Sometimes it’s better when things don’t go smoothly. Sometimes, what you need is to be frantic and out-of-control.
That was what Aaron Taylor-Johnson needed to make the ultra-fast superbeing Quicksilver fit into the Marvel universe in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As half of the Maximoff twins, seeking revenge on Tony Stark for his decades of arms manufacturing, Quicksilver has devoted his life to protecting his sister, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
Both owe their aberrant abilities (don’t call them “mutants,” unless you want to invite a super-powered lawsuit) to HYDRA experiments that gave her metaphysical forcefulness and allowed him to become faster than the blink of an eye. But in a movie packed with heroes and villains, Taylor-Johnson says he had his doubts about how Quicksilver would matter – and about how to make “running fast” seem like a cool power.
Adding to the angst, this interview from the set of Age of Ultron took place just as X-Men: Days of Future past opened last spring, giving moviegoers a first-impression of Quicksilver (portrayed by Evan Peters.)
Taylor-Johnson was candid about trying to make the character fresh and relevant, and he said the most important thing he discovered was that making Quicksilver’s speed efficient and purposeful was the fastest way to make him boring.
Losing control was much more interesting …