"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 was an instructor at the Avengers academy, teaching a new generation of heroes.
Now, he's leading Serval Industries X-Factor team.
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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Tropes seen in this series include:
- Action Dad: he has a daughter named Luna from his ex-wife, Crystal.
- Adaptational Villainy: Bordering on Never Live It Down, but if Pietro appears outside comics, he will almost undoubtedly be portrayed as an X-Men villain, sometimes an Anti-Villain if he's lucky. Arguably the worst case of this is X-Men: Evolution, where he's the most villainous member of the Brotherhood (who're a bunch of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain types here), and his behaviour sometimes borders on making him The Sociopath. Lampshaded in X-Men: Destiny, where your character has the option of asking about why he's following Magneto despite being a good guy.
- Always Someone Better
- The Flash fulfills this role in Marvel/DC crossovers. Head-to-head, Quicksilver is simply no match for any Speed Force user. To illustrate the point, at one point The Flash is outrunning Quicksilver while running backward. Though Quicksilver is quite delighted when the Flash steps into the Marvelverse where there is no Speed Force, and thus, no Super Speed for him.
(while chasing the Flash, who had just snatched the Cosmic Cube from Ms. Marvel's hands) Hello. You're on my Earth now, and you're already starting to slow down. So let me just say... It's nothing personal. Oh, no. Not at all.\\(shoves the Flash aside, snatching the Cosmic Cube from him)
Hah! I'm faster! Faster! Speed Force be damned!
- In-universe, his own nephew (sort of) Thomas Shepherd aka Speed fulfills this role. He taunted Quicksilver while running backwards. And then there's Northstar, one of the few Marvel-Speedsters who can go Lightspeed.
- This trope may or may not apply anymore with a recent in-universe confirmation that he CAN indeed run faster than lightspeed.
- De-power: Quicksilver was one of the mutants who lost their powers after the events of House of M.
- Driven to Suicide: Already depressed after losing his powers, Pietro jumps off a roof in Son of M #1 after a humiliating encounter with Spider-Man.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Quicksilver can create whirlwinds by running around his opponent at top speed. These whirlwinds are powerful enough to overpower the Human Torch while in flight.
- Freudian Excuse: He's not exactly a bad guy, just kind of a dick. Having a rocky relationship with his father and sister doesn't help, however, and he outright tells a shrink that his main reason for being an impetuous, self-centered prick is the fact that the speed of the world around him is agonizingly slow to him. Picture having to wait in a slow-moving line for hours for something mundane. That's what every single second is like for him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Pietro's jealousy is one of the reasons Crystal refuses to start their relationship anew. This revelation came just minutes after Pietro slugged Jolen of the Inhumans for placing a flower in Crystal's hair.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Quicksilver had a habit of this early in his career, bouncing between the Avengers and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Quicksilver's metabolism is so efficient that he produces very little waste.
- I Am Not My Father: Pietro purposely took on a teaching role at the Avengers Academy to distance himself from his father.
- In the Blood: The bouts of insanity seem to be a familiar trait.
- Incest Subtext: His relationship with Wanda is sometimes a little too close.
- Punch Clock Villain: He and Wanda were only in Magneto's Brotherhood because he saved their lives; they refused to kill anyone, used their powers against Magneto to stop him from killing, and joined the Avengers as soon as they were free of him.
- Romani: Pietro and Wanda's mother, Magda, was Romani, and they were adopted by a Romani family when she died.
- Run On Water
- Smug Super: Quicksilver is the "fastest man on Earth" and he'll never let you forget it.
- Super Speed: Up to Mach 4 but possibly higher.
- During the Mighty Avengers era, he was outrunning radio waves, putting him at translight speeds, vibrating so fast when he got angry that he was creating wind shear and his equivalent of a nervous twitch was zipping from Tibet to Indonesia and back in a second or two at most. While this was debunked by Marvel editor Tom Breevort, the statement Breevort gave indicated that he had not actually read the comic. Whether he retains this level of speed is up for debate.
- Super Toughness: Pietro's body is immensely durable thanks to the Required Secondary Powers needed to keep him from tearing himself apart, which has the side effect of making him incredibly difficult to seriously hurt.
- The Family That Slays Together: Quicksilver's time in the Brotherhood of Mutants had the Maximoff twins performing crimes with their father, though they didn't know it at the time.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He was always arrogant and hard to get along with, but in The Bronze Age of Comic Books, writer Steve Englehart made him an out-and-out bigot who broke off his relationship with his sister over her relationship with the Vision.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His portrayal in various adaptations, such as Marvel 1602, X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men, where he is usually aware about his parentage from the start. Eventually it leaked into the main continuity as well (see quote above), which was a 180 degree turn from his original relationship with Magneto.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Zig-zagged, Quicksilver goes back and forth on the villain front, but even at his best he is not really trust-worthy.
- Your Cheating Heart: Crystal, Pietro's ex-wife. She had an affair with Norman Webster, a real estate agent, and harbored feelings for the Avenger Black Knight.