Episode five saw a blast from the past (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney)
Sitcoms and soaps are known for recasting major characters and hoping we don’t notice – but in the latest episode of WandaVision, this trope has been spun to create major consequences for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
** Major spoilers ahead for the latest episode of WandaVision **
In a huge twist, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) opened her front door to be greeted by her twin brother, Pietro Maximoff.
This is wild for two reasons – the first being that Pietro died way back in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The second, is that it wasn’t the MCU’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the door. No, it was Evan Peters, who played Peter Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver, since 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in the 21st Century Fox franchise, which throws open the possibility that a whole new multi-studio multiverse has been created.
Speaking to Marvel.com about the twist, WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer said that they had to make Pietro’s return from the dead ‘make logical sense’.
He said: ‘Like, how do we justify this? Because that’s the thing, you can hatch a million great ideas, but to make them land, to make them be grounded, to make them feel organic to the larger story.
Pietro was recast (Picture: Disney)
‘This show is such a mind scramble, and because it’s working on so many levels, and there’s so many notions of what’s real and what’s not, and performance, and casting, and audience, and fandom, and all of that, we just thought it would be the biggest thrill to bring Evan over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.’
While the team wasn’t sure if the move was possible, Peters, 34, was ‘always up for it’.
Schaeffer added: ‘He is a comic book fan, and a Marvel fan. He is always up for the absolute weirdest option. And he’s a pleasure — truly a pleasure to work with.
‘Everybody was really excited. I think Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] wanted to make sure that there was a reason for it, that it made sense. And I hope that’s what we did.’
What’s happening inside Westview? (Picture: Disney)
There was previously a rule that Marvel and 21st Century Fox could both feature Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Wanda’s alter ego), but only if Marvel didn’t reference them as mutants, and if Fox didn’t reference the twins as Avengers.
However, Disney then acquired 21st Century Fox, so Peters’ Maximoff is now fair game in the MCU.
Still, we’ll have to wait and see how Pietro has come back from the dead, even with a new face – as well as Vision (Paul Bettany), who died at the end of Avengers: Infinity War at the hands of Thanos, but is alive and well in Westview.
Wanda and Vision’s lives in Westview are being shown via 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s era sitcom episodes, while S.W.O.R.D (Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division) are working on the theory that Wanda has held thousands of people hostage and is controlling them, to create a reality where she has a normal, suburban life with Vision.
None of us quite know yet, though, what is real and what is fake – and how Wanda’s TV life will affect the future of the MCU.
Olsen’s Wanda will feature heavily in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which strengthens the multiverse theory with the introduction of Peters to the fray.
WandaVision continues weekly on Disney Plus.