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Friday, October 4, 2013

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Is Quicksilver In 'Avengers:Age Of Ultron'

According to Latino Review Aaron Taylor-Johnson has officially been cast as Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Rumors have been swirling for weeks that he was up for the part, but this is the first time that we are hearing the deal is done.  Obviously Taylor-Johnson is most well known for playing the titular character in Kick-Ass, so this won't be his first time in a comic book adaptation.  In an interview with Total Film he is already discussing his view of the character.

“There’s years – over 50 years – of backstory on him all there to use, and I like doing that. Him and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other. His sister really is his guidance – emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He’s very overprotective physically – he doesn’t want anyone touching her. He has real anger frustration – I like that. I always thought it’d be quite funny if you saw him eating loads and people asked him why and he’d explain it’s because he’s burning so much energy all the time. Or ideas that you’d see him come back round – but he’s already nipped out and got his lunch somewhere else. He just got bored – his attention span is so fucking quick.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson also goes on to talk about bringing the iconic comic character to life, and treading that line of being faithful to the source material without falling into camp.

 “That’s what we’re in talks about really, right now – how I could become that character and not feel forced. I might not look right with white hair, and the accent may be wrong… it just doesn’t work like that.”

I have every faith in Joss Whedon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a decent enough actor that I have no objections to this casting.  I am extremely intrigued about just how Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe though.  

Since we can't use the words "mutant" or "Magneto" it seems like it could be a bit of a dance to firmly establish their backgrounds without being maddeningly vague.   Perhaps even more interesting to me though, is the relative youth they seem to be aiming for with Taylor-Johnson and the reports of Elizabeth Olsen as his twin sister.  Spider-man and the X-Men films have given us numerous young heroes, but I don't think we have had an Avenger under the age of thirty.  How are such young characters going to be incorporated into this universe, and why was the decision made to make them so young?  

What do you guys think? Are you happy with this casting? How should they handle the back-story?  Do you think it is a good thing the characters seem so much younger than the rest of the cast? Let your voices be heard in the comments below! 


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