On your left is the concept art of Quicksilver, a Marvel superhero with super speed, as he is likely to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Spy Kids-looking emo kid on the right is the exact same character, as he will this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Which one do you want saving the universe?
Because of the way Hollywood film rights have divided over the years, certain characters in the Marvel universe have been handed over to competing studios. The X-Men are Fox's property, the Avengers are Disney's (since they now own all of Marvel Entertainment), and Spider-man belongs to Sony Pictures. However, certain characters in the comics, like Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, mutant children of Magneto, have appeared in multiple titles, straddling the line between the two partnerships — leading to a battle over rights, and for fans, a competition between who did it better.
And right now, it's no contest. Sorry, Fox. Even though this is just concept art, Avengers Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is already in a better place than X-Men Quicksilver (Evan Peters). As part of their television special last night, Marvel also released concept art (which looks like it was inspired by BioShock or Final Fantasy) of Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) who will also be making an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron:
Marvel also released test footage of Ant-Man, another upcoming film franchise.
... and concept art from Guardians of The Galaxy:
It was great to get a sneak peak at all this Marvel art, but the worst part of all of this eye candy is that we have to wait a while longer until we actually get to see live-action Quicksilver and company. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man will not be released until 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy isn't slated until in August, but to tide us over, X-Men: Days of Future Past (bless Quicksilver's heart) will be out in May.
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