Pietro and his twin sister Wanda ( Scarlet Witch ) always assumed that they were the children of the gypsy couple that raised them, Django and Marya Maximoff. They did not know that they had been adopted. In fact, they were born on Wundagore Mountain to a woman only known as Magda, a woman on the run from her husband who had “become a monster”. She appeared at the house of Bova, the midwife to the High Evolutionary, heavily pregnant and stayed for a few weeks until she gave birth. She then immediately fled into a raging blizzard and was never seen or heard from again. Given her weakened state following delivery, it is assumed that she perished. Whilst at Wundagore Mountain, they were also offered for adoption to the Whizzer when his wife died. He did not accept them, but thought that they were his children.
Poor but loved, the twins enjoyed a relatively happy childhood until their family was killed by local villagers angered at Django for stealing food. Using his new found powers, Pietro was able to rescue Wanda. Orphaned, the twins wandered Eastern Europe, constantly on the move as Wanda’s uncontrollable hex powers would draw suspicion from the people around them. One day Wanda accidentally set a house on fire, spurring the locals to attack the twins. Despite his best efforts, Wanda and Pietro were trapped until rescued by Magneto.
Feeling that they owed him a debt, they reluctantly joined the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants. Magneto played on their fear of outsiders and Wanda’s gratitude, but neither twin was comfortable as a terrorist. Pietro always made his disapproval known and repeatedly stated that he stayed only for his sister’s sake. Wanda was more compliant, feeling indebted to Magneto, but was deeply unhappy and often shocked by Magneto’s callous behavior. Whilst in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, both Toad and Mastermind would often play for Scarlet Witch's feelings, and so Quicksilver would stand between her and them. Unconsciously however, both twins absorbed Magneto’s attitude of mutant superiority, which would occasionally surface form time to time in their lives. When Magneto was taken from Earth by the Stranger, Pietro and Wanda ended their association with the Brotherhood and returned to Europe.
Quicksilver was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for use in Marvel Comics. His first appearance is in The X-Men #4 which was released on March of 1964.
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When they heard that the Avengers were accepting applicants, they rushed to join, wanting to atone for their past crimes. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch served honorably with the Avengers for years, though Pietro’s arrogant and distrusting demeanor often made him an outsider in the group, and he would often clash with Hawkeye over which one of them should replace Captain America as a leader.
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch had to leave the Avengers for a while though, when they lost their powers for a short while, and return to their birthplace. Whilst at Wundagore Mountain, they were telepathically asked by Professor X to join the X-Men so that they could help them fight against Factor Three, but the two mutants declared that should they return to America, it would be as Avengers. Upon their return, Quicksilver's powers had somehow increased, as he could now fly for short distances by vibrating his feet at high speeds. Shortly after their return, Quicksilver willingly joined the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants after Scarlet Witch was hit by a bullet, shot by a "mere human". Unknown to Pietro and Wanda that the bullet was being controlled by Magneto. Eventually he calmed down and left the Brotherhood, but instead of rejoining the Avengers he, Wanda and Toad became traveling companions for a while. Since the bullet had erased Wanda's power somehow, the three companions went to Europe, and found a book of spells which they believed could restore Wanda's powers. Instead, the spell summoned Arkon, who wished for Wanda to be his bride. With the help of the Avengers, Wanda was saved, and as her powers had been restored by the dimensional jump between Earth and Arkon's planet, the twins rejoined the Avengers. During this stint with the Avengers, Pietro played a role in the Kree/ Skrull War, and help against Ares. When Wanda fell in love with the android Vision, Pietro protested loudly, refusing to attend their wedding.
In the interim, Pietro perused a romantic relationship of his own. After battling Sentinels, Quicksilver was gravely wounded. He was nursed back to health by Crystal, one of the Inhumans. He fell deeply in love with her and the two were married.
During the Korvac saga, Pietro still protested against Wanda's marriage until Moondragon telepathically erased Pietro's prejudice against the android that he accepted the relationship. In an encounter with Django Maximoff, he revealed that Pietro and Wanda were adopted. They traveled to Wundagore Mountain to search for their roots. To their surprise they found Bova, who told them about their birth mother. Their father’s identity, however, remained a mystery, for though Magda was obviously terrified of him, she had never spoken his name.
Pietro left the Avengers to live with his wife’s family on the moon in the Inhuman city of Attilan. He served as an officer in their militia. Crystal and Pietro soon had a daughter, Luna, who turned out to be a normal human child. While the Scarlet Witch and the Vision were visiting the happy family on Attilan shortly after Luna’s birth, Magneto arrived. Turned from his path of terrorism, he too had been on a quest to his past trying to retrace the last steps of his missing wife. Thinking him nothing more than an innocent traveler, Bova had also told Magneto Magda’s story and unwittingly informed him that he was the father of the very youths he had manipulated and browbeaten in the Brotherhood. He had immediately rushed to Attilan to inform the twins who were shocked. While Wanda was confused and unsure, Pietro was appalled. He rejected Magneto outright. While Magneto was in his reform period, he earned Pietro’s tentative respect, but not his acceptance. When Magneto returned to terrorism, Pietro hated him all the more.
The First Fall
Naturally arrogant, impatient, and of a jealous temperament, Pietro left Attilan when he discovered that Crystal had had an affair. He soon began behaving very irrationally, going insane to the point he tried to frame the Avengers for treason and proclaimed himself King of all the Mutants. When X-Factor finally captured him and returned him to Attilan, it was discovered that Pietro’s insanity had been caused by the Inhuman Maximus The Mad. When Magneto attempted to manipulate the Scarlet Witch in her grief over the loss of her husband, Pietro was able to use this period of insanity as a cover to stay close by his sister’s side. After helping to rescue her from both Magneto and Immortus, Pietro remained on earth.
Hero Once Again and X-Factor
Quicksilver would spend time working with the government sponsored mutant group X-Factor. Luna was kidnapped by Fabian Cortez, who wanted to use Luna as a symbol of Magneto’s sovereignty and as a human shield. Rushing to her rescue, Pietro encountered Crystal and the Avengers. They were successful in rescuing their daughter, though Pietro almost sacrificed his life in a fight with Exodus in the process. Pietro left X-Factor and remained in close contact with the Avengers, though he refused to officially join until his romantic rival for Crystal’s affection, The Black Knight, left. Pietro strove to reconcile with Crystal and the two were beginning to create a family again when Crystal was lost with many other heroes in a pocket universe in the events of Onslaught. Pietro remained in loose association with the X-Men for a time, his main concern to care for his daughter.
Upon hearing that Exodus and the Acolytes were planning an assault on the High Evolutionary’s citadel, Pietro joined the Knights of Wundagore and he and Luna lived there for a time. While he was there, Pietro was exposed to Isotope E, a material with enhanced his powers of speed to a great degree.
Sending Luna to Crystal, Pietro joined Magneto’s cabinet when the U.N. granted him rule over Genosha following the events of the Magneto War. Pietro still resented and distrusted Magneto a great deal, but felt he had to stay in order to ensure Magneto’s policies did not become too tyrannical. Eventually, he rebelled and Magneto threw him out of the country. He snuck back in with Polaris to help the human underground, but was eventually caught and deported again.
House of M
Pietro was vacationing, “reading a book”, when the Scarlet Witch went insane and attacked the Avengers, killing three of them including her husband. While the Avengers and X-Men met with Professor X and Doctor Strange to discuss Wanda’s fate. Pietro became convinced that the assembled group was going to kill her and rushed to Genosha and begged for Magneto’s aid. Defeated and out of options, Magneto could not think of what to do. Pietro then convinced the Scarlet Witch to remake the world into the House of M reality in which everyone had their fondest wishes granted. Most importantly their father, who received the global power he had long desired over a world in which the mutant population was the ascending majority. Pietro served his father as a loyal prince. When the deception was revealed, Magneto went into a terrible rage, beating Pietro to death. Wanda restored her brother to life, but then took his power away with 99% of the mutant population when she uttered the fatal phrase “No more mutants.”
Son of M and X-Factor
Depowered and suicidal, Crystal brought Pietro to Attilan to recover. After he did, Pietro snuck into the Terrigen Mists chamber to regain his powers. Instead, he received the ability to travel in time. He stole pieces of the Terrigen crystals and he exposed Luna to them repeatedly, granting her empathic abilities. He then proclaimed himself a “Savior” of mutant kind, setting up shop in Mutant Town and promising to restore the powers of the mutants who had lost theirs on M-Day. What he did not inform his clients however, was that the crystals did not restore mutant powers safely and many people died as a result of Pietro’s “treatments”. The Inhumans visited Quicksilver in order to reclaim the crystals, but Pietro revealed that he had worked with the crystals so much, they became embedded in his skin. At that time, Crystal told Quicksilver that their marriage was annulled. After several deaths, Rictor used his temporarily restored powers to eject the crystals from Pietro body, depowering him once again. Pietro later saved Layla Miller from drowning, because he planned on killing her himself, for being the cause of the their downfall in the House of M. Layla later escaped when Pietro became hesitant about killing her.
After his fight with Layla Miller, Pietro was found unconscious in Central Park. Not knowing who he was, the police threw Pietro in general lock up where he experienced a series of hallucinations: His sister, his father, his wife and child, and Layla Miller who explained that Pietro had hit rock bottom and hinted that he was still a mutant. From the windows of the prison Pietro observed a woman in the process of being pushed off a roof by her boyfriend. Using his super speed, broke out of prison and saved her, coming to terms with the his past villainous acts and looking forward to a better future.
The Rise of Chthon
After being taken prisoner by Modred the Mystic, Quicksilver's body was offered up as a vessel to the demonic Elder God Chthon and was completely overtaken by him. Thanks to the Scarlet Witch who was really Loki in disguise, and Hank Pym's Mighty Avengers, Chthon was exorcised from Quicksilver's body.
Once An Avenger
After aiding Hank Pym's Avengers in taking down Chthon, he helped them with a number of threats including Swarm and Titan. Pietro proceeded to write off all his recent crimes as having been committed by a Skrull impostor and officially join the team, with the ulterior motive of reuniting with his sister.
After helping Pym with his personal war against Reed Richards, the Mighty Avengers came into conflict with the ancient Inhuman emperor, The Unspoken. With the aid of all active avengers, they managed to put an end to the fallen king's mad scheme. Pietro used this as an opportunity to reunite with his ex-wife Crystal and his daughter, Luna, and the Inhumans officially pardon him of any crimes against their race. Unfortunately, Luna is aware that he was not, in fact replaced by a Skrull. She promises, out of love for her father, not to tell anyone, but lets him know that she can never respect him again.
He recently joined the effort to locate his long lost sister, the Scarlet Witch.
Powers and Abilities
Quicksilver was at first able to reach the speed of sound, which is about 770 mph, but exposure to the High Evolutionary's Isotope E made it possible for him to run at supersonic speeds of up to Mach 5, about 3805 mph. Using his super speed, Pietro was able to achieve various effects such as "out running gravity" for short periods, such as running across water or up walls. By running in circles, he could creates whirlwind vortexes of great intensity. He could vibrate his muscles extremely fast, creating destructive effects on anything he touched. He recently seems to have regained his original abilities.
Age of Apocalypse (Earth-295)
In the reality known as the Age of Apocalypse,Quicksilver is a member of Magneto's X-Men and is involved in a relationship with Storm.
Pietro lived in the Transian countryside with his sister Wanda but when Apocalypse claimed the world, his father appeared and offered them a place with his X-Men. Pietro´s bravery was enough to grant him the leadership in some missions. During one mission in Cape Citadel, his sister Wanda was murdered by Nemesis, her death caused a deep depression on him. He was responsible of Storm´s recruitment.
At the final battles of the Age of Apocalypse, Quicksilver led a team of X-Men to Maine, in order to help the Sentinels to evacuate the humans of this part of the nation. Where they fought the Brotherhood of Chaos and the Horseman Abyss. When they returned to their headquarters at Westchester discovered that Apocalypse had kidnapped Magneto, Bishop and Charles. So they organized one rescue team led by Pietro to rescue Bishop.
One year later after Apocalypse´s fall, Sinister returned with a group of brainwashed mutants known as the Sinister Six, these mutants attacked the X-Men at the Liberty Island. When Soaron was about to attack Magneto, Pietro sacrificed himself to save his father. Later the X-Men paid tribute to his soul with a grave stating: "Now he is running with angels".
Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)
In the Ultimate universe, the mother of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch is Isabelle, who died in childbirth. Magneto raised the twins as his own and they served him as members of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Despite the fact that Magneto was verbally abusive towards them, the twins still retained love for their father. When Magneto disappeared, the Twins became the leaders of the Brotherhood and softened its anti-mutant stance. Eventually, they came to work with the Ultimates. When Magneto reappeared and resumed command of the Brotherhood, he shot Pietro through the knees as a punishment for suborning the Brotherhood's purpose. The twins remained with the Ultimates and joined the team. They are extremely close and at times their relationship takes on incestuously suggestive tones.
Recently, in the wake of the Scarlet Witch's death at the hand of an unknown assassin, Pietro has rejoined his father in tracking down her killer.
After the Ultimatum, Quicksilver assassinated Cyclops during a speech at a ceremony for mutant rights. Using his speed he inserted a bullet into Cyclops' skull making the assassination look like he had been shot. He was later seen conversing with an unseen woman (possibly his mother), swearing to carry on Magneto's legacy.
Marvel Zombies (Earth-2149)
Like most of Earth's heroes in the Marvel Zombies universe, Quicksilver has been turned into a flesh-devouring zombie by Mystique, who disguised herself as his sister. He is responsible for spreading the zombie virus quickly around the world because of his mutant powers. He is also responsible for spreading the virus to Savage Land that turned its residents into zombies.
Marvel 1602 (Earth-311)
In the 1602 reality, Quicksilver is known as Petros. he is the assistant of the High Inquisitor of the Spanish Catholic Church, Enrique (this universe's Magneto) although he Petros doesn't know that he is actually his father.
Larval Universe (Earth-8311)
Quicksilver is a duck named Quacksilver and is a member of the Scavengers (this universe's version of the Avengers)
Mutant X (Earth-1298)
In this reality, Quicksilver is a member of Magneto's X-Men.
Quicksilver of Earth-398 was known as Gypsy Dave and was a member of the Queen's Vengeance.
The Quicksilver of this reality is a fat silver-haired mutants who tries to run as fast as he can.
In Other Media
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Evan Peters will portray Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Quicksilver will also appear in Joss Whedon's sequel to The Avengers.
X-Men: The Animated Series
Quicksilver is a member of the X-Factor led by Forge. The X-Men have fought them for believing that they have abducted Polaris because of Iceman taking Jubilee with him to have Polaris back. Forge then cleared the issue and told them that everything was just a misunderstanding. He was then introduced to the X-Men. Quicksilver was later revealed to be abducted by the Phalanx causing Magneto to team up with the X-Men to save him.
Quicksilver is a member of the Brotherhood sometimes acing as its leader.In the season 1 episode "Spyke and Speed", he was shown to have a rivalry with the X-Man Spyke. He tried to frame Spyke for breaking into Bayville High, but with the help of Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops, Quicksilver is jailed for vandalizing city property. He is the son of Magneto, which causes Mystique to buy his freedom. His sister is the Scarlet Witch. When Wanda still mourns for the apparent death of their father, she unintentionally caused trouble in a train station. With the Brotherhood, fixing all the mess, they started pretending to be heroes in favor of Quicksilver just to outshine the X-Men. During the final battle against Apocalypse, Kitty Pryde went to their place to persuade them into joining the mutants against Apocalypse. Quicksilver and the other members refused aside from Wanda. She was then sent to Mexico to battle her father who is under the control of Apocalypse as his horseman. Magneto attacked her but Quicksilver unexpectedly came along with the Brotherhood to save her. Professor X foresees him as a member of the Freedom Force of SHIELD along with the Brotherhood.
Wolverine and the X-Men
In Wolverine and the X-Men, Quicksilver is the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, although he takes his orders from Magneto. Quicksilver plans for the team's new assignments into terrorizing the humans for believing that man will terminate them. He was also the one responsible for contacting Psylocke to manipulate Nitro. Most of the missions he issued to his team through out the first series proved to be failures. Eventually, his father kicked off funding, and sold his team out to the MRD. Before doing so, he disowns his son, and banishes him from Genosha. However, as an act of retaliation and ulterior motive, Pietro and his team aid and save the X-Men. Pietro telling Wolverine that the X-Men owe the Brotherhood their lives, is a factor that still needs to be observed, and was rumored to be a sub-plot in series two. They disappear from the series for a few episodes, before appearing once again after Kelly halts the Sentinel production. Magneto wishes his son back.
Later on, Pietro returns to Genosha, but the Brotherhood does not seem to be with him. His father seemingly wants him back home, but his motives once again prove to be of importance to him and no one else. Magneto wants Pietro do the clean up while he takes the Sentinels to destroy most of New York City. He complies, once again wishing to impress his father, and resumes taunting his twin sister for her lack of trust in their father. Eventually, Magneto is defeated by the Phoenix, and assumes to fall to his death, but is caught by Pietro. He then return to Genosha with his injured father, but is then banished by his twin and younger sister when he sides with his father instead of them.
The whereabouts of the Brotherhood and Pietro's ulterior motives concerning the X-Men is still unknown, and were rumored to be part of the "House of Magnus" arc in season 2.
- Quicksilver appears as a supporting character in Captain America and the Avengers.
- Quicksilver has a brief cameo appearance in the video game X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse.
- Quicksilver appears in the PSP, PS2, and Wii versions of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. He and his father Magneto attack the heroes in a Repeater Tower in Iceland. They are defeated and cured of the Control Nanites. After learning of what happened when they were injected and while under control of the nanites, Quicksilver and Magneto create an elevator out of a section of metal flooring to allow the heroes to confront The Tinkerer and broadcast the sleep signal.
- Quicksilver appears as a playable character in Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet.
- Quicksilver has been confirmed to appear in X-Men: Destiny.
- Quicksilver appears as an unlockable character in the Marvel: Avengers Alliance video game on Facebook. He is a Scrapper Class character. His alternate costume grants him an additional passive effect and the ability to make him a Generalist Class character.