I love shitting on scoopsters as much as the next guy. “Haha, you guys are wrong!” is a really petty, but rewarding statement to utter. Lawd knows we never hear an end to it (despite our stellar scoop record).
But most recently the good folks at HuffPo asked Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige about the authenticity of our recent Inhumans scoop. If you weren’t around for that revelatory experience (SPOILERS ahead!!!) our Marvel source revealed that both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be Inhumans in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and not mutants, as Fox Studios has that less-than-human brand on lockdown.
Well, when HuffPo inquired about this topic, Feige responded with a handful of no’s.
With Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the situation over the word “mutant” with Fox, there’s some speculation that this might be a way to introduce the Inhumans.
Well, Inhumans is something that we are definitely thinking about and we think there’s great potential there for a great movie. But, no, no — we have not linked those two.
So using the Inhumans would have nothing to do with getting around the word “mutant”?
As it relates to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? No. No, no, no.
The questions and answers are so damn aloof!
Now, I’m sure the neckbearded naysayers in the comments will have a negative thing or two to say, but remember, after our Dinobots scoop in 2012, Michael Bay said ‘No!’. And the lie detector proved that was a lie! Err… Sorry, that triggered some Maury flashbacks. But just remember, Bay denied, and we were eventually proven right!
After our Paul Bettany live action role in Avengers: Age of Ultron scoop in August (in which we speculated that he’d be Ultron OR Vision) we were vindicated by Variety’s confirmation! Again, our scoop was true, and our fanboy speculation (which folks apparently can’t separate from the very clear QUOTES that signify our scoop) was halfright.
And let’s not forget that we were the FIRST site to scoop that Apocalypse would be in the X-Men movies.
So, when insanely aloof stuff like Feige’s interview responses hits the interwebs, I question it. Not only has our Marvel source been right 3 times prior, but the interviewer never directly asked the simple question…
“Is Scarlet Witch an Inhuman? Is Quicksilver?”
Hell, even a simple “Are they related to Inhuman?” would’ve sufficed.
But instead we have “So using the Inhumans would have nothing to do with getting around the word “mutant”?” which translates essentially into “So you totally wouldn’t use the word ‘mutants’ if you had the chance? And remember, admitting that you would use the word mutants if only Fox would allow you is clear affirmation that we’re receiving a second rate adaptation, since your first choice is clearly ‘mutants’?”
Feige said no to this. Which means… absolutely nothing in regards to our source. Perhaps Marvel Studios always had a plan to make Quicksilver and Witch Inhumans, and so no, the term ‘Inhumans’ wouldn’t have simply been based on a desire to distinguish themselves from Fox’s X-Men.
Hell, even the very first question the interviewer asked was about the link between “Inhumans” and “Mutants”. Feige claims there’s no link at all. Which… I doubt. Honestly, the main motivation behind the Inhumans must be Fox’s rights to the entire mutant pantheon. Sure, Feige and Marvel Studios could claim that they had no interest in adapting the mutants for the silver screen, especially since they’d contrast so heavily with The Avengers. The latter are adored by the public, unique because of their rare powers, and unique in their origins. If Marvel Studios all of a sudden introduced an entire horde of mutants who had cooler powers, but were suddenly feared by everyone, audiences would ask why? Why would they be treated differently? The world already loves superpowered folks, and the mutantphobia wouldn’t make sense in The Avengers Universe.