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They told me you control metal. {…} You know, my mom once knew a guy who could do that.
~ Peter to Magneto, hinting at their relation.
For a guy who moves as fast as me, I always seem to be too late.
~ Peter in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Peter Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver, is a recurring superhero in the X-Men film series, appearing as a supporting character in Days of Future PastApocalypse and Dark Phoenix.

He is portrayed by Evan Peters, who also portrayed Kit Walker in American Horror Story: Asylum and Jimmy Darling in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Biography

Background

Peter Maximoff was born sometime in the mid-1950s as a result of an affair between Ms. Maximoff and the mutant Erik Lehnsherr. In 1977, Peter participated in track and had gone so fast that he broke world records. Suspicion arose that he might be a mutant and he was caught being a mutant. Trask Industries then created a system of detecting the x-gene and thus, he was kicked off the track team as mutant track runners were banned. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past

When Wolverine is sent back in time to the year 1973, he goes with Charles and Hank to the Maximoff house and they meet Peter who is in the basement goofing around with the stuff that he has. They four of them chat until Wolverine convinces him that if he comes with them, he gets to break into the Pentagon where they plan to break out Magneto. He sneaks in and manages to locate Magneto's cell and break him out. He then regroups with Wolverine and the others where they head into a kitchen, only to be caught and surrounded by Pentagon security guards.

He then uses his powers and deflects all of the bullets while also knocking out the guards and allowing the others to escape. Afterwards, Hank finds a plane and they all go one it except Peter who is left behind and returns home. Back at home, he relaxes until Magneto's attack on Washington D.C. where he surrounds the White House with a baseball stadium, takes over the Sentinels, and then broadcasts a live message to the world calling for mutants to rise up and for there to be a brotherhood as well. He also realized that Magneto was his father but was unable to process the facts before Wolverine and the others left.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Obsessed with finding his father, Peter spends the next ten years trying to find him and even comes across his home in Poland but is too late, as Erik has fled once more. He then returns home on the 10th anniversary of Magneto's attack on Washington D.C. and decides to head for the X-Mansion in search of answers. Upon arriving, he finds the mansion being destroyed and thus saves everyone with his superspeed except Havok who was too close to the explosion and was the first (and only) one to be killed off. Soon help arrives as a helicopter lands claiming to be medical aid. Soldiers walk out and it's soon revealed to be Colonel William Stryker who has all of the mutants knocked out and has Quicksilver, Mystique, Moria, and Beast all captured and brought back to a Weapon X facility in Canada.

They all then wake up inside a prison cell where Peter tells Mystique that he's actually the biological son of Magneto. Cyclops, Jean, and Nightcrawler then come in and rescue them after Wolverine is let loose and goes on a killing spree and slaughters all of the guards and staff in the facility (except Stryker who escaped). Quicksilver then suits up with the rest of the X-Men as they all fly to Cairo, Egypt where the powerful mutant, Apocalypse, is preparing to destroy civilization and rebuild the world in his image. The X-Men then arrive and engage his horsemen in battle and after most of them are defeated, Quicksilver uses his powers and punches Apocalypse who is stuck in time as a result of his powers but he overcomes this and injures Peter. Apocalypse is eventually killed and he then joins the X-Men as an official member.

Dark Phoenix

Peter is first seen with The X-Men as they attempt a mission to rescue astronauts from a damaged space shuttle. During that mission, Peter helplessly watches as Jean is struck by the energy. Miraculously, she survives the blast and absorbs the energy, saving her team's aircraft from destruction. Peter however becomes severely injured after battling Jean Grey alongside the rest of the X-Men after she loses control of her powers.

Deadpool 2

When Deadpool blew himself up after blaming himself for the death of Vanessa Carlysle, Colossus brought him to the X-Mansion to recover. While there, Deadpool began complaining that he never saw other X-Men around the mansion apart from Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. While ranting, Deadpool was unaware that Professor X, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Beast, and Peter himself were in a room behind him. Beast quietly closed the door so that he did not notice them.

Personality

Peter is a kleptomaniac who has a hinted reputation for stealing. It is also assumed that he has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) due to his hyperactive nature. He is very sarcastic and witty, and is described as a "pain in the ass" by Charles Xavier. His personality compliments his power, he's very outgoing and hyper. Peter's wit is notable as he is constantly making jokes for either his own amusement or to comfort his friends and teammates as shown when they all went to battle Apocalypse and Maximoff made fun of himself on how he still lived with his mother even though he was an adult much to the others amusement and lightening the mood before their battle.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Speed: Quicksilver can move faster than the naked eye can track and possibly many times faster than the speed of sound. His abilities allow him to move, think, act and perceive less than seconds, faster than the natural speed of time, making the world around him appear frozen in time or in slow motion when he uses his abilities.
  • Superhuman Durability: Quicksilver can survive the impact of his speed; in fact, kinetic energy, inertia, friction, pressure and vectors have absolutely no effect on him.
  • Superhuman Agility: Quicksilver was able to jump up high into the air without any build-up or change in speed and balance.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Quicksilver is able to catch bullets in mid-air.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Quicksilver can remain physically active for longer periods of time and run at great speeds without getting exhausted at all.
  • Extreme Force Generation: Due to his speed, Quicksilver can generate very high amounts of force, making the weight and hardness of other objects and people irrelevant while he moves at super speed. When he moves at super speed, Peter sees the world around him in slow motion and generates no resisting force, making him immune to kinetic energy, inertia, friction, pressure, and vectors. A simple tap on the cheek at super human speed was enough to send a fully grown man, flying. Also, while in super speed, pulling off curtains from large windows caused the windows and the surrounding wall to explode. He was even able to send Apocalypse flying through the air at great speed by hitting him at super speed, and repeated this process, allowing him to hit Apocalypse again and again mostly quicker than Apocalypse could react.
  • Accelerated Perception: Due to Quicksilver's superhuman speed, he can perceive the world in slow motion which amplifiers his superhuman reflexes and thinking time.
  • Infinitismal Horizontal Force: Quicksilver can run so fast that he is able to defy gravity and run up vertical surfaces.

Abilities

  • Advanced Combatant: Quicksilver is very skilled in hand-to-hand combat, his combat skills combined with his super powers; makes Quicksilver a formidable opponent alone in single combat.

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Trivia

  • Another version of Quicksilver appeared in Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company's production Captain America: The Winter Soldier and in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
    • This version is named "Peter" instead of "Pietro".
    • This is due to both Fox and Marvel owning Quicksilver's movie rights, as Quicksilver was heavily involved in both the Avengers and X-Men comics.
  • Quicksilver replaced a young Juggernaut in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Even though the production purposely renamed Quicksilver as Peter instead of Pietro as per the comics, he was referred to as Pietro in the 25 Moments website.
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, when Peter frees Erik from his cell at the Pentagon, Peter tells him that he knows Erik can control metal, and adds 'my mom once knew a guy who could do that'. This quote references the fact that Erik is Peter's father.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower and Nico Tortorella auditioned for the role of Quicksilver.

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