With Thursday's surprise announcement that director Bryan Singer has cast American Horror Story star Evan Peters as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fox and Marvel reportedly have entered into a "legally negotiated stand-off" that's about as friendly as it sounds.
Joss Whedon, of course, confirmed just last week that the classic character and his sister the Scarlet Witch -- the twin offspring of Magneto -- are set to appear in The Avengers 2, which means we'll see two versions of the same character in two films from different studios.
So will Fox and Marvel play nice about the character crossover? Don't plan on it. Sources tell HitFix the two studios aren't as amicable as they may seem in public.
The site confirms the two versions of the character won't be able to overlap: In The Avengers 2, Whedon won't be able to refer to Quicksilver as a "mutant" and similarly can't mention Magneto at all. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer can't reference the Avengers.
Some may have interpreted a dig at Marvel from Singer's tweet announcing the addition of Peters: "Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver." The director then deleted the post and replaced it with, "Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver."
As X-Men: Days of Future Past is shooting now, Singer will get to define his character first. When Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's involvement in The Avengers 2 was confirmed by Kevin Feige, the Marvel Studios president cautioned, "The draft could change six months from now.” It will be interesting to see if Marvel ends up scrapping the Quicksilver plans to avoid a conflict.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is due in theaters July 18, 2014, while The Avengers 2 comes opens May 1, 2015.