Some kick-ass news not related to Kick-Ass, except to say that Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) is the reported frontrunner to play Quicksilver in The Avengers 2. Marvel may have been feeling the slightest bit of pressure surrounding the character after X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer recently announced that Quicksilver would be in his own sequel, played by Evan Peters (American Horror Story). No final decision has been made as to the casting but reports have Taylor-Johnson out in front for the moment. Hit the jump for more.
The Wrap reports that Marvel is interested in Taylor-Johnson for Quicksilver in The Avengers 2. Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds and is the son of Magneto, along with his twin sister Scarlet Witch. There’s no mention of who is being courted to play the latter role as of yet.
Late last month, Joss Whedon revealed that both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would appear in The Avengers 2, and Kevin Feige later confirmed it. Both Marvel and Fox posses the right to include Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in their feature films, but the two studios don’t own the same rights. Marvel doesn’t have the rights to X-Men so they can’t mention the fact that Magneto is Quicksilver’s father or the use of the term “mutant,” since those traits belong to Fox. Regardless, the way Quicksilver is used in each film will certainly be interesting to discover and, no offense to Quicksilver fans, but this little competition may ratchet up some more interest in the character.
So who wins: Peters or Taylor-Johnson?