It's largely been forgotten, a year on from X-Men: Days of Future Past's theatrical release, but there was a time when one of the most popular theories about the film was that its portrayal of Quicksilver - as played by Evan Peters - would be a huge let-down. After all, many theorized that Peters' performance and styling looked a little too comedic - goofy, almost - to be taken all that seriously in the role, especially with Aaron Taylor-Johnson's more serious-seeming portrayal of the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron blinking on the horizon.
And then, the movie came out, and we saw this:
And, in just a few short minutes, Pietro 'Peter' Maximoff managed to become pretty much everyone's favorite part of the movie - with that sequence in particular proving to be the iconic moment of the film for many fans.
Which is why, of course, the latest set picture released onto Instagram by Bryan Singer is just...so...darned...exciting.
It Looks Like Quicksilver Will Be Getting Another Chance to Shine
Now, that image is cool enough all by itself - and gives us a hint of the stepped-up scale of action that we're expecting to see in the movie - but it's the caption that's really sent hearts aflutter:
"Just another day at the office. #Quicksilver #Xmen #XmenApocalypse"
After all, that very much confirms that Quicksilver will not only be appearing in the movie, but will - most likely - be getting his own awesome action set piece.
Which, seeing as the last time the X-Men franchise had a clip that awesome, the character was promptly written out of the next movie...
...is extremely good news.
What Does it Mean for X-Men: Apocalypse, Though?
Well, crucially, Quicksilver having a decent-sized role in the plot substantially increases the likelihood of us seeing Magneto put together his own team of young mutants. After all, the comic book Quicksilver has historically had very little to do with the X-Men, other than as an antagonist, with his arrogant nature typically making him a bad team player (even when he joined the Avengers).
In his earliest appearances, however, he was a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants - and it seems likely that his presence in the movie will make that team's reappearance a whole lot more likely.
Especially if the movie does, in fact, take a trip to a reality along the lines of the the comic book Age of Apocalypse, what with Quicksilver being an integral part of Magneto's (heroic) team there:
Whatever happens, though...
I sure am looking forward to seeing Pietro (fine, Peter) Maximoff in action again...