* Warning: This post contains spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse *
A film that centers around an all powerful mutant determined to destroy life as we know it isn't, understandably, expected to carry too many laughs. While the dark tone of X-Men: Apocalypse is fitting for the narrative, audiences can always make do with some light relief.
Step forward Quicksilver. The character, played by Evan Peters in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Apocalypse (2016), has arguably the most memorable scenes in both films. Rich with a mix of deliberate nonchalance and slow-mo extravagance, Quicksilver saves practically the entire population of the X-Mansion in his latest appearance.
Without a doubt, he's a complete badass, using his superhuman speed to maximum effect. But while his stand-out and aesthetically pleasing appearances are a good fit for the big screen, Quicksilver uses his powers to even greater effect in the comics.
If you're in doubt about whether the character would fit a solo movie, check out some of his best moments below:
1. Explosive Pace: X-Factor 71-87
Pietro Django Maximoff has a knack for rescuing people from explosions. In one particular sketch, he manages to disarm a bomb in between the time it takes to say "blow" and "up."
2. Fight, Or Flight: X-Factor 71-87
But saving people from explosions isn't the only good use of his ability. Far from it. Another ingenious use of his pace allows Quicksilver to launch himself with such force from tall buildings, he can catapult himself so far he's able to reach planes in the sky.
3. Disarming The Bad Guys: X-Factor 88-94
If you're in a situation, facing an armed bad guy who is counting down the seconds, your chances of survival would be pretty slim. But this is Quicksilver. In the X-Factor issue, he manages to disarm up to 15 guards, in the time it takes one of them to count from "four" to "three."
4. More Evacuations: X-Factor 88-94
Saving students from the X-Mansion in Apocalypse isn't the first time Quicksilver has been a single-handed evacuation machine. In this X-Factor series, he manages to clear out a military complex, all by himself. Oh, and he did it in the time it took Cortez to blink.
5. Wait, What Did You Say?: Quicksilver Vol 1
Considering his exploits, it's no surprise that Quicksilver can outrun sound itself. In this upgraded series, he manages to actually outrun Black Bolt's voice.
6. He'd Be Good In A Marathon: Assault on New Olympus
Quicksilver's speed allows him to achieve unbelievable tasks within a close environment, but what if he were to run in a straight line? How long would it take him to go to the shop to get a loaf of bread?
What about, half way around the world? Well, Assault on New Olympus answered this question, showing that it takes him a mere 92 seconds to get halfway around Earth. Yikes.
7. Making Things Steamy: Avengers Millennium
Marvel Comics delve into the interesting range of effects being able to travel at such speed can have. In Avengers Millennium, Quicksilver uses accelerates so quickly, he manages to boil seawater.
8. And Making Things Less Steamy: Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers
On the opposite side of the heat spectrum, Quicksilver can also extinguish flames, by using his speed to create an air vacuum. This superhero is on fire!
X-Men: Apocalypse is in cinemas now. If you've not seen it, what're you waiting for?!
What are your favorite uses of Quicksilver's superhuman speed?