Before we even start, be warned, spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron are ahead. You probably knew that, considering the title, but if you are among the dozen or so people on the planet who has not yet seen the movie and want to avoid spoilers, now is the time to leave. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Age of Ultron represents some of the best that Marvel has to offer. While Captain America: Winter Soldier may still be a stronger movie in terms of the art of cinema, AoU is a hell of a ride, and a ride that everyone wants to take more than once. Between the Hulbuster vs. Hulk scene, the ambiguous ending given to Hulk, the awesomeness of Ultron and The Vision, and the excitement for Civil War, there was plenty to talk about after the credits rolled (with no stinger). One of the most discussed topics is the subject of Quicksilver. Did he or didn’t he die? It appears we have a firm answer. Kind of. Maybe.
If you saw the movie (and shame on you if you are just reading the spoilers), you know that Quicksilver appeared to meet his end while saving Hawkeye and an innocent child from being shot to death. Completing his transformation to hero, Quicksilver selflessly pushes a car to shield Hawkeye and the child, and takes the bullets meant for them himself, appearing to die on screen. Here’s a bootleg copy of the scene, if you are interested in that sort of thing and want to relive it:
As anyone who has followed the MCU (or comic books in general) knows, a death on the big screen doesn’t necessarily mean that the character has been sent to the Great Beyond. In fact, one aspect of the MCU that many people, including Avengers director Joss Whedon, feel strongly about is that when a character’s death is meaningful to the story, bringing the character back cheapens the death scene upon repeat viewings, e.g. the death of Phil Coulson. Well, according to Redditor JonLuca, who attended a screening of AoU that was followed by a Q&A with Marvel head Kevin Feige, fans that side with Whedon’s opinion may be pretty happy about Feige’s response as to the future of Quicksilver:
Quiksilver is DEAD. 100%, he’s not coming back any time soon, there are no plans. No LMD [life-model decoy], no escaping bullets, no retcon. [Kevin Feige] said he is dead and wanted to make sure people understood that.
Alright, let’s first address the immediate problem with this information – it’s second hand information. While “JonLuca” may have indeed attended a Q&A, it seems strange that he/she is the only one who is reporting this information. Sure, maybe others just didn’t feel the need to post but as the internet has shown us time and time again, don’t believe anything that you read unless it’s straight from the horse’s mouth. That goes double when it’s a Disney property. Hell, even then, take the information with a grain of salt.
The second issue, and the backbone of the “he didn’t” argument is that while Maria Hill is describing the twins’ abilities to Captain America at the beginning of the film, she specifically mentions that Quicksilver can go into extended homeostasis, i.e. suspended animation. It seems strange to even mention this part of Quicksilver’s abilities if there wasn’t a reason. Is it possible that Fury orchestrated some sort of swap of bodies so that an imposter, or LMD, for that matter, was buried instead of the real Quicksilver? If you don’t know the answer to that question, you obviously have not been paying attention to the Marvel movies. As Tony Stark himself said of Fury, “even his secrets have secrets”.
Another point that leans towards Quicksilver surviving is that Maria Hill also mentions just how powerful Scarlet Witch is, though eventually whittling down her descriptions of the duo to “he’s fast and she’s weird”. Marvel Comics readers are very familiar with Scarlet Witch’s particular brand of “weird” and understand that her reality warping abilities can pretty much do anything she would like them to do. It is easily conceivable that through her abilities, she saved her brother’s life or, even, brought him back from the dead. That being said, those are her MUTANT powers, and Scarlet Witch isn’t a mutant in the film, thanks to Fox owning the rights to the term. So, it is also very possible that the MCU’s version of the character may not be quite as strong as the comic book version. However, according to JonLuca, Feige also mentioned that “Scarlet Witch can take down all the Avengers. [Feige] wanted to show just how incredibly powerful she is in AoU”, so, at this point, it’s basically anyone’s guess.
At the end of the day, what matters here is that Aaron Taylor-Johnson played a great Quicksilver and, thankfully, Whedon didn’t try to outdo Fox’s absolutely stellar Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past:
Instead, the character was used sparingly and effectively and if he does show up in the MCU in the future, Quicksilver will be welcome.
Which side do you fall on in this argument? Which Quicksilver did you enjoy more?