Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages) has finalized a deal to play the Marvel character Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This doesn’t come as much as a shock since he has been in talks to be in the movie for months. The big issue during negotiations appeared to be that the production schedule for Avengers 2 would conflict with promotion for his upcoming summer flick Godzilla. It seems that issue has now been resolved and Taylor-Johnson is now officially set to play the Marvel speedster.
In some ways casting Taylor-Johnson does make sense given his previous experience with comic book movies. While earlier this month I was quick to voice my skepticism of the inclusion of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Taylor-Johnson has given me no reason to believe that he won’t do a good job in the role especially since he’s already done the role of Kick-Ass so well.
At this point I’m actually more interested to see how Age of Ultron will develop Quicksilver as a character considering that he will also be making an appearance in Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (I’m still really confused about how he’s legally able to appear in both movies). Will Whedon write him too much like the still unseen Days of the Future Past version or will he be able to make him into a completely distinct character without compromising his personality from the comics? As a Whedon fan, I’ll go out on a limb and guess the latter.
Will Taylor-Johnson make a good Quicksilver? Will he be a good fit with the Avengers? Do you think him and Elizabeth Olsen will make a good team? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.