It’s been two weeks since The Avengers: Age of Ultron was released in Singapore, so I think it’s finally safe to say that most people who wanted to see the movie have already seen it. (And if you haven’t, check out our review!)

As all die-hard fans know, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the X-Men movie franchise and the word “mutant”, which is also why Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are referred to as “enhanced” in Ultron.

The twins have long been a sore spot for Marvel Studios, seeing as how they’re part of a very small group of characters that can claim membership to both the X-Men and the Avengers.

So it was a shock when directors Bryan Singer and Joss Whedon announced that Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past would feature two different versions of Quicksilver.

Now of course, we at Geek Crusade will have to settle one of the biggest geek arguments swirling around this year: Who is the best Quicksilver? (Be warned: there will be SPOILERS for Ultron ahead.)

Character Design

© Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox
Blink and you’ll miss him. Source: zap2it

DOFP: Played by Evan Peters, Peter Maximoff has the silvery locks the character is famed for, albeit in a 70s mop that looks like it could use a haircut. Fans also quibbled over his shiny jacket and Pink Floyd shirt, but it gave him a devil-may-care attitude that was undeniably cool. 

Avengers: Played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, aka Kick-Ass, Whedon decided to give Pietro Maximoff er bleached blond hair. Unfortunately, it makes him look more like Draco Malfoy with bad hair than anything else.

But this version of Quicksilver is, how do I say it, hotter. Clad in a skin-tight streamlined suit, Johnson’s muscles rival those of Chrises Evans and Hemsworth, and I personally find that very hard to fault. Ahem.

Winner: DOFP. Despite the hotness, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version of the character seems, well. A little dully dressed, especially when you put him next to such flashy dressers like Iron Man, Thor, and even Vision. The dirty blond hair doesn’t help either, and just based on that alone I’ll have to give my vote for Evan Peters.

Characterisation

Outta the way, slowpoke! © Marvel Studios

DOFP: He’s brave, foolhardy, and reckless. He’s a teenage kleptomaniac who steals stuff for fun and runs circles around his exasperated mother. But when Xavier gives him the chance to break into the Pentagon, his eyes light up and you can almost see him go “Challenge accepted” in his head.

Although he did make sure that all the mutants walked away unharmed during the showdown with Pentagon security, so maybe he’s really a nice guy underneath all the criminal leanings.

Avengers: Quicksilver comes across as someone who wants vengeance, but also wants to do the right thing. The bond between him and Scarlet Witch is undeniable, and it’s sorta sweet to see him looking out for her in the thick of battle.

And because he’s Quicksilver, he’s also cocky as hell about his powers, resulting in a glorious gag where he fails to catch Mjolnir in mid-flight.

Winner: Avengers. Joss Whedon is a master at making people love a character, and Quicksilver has definitely benefited from his writing.

Backstory

Oh, crap. © 20th Century Fox
Oh, crap. © 20th Century Fox

DOFP: We don’t know much about Peter, but Wolverine has apparently worked with Quicksilver at some point in the future. There’s also a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it line in DOFP that was a hilarious easter egg for fans.

After breaking Magneto out of the Pentagon, Peter says his mother used to know someone who could manipulate metal as well, resulting in the best WTF face from Magneto as he puts the pieces together.

Avengers: Orphaned by a war that tore their country apart, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch ended up volunteering for Hydra’s secret experiments and gained their powers via the Tesseract. Oh, and we can’t forget how much they hate Tony Stark because it was his weapons that killed their parents.

Winner: DOFP. I don’t care how many retcons Marvel wants to make with the twins – they will always be Magneto’s kids. Quicksilver’s parentage plays an important part into the man he becomes, though how this will play out in X-Men: Apocalypse remains to be seen.

Importance to the Plot

Source: Vox.com
Source: Vox.com

DOFP: He breaks Magneto out of the Pentagon, makes sure none of the X-Men are harmed by bullets, and then leaves. That’s it. Why Xavier never even thought of getting him to stop Mystique from shooting Trask will forever be a mystery. You’re supposed to be smart, Xavier!

Then again, Xavier seemed to have other things on his mind. Source: hitfix
Then again, he seemed to have other things on his mind. Source: hitfix

Avengers: The twins team up with Ultron first, but once Scarlet Witch realises the apocalyptic vision Ultron has for the world, they do the right thing and join the good guys instead. Quicksilver gets people out of the way of a runaway train in Seoul, and then helps to evacuate the people of Sokovia.

Winner: Avengers. [MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD] Quicksilver is the reason we still have Hawkeye, and for that, the Avengers version wins.

Showing Off

DOFP: No matter what I say, it’s better to just watch what is arguably THE BEST SCENE from DOFP, featuring Quicksilver and his Walkman.

Avengers: Not much, although he does get plenty of chances to show off. His best move though, has to be the bit where he punches Captain America right in the kisser.

Winner: DOFP. Come on, the kitchen scene was a tough one to beat.

Verdict

Congratulations, Evan Peters! As much as I enjoyed and grew to love Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, the sad fact is that we won’t be seeing him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe again (if we’re to believe Kevin Feige at least).

Take a victory lap!
Take a victory lap! © 20th Century Fox

Evan Peters is already signed on for X-Men: Apocalypse, which just started shooting in Montreal.

Quicksivler vs Quicksilver: Who did it better? Let us know in the comments!