Updated May 24: In an interesting twist, sometime since tweeting news Thursday afternoon of his casting of actor Evan Peters as Quicksilver in the currently in-production X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer has edited his tweet.
The tweet originally read: "Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver," launching a media scramble speculating on what this means for Avengers 2, given its director Joss Whedon also recently revealed his intention to write Quicksilver and his sister the Scarlet Witch into the 2015 sequel (see the original story below for details).
What, if anything, does the edit mean? Stay tuned, and check out Newsarama's guesses as to how Fox and Marvel can make double Quicksilvers work here .
Original story: Well this is interesting. Quicksilver, who along with his sister Scarlet Witch, is confirmed to appear in Avengers 2 , is also going to be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently filming.
Director Bryan Singer just tweeted the news on his personal account.
"Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver."
The way he phrases the tweet, we can speculate there could have been an agreement made, that Fox would get to use Quicksilver as a younger character, perhaps in the past scenes, while Marvel Studios could use an older, more adult version of the character. Due to their unique nature, however, it is possible the same actors could play these two characters in both franchises - just without any direct reference to the other in the film. The late addition, X-Men Days of Future Past is on its fourth day of filming, is notable as well.
As we previously reported, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are a strange, unique case, where both studios have the rights to the characters, as they are both mutants (and the children of Magneto), and also longtime Avengers. As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said last year, "They're uh - It’s a little complicated, but if they want to use them in an X-Men movie they could, and if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could. They're unique."
Evan Peters is a 26 year-old actor best known to comic book fans as "Todd," one of Dave's friends in Kick-Ass or in his role on the genre TV series American Horror Story. More as this story develops.
Update 5:10pm: HitFix has a reported inside source saying that this is not the opening of a door and extension of a hand, but in fact more like the opening salvo in an all-out war between Fox and Marvel Studios/Disney.
"This is not a situation where the two different companies are working together to try and create a sense of a larger shared world. In fact, if either of them could get the other to back off, they would," HitFix reports. "The thing is, Bryan Singer has designed a sequence [for DOFP] that he feels only works with Quicksilver, and Joss Whedon feels that there is a pressing reason for Quicksilver to show up in The Avengers 2, and so what we're going to see is a legally-negotiated stand-off in which we'll get two totally different versions of one character."
The report goes on to say that while Quicksilver's role in DOFP will likely be closer to a cameo than anything else, with just one major scene, his role in Avengers 2 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole will be much larger, with much bigger plans. They reaffirm, as we reported, that no mention of the character's other-worldly existence can be made in either film; without a mutant origin, that means if an origin for Pietro and Wanda's powers is given, it will have to be independent of the mutant gene.
Of course, Marvel Studios does have rights to the similarly-powered Inhumans, and Quicksilver's comic book roots already have a link to those characters.