'd root for is Northstar. He's got a past in the Canadian Alpha Flight, but has been serving with the X-Men for... quite a while now, and he's fast! Downside is that he also flies occasionally, which could be good, but with a Quicksilver-specific sequence in mind, it might not make sense if he could avoid certain obstacles and enemies by simply hovering over them. Well, the X-Men films have so far been very good at altering the powersets of several mutants, so I don't see why they couldn't nerf him a bit in that regard.
What do you think? Did I miss one? Comment below!