With the decision to add Pietro Maximoff, along with his sister Wanda, to the cast of the Avengers: Age of Ultron, there were a lot of things to be worried about. Removing them from the mutant world of X-Men made sense in regards to rights claims between Marvel and 20th Century Fox, but raised some flags in regards to how true to the characters the movie would stay.
There was also the issue of Quicksilver being portrayed in X-Men: Days of Future Past by Evan Peters a year prior. The sarcastic and witty teen had a small role in breaking Magneto out of the Pentagon, but it quickly became one of the most talked about scenes from the film. Such a positive response to one Quicksilver could either mean an already excited audience or a confused audience on par with the soon to be rebooted again Spider-Man.
But with Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s Quicksilver defied those worries, making the twins entrance an excellent addition to the already superhero-packed movie. Pietro and Wanda were the perfect foils for the Avengers, believing in the same need for peace, but simply being on the opposite side of a war. The twins even volunteered to be experimented on for their country, just as Rogers did.
Quicksilver’s super speed was done incredibly well, allowing for blurs and slow motion to be utilized throughout the film to enhance the action without looking too gimmicky. Pietro added a nice steady stream of exciting speed and laughs, taking down the Avengers easily and allowing Wanda to warp their minds. His abilities, along with Wanda’s, also nicely contrasted the Avengers’ powers of super strength. There was more of challenge in defeating the twins than just punching Loki into submission, as was part of the climax of Avengers Assemble.
Most importantly, Pietro and Wanda’s close relationship as siblings, something that makes talking about one twin almost impossible without mentioning the other, showed how disjointed the Avengers were. Pietro was protective of Wanda, expressing incredible anger against Hawkeye for zapping his sister with one of his arrows. Even when Wanda let Tony go at the beginning of the film, Pietro listened and trusted his sister when he could have easily knocked Tony out and taken the scepter. Clearly the film was setting up the dismantlement of the Avengers in preparation for Captain America: Civil War, coming out May 2016, and showing how devoted Wanda and Pietro were to each other while the Avengers fell apart over the accidental creation of Ultron, which exemplified how easily the superheroes could turn on each other because they don’t have the same deep connection.
And yet with all that Quicksilver added to the film, such a great character will not be in any future films. Pietro ended the film sacrificing himself to save Hawkeye for no reason. Now obviously the film had set up a picturesque life for Clint Barton: a wife, kids, and a baby on the way, making his almost-death a crushing blow to the audience. So in the larger scheme of things, Pietro’s death would be less heartbreaking than Clint’s, but Pietro’s death gave nothing to the plot. Wanda did not need the pain of losing her brother to destroy Ultron or any of his minions, nor did his death really lend itself to the plot in any way other than giving Clint a middle name for his son.
In the end, Wanda is ready to die, having told Ultron that she had already died when Pietro died. She’s only saved by The Vision flying her out of the train to safety, and either her devastation at losing her brother will lend itself to the plot of the next movie or will be completely forgotten. Even if it is used in the next film, the plot of Civil War is so bogged down with an enormous cast of superheroes, and the assumed death of Steve Rogers, that it will be merely a small offhand remark in the film like the missing person’s comment about Bucky in Age of Ultron.
In the comics, Scarlet Witch has immense power, having resurrected Hawkeye and many others multiple times as well as creating an entire alternate reality after losing control of her chaos magic, so the possibility of a resurrection for Pietro is always possible, but incredibly unlikely. Killing off Quicksilver only allows Marvel to continue to use Wanda without having to also use Pietro in future films. Basically, Quicksilver was just the unlucky casualty of a enormous battle that had to end with at least one death.
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