Thursday, May 21, 2015

Who Played It Best? Quicksilver

Way before "Avengers: Age of Ultron" began shooting, Joss Whedon made it very clear that he planned to feature Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in his anticipated sequel. After that announcement, several people were confused by the matter and how it related back to Fox. Because anybody who knows the comics well knows that even though Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are hardcore Avengers, they are also mutants. Not only that, but they are Magneto's children. Wouldn't that mean that Fox had rights to them first since they were making the "X-Men" movies? Who really had the rights to the characters? The right answer is that somehow, both Disney and Fox had rights to share the characters, further confusing the matters of how these character rights really work. In what seemed like a move to spite Disney, Fox shoehorned Quicksilver in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," knowing their version of the character would hit the silver screen first. Within two years, we saw two totally different versions of the same character, and the first real competition between Marvel on the big screen. Funny enough, both actors who portrayed Quicksilver both starred in "Kick-Ass" together in 2010, between Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played the character best?
Well, this is actually tough. See, I was ready to write off Evan Peters Quicksilver way before the movie came out. I didn't like that Fox was just trying piss off Disney with their decision and I knew that we would only see Fox's Quicksilver for maybe a scene, instead getting the character fleshed out thanks to Joss Whedon. (You watch enough "X-Men" movies and you see the ultimate flaw in all  their movies is their obsession with including several X-Men characters without really making them "characters" in the movies). My prediction was correct, Evan Peters got one scene, Aaron Taylor-Johnson got a whole movie. But that one scene by Evan Peters showed more character than was written for Taylor-Johnson in his whole movie, Evan Peters one scene was also one of the biggest highlights of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." While I dug Taylor-Johnson's Eastern European accent and I thought he had several great scenes, I think Evan Peters left the longer-lasting impression on the character, so much so that we will see more of him in the future. Therefore, I give the edge to Evan Peters.
Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comment section below or email me ( You will have until next Wednesday to vote.
Last time on "Who Played It Best?" I took a look at the original 1970's "Rollerball" as well as the 2002 remake. The results are in and here is how the Jonathon E. vote resulted.
Not surprising at all.

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