Slightly in honor of the new X-Men: Apocalypse film (which is incredible, for those who haven't seen it I suggest you do), I've decided to do a character comparison between 2 characters who are...well, the same character.
In one corner of the ring today we have Fox's Quicksilver a.k.a Peter Maximoff who has featured in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and is portrayed by Evan Peters, popular for his role as Tate Langdon in American Horror Story (since 2011).
And in the other corner we have Marvel's Quicksilver a.k.a Pietro Maximoff who has featured only in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and is portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson who is popular for his role as Kick Ass in Kick Ass (both films from 2010 and 2011).
Both actors seen here have acted in a good amount of films over their years, but of course the one that they may possibly be remembered for is this role, as Marvel tends to have that lasting effect.
So, who's the better Quicksilver?
Don't worry, I am too.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, from Avengers: Age of Ultron
Personally, when I found out that one of my favorite actors, ever, is starring in a Marvel movie, I freaked out. And this isn't a Marvel-but-really-Sony-or-Fox-owns-me movie, but the actual Marvel movies. Well, to be fair the actual ownership of several Marvel characters is quite confusing, like the fact that there are 3 Spidermans, all belonging to different companies (with the new arrival of Tom Holland who is amazing as Spiderman, but that'll be for sometime later). Quicksilver's character is, apparently, equally shared between Fox and Marvel, but as you know, is presented in different ways.
One highly important aspect of AOU's Quicksilver is that he was revealed, wonderfully, through an end-credit scene, which is in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here his powers can be hinted as he scrambles about his cage, sadly another experiment done by Hydra, with his sister acting...demented in the cell next to him.
Something that was done accurately, regarding AOU's Quicksilver, is his sister Scarlet Witch a.k.a Wanda Maximoff. According to the comic books, Wanda is Pietro's twin sister who had gone through the experiments just like he had. Wanda is portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and is known for her role in Godzilla (2014) which funnily has Aaron Taylor-Johnson in it too. Just a different relationship with one another.
According to the comic books, the Maximoff twins hop between the X-Men comic books and Avengers. In the comics, as they are the children of Magneto and in that case are mutants, they are recruited in his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, where they battle the X-Men. But when Magneto disappears without a trace (great parenting skills there), they both return to Europe and are willing to leave their evil ways behind - hence being recruited by Tony Stark.
The twins with Hawkeye and Cap create a second generation Avengers team by the name "Caps' Kooky Quartet", where Scarlet Witch becomes injured in a battle with Magneto. As they try to make amends with their father, they realize that he is truly evil and then go back to the avengers.
Also, regarding Magneto being their father, and them battling a metal army (Ultra's robots) in AOU...couldn't they have just called up papa to stop the problem in the first place? I mean, Sokovia wouldn't have been partially ruined or be traumatic (as a reference to Captain America: Civil War). Oh wait! Rights, rights is what prevented this from happening.
As you can see, the AOU Quicksilver tends to look as if he is bound to run a marathon (which he kind of does) and consists of an outfit with a particular color scheme (grey, blue, white etc.). To adapt for the movies, one must admit that it looks pretty good. Here's what he looks like in the comic books (one of his costumes):
AOU certainly nailed down the whole spandex look, as they have with many of their other superheroes. The modifications are of course:
- Shoes: AOU has adidas sneakers (indirect advertising) while comic has those high white boots
- Overall Suit: Similar color scheme, but AOU doesn't wear his underwear on the outside
- Hair: Comic has completely white hair while AOU has a trendy dye done, but the hair is supposed to signify his powers, so does that mean that AOU Quicksilver doesn't have all of them?
Seen from the film, and which is obviously expected from him, Quicksilver has the ability to run at top speeds. But besides his dashingly good looks, that is the only power he displays in AOU. According to the comic books, Quicksilver has the ability to:
- Run across water
- Travel through time
- "Fly" for short distances
Pietro in AOU was certainly charming. He was quiet, and observant. Of course, he was a weapon too, but he was a very...subtle one. His character is quite humorous but he is not all out funny. There still remains an air of being 'lost' around him, also the accent truly brings out the fact that he and his sister are from an utterly different world. Regarding his sister, the fact that he was so caring about her and loving really brought out the fact that they were twins. His acts of brother-ness served as a reminder that Wanda was his sister, and that she was everything he had left. Without her, he would be lost.
Honestly, the one thing that truly broke my heart during this film, besides all those other minor heart-crushing moments, was the death of the newly introduced Marvel Quicksilver. I honestly felt that it was not necessary, since he was so new to the MCU. And also because he was a brand new avenger, along with his sister Wanda. Not to mention Wanda. I mean, Pietro was the last she had of her family, with her parents killed by Stark's weaponry (according to the film), so she basically has no one now. Genetic-wise. And if you have the guts to, here it is:
But all in all, I thought this was a fairly good portrayal of Quicksilver a.k.a Pietro Maximoff. Regardless of the fact that Marvel tends to bring their characters back from the dead, like Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, it isn't confirmed whether they would have Aaron back as the speedster. But Aaron certainly wouldn't mind getting the role back again:
" I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed working on [this movie], and would love to do, I would love to being doing more movies with the guys at Marvel. Maybe there will be some case where that might happen. Again, IÃ¢ÂÂm not sure, but..." - Aaron Taylor-Johnson
But, you never know with Marvel. Now, next candidate!
Evan Peters: X-Men's Speedster
Peters' Quicksilver, you must know, appeared before Taylor-Johnson's appeared. Guilty of it, I only noticed this Quicksilver when the AOU one came out, comparing the two to one another.
During X-Men: Days of Future Past, Peters' first appearance occurs in the scene where Logan, Xavier and Hank go down into his house, asking him to join them in breaking into the Pentagon, to release Magneto. Here it is:
If you observed (you should have dammit), his mother calls him "Peter" instead of Pietro, which is his Russian name. Also, he holds an American accent. In my opinion, this is due to the purpose they need him for, as it may be absurd to actually have a fresh-from-Hydra Russian experiment accompany them to break into one of the most heavily guarded facilities in the world.
A significant feature between both companies is that they both included the Maximoff siblings. But for the X-Men, they are Maximoff siblings and not twins. This is to be able to hold the copyrights at ease. Basically, Scarlet hasn't displayed her powers yet in the movie, and she is much younger than Peter.
Due to the age gap, this stimulates the idea of a different origin story, which hasn't been revealed through the X-Men side. Here's what Marvel Studios' executive producer Kevin Feige has to say about their overlapping existences:
We both have [Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch]. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with Ã¢ÂÂAvengers,Ã¢ÂÂ but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as MagnetoÃ¢ÂÂs relatives, but cannot have anything to do with Ã¢ÂÂThe Avengers.Ã¢ÂÂ - Kevin Feige
And just on the terms of relatives, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, there is a scene in the lift where Peter asks Magneto of his powers, and then mentions that his mother used to know someone who could control metal. Thing is, Peter's father wasn't revealed during the film, but Magneto's slightly etched face indirectly reveals that he is the father.
Based on the video, the movie, gifs and the pictures above, there is a very large difference in terms of outfits between the 2 Quicksilvers. X-Men's Quicksilver looks much more casual and laid back compared to the AOU one. In fact, he almost appears as if he never intended to use his powers to become some sort of superhero, as they mentioned before, he uses his powers mostly as a thief. One thing for certain is the color scheme and the silver hair.
The chill completely flows off of him, one can even say that he looks like the typical 70s kid, with his hip 'iPod' and his Pink Floyd t-shirt. The modifications to the original are:
- Hair: X-Men's Quicksilver is much more similar to the original with a full head of silver-colored hair. Though the comic Quick features white hair, this one has silver hair. And perhaps due to the full head of hair, he has achieved and unlocked all his power potential as Quicksilver?
- Shoes: While comic Quick has knee high white boots which look completely superhero like, X-Men's has simple sneakers, in the color silver of course.
- Overall Suit: completely different from the original. As the original wears a practical spandex as if an athlete, this one wears loose black jeans, a pink floyd shirt, a leather jacket, and a belt with a bunch of gadgets on it, specifically the 'iPod' which he plugs in his headphones to when he goes for a run
X-Men's Quicksilver really shows off his powers to the other x-men. I mean, in the scene where we get to meet him, the audience watches as he casually speeds around his room, while holding normal conversation to the other men. The AOU Quicksilver shows off his powers too, but he makes it appear much more effortful compared to the X-Men Quicksilver. As I've already listed the powers featured from the comic book, the powers that X-Men Quicksilver revealed are:
- Running fast (obviously)
- Breaking through glass due to the vibrations from his body (which is how he released Magneto)
- And he almost appears to have obtained the ability to stop time, as he does, when saving multiple people (while Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce plays ironically in the background). As you can see here:
Based off watching X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, it is clear that this Quicksilver is much more out-going and casual compared to the AOU one. He was very modern, and humorous. He used his powers so normally, not acting upon them as if he were built to be a weapon of mass destruction. He acts as if a teenager, being all cheeky and wearing casual attire. One thing revealed, specifically in X-Men: Apocalypse, is that he really does care about himself and his place in the world.
In X-Men: Apocalypse, he first appears on his bed holding Charles' card for his school, which he decides to go to. Yet as he arrives, he realizes, in slow motion, that the school is being blown to ashes, in which he saves everyone (including animals) from the blast of the school.
Regarding his sister, there isn't much about her except for that one scene in Days of Future Past. But his character in the X-Men is clearly appreciated as he is a very significant member and provides an overall humorous vibe to all the members.
Thankfully this Quicksilver does not die, though he does get pretty beaten up in X-Men: Apocalypse. Since Aaron is dead, does that mean that Evan is supposed to replace him as the role of Quicksilver?
The Final Decision
I've just given you a run through of the Quicksilvers of the MCU. Which one you decide to choose is completely your decision, since both have their pros and cons. My choice? In terms of character (attitude) I'd choose X-Men's Quicksilver, since I admire such a personality. Looks may go to the AOU Quicksilver, Aaron seriously has me captivated by his looks. So this lad wins the 'looks' competition:
And this one wins the personality one:
In terms of powers, I think the X-Men Quicksilver wins that because he has displayed his abilities through different ways within the 2 movies. But hey, that's just my opinion.
Oh! And funny thing is, seriously this is great, is that they both featured in another super hero movie Kick Ass (2010), and surprisingly they both ended up being the same superhero in different companies.
So which one is your pick? Comment below and I hope you enjoyed this!