(Now, the following contains a HUGE SPOILER for Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you haven't seen the movie yet, then be warned - this will SPOIL something pretty substantial...)
Now, if you've already seen Avengers: Age of Ultron - and if you haven't, then trust me, you're going to want to do that before reading this article. Go ahead, we'll wait - then there's a good chance that you're still slightly blown away by the film's high-octane blend of ramped-up action and surprisingly subtle character development, in a manner very much like the awesomeness contained below:
There's also, however, a decent chance that you're still feeling pretty monumentally sad about one particular moment in the movie.
Specifically, the moment where...
...(and this is your last chance to leap away from your computer to avoid a HUGE SPOILER)...
...one of the Avengers dies.
Namely, this one:
No, wait. That was just what Joss was telling us to expect for like an hour of the movie.
The actual Avenger we sadly lost?
That'd be Quicksilver...
Yup - the brand new Avenger, having only just joined up with the team, sacrificed his life to save an innocent child...and his teammate Hawkeye.
Which, you'll recall, led to The Scarlet Witch going characteristically crazy, and killing pretty much every android in sight.
The thing is, though...
This Might Not Be the End for Quicksilver...
Y'see, between the fact that the actor reportedly signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel a while back, and what with this being the world of comic-books, in which no-one (shy of Spider-Man's uncle Ben) ever actually stays dead, there's every possibility that we're going to see Pietro don his Quicksilver costume once more.
The thing is, though - there's actually a whole lot more to go on than just that base-line assumption that everyone eventually gets resurrected...
For one thing:
Joss Whedon Seems to Have Been Hinting At It
Specifically, as he puts it:
"There’s a thing where you can do that so many times and there’s nothing at stake. But it’s difficult because you’re living in franchise world—not just Marvel, but in most big films—where you can’t kill anyone, or anybody significant. And now I find myself with a huge crew of people and, although I’m not as bloodthirsty as some people like to pretend, I think it’s disingenuous to say we’re going to fight this great battle, but there’s not going to be any loss. So my feeling in these situations with Marvel is that if somebody has to be placed on the altar and sacrificed, I’ll let you guys decide if they stay there."
Or, in other words - 'Marvel decides whether people stay dead, so don't expect people I've killed off to stay that way.'
The Movie Left It Way More Open Than You'd Think
Remember how Quicksilver actually got shot way earlier, and then just walked it off? And how The Avengers totally brought his body with them, and then just kind of...didn't mention him again? And, for that matter, how Doctor Cho has a super-duper healing chamber that can apparently be used to turn a robot body into The (basically alive) Vision?
Well, let's just say that Pietro might not be quite as dead as he initially seemed...
His Possible Return Gives Scarlet Witch a Natural Plot Arc
After all, if it was possible for Quicksilver to return - for instance, if he were in a coma, and needed some sort of magic to bring him to life - then it'd give Scarlet Witch a fascinating plot arc for the next few movies.
Especially if - as would seem to fit naturally with Marvel's preferred Main Hero + Pre-Existing Supporting Hero = Awesome formula - she ends up appearing in the forthcoming Doctor Strange (perhaps even replacing his traditional apprentice Clea?).
That, though, presumes that Quicksilver is, in fact, gone. Y'see:
Civil War Has a Very Specific Plot-Role That Needs Filling
Specifically, that filled by Ragnarok, the murderous Thor clone that Tony Stark used in the comics to fight against Cap's rebellious heroes - and who ended up killing one of their number.
Now, the odds of a Thor clone appearing in Captain America: Civil War seem pretty low, seeing as - unlike the comics back when Civil War was initially released - Thor isn't actually dead. He's just in Asgard.
A secretly revived - and manipulated - Quicksilver, though?
That'd be one hell of a way to up the stakes - and set up a return in 2019's Inhumans...