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Together. We are stronger. Together. We sacrifice for those in need. Together. We engage the impossible. That is why we are a team. That is what it means to be an Avenger. Fighting together. Now... and... forevermore.
~ Quicksilver.
Look, O'Grady -- many of us came to the Avengers with baggage, myself included. Even Scott Lang -- your predecessor -- was a convicted criminal who literally stole his first costume. But just as Steve Rogers once vouched for me, he's vouching for you. That means we accept you. We put our reservations aside and trust that you'll be an asset to the team. You don't need to prowl around the shadows working up the courage to act like a man. You just need to understand that you're now an Avenger -- and that you belong here. Act like the man Rogers thinks you can be.
~ Pietro to Eric O'Grady.

Quicksilver (real name: Pietro Django Maximoff) is a fictional character, a former supervillain turned superhero from Marvel comics and the Marvel Universe, appearing as a major character in the X-Men and The Avengers comics.

He is a human being who was genetically altered by the High Evolutionary, giving him the ability to move, speak and think at superhuman speed, and the brother to Wanda Maximoff. The siblings would become members of the Brotherhood of Mutants and fought against the X-Men, but would change their allegiances and joined the Avengers in Avengers #16. In the Ultimate Marvel comics, he is the son of Magneto whom despises the Avengers, and is an on and off enemy of the X-Men. He has been a member of the Avengers, the X-Factor, West Coast Avengers, Avengers Unity Division, the Underground, the Brotherhood of Mutants, and ally of the X-Men.

Since his debut in the comics, Quicksilver has appeared in other media from films, television, and video games. In X-Men: The Animated Series, he was voiced by the late Paul Haddad and Adrian Egan. In the X-Men film series, he was portrayed by Evan Peters. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as Gabriel Gurevich played the character young.

He was created by the late Stan Lee, and the late Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #4 in March of 1964.

History

Background

From 1991 to 1993 Quicksilver was a regular character in the first volume of X-Factor. The series emphasized the character's irritability and arrogance, which writer Peter David felt were a natural consequence of his powers, explaining:

Have you ever stood in the post office behind a woman with 20 packages who wants to know every single way she can send them to Africa? It drives you nuts! You think to yourself, "Why do I have to put up with this? These people are so slow, they're costing me time, and it's so damned irritating. I wish I didn't have to put up with this." Now—imagine that the entire world was like that... except for you. ... to Quicksilver, as he said in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man many, many moons ago, the rest of the world is moving in slow motion. That must really, really get on your nerves. Quicksilver lives in a world filled with people who don't know how to use cash machines, and want to know all the ways to send packages to Africa, and can never get your order right in a Burger King unless you repeat it several times. That would tend to make you feel very superior to everyone and very impatient with everyone.

Quicksilver also starred in they, a regular ongoing eponymous series that began in November 1997 and ran for 13 issues. The character also played a pivotal role in the House of M and Avengers: The Children's Crusade.

Quicksilver appeared as a supporting character in Avengers Academy from issue #1 (Aug 2010) through its final issue #39 (Jan 2013). He appears as one of the members of All-New X-Factor, which was launched in 2014 as part of the second Marvel NOW! wave. Writer Peter David's handling of the character in that book earned the character a 2014 @ssie award from Ain't It Cool News. AICN's Matt Adler commented that David writes the character best, and that the "arrogant, impatient speedster" made the title worth following.

Biography

Early Life

Pietro Django Maximoff is the son of Romany couple Natalya Maximoff, and is the twin-brother to Wanda Maximoff. Pietro was kidnapped from Serbia to Wundagore Mountain, and were supposedly abducted by the High Evolutionary when they were babies to experiment on them. Disgusted with the results of his experiments, he returned them to Wundagore as they were disguised as regular mutants. Pietro and Wanda were fostered by their uncle and aunt, Django and Marya, and the two discovered that they had unusual superhuman abilities.

When Django began to steal food to feed his family, the villagers became enraged and attacked their camp. Pietro fled the camp with his sister by using his super speed, and the circumstances of their separation from their family was so traumatic, that until into adulthood did they remember about their childhood. For the next few years, Pietro and Wanda wandered central Europe, living off the land to survive.

The Brotherhood

Wanda accidentally caused a house to burst into flames with her hex powers one day, and the townspeople began to chase her. Pietro attempted to defend her, but the siblings were soon overpowered until Magneto rescued them. After rescuing them, Magneto pressed the two into service in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, giving them costumes and naming them "Quicksilver" and "Scarlet Witch". The two served Magneto out of a sense of obligation and fear, and aided him during his terrorist campaigns against humans and fighting the X-Men. When Magneto was defeated by the alien Stranger, Pietro and Wanda quit the Brotherhood, and the twins returned to Transia.

The Avengers

The twins sought refuge with the Avengers, and were inducted into the team with Hawkeye to take the place of the charter members. Though it at first looked that the twins were less than capable of placing the charter members, Pietro and Wanda proved their worth by defeating Doctor Doom, Kang the Conqueror and other villains. Pietro and Hawkeye would often rebel against their orders, but Captain America molded the two into valuable members of the Avengers. Despite serving the Avengers, humanity's suspicion of mutants still rattled Pietro, and he briefly joined Magneto after the latter returned to Earth. Quicksilver compelled Wanda to come with him, and the X-Men and Avengers defeated Magneto.

Portrayals

Films

  • In the X-Men films, he was portrayed by Evan Peters, who also played Jimmy Darling and Kit Walker in the American Horror Story series, and Peters played a false version of Pietro in WandaVision.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who also played Kick-Ass in the titular 2010 film and sequel, and Ford Brody in Godzilla), as Gabriel Gurevich played the character young in a flashback of WandaVision.

Television

  • In The Marvel Super Heroes, he was voiced by the late Len Carlson.
  • In the X-Men animated series, he was voiced by Adrian Egan and the late Paul Haddad (who also voiced Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil 2).
  • In X-Men: Evolution, he was voiced by Richard Ian Cox, who also voiced Goku in the Ocean dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, he was voiced by Mark Hildreth.
  • In The Super Hero Squad Show, he was voiced by Scott Menville, who also voiced Robin in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Red X in Teen Titans, Fred Flintstone in The Flintstone Kids, Shaggy Rogers in Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Young Bucky Barnes in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring tie-in game, and Marlton Johnson in Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
    • Menville reprised his voice for the character in Marvel Super Hero Squad The Infinity Gauntlet and Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.

Video Games

  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, he was voiced by Robert Tinkler.
  • In X-Men: Destiny, he was voiced by Sunil Malhotra.

Quotes

Super-Speed. Google it.
~ Quicksilver.
Enough! I will listen to no more of your Homo sapiens-sympathizing blasphemy! You have had your chance to join us -- and declined it! Therefore -- I can consider you nothing but our enemy!
~ Quicksilver.
I'm freaking QUICKSILVER!!! And you can eat my freaking dust!
~ Quicksilver.
The future is written by the winners. History is written by the survivors.
~ Quicksilver.

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Trivia

  • Ranked 44th on IGN's list of the "Top 50 Avengers".
  • Ranked 23rd on IGN's list of "The Top 25 X-Men of All Time" in 2006.
  • He initially disapproved of Wanda's relationship with Vision, but has come to accept it, and has accepted Vision as family despite his sister's and their divorce.
  • He was indirectly mentioned by Magneto in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as his intro quote to Vergil where he says "Your appearance reminds me of my son. Let's see if you boast his speed in battle."

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