"I was the fastest living creature on the planet. So fast I was a blur to human eyes. Bullets couldn't touch me. I could run up the sides of tall buildings. Snatch an arrow out of the air. I was a machine built for speed. Zero to sixty in seven seconds. A top speed of almost 220 miles per hour. Adapted to withstand the accelerated impact of my feet hitting the ground thirty times per second. My bones could absorb shocks that would shatter those of ordinary men. My tendons had the resilience of high tension steel. My body metabolized food so efficiently there was virtually no waste. I never carried an ounce of excess fat. My brain processed information at five times the speed of the average college graduate, data leaping from synapse to synapse, giving me split-second reactions, allowing me to out-think twenty opponents at once. I was more alive than ordinary mortals could ever imagine. I could run across the surface of water. I could outrun a hurricane. I was like the wind. Like a bolt of lightning. I was superb. I was perfection. I was... Quicksilver."
—Pietro Maximoff, Son of M
Quicksilver is a Marvel Comics
superhero created by Stan Lee
and Jack Kirby
. He first appeared in X-Men
vol. 1 #4 (March, 1964). The son of the gypsy woman Magda and the supervillain Magneto
, Pietro Maximoff and his twin sister Wanda were born on Wundergore Mountain in the fictional country of Transia
. Marvel's resident speedster, Quicksilver has been a prominent member of the Brotherhood of Evil
Mutants, The Avengers
, and X-Factor
Making his debut in as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants along with his twin sister, Wanda
, Pietro Maximoff quickly discovers that a life of crime is not for him. When Magneto, the Brotherhood's leader and father of the Maximoff twins, is abducted by the Stranger
, Pietro and Wanda quit the Brotherhood and return home to Transia. Reformation on their mind, the pair learn that The Avengers
are looking for new members and are subsequently recruited by Iron Man
after Pietro talks Wanda into moving to the United States.
Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and former criminal Hawkeye
become the second generation of Avengers along with team leader Captain America
. Dubbed "Cap's Kooky Quartet", the new Avengers have difficulty measuring up to the original heroes until battles against Kang the Conqueror
and Dr. Doom
give the team much-needed credibility. Unfortunately the team chemistry is shaken after the Scarlet Witch is wounded in battle with Magneto at a UN assembly, which, combined with Pietro's general distrust of humanity, prompts the twins to leave the Avengers and rejoin the Brotherhood.
It was revealed that this was a ploy by Magneto, using his powers to control the American soldier's gun's at the assembly and graze Wanda's temple, not only causing Quicksilver to rejoin Magneto, but for Wanda to have temporary memory loss, thus preventing her from talking her brother out of it. Eventually, one thing led to another, and soon, after a battle between the Brotherhood, and the X-Men & Avengers, Pietro and Wanda were forced to leave Magneto to his seeming death. Long story short, both Pietro and Wanda eventually rejoined the Avengers...
...And eventually, Pietro left the team again
. After he was saved from a Sentinel attack by Crystal of the The Inhumans
, The Avengers
, and Fantastic Four
, Crystal brought him back to the home of the Inhumans to rest and recuperate, and they eventually got married, and even had a baby. (Though the two eventually got divorced.) Since then, Pietro as Quicksilver has rejoined the Avengers on and off, (along with a stint in X-Factor,). Due to the generally derided Avengers Disassembled storyline, Wanda had caused mass chaos and and was seen as a threat. To sum up, it was decided by Xavier and the X-Men to kill her. Pietro, overhearing this, pleaded Wanda to take immediate action. And so... she ended up warping reality, causing the whole House of M
After losing his powers, gaining a set of new ones, (time travel related) going crazy, losing his new powers, regaining his old ones, and becoming sane again, Quicksilver is now a hero once more. After serving with the now defunct Mighty Avengers team, Pietro is now an instructor at the Avengers academy, teaching a new generation of heroes.
His name derived from the archaic word "quicksilver," which meant mercury (in the sense of the metallic element Hg that's liquid at room temperature). This name, in turn, derives from the fact that mercury looks silvery but moves as though it's alive ("quick").
Two upcoming films will see differing interpretations of the role; Evan Peters (of American Horror Story
fame) has been cast in Bryan Singer
's X-Men: Days of Future Past
, while Aaron Johnson
will take on the role (as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
) in Joss Whedon
's second Avengers
film, Age of Ultron
. A complication in Marvel's movie rights agreements means that Quicksliver cannot be referred to as a mutant in the MCU, while he cannot be an Avenger in the X-Men
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