Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Briefly: We’re going to see two versions of the Marvel character Quicksilver — a speedster mutant who is Magneto’s son — on the big screen in the next couple years. One will appear in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Evan Peters. Given how many other characters are already known to be in that film, expect Singer’s version of Quicksilver to have a relatively small part, along with his sister, the Scarlet Witch.

Joss Whedon has also written the sibling duo into The Avengers 2. Due to the fact that Fox has a lock on rights to Marvel’s mutant characters, Whedon’s depictions will be slightly different, but they’ll be in the film all the same. And now Quicksilver is the first reported new casting for the film, as Aaron Johnson is reported to be the frontrunner for the role. He doesn’t have the gig yet, but the Kick-Ass and Savages actor is close to getting it, reports The Wrap.

Whedon recently explained his interest in the characters:

Well, besides the fact that I grew up reading them, their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was, everybody basically had punchy powers. ‘I can hit,’ ‘I can also hit.’ Hopefully it didn’t get too boring. But coming into the second one, he’s got super speed. She can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. There’s good stuff that they can do that will help sort of keep it fresh.

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