Sorry, Marvel Fans: You Won’t See This Character Return to the MCU Anytime Soon

Just as Quicksilver  can slip through the fingers of his foes with his super speed, Marvel Studios seems to be slipping through the fingers of Quicksilver’s actor. 

To be clear, we’re not talking about the Quicksilver that appeared in the Fox X-Men movies. Although that version is technically owned by Disney now, the Quicksilver in question is the one that appeared in the MCU, chiefly in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who does not foresee a return even though it could be done. 

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Quicksilver vs. Quicksilver

To clear up any confusion in advance, it’s best to separate the two Quicksilvers. The one that has appeared in the most movies is the Fox/X-Men version, who was played by actor Evan Peters. His major moment in X-Men: Days of Future Past,  arrived when he sped through a kitchen while trying to break Magneto out of the Pentagon.

That sequence, set to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle,” was such a fan favorite that it was repeated in X-Men Apocalypse

The Fox Quicksilver also made a brief appearance in Dark Phoenix, but the titular character made short work of Quicksilver, just as moviegoers made short work of Dark Phoenix by not seeing it in droves. So we are unlikely to see Evan Peters again. 

Johnson’s Quicksilver first appeared in the end credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where he was introduced as the twin to Wanda, AKA the Scarlet Witch. However, this Quicksilver did not survive Age of Ultron, although his sister became a fixture in the MCU.

To date, Quicksilver remains one of the few characters to appear in both Fox and Disney’s Marvel films.

Why won’t Quicksilver come back?

Despite his demise in Age of Ultron, it would not be entirely unreasonable to have Quicksilver come back. For one thing, Marvel characters are notorious for cheating death in a variety of ways, especially via time travel. For another, Disney could bring Quicksilver back in one of two ways: in the speculative What If animated series and in WandaVision, which has Scarlet Witch creating alternate realities. However, neither seems to be in the cards for Johnson, as Screen Rant quotes him. 

“I think we’re both open to possibilities, like the Marvel Universe like it has been over the years, but obviously yes, I’m aware of the Disney+ platform and all of the shows that are going and I’m still in touch with a lot of the people. I mean, I think it’s safe to say that no, I’m not gonna… there will be no appearance of me coming out or Quicksilver appearing anytime soon.”

That sounds pretty definitive, especially considering Taylor-Johnson has a full slate. He not only stars in but co-wrote a movie called A Million Little Pieces, about a recovering addict. It will be directed by his wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose credits include Fifty Shades of Grey.

When will we see the X-Men in the MCU?

It seems like the most logical way to bring Quicksilver back would be to  bring the X-Men into the MCU, but multiple sources say that will be a long time coming. Marvel is busy ramping up Phase 4, having just dropped the trailer for the first film in that phase, Black Widow, which comes out next May. Then after that, they’ll be concentrating on an entirely different superhero team, The Eternals, whose movie comes out next November. 

Kevin Feige himself said earlier this year it would be “a very long time” before the X-Men would be introduced into the MCU, so fans shouldn’t hold their breath and turn as blue as Mystique. That said, the Marvel landscape seems to change all the time, especially with Disney+ in the mix. Maybe it won’t be Taylor-Johnson, but Quicksilver will probably make some kind of return someday,  even if it won’t be in a flash.