Last week, the news broke that Kick-Ass/”American Horror Story” star Evan Peters had been cast as Quicksilver – one of Magneto’s children (and twin brother to Scarlet Witch) – in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
And if THAT wasn’t weird enough, a couple of days later, The Avengers director Joss Whedon confirmed that the same twins would ALSO make an appearance in The Avengers 2.
Here’s where it gets interesting…
20th Century FOX has exclusive cinematic rights to the X-Men franchise (although it’s owned by Marvel), while Marvel Studios has just about everything else. That means we’re gonna see two very interesting interpretations of these twins.
In an interview last year with Superhero Hype, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that the appearances of the twins in X-Men as well as The Avengers 2 is totally possible.
“There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with Avengers, but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. [Fox] can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with The Avengers.”
If that seems a little like double-speak, think of it this way:
Say you have two close friends who’ve just broken up (on good terms) but are both still in that “raw” stage. When you’re with the friend, you’re not allowed to mention the ex beyond “They’re fine,” and when you’re with the ex, vice versa. Confusing and slightly awkward, but it’s what you’ll do if you love your friends and want to maintain your own sanity.
With Peters firmly in place as Quick for X-Men: DOFP, people have started speculating as to who’ll play Scarlet Witch for Whedon’s Avengers sequel…and the name that’s come up quite a bit lately is this girl.
Saoirse (pronounced seer-sha) Ronan could be a great fit for Scarlet Witch since we know she can convey emotion and conflict (The Lovely Bones), kick some major a**, and do a LOT of her own stunts (Hanna). Combine that with her ethereal beauty and Ronan’s a near perfect fit for the SW.
As to the speculation, Ronan herself said (via TheMarySue), “I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.”
But there’s a catch: because Avengers 2 and X-Men: DOFP occur during two different time periods, if Ronan’s cast in TA2, she most likely won’t be in X-Men, and vice versa for Peters.
But hey, this IS Hollywood, and stranger things have happened. Anything is possible in comic book movies (especially when dealing with multiple timelines and universes), and if Agent Coulson can rise from the dead to be on a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series, we’re guessing it wouldn’t be that hard to get the right pieces to come together if both of these directors want to cast the same actors and play nice in the comic book movie sandbox.
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