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Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's mother—Magda—takes sanctuary at Mount Wundagore in Transia, the home of the High Evolutionary, after seeing her husband Magnus use his magnetic powers for the first time. Once there, she gives birth to the twins but dies soon after. As Wundagore was no place for human infants, the High Evolutionary places them in the care of the gypsy Django Maximoff, who raises the twins as his own children.

Once Pietro and Wanda reach adulthood, they realize that they are mutants. Pietro discovers he possesses superhuman speed, while Wanda learns that she can control probability. The pair later display their powers in public, and are attacked by a superstitious mob. They are saved by their father — now the supervillain Magneto — although neither Magneto nor his children are aware of their connection. Magneto then recruits the pair for the first incarnation of his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The Brotherhood battles the X-Men on several occasions, although the twins become reluctant members and only remain because of their obligation to Magneto. When Magneto and his lackey the Toad are abducted by the cosmic entity the Stranger, the Brotherhood dissolves and the twins declare their debt to Magneto to have been paid.

Soon after this Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are recruited by the hero Iron Man to join the team the Avengers. Together with leader Captain America and former villain Hawkeye, the four become the second generation of Avengers, and are later dubbed as "Cap's Kooky Quartet". Wanda becomes close friends with Hawkeye and a loyal member of the team until accidentally shot on a mission against Magneto. Quicksilver then flees from the Avengers with his wounded sister. The pair accompany Magneto back to his mid-Atlantic base, watching as Magneto captures the X-Men and Pietro skirmishes with the X-Man Cyclops and later Spider-Man. After these encounters the twins finally realize that Magneto is the true villain. Pietro and Wanda are then kidnapped along with several other mutants by the Sentinels, but are subsequently freed by the X-Men.

Quicksilver later returns to the Avengers and advises them that Wanda has been kidnapped and taken to another dimension by the warlord Arkon. After being rescued, Wanda — together with Pietro — rejoins the team. During one mission Quicksilver is wounded by the robot Sentinels, and found by Crystal, a member of the Inhumans. Crystal nurses Pietro back to health, and the pair are eventually married. It is during this time that Wanda becomes romantically involved with her Avengers teammate the android Vision. Although Pietro initially disapproves, he eventually gives his blessing to their marriage. The twins later meet Robert Frank, also known as World War II hero the Whizzer, who was present at Wundagore with his wife at the time of their birth.

Robert Frank briefly joins the Avengers, believing Pietro and Wanda to be his children. This is later disproved when Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are abducted by Django Maximoff and taken to Wundagore, where after being released they learn the truth from Bova, the midwife who delivered them. Quicksilver then returns to Attilan.

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Quicksilver and Crystal eventually have a daughter, Luna. It is at this time that Magneto discovers his relationship to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch and chooses to tell them the truth. Quicksilver is repulsed and tells Magneto that he had his chance to be a father years ago Quicksilver and Crystal's marriage is strained when Crystal has an affair and again later by the actions of Maximus the Mad, the brother of Inhuman king Black Bolt, who uses technology to push Quicksilver into insanity and evil behavior but is later cured.

Quicksilver briefly aids the Avengers West Coast against Magneto and the villain Immortus in a bid to rescue Wanda. Although successful, he is still angry with Crystal and joins the U.S. government-sponsored superhero team X-Factor. During this period of estrangement, Crystal almost has an affair with the Avenger the Black Knight.

Quicksilver and Crystal are finally reunited when the Avengers, X-Factor and X-Men team up to stop a group of mutant terrorists who have kidnapped their daughter Luna, and are responsible for a civil war on the island nation of Genosha. After dealing with the threat, Quicksilver learns of Crystal's relationship with the Black Knight and leaves, also resigning from X-Factor.

Quicksilver later takes Luna and joins the High Evolutionary, assisting him and his Knights of Wundagore in fighting off the villains Exodus and Man Beast. During the course of this war, Quicksilver uses the experimental Isotope E to augment his powers and allow him to move at greater supersonic speeds. Soon after this a future version of Pietro calling himself "Nestor" appears to him and reveals that his powers are not speed but rather temporal based.

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The Scarlet Witch suffers a mental breakdown over the loss of her children and starts to warp reality in order to recreate them, resulting in random attacks on the Avengers. The Avengers and Doctor Strange place her in a coma, and then turn her over to Magneto. Magneto, however, is unable to help her and several members of the Avengers and X-Men suggest killing the Scarlet Witch. A panicking Quicksilver convinces the Scarlet Witch to correct her mistakes by using her powers to turn the world into a world of peace. Wanda then warps reality into the House of M - a world where mutants are in a majority and humans are in a minority, with Magneto established as absolute ruler. Several of the heroes eventually regain their memories, and attack Magneto who regains his own memory and realizes that Quicksilver is to blame for this disaster. Magneto then kills Quicksilver by crushing him with a Sentinel. The Scarlet Witch, however, revives her brother, and tells Magneto that he has chosen the mutants over his own children. Wanda then says "No more mutants" and changes the world back into its original form, with the result being that 98% of the mutant population is now powerless - including Quicksilver.

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The storyline details the character's alienation from the Inhumans after exposing himself to the mutating Terrigen Mist without permission and kidnapping daughter Luna; gaining new "time jumping powers; further mutation in the form of visible Terrigen crystals and causing the accidental deaths of several mutants.

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After an attack on America by the Inhumans, Black Bolt confronts Quicksilver and asks him to return the crystals. Quicksilver responds by revealing his chest, which now has Terrigen crystal shards jutting from it. After seeing this, Crystal tells Pietro their marriage is annulled under Inhuman law.

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Later jailed for vagrancy, Pietro has a series of hallucinations and then inexplicably regains his super speed. Escaping jail, Quicksilver rescues an innocent and rediscovers his desire to be a hero.

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Quicksilver is used as a pawn by Elder God Chthon, with Quicksilver's spirit trapped in the arcane tome called the Darkhold. The Mighty Avengers defeat Chthon, and Quicksilver's consciousness is "downloaded" into the body of the android the Vision, before being restored to his own body. Afterwards, he decided to join the Mighty Avengers, after learning that it was Wanda (actually Loki) who brought the team together. Only joining the team to see his sister again, Pietro has a very low opinion of his comrades, especially Hank Pym.

Still on the run from the Inhumans and the U.S. Government for his earlier involvment in the Silent War, he's publicly exonerated of his charges by blaming an unknown Skrull Infiltrator for his wrongdoings. Despite Pym and Jarvis knowing the ruse, they choose to grant him a second chance at life. Possibly to lend credibility to his story, Quicksilver resumes wearing his original green costume. However, Quicksilver is only staying with the ragtag team to find his sister.

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Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. Originally capable of running at 175 miles per hour (282 km/h) and eventually the speed of sound (770 miles per hour); exposure to the High Evolutionary's Isotope E made it possible for the character to run at supersonic speeds of up to Mach 5 (3,801 miles per hour) and resist the effects of friction, reduced oxygen, and kinetic impact while moving at super-speeds. Quicksilver has used his speed to run up building walls, create cyclone-strength winds, and cross bodies of water.

The character loses his powers of speed when his sister altered reality, but he later gains new powers courtesy of the Inhumans' Terrigen Mist. This mist gives Quicksilver the ability to displace himself out of mainstream time and space and "jump" into the future. Quicksilver can summon several time-displaced duplicates of himself and appear to teleport by jumping into the future and then returning to the present at a new location. By voluntarily embedding fragments of the Terrigan Crystals into his own body, the character could empower former mutants with extreme versions of their superhuman abilities. The effect, however, can be fatal. The crystals are subsequently forced from the character's body by the mutant Rictor, leaving him without these abilities.

Quicksilver inexplicably regained his mutant superspeed powers after having a series of hallucinations.

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Quicksilver appears as Petros, the assistant (and secretly, son) of the High Inquisitor of the Spanish Catholic Church, Enrique (the 1602 version of Magneto).

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In the alternate universe of Earth-295, Quicksilver is a founding member of the X-Men.

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In the Earth-2149 universe, Quicksilver becomes infected after being bitten by Mystique, who takes on the form of his sister. This results in the rapid spread of the zombie virus, as Quicksilver is able to infect hundreds around the world in a short amount of time.

In Marvel Zombies 3, the zombified Quicksilver is killed by the Earth 616 Machine Man.

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In the alternate universe of Earth-1298, Quicksilver is a member of the X-Men, now led by Magneto.

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Peter Magnus, a former college track star, works in the Homicide Department of the NYPD with his father, Eric, Chief Detective and the leader of The Brotherhood, a secret society of corrupt Police.

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This version of the character - warped by constant abuse from Magneto - has an incestuous relationship with his sister Wanda, and both join the Ultimates. Faster than the Earth-616 version, the character states that as a teenager he was already capable of reaching speeds of Mach 10.

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  • Quicksilver appeared as a part of the Avengers in select episodes of the Captain America portion of The Marvel Superheroes.
  • Quicksilver guest-stars in 4 episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series voiced by Paul Haddad.
  • Quicksilver is a recurring character in X-Men: Evolution voiced by Richard Ian Cox. In this series he is part of the Brotherhood. He is also seen as a rival to Spyke.
  • Quicksilver appears in Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Mark Hildreth.

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  • 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.

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  • Hasbro and Toy Biz have released Quicksilver action figures, while Bowen Studios released two busts of the character.

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