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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Finds Its Quicksilver In Kick-Ass

Following in the long-standing tradition of hiring actors from one comic book film to play a different character in another comic book film, Marvel has just hired Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Seriously though, there are 6 trillion actors in Hollywood, why must we keep recycling for comic adaptations?

My own personal qualms aside, we previously heard this casting as a rumor back in June while the Quicksilver vs. Quicksilver news was also spinning about. American Horror Story’s,’ Evan Peters was announced to be playing Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past in May and many wondered how that would affect Joss Whedon’s decision making for The Avengers sequel.

The Wrap says Taylor-Johnson’s deal is finally set. “Taylor-Johnson didn’t close his deal until Wednesday, as the ‘Age of Ultron’ shooting schedule overlaps with his upcoming publicity tour for Legendary’s ‘Godzilla’ reboot. That potential obstacle has been overcome and his availability to properly promote that creature feature and shoot the ‘Avengers’ sequel is now ensured.”

Coincidentally enough, Godzilla also stars Elizabeth Olsen, previously hired to play Quicksilver’s canonical sister, Scarlet Witch, in Age of Ultron. They’ll reunite on set but whether it will be as the sister/brother duo or something else remains to be seen. Whedon and company have kept rather tight-lipped about how they’ll be utilizing the mutant characters.

Taylor-Johnson is best known for his role of Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass, in that film series but he also recently starred in Anna Karenina and Oliver Stone’s Savages. What are your thoughts on the casting?

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  • AverageDrafter

    I’m curious to see the two different interpretations between X-Men and Avengers.

    X-Men: DOFP seems to be using super slow motion ala Over The Hedge’s Hammy but live action – still the absolutely best representation of super speed ever.

  • Anonymous

    I’m expecting super confused audiences, since I still think most people aren’t aware of the rights issues in the first place (I saw a ton of kids asking why Spider-Man wasn’t an Avenger, for instance).

  • Aphthakid

    It’s late in the week and I’m sleep deprived which is probably why I read the sentence as “Godzilla hired to play Quicksilver’s canonical sister, the Scarlet Witch.”

  • Adrian

    Argh, what would it take for Disney/Marvel to regain those licenses? Will SOMEONE PLEASE think of the children??

  • Anonymous

    At this point that’ll only happen a while down the line. Unless Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Days of Future Past utterly BOMB, there’ll be no reason for Sony and Fox to let go of the licenses.

    And I can’t really blame them, tbh. When Marvel sold off their movie rights, they never imagined that they’d one day be able to make their own movies, much less a massive shared universe.

  • Joshua S. MacDougall

    Hollywood recycles the same actors because new actors are high risk for their investment.

  • Eisen

    He looks so young for Quicksilver. But maybe white hair and some makeup will make him look less like fresh 15. Or they go for quite young siblings in their movie…

  • Charlie

    I swear if they massively de-power Scarlet Witch, so she’s weaker than male characters she should be stronger than, I’m going to be pissed.

  • Alyson L

    Weren’t both Quicksilvers in the original Kickass?

  • Alyson L

    I know! When they finally make the Marvel expansion on Disney – no Spiderman… you have to go to Universal to see him kids!

  • Anonymous

    Not only that, since Avengers did go on to make more than $1 billion, Fox and Sony both know that people will come out to see Marvel’s (previously) secondary characters. Since Fox and Sony own the rights to two of the more popular franchises, they know that they’ll always make money. There’s no reason to ever let go of them.

  • Nirali

    So I’m guessing we’re not going to see a complete MCU crossover anytime soon.

  • Adrian

    That is just… disgusting. Is THIS the America we want our children growing up in?

  • Aeryl

    Thing is, he’s WAY older than he looks, he’s 23. Check him out in Savages, he’s definitely looking more his age in that.

  • Anonymous

    And Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were fairly young when they first appeared. They were basically evil counterparts to the X-Men, who were all originally 16-18 in the Silver Age.

  • Angry And Yellow

    I don’t know. I don’t want her to be de-powered but, similar to Jean Grey, it took quite a long time for them to develop their god-like powers and both times the results were disastrous. She should be able to give Cap and Tony a go, but not near Hulk or Thor levels.

    Side note: As I was responding it occurred to me that while Marvel doesn’t have any solo books with a heavy weight female character, it has been their powerful women that have caused the most significant and lasting changes/damage. Dark Phoenix and “No more mutants”+ Avengers Disassembled puts the antics of Magneto, Doom, and any other villain to shame.

  • Angry And Yellow

    Pietro has always been kind of a tool. I don’t really care who they put in the role.

  • Mina

    Also in Anna Karenina. I was shocked when I found out that was him.

  • Aaron Foster

    I’m afraid of that if they ever put Carol Danvers or Wasp in as well. Granted, I hope they’ll simply put them IN first.

    Sadly I see Wasp before Ms/Captain Marvel, with her using “energy”. I wonder if they’ll think it’s not “realistic” enough to have a strong girl that can throw a punch like the guys.

  • Michael Singer

    I doubt that Whedon will do that to Wanda. If anything, he’ll make her MORE powerful. 1. he likes righting female characters, and 2. he’s a big fan of Scarlet Witch as a character.

  • Michael Singer

    Isn’t Elizabeth Olsen only in her late-teens/early-twenties as well?

  • Raiden

    Personally, I feel X-Men stories work best when they are in their own continuity without interference from outside superheroes.

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  • Charlie

    I don’t want her to be ‘god like’ but she’s powerful even in quieter times. If she’s just some timid little girl who needs protected all the time, like Rogue ended up, I swear I’M going to become a supervillain.