At the close of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, movie goers who were smart enough to stay in their seat got a sneak peek at two new characters – Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
Quicksilver’s mastery of superhuman speed puts him dead center in the conflict existing between The Avengers and the mechanical menace known as Ultron. For those of you not in the know about this new onscreen hero, we’re here to bring you up to speed on who he is and what he’s truly capable of.
Plus, we’re going to give you a brief backstory on the man playing him, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson Plays the Role of Quicksilver
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson takes on the role of Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) in Marvel Studios’ presentation of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Aaron is no stranger to taking on the moniker of a superhero, thanks to his role as David “Dave” Lizewski aka “Kick-Ass” in the Kick-Ass films.
Aaron was referred to as Aaron Johnson right up until his casting in Kick-Ass 2 (he was listed under that name for the last time in Anna Karenina). In Kick-Ass 2, Aaron has been referred to as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and has been ever since. Aaron’s last big role took place in 2014’s Godzilla, where he played the character of Lt. Ford Brody (he played the love interest of the character played by Elizabeth Olsen’s Elie Brody).
2. Quicksilver is Related to Scarlet Witch
Quicksilver made his 1st comic book appearance in Marvel’s X-Men #4. He is not only the brother of Scarlet Witch, but he is also the son of Magneto and the paternal half-brother of Polaris. During his initial run, he fought as a villain who fought opposite the X-Men, but he eventually came to embrace his heroic ways.
He eventually became a member of The Avengers, which began when he started to make regular appearances in the team’s main comic in issue #16. Quicksilver has put his superhuman speed to good use with a number of other Marvel teams – the X-Factor, Avengers Academy, Mighty Avengers, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Inhumans.
3. Two Versions of Quicksilver Have Been Featured on the Big Screen Thus Far
2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past just happened to feature its own rendition of Quicksilver, who was played by actor Evan Peters. 20th Century Fox produced the film and had the licensing rights to the X-Men characters. Director Simon Kinberg spoke to The Daily Beast about the rules placed on his film’s version of Quicksilver:
It was pretty clear-cut what the parameters were, and they weren’t particularly tough on our side. The only thing we couldn’t talk about was The Avengers, but I probably wouldn’t have talked about them because when we meet Quicksilver, he’s a kid living at home in 1973. They have different restrictions because of the way the deal works, although that’s way above my pay grade. We decided we were going to use Quicksilver way before they decided they were going to use him in The Avengers, so we just made the decision independently. Early in the script phase, that character was going to be a young Juggernaut, but Bryan felt we’d exhausted Juggernaut’s powers in X-Men: The Last Stand, and he wanted to see a mutant we hadn’t put on film before who had an interesting visual power.
While speaking with The New York Daily News, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige talked to the news outlet about how special of a middle-ground character Quicksilver is:
There are only a handful of characters that occupy that middle ground. Iron Man is not going to show up over there and Magneto is not going to show up over here. But there are a few gray points even after many years of negotiations … and that only happens with a character like Quicksilver, who has been a part of the X-Men, the son of Magneto in those comics, but also a primary Avenger.
4. Quicksilver Has Access to Superhuman Speed
Quicksilver’s main superhero powers come in the form of superhuman speed. He’s capable of running at the speed of sound and his top speed allows him to create winds that are strong as cyclones. He can also use his super speed to run across whole bodies of water and run up walls. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he receives his powers through the experimentation performed on him with Loki’s magical scepter.
5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Married to a Hollywood Director
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is currently wed to director Sam Taylor-Wood (now Sam Taylor-Johnson) since June 2012. Johnson chose to change is last name to Taylor-Johnson after his marriage. They both have two daughters named Wylda Rae and Romy Hero. Aaron also has two daughters from a previous marriage.