Wilf Scolding would be a terrific successor to Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios introduced the Maximoff siblings Pietro and Wanda. Both characters had impressive outings. Wanda used her powers to attack the Avengers mentally, which led to a lot of infighting and self doubt among the team. Quicksilver attacked them physically, and there wasn’t much the Avengers could do to stop him.
Thankfully, both of them decided to aid the Avengers in the end, because without them, Ultron would have destroyed the world. Unfortunately, however, Quicksilver died saving Hawkeye. And that was the last time we saw him.
That said, death isn’t permanent in comic books – especially in comic book movies. With some creative writing, there’s no reason why Quicksilver couldn’t come back. However, if this happens, it may have to happen without Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
In a recent interview with Screen Rant, the actor revealed that there aren’t any plans for him to return as Quicksilver any time soon. However, should Marvel Studios change its mind at a time when Taylor-Johnson is busy, they might have to cast another actor to play the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s speedster. And if they did decide to recast him, Wilf Scolding is the perfect pick.
In Game of Thrones, Wilf Scolding played Rhaegar Targaryen: A character with remotely similar traits to Quicksilver. Rhaegar was a charismatic figure – which, considering he was a prince, wasn’t all that shocking.
The same bravado that Rhaegar showed in Game of Thrones bares similarities to Quicksilver. The difference, however, is that (unlike most in the HBO series) Quicksilver would never talk down to his loved ones – he cherishes them and would die before letting anything happen to his sister. Now while love and honor aren’t exactly traits you’d associate with many characters in Game Of Thrones, this is but a small detail… because, in all honesty, Scolding would play this role perfectly.
Quicksilver may not seem like a character that needs specific casting, but he does. Not everyone can pull off charisma and charming arrogance, it has to seem genuine. Scolding is obviously not self-absorbed in real life, but he’s capable of making it look genuinely believable (as he did in Game of Thrones). That’s the mark of someone who took the role seriously. And it would be easy for him to channel a personality similar to that for Pietro Maximoff.
He can’t just be haughty. Despite the vibe Quicksilver gives off, he actually cares about more than just his sister. At first, Quicksilver (along with Wanda) was part of Magneto’s brotherhood. After leaving, they both sought out redemption. If Quicksilver wasn’t a good person, he would have scoffed at the idea of joining the Avengers. However, he joined the Avengers, helped the X-Men on more than a few occasions, and became one of the best heroes in the world. Sure, he’s had a lot of bumps along the way (like convincing his sister Wanda to reshape the universe), but Quicksilver always comes back to the side of angels.
Wilf Scolding may not be someone that pops into your head immediately when you think of actors that could play a comic book hero, but that’s a good thing. A lot of the great performances came from casting we didn’t see coming. An easy recent example would Zazie Beetz. Who would have thought she would flat out kill her role as Domino in Deadpool 2? Scolding would also be capable of doing just that.
If Marvel Studios plans on bringing in a new Quicksilver, look no further than Wilf Scolding. He even looks good with white hair.
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