You Probably Forgot This Character Appeared In Both Fox and Disney’s Marvel Universe
Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) spent the last decade shattering records. But some characters synonymous with Marvel haven’t appeared anywhere in the series.
In the comic books, Black Panther hero T’Challa eventually marries weather-controlling mutant Storm.
Despite Halle Berry’s expert portrayal of the character, Storm hasn’t found her way into the MCU (although Berry herself may soon). In fact, the vast majority of X-men characters remained trapped in the Plastic Prison of film rights.
Spider-Man finally making his way into the MCU delighted fans, could we ever see Magneto and Cyclops onscreen with Captain America and Hawkeye? It’s a blast to see them all together in the Marvel vs. Capcom video games but the big screen would be a step up.
The 1 Marvel character who made the jump
X-Men: Days of Future Past featured an incredibly popular scene in which mutant Quicksilver sprinted around a kitchen, yanking flying bullets out of the air and creating mischief at lightspeed.
The scene delighted fans so much that the studio called back to it two years later in X-Men: Apocalypse. Quicksilver, or Pietro Maximoff, cemented his place in X-Men movie canon. However, his origins as a comic book character include strong ties with the Avengers. His sister Wanda (Scarlet Witch) also made comic book appearances alongside the Avengers and can be seen in the MCU movies.
Therefore, the movie rights are a little messy. The Maximoff siblings don’t clearly fall into either the X-Men or Avengers group and Quicksilver appeared in MCU films.
Last year, Quicksilver also showed up in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, albeit in a smaller role. The final tally as of early 2020 is three X-Men movies (Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix), two MCU movies (Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron), and a minor cameo in Deadpool 2.
The messy struggle for character rights
In the early 2000s, superhero movies didn’t guarantee the massive box offices they do today. Comic book fans at the time will remember the gamble of going to a film with the chance it could be simply awful.
2008’s The Incredible Hulk featured Ed Norton in a role that Mark Ruffalo quickly took over, but the film still managed to be better than 2003’s Hulk (starring… Eric Bana). Before Chris Evans found the role of his life as Captain America, he starred in two awful Fantastic Four movies in 2005 and 2007 as Johnny Storm.
The X-Men series set the standard for 2000’s superhero films, but the films struggled to break through into greater pop culture. Neither of the first two films made it to the top 5 grossing films of the year (although X-Men: The Last Stand finished 3rd in 2006).
With every superhero movie an expensive gamble, studios took the risk sparingly. This process slowly carved out character rights between multiple studios.
The future of Quicksilver and the MCU
Fox’s Fantastic Four movies meant that they got the four title characters, as well as Silver Surfer and Galactus. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series at Columbia Pictures gave them the web-slinger’s rights, but he eventually swung into the MCU.
Unfortunately, the same hasn’t happened for the X-Men. Quicksilver made appearances in two MCU movies because of his ties with the comic Avengers but the character’s death (and non-revival) mean it’s probably the end for Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s portrayal of Pietro.
Evan Peters plays the character in the X-Men saga and his employment is probably safe. MCU fans should stay on the lookout, though. It’s definitely possible Quicksilver could dash in for another appearance without anyone knowing he was even gone.
After all, the MCU doesn’t restrain itself with things like time and death… and Doctor Strange 2 is on the horizon.