According to the X-Men series he is a mutant. But in the Avengers 2 he is depicted as having received his powers through a Hydra experiment.

There are talks in the X-Men about how he is the son of Magneto, but in Avengers he is an orphan whose parents were killed by Stark missiles.


No, they are completely different characters.

As discussed in this Sci-Fi & Fantasy question and this Movies & TV question, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are rare exceptions to the general licensing deal that Marvel made with Fox. Part of that deal is that Fox has the exclusive rights to make movies about any of the "mutants" in the Marvel Universe: the X-Men, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and all the related characters.

However, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are odd, in that they are also key members of The Avengers, which Marvel retained the rights to make movies about.

So, those two characters are legally allowed to be in both Marvel and Fox movies, as long as:

  • Fox never uses the term Avengers or mentions any other Avengers characters
  • Marvel never uses the terms mutant or X-Men, and in particular, never mentions Magneto.

So, the two movie universes have entirely different characters, with entirely different back stories, that just happen to be based on the same comic-book character.

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    That sucks. I mean, this answer is great but it sucks that the Marvel Universe has to be altered because of licensing rights, which makes the whole MU sort of a cheat now. They have to avoid characters just because some exec wanted $20B and only got $18B? Ugh... May 5 '15 at 16:36
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    Us old folks, we can't even remember what brand of tuna we bought the last time we were at the store. Now I gotta remember different back stories for the same character, and which studio the movie is coming from? Forget it, I'll skip the movie and go to Bingo instead. I have to be in bed by 7PM anyway, otherwise my bunions start hurting. May 5 '15 at 16:50
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    @JohnnyBones - It also means they avoid all the crossover and what-else-is-going-on issues that the comic book universes have. If the Avengers are dealing with world-destroying threats, but the X-Men don't even notice (or vice-versa), that's weird. And if two X-men movies take place a year apart, but the Avengers ones released interleaved with them have a shorter gap, you get weird timing issues. Personally, I prefer the one-universe-per-superteam model.
    – Bobson
    May 5 '15 at 16:52
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    @JohnnyBones Marvel already has dozens of universes, including at least two extremely long-running comics (the mainstream -616 and the Ultimate one). The MCU and Fox Universe are just two more of them, neither of which actually matches the original -616 precisely.
    – KutuluMike
    May 5 '15 at 16:56
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    @JohnnyBones: “Now I gotta remember different back stories for the same character?” You don’t read a lot of comic books, do you. May 6 '15 at 14:20

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