Whilst both “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” were in development, it was surprising to hear the news that both films would feature a variation on the same character – the super speedy Quicksilver. With the first “The Avengers” having turned everything to gold, it appeared as if Joss Whedon’s film would win the perception war regarding the character by default.
On the eve of release however, Whedon finds himself in a backseat placing. The version played by Evan Peters in ‘X-Men’ was ridiculed for his costume during the film’s production, but upon the film’s release the attitude quickly changed as the character stole the show with the best sequence of an already well-regarded film. Rival DC also launched “The Flash” TV series, with a speedy title character of its own, which has become not only popular but had arguably the most acclaimed first season of any superhero show over the past decade or two.
What little we’ve seen of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s work as Quicksilver in “Ultron” so far has all been about his appearance – his bad dye job, aerobics outfits, and a thick Russian accent with a lot of CG ‘air trails’ to show off his speed in action. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon talked about the inevitable comparisons audiences will draw:
“Months after I started, they were like, [Days of Future Past] just changed Juggernaut to Quicksilver. I’m like, What?! There’s going to be an entire season of The Flash that’s gone on before my movie too, and what Aaron is doing and what I wanted him to do is so different from what they were doing in that movie, that I think we’re fine. I think there’s room for more than one Quicksilver. But yeah, I was never thrilled.”
Taylor-Johnson says his relationship with his sister in the film is a huge defining part of his interpretation of the character and it’s a fleshed out character as opposed to being a single sequence appearance which is all about his super power:
“I think the X-Men movies are great. I don’t fear things like that. I feel like without Scarlet Witch, you haven’t really got Quicksilver. We’re not just, like, a little moment in this. We have a story. We have a history. Yeah, OK, he’s fast as fuck, but who cares? It’s just a super power, you know? You’re gonna want to know about Tony Stark in order to love Iron Man. We want to.”
The filmmakers originally tried to shoot Taylor-Johnson running on a treadmill in front of a green screen but quickly realised that didn’t work, so started shooting Taylor-Johnson outdoors as he sprinted over natural terrain. The actor adds: “The more dynamic or the messier my arms were or the wider my legs were, [and] the more I changed up the wave and the rhythm of the running, the better. It feels more emotional and expressive. It’s a lot more fun that way.”
In other “Ultron” news, a new photo reveals a surprise about the appearance of HYDRA in the film. The shot shows that some of the Chitauri warrior tech left behind after the battle of New York has been acquired by the group and retrofitted into armor.