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Seriously, Why Did Marvel Kill Off Quicksilver So Quickly?

Pietro Maximoff, a.k.a. Quicksilver is the very first tragedy of an Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that occurred in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hawkeye was in the process of protecting a kid from the eponymous enemy when the speedster sacrificed his life to save them. Because this was also Pietro’s MCU premiere, people were taken aback when he was murdered off so quickly. Even though several MCU characters have been killed off and then resurrected, Quicksilver is one of the few who has remained dead thus far, with no sign that he would ever return.

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There were several stories regarding why Pietro was killed when Age of Ultron was first revealed. Because the movie was released before Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, some speculated that the character’s death was due to a dispute over the 2 corporations’ shared ownership of the character. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were owned by Fox at the time. While copyrights may have played a role, there has been no formal verification.

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There have been several reasons why Quicksilver had to die, according to Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, and Joss Whedon, the director, and writer of Age of Ultron. First, his killing was intended to enhance the tensions of the plot and demonstrate that Ultron’s actions will have long-term implications. Second, it played with the audience’s expectations. Even though they filmed another ending in which Pietro is still alive at the end, they argue that the character’s demise was always planned and that the alternate ending was mostly intended to prevent people from ruining the true ending. Pietro’s death makes logical in light of these arguments. Despite concerns of the MCU’s reluctance to let characters die and various fan theories concerning Quicksilver’s rebirth, Pietro has yet to be revived.

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The death of the speedster, on the other hand, hasn’t had the psychological resonance that it could have. Pietro’s sacrifice was heartbreaking, but most viewers seem to believe that it would have been much more so if the viewer had more time to bond with the figure. Moreover, despite leaving behind his twin sister, Wanda, and having Hawkeye name his son Nathaniel Pietro Barton, Pietro’s demise has received little attention in later movies. With both characters now having their own Disney+ shows, perhaps one of them will mention the dead Avenger.

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When it came to confounding expectations, Pietro was correct: viewers were caught off guard. Even though some felt that not every superhero would live to see the end of the movie, many expected that Quicksilver would because he was a new character. Instead, because Marvel hadn’t disclosed any plans for Hawkeye to feature in his own film at the time, most viewers assumed he’d be the one to die. In reality, the movie capitalized on this anticipation by revealing Clint’s concealed family, heightening his and Pietro’s mutual hostility, and making him more likable than in prior films. This made Hawkeye’s survival and Quicksilver’s death all the more startling. Regardless of how fans thought about Quicksilver’s death, it was a surprise.

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