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Joss Whedon, the brainchild behind Marvel Studios' superhero universe, strongly hinted that brother and sister Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, classic Avengers and children of X-Men villain Magneto, are set to appear in The Avengers 2. This would be the strongest tie between Marvel's superhero world and the X-Men universe of mutants, and the implications are vast.
According to Moviefone, Whedon was at the Iron Man 3 premiere when he told a reporter that "two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act, [are] in the movie.” Marvel fans don't have to rack their brains very hard to figure out that he was talking about classic Avenger team members Quicksilver, a mutant speedster, and Scarlet Witch, a mutant with the power to bend reality.
This is a big deal to nerds for a few reasons. The most important of which is that Marvel's schismed franchise of heroes is uniting, even in a small way. As The Mary Sue explains, Marvel's many characters are split between production companies, a financial move which occurred before Marvel Studios existed. In fact, Marvel Studios was able to get its legs in part through the selling of such franchises as Spiderman, The Fantastic Four and X-Men.
But that move left Marvel with big chunks of its comic book universe off the plate for its cinematic universe. However, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are in a shady patch between the realms of Fox and Disney. As mutants, some would argue that they belong with Fox's X-Men. As the characters are better known as Avengers than as members of the X-Men (Scarlet Witch is a leading character in the ongoing Uncanny Avengers), some argue that they should belong to Marvel Studios' and Disney's The Avengers.
And if Disney sets the precedent of yanking Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into their franchise, do they have dibs on their villainous father, Magneto, who has been an adversary of the Avengers from time to time? And what's this all say about characters like Spiderman and Wolverine, who have been prevalent Avengers in recent years? Could Marvel Studios set a new rule where the heroes owned by other production companies can be featured in team movies? Implications abound.