Why This Iconic MCU Character Was Killed Off in the Same Film He Appeared in
It’s a shame we had to say goodbye to Quicksilver so early.
The biggest disappointment of Avengers: Age of Ultron was definitely how Marvel Studios treated the iconic comic book villain Ultron. But there is another moment that also didn’t sit well with some fans. We’re talking about Quicksilver’s death.
Quicksilver, also known as Pietro Maximoff, is a unique character because of his dual presence in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men film series produced by 20th Century Fox.
So, in the heart-wrenching scene in Age of Ulton, Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, took a bullet (or several) for Hawkeye and a kid. That was a shocker, but have ever wondered why Marvel decided to pull the plug on this speedster so soon?
Well, Marvel had to adhere to certain stipulations using the character. In the MCU, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were never referred to as "mutants." Instead, they were "enhanced" individuals.
When Elizabeth Olsen ’s Wanda appeared for the first time on the big screen, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was already a fan-favorite in Fox movies. The decision to kill off the MCU’s Quicksilver was made partly because Marvel wanted to avoid any confusion. Now that Disney owns 20th Century Fox and the rights for X-Men-related characters, it’s no longer an issue.
Another reason is that Marvel wanted to give fans a twist they wouldn't see coming. With all the speculations around Hawkeye's potential exit, killing off a new character like Quicksilver was unexpected. It was a move to keep the audience thrilled and show that no character is truly safe.
Quicksilver's death was more than just a plot twist. It was a statement. By killing off a superhero, Marvel wanted to show that even with superhuman abilities, the stakes are real. It's not always a happy ending, and our heroes are vulnerable.
Plus, Quicksilver's death also played a significant role in shaping Wanda's character arc. Losing her twin brother was a traumatic experience for her, and it became a crucial part of her backstory, especially in WandaVision. However, some fans felt like it was weird how Wanda lost her mind over the loss of her imaginary kids, but not her real brother.