Main Character Monday: Quicksilver

A member of the Avengers, a super hero in his own right, and the part of a mutant family, Quicksilver is one of my favorite X-men characters.

Pietro (sometimes referred as Peter) Maximoff was raised by the gypsy couple Django and Marya Maximoff along with his twin sister Wanda (aka Scarlet With). The gypsy couple was poor and Django turned to stealing in order to feed his family. Pietro used his incredible speed, which he discovered as a teenager, to run away with his sister Wanda. They lived in Europe until one day Wanda set a house on fire–whoops–and they were rescued by Magneto.

They didn’t want to aid him but they felt they owed him a debt. Once Magneto was… off planet (guess you’ll need to read some comics folks), Quicksilver convinced his sister to join the Avengers, who were seeking new members. They fought alongside Captain America and Hawkeye.

Quicksilver had a falling out when his sister began a relationship with Vision (whom she later married). The rift was only mended after Moondrop altered Quicksilver’s hatred.

After they were abducted by their foster father, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch took a leave of absence to investigate their origins. When they arrived at Wundagore Mountain they met with Bova and learned that Magneto was their father.

All of the X-men have a special place in my heart. They are a representation of the idea that what makes us different is also what makes us unique and our talents and preferences should be fostered and appreciated–not feared. To me, Quicksilver’s story is also a message to those who come from bad homes. It is essentially the sins of the father are not the sins of the son. I think a lot of people hold on to their parents’ failings and believe it is a cause for them to repeat mistakes. I think Quicksilver’s history is proof that people can change and have the power to not continue in their parents’ footsteps. Some people need to hear that.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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  1. I like this. You’re right about how people follow, or cling to, the sin of the parents and bring them into their own lives. It’s so much sweeter not to, but many don’t even know they are doing it.

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