Personal Info:
Real Name: Pietro Maximoff
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Wungadore Mountain, Transia, Europe
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men 4
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants I
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: None
Lightning Speed: Quicksilver is a mutant who possesses the superhuman capacity to think and move at superhuman speeds. His musculature, skin, and metabolism are all adapted towards the rigors of high-speed running, and he possesses superhuman strength primarily in his lower body as part of his body's adaptations for running. Similarly, his reaction time is about five times faster than a normal human's and the speed at which his brain processes information is heightened to a level commensurate with his bodily speed.
Quicksilver has used his powers of acceleration for various feats. He has plucked an arrow out of the air from a standing start, dodged machine gun fire, created cyclone-like gusts of wind capable to knock a man off his feet, ran up the side of a building and across a body of water, and even flew for short distances.
Pietro Maximoff is the son of the mutant called Magneto and the gypsy Magda. Just prior to his birth, his mother fled from his father, terrified of his bizarre powers he suddenly manifested and his intentions of world domination. Seeking refuge in the scientific citadel of Wundagore in the Balkan Mountains of the tiny nation of Transia, Magda was taken in by Bova, a woman evolved from a cow by the master of genetic acceleration, the High Evolutionary. Magda gave birth to twins, a body and a girl, with Bova as her midwife. Still afraid, Magda left Bova her children and walked away to perish. Bova was relieved when several nights later, an American couple vacationing in Europe, Robert and Madeline Frank, also came to Wundagore seeking midwife assistance. Bova intended to award the couple the days-old twins to raise along with their own newborn. Unfortunately, the couple's child was stillborn, and Madeline died in childbirth. Frank fled from Wundagore upon hearing of his wife's death, nearly insane with grief. Bova then presented the twins to her master, the High Evolutionary, who agreed to find foster parents for them.
The High Evolutionary found Django and Marya Maximoff, a gypsy couple camped nearly who had lost their own twin children, Ana and Mateo, during World War II. They cared for the children as their own. As adolescents, Pietro and his sister Wanda discovered that they had peculiar talents. When Django began to steal food to feed his starving family, enraged villagers attacked the gypsy camp. Using his phenomenal speed, Pietro fled from the camp with his sister. The next few years, Wanda and Pietro wandered central Europe, living off the land.
One day, Wanda accidentally caused a house to burst into flames with her uncontrollable hex powers, and was chased by superstitious townspeople. Despite Pietro's attempt to defend her, the pair were soon overpowered. They were about to be lynched when Magneto came to the rescue. Unaware that he was their natural father, Magneto pressed them into service in his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.