Quicksilver MCU future

Avengers: Age of Ultron brought several new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But as of now, it isn’t entirely clear where all of those characters are headed next. In a pair of new interviews, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson and director Joss Whedon discuss possible future plans for one of those newbies, speed demon Quicksilver.

Read their comments on potential Quicksilver MCU future plans after the jump. But do be warned that spoilers follow for Avengers: Age of Ultron

The ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron reveals Scarlet Witch has officially joined the superhero team, and Elizabeth Olsen has already confirmed her return for Captain America: Civil War. Scarlet Witch’s brother, however, isn’t quite so lucky. He’s killed trying to help Hawkeye in the final battle sequence.

Even so, Taylor-Johnson suggested to CinemaBlend that he may not be done with the character just yet. “I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed working on [this movie], and I would love to be doing more movies with the guys at Marvel,” he said. “Maybe there will be some case where that might happen.”

After the interviewer pointed out that characters return from the dead all the time in the MCU, Taylor-Johnson responded, “I’d love to find what that loophole is, because I think they’re the best guys I’ve worked with in a long time.”

However, writer-director Whedon revealed to the Empire Film Podcast that he fully intends for Quicksilver to stay dead:

It felt very disingenuous for me, especially the second time around, to make what I refer to as ‘a war movie’ and say that there is no price and everybody walks away. In this movie, we’re saying, ‘Prove to me that you guys are heroes.’ And he’s the guy that does it. […]

I knew it would be resonant, and make everything else work better and matter more. The city in the air, that’s just an explosion – Wanda’s grief, that’s extraordinary. […]

It’s not ultimately up to Whedon, though, and he’s well aware of that fact. In fact, he planned for the possibility that he would be overruled.

I said to Aaron, ‘The only way you’ll stay alive is if the Disney executives say, “Hey idiot, this is a franchise, and we need all these people and you’re not allowed to kill them off!”

We did actually shoot him in the last scene, in an outfit, with his sister. We also shot him, waking up, saying, ‘Ah, I didn’t really die from these 47 bullet wounds!’

If Quicksilver comes back, it’ll be the second time a character killed off by Whedon has been revived against his wishes. The filmmaker has said that reviving Agent Coulson for Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. did retroactively “take some of the punch out of” his sacrifice in the first Avengers.

Personally, I hope Quicksilver stays dead. Marvel has done the fake-out death several times already, and it feels cheaper every time. Besides Coulson, we’ve also seen the miraculous returns of Nick Fury, Bucky Barnes, Loki, and Groot.

(Bucky Barnes was for decades one of a very few Marvel Comics characters who seemed to be permanently dead… until he was revived by Ed Brubaker for the Winter Soldier comics storyline.)

Moreover, Quicksilver isn’t really a character that demands to be brought back. You could argue that Loki and Groot were too beloved to leave dead, and that Winter Soldier is a crucial part of Bucky’s arc. Quicksilver, on the other hand, barely makes an impression in Age of Ultron. At this point, he’s probably more useful as a reminder that yes, death can occasionally mean something in the MCU.

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