Warning: spoilers ahead for episode five of WandaVision.
The latest episode of WandaVision sees a significant X-Men character make a cameo right at the very end – but not in the way some viewers may have expected.
In episode five of the Marvel TV series on Disney Plus, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are now living in a sitcom styled after the 1980s, their twin boys Billy and Tommy growing up at an alarmingly fast rate.
At one point, Wanda is asked by one of her sons whether she has a brother, to which she replies that he does, although he is far away.
By the end of the episode, Vision has become aware that Wanda is using her powers to control and manipulate their reality in their neighbourhood Westview, a fact that S.W.O.R.D agent Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and astrophysics expert Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) have already realised from the outside.
As the doorbell rings – which Wanda says is not her doing – she opens the door to find her brother, Pietro Maximoff, standing in front of her.
However, it’s not the Pietro who died in Avengers: Age of Ultron and was portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Instead, it’s Evan Peters, who fans will remember played a different iteration of Quicksilver in the X-Men film franchise.
‘She recast Pietro?!’ Darcy exclaims while watching the drama unfold on a TV set. Yep, we’re shocked too Darcy.
It was already known that Evan had been cast in an unknown role in WandaVision. However, fans weren’t sure whether he would reprise the role of Quicksilver – who went by the name Peter for his X-Men film appearances – or play another character entirely.
Since Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, fans have wondered when and if the X-Men and mutants would be introduced into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
While Wanda and Pietro are depicted as mutants in the Marvel comics and believed to be the children of X-Men antagonist Magneto, in the MCU it’s explained that they obtained their powers from an Infinity Stone.
However, now that Marvel Studios has the power to bring mutants into its productions, does this mean Wanda and Pietro’s history could be rewritten?
The fact that Evan is now in the series, having played the mutant-version of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, could perhaps be a sign that it’s going that way.
Or it could turn out to be a red herring. At this point, who knows… especially considering the speculation that Evan had been cast as Marvel villain Mephisto in WandaVision.
Earlier this year, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige spoke about the discussions concerning introducing mutants into the MCU.
‘It has been heavily discussed, as you might imagine,’ he told Collider. ‘And we have a good feeling of where it’s going and when it’s going, but that all remains to be seen.’
For all we know, this is just the beginning.
WandaVision is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.