Quicksilver Role To Be Expanded In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
The latest installment in the lucrative X-Men franchise arrived in theaters today, technically last night, and things are looking up. Fans can’t stop talking about it and in a positive manner, which is a bit of a change when it comes to X-Men films. While I haven’t seen the film myself, several of my nerdy cohorts have nothing but praise for the film, saying that Fox has fixed many of the problems that have plagued the franchise for years now. Never a bad thing.
One aspect of the film that is receiving all sorts of praise, from critics and fans alike, is Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters. The character is a cocky teenager, but is quite aware of his abilities ans uses them to his full advantage. It is the scene where Quicksilver, at the request of Wolverine and a younger Xavier, busts Magneto out of a specialized prison that has folks talking however, saying it is the highlight of the film. Not surprisingly, the writers and higher-ups at Fox have taken notice and it looks like Quicksilver will have a much more expanded role in the planned, and teased, Apocalypse sequel. During an interview with IGN, writer Simon Kinberg briefly explains some of the plans for the character.
“The plan was to use him in the next X-Men movie and have him expand his part and grow into the franchise. That was the thought. But now people have seen the movie and he’s one of the most beloved things in the film universally, there’s no question that he’s going to be a big part of the next movie… Hopefully we can do more some unique things with his powers, and go a little deeper with the character too.”
We knew they had plans to carry him over, but to what extent was unknown. Not only will this bring Quicksilver to the forefront of the X-Men franchise, but it will also thrust Evan Peters into the spotlight and I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Up until now, Peters has had smaller roles, such as his part in Kick Ass, alongside fellow Quicksilver Aaron Taylor Johnson, and lesser known films. His most well known project would actually come from television, specifically the hit FX series American Horror Story.
X-Men: Apocalypse is slated for a 2016 release, so filming will likely take place next year, likely followed by another Wolverine solo film, as the studio plans to shoot the films back-to-back for Hugh Jackman’s sake. As it stands now, Bryan Singer will direct, as well as write the story, along with Simon Kinberg.
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