Coke vs. Pepsi. Team Cap vs. Team Iron Man. Yankees Vs. Red Sox. Toilet paper over vs. under. So many divisive things in life, yet one of the biggest in recent movie history focuses on Quicksilver. Some prefer X-Men Quicksilver (Evan Peters) over Avengers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and vice versa. Of course the irony is that both Peters and Taylor-Johnson are friends in real life and even costarred in Kick Ass prior to splitting the same character between them.
Even though it was the same character, they played them vastly different. Sure, they both had their super speed and favored silver as a color (well, gray in Taylor-Johnson’s case), but there were major differences like age, attire, accents and what not. One of the biggest distinctions is that while Peter Maximoff lives happily on in the X-Men world, Pietro Maximoff died tragically while protecting Hawkeye and a little boy in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Even if you weren’t fond of Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, you still likely found his death (a rarity in the MCU) a bit perplexing. Though no official word has ever come forth, many suspect his death had a lot to do with the proprietary agreement between 20th Century Fox and Marvel (Disney) regarding the Maximoff twins.
If you were sad at Pietro’s untimely passing, you wouldn’t be alone. Peters himself found (the other) Quicksilver’s death rather disappointing, too, especially since his friend’s take on the character provided a sort of unspoken challenge. Yahoo Movies Senior Editor Kevin Polowy spoke with Peters on the subject:
“I was devastated by it,” he said. “I really wanted that to keep going. I thought it was cool. I don’t really know why they killed him off.
“I liked what they did with it. It was different. It was a completely different take on it. He had the Russian accent. I mean, they had this swoopy thing with the lines behind, which I thought was really cool, and I don’t know. I thought it was a cool character.”
Peters went on to elaborate on the concept of trying to outdo Taylor-Johnson, and how that might add to his drive to embody Quicksilver better:
“I thought it could have been a cool competition,” Peters said. “Like, ‘Oh, they did that with him and that was awesome. Now we’ve got to try to top that with this.’ It could have been a nice little, I don’t know, motivation.”
Catch the interview here:
Well, unless Marvel decides to resurrect the late Maximoff (there’s always Tahiti), looks like Peters is the winner by default. Oh and for that completely badass Pentagon kitchen scene–we can probably give him the medal for that alone.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters May 27.