- Evan Peters plays Quicksilver in the “X-Men” franchise and was introduced in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
- Quicksilver is Magneto’s son in the comics, but their relationship has not been explored in the movies.
- Peters said their connection was almost revealed on-screen.
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Evan Peters wants to explore more of Quicksilver’s story in the “X-Men” franchise, including his connection to Magneto.
Fans of the comics know that Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender) is Quicksilver’s father, and Peters said his character almost revealed that truth in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
“Originally I think they were going to have Quicksilver tell Erik that he was his son but it felt a little forced in a situation,” Peters said during an appearance on the “TalkFilm” podcast. “Would [Quicksilver] want [Erik] to know that as [Erik’s] destroying everything in that moment, and is that going to be enough to turn [Erik] to the good side? So it was kind of like, would you really want to put yourself out there in that situation? You might wanna wait until you’re having some coffee or chilled out and tell him.”
Peters was first introduced as the speedster in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” where he rescued Erik from a prison cell under the Pentagon. During that rescue, he unknowingly mentions how the two could be related.
“They told me you control metal,” Quicksilver says to Magneto. “You know, my mum once knew a guy who could do that.”
Though he realises the truth at the end of “Days of Future Past” and tries to learn more in “Apocalypse,” Quicksilver decides to keep it to himself.
Simon Kinberg, who wrote the screenplay for “Apocalypse,” told Yahoo Movies UK that they “didn’t have the space to really address it properly.”
The relationship still isn’t explored in the upcoming sequel “Dark Phoenix,” which is directed by Kinberg.
“It was not part of the idea for this movie,” Kinberg said. “Part of what I felt is in the ‘X-Men’ movies that maybe are not our strongest films is that we sometimes bite off more than we can chew in terms of the characters. … And so I didn’t really want to get into the relationship between Quicksilver and Magneto in this movie. They have no scenes together.”
Peters says he hopes “Dark Phoenix” isn’t the end for his character.
“I’d be sad,” he said on “TalkFilm.” “I’d want to do more, there’s more to explore and shooting the sequences are more fun and just to be behind the scenes on it.”
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” hits theatres Wednesday, June 5.
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