‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Stirs Up Legal Issues With Quicksilver

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Dec. 27 2017, Updated 2:41 a.m. ET

X-Men: Days of Future Past may be gaining some legal issues over the casting of Quicksilver.

Yesterday when Fox cast Evan Peters as Quicksilver in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel Studios obviously had a problem with it. Joss Whedon, the director of The Avengers and the upcoming The Avengers 2, had already announced that he was including Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in the cast for his next film.

The casting has drawn legal issues initially cast aside over technicalities, as it seems on the surface that Fox grabbed Quicksilver first just to get dibs.

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Why is it a problem, you may ask? Quicksilver is the son of Magneto, a prominent character in the X-Men films and a mutant. He was also a member of the Avengers for a while. Now you see the problem. As previously stated by The Inquisitr, it had been legally decided that either studio could use the character due to his dual role as long as The Avengers 2 doesn’t acknowledge his status as a mutant.

The initial tweet from X-Men director Bryan Singer had taken a slight jab at The Avengers, stating that before Quicksilver was an Avenger, he was just a really fast kid. Since then, out of legal issues, he has been forced to remove the jab and update on Twitter to reflect that.

However, even though the tweet was updated, HitFix has stated the two studios are still not on friendly terms over sharing Quicksilver:

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“This is not a situation where the two different companies are working together to try and create a sense of a larger shared world. In fact, if either of them could get the other to back off, they would. The thing is, Bryan Singer has designed a sequence that he feels only works with Quicksilver, and Joss Whedon feels that there is a pressing reason for Quicksilver to show up in ‘The Avengers 2,’ and so what we’re going to see is a legally-negotiated stand-off in which we’ll get two totally different versions of one character. While they may act like things are amicable in public, HitFix sources say otherwise … Marvel has larger plans for the character, though, and wants to use him for more than just one action sequence.”

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The fact that Quicksilver had a cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as just a fast kid in a cage only seems like an underscoring of Bryan Singer’s original tweet.

All in all, the use of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past in a more involved role could create legal issues between Marvel Studios and Fox.

Do you think Fox is pushing their luck casting Evan Peters as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Should Joss Whedon have included him in the first place?

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