Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in the comic book X-Men #4 (March 1964) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Quicksilver has the superhuman ability to move at great speeds. In most depictions, he is a “mutant”, a human born with natural superhuman powers. In comic book stories beginning in 2015, he is the product of genetic experimentation by the High Evolutionary. Quicksilver most commonly appears in fiction associated with the X-Men, having been introduced as an adversary for the superhero team. In later stories, he became a superhero himself. He is the twin brother of the Scarlet Witch and, in most depictions, the son of Magneto.
Debuting in the Silver Age of comic books, Quicksilver has featured in several decades of Marvel continuity, starring in the self-titled series Quicksilver and as a regular team member in superhero title the Avengers. The character has also appeared in a range of movie, television, and video game adaptations. Two separate live-action versions of the character have been adapted by two different film studios: Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrays the character in a mid-credits cameo in the Marvel Studios film Captain America: The Winter Soldier and reprises the role as a supporting character in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014) as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Evan Peters portrays Quicksilver in the films X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
In 2006, IGN named Quicksilver #23 on their list of “The Top 25 X-Men Of All Time” commenting that “Quicksilver was the shining example of a villain turned good”, and as #44 on their list of the “Top 50 Avengers”.
Powers and abilities
Quicksilver was originally presented as a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. Originally capable of running at the speed of sound, exposure to the High Evolutionary’s Isotope E made it possible for the character to run at supersonic speeds of up to Mach 10 and resist the effects of friction, reduced oxygen, and kinetic impact while moving at super-speeds. Also, he has a fast metabolism and can heal more rapidly than the average human. The character’s speed allows him to perform such feats as creating cyclone-strength winds and running up walls or across bodies of water. He can also cause vibrations in his body to transfer to solid material, and has superior agility and reflexes compared to other mutants. It has been revealed that one of the reasons for his abrasive and impatient personality is that it seems to him that the rest of the world is moving in slow motion and that he is constantly waiting for it to catch up. As he once explained, “Have you ever had a day where you are at the ATM and you are in a hurry because you’re running late but the person in front of you doesn’t know how to use the ATM and they’re taking forever? Now imagine what it must be like to spend every day surrounded by people who don’t know how to use the ATM.”
Quicksilver loses his powers of speed when his sister removes most of his mutant powers, but gains new powers courtesy of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mist. The mist gives Quicksilver the ability to displace himself out of mainstream time and space and “jump” into the future. The character can summon several time-displaced duplicates of himself and appear to teleport by “jumping” into the future and then returning to the present at a new location. By voluntarily embedding fragments of the Terrigen Crystals into his own body, the character could empower former mutants with extreme versions of their superhuman abilities. However, the effect was usually fatal. The crystals are subsequently forced from the character’s body by the mutant Rictor, leaving him without these abilities. After having a series of hallucinations, Quicksilver saw a woman in mortal danger and felt a desire to be a hero then regains his mutant powers in order to save the woman’s life.
It was later revealed that he actually was a normal child that was put through several experiments by the High Evolutionary which granted his powers.