Kevin Feige did it to us again. For months, comic book investors have speculated that Mephisto and Grim Reaper would make their first appearances in the MCU (and they still may). And then came the surprise bombshell at the conclusion of the fifth episode of WandaVision: Quicksilver is back. A few prescient speculators predicted his appearance, but many of us didn’t see it coming.
It’s still possible that he’s a figment of Wanda’s imagination; however, considering that Feige has confirmed that WandaVision will lead directly into Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it’s a good bet that this iteration of Quicksilver is indeed the mutant version of Quicksilver first seen in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. If so, this is big because it may confirm the existence of: (1) mutants in the MCU; and (2) the multiverse.
Evan Peters’ portrayal of Quicksilver is a rare moment when 20th Century Fox clearly outshines the MCU. In Days of Future Past, His breathtaking prison break is the high point in an already great movie. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron felt flat compared to the Quicksilver we had seen in the X-Men movies. Considering how popular Peters is, we’ll likely see him several more times in future MCU films.
X-Men #4-5: Quicksilver’s First Two Appearances
Many investors haven’t paid much attention to Quicksilver since Ultron killed him in Avengers: Age of Ultron; however, because many of his keys are tied to the Scarlet Witch, they have become unaffordable for many investors. For instance, high-grade copies of X-Men #4, which includes the first appearances of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, have increased in value by roughly 40% during the past two years. CGC 9.2 copies have sold for nearly $10,000. With Quicksilver now reappearing in the MCU, this issue may climb even higher.
I typically avoid hot comics, but this one has several things going for it besides the first appearances of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch; it also includes Magneto’s second appearance and the fourth appearance of the original X-Men. In spite of its rising cost, I view X-Men #4 as a blue chip investment. Not surprisingly, his second appearance in X-Men #5 is much more affordable. Raw, mid-grade copies on eBay have sold for around $250.00 in recent months. Considering this issue also contains early appearances of Magneto, the Scarlet Witch, and the original X-Men, X-Men #5 is an old standby that may receive some renewed interest.
Avengers #16: Quicksilver Joins the Avengers
Not all of Quicksilver’s key issues are soaring in value (yet). Somewhat similar to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in Avengers #16, many of the original Avengers, including Thor and Iron Man, leave the Avengers, and Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye take their places. Considering that Quicksilver will likely join the Avengers in the near future, this book deserves a second look. And, like X-Men #4, this comic has many other things going for it besides Quicksilver, including a classic cover where Captain America utters “Avengers Assemble” for the first time (Thor said it in an earlier issue of the Avengers, but the phrase is generally associated with Captain America).
Considering how many key events this Silver Age book contains, it is surprisingly affordable. You can purchase a somewhat high grade (i.e., 7.0) CGC copy of this book for around $200. In addition, Avengers #16 hasn’t suffered from price inflation like many other comic books during the pandemic. For example, during the past three years, CGC 9.0 and higher copies of this book have only risen in value by about 4%.
What will we get from WandaVision next week?