What happens when two film companies own the right to the same character? Competitive casting!
Joss Whedon recently confirmed that the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver would be appearing in The Avengers 2. And oddly enough it was announced on Thursday that Evan Peters had been cast as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
For those unfamiliar with the quagmire that is the rights to the X-Men films, Marvel sold the rights years before it started making its own movies. So long as Fox continues to keep the characters active, the rights will not revert back to Marvel, so you have two competing film universes right now: The Marvel Cinematic Universe – Iron, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers – and the 20th Century Fox X-Men films. So while you see characters crossing films, they are only crossing films inside of their own universes.
As I explained when the rumor of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver showing up in The Avengers 2, these two particular characters have their film rights co-owned due to how they reside in the Marvel comic universe. Whedon teased and then confirmed his intentions to use them in the follow-up to The Avengers.
Now enter Bryan Singer. The director of the upcoming X-Men film has been making numerous casting announcements on his Twitter account, and on Thursday he announced the inclusion of Quicksilver… and then by Thursday night changed things up a bit.
Singer’s original tweet read:
Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver
See what he did there? Nice little dig, but later in the day that tweet disappeared.
The original message was later deleted and replaced with:
Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.
Oops, did someone get in trouble?
Honestly, and this is just me spitballing here, I think this is a lousy move on Fox’s part. The only way I can keep from thinking this was a spiteful move was if Quicksilver plays a huge role in the plot that makes it obvious he wasn’t an afterthought. If he’s just kind of “there,” then it will be obvious they just wanted to thumb their nose at Marvel. Remember, Days of Future Past is due for release next summer while The Avengers 2 isn’t due until May 2015. They had a film in production where they could legally use him, they could beat Marvel to the screen, and I think they just wanted to be spiteful.
I could be wrong, but something tells me I’m not. You’re now going to have confused audiences, and they will be the only actual losers in this.
The ever growing cast of Days of Future Past is listed below.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Cast
- James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier (young)
- Michael Fassbender as Magneto (young)
- Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier (old)
- Sir Ian McKellen as Magneto (old)
- Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
- Anna Paquin as Rogue
- Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe/Storm
- Daniel Cudmore as Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin/Colossus
- Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique
- Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat
- Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake/Iceman
- Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast
- Evan Peters as Quicksilver
- Fan Bingbing as Blink
- Peter Dinklage as ?
- Omar Sy as ?
- Booboo Stewart as ?