Warning: spoilers ahead of you haven’t watched the finale of WandaVision.
The creators of WandaVision were considering having Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprise his role as Quicksilver on the Marvel TV series, director Matt Shakman has said following the release of episode nine.
Last week, the season finale of WandaVision was released on Disney Plus, which was jam-packed with talking points including Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) becoming the fully realised Scarlet Witch, a tense face-off between Vision and White Vision and the reveal of Pietro Maximoff’s (Evan Peters) true identity as Westview resident Ralph Bohner.
When Pietro, Wanda’s twin brother, showed up in episode five, it was one of the most shocking moments of the entire MCU series, not least because he didn’t appear as Aaron, who portrayed the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Instead, it was American Horror Story star Evan who greeted Wanda at her front door, who played a different version of Quicksilver, called Peter Maximoff, in the X-Men film franchise.
The arrival of Evan in the show drew numerous Marvel fans to the conclusion that the X-Men were finally crossing over with the MCU, heralding the introduction of the multiverse – a theory that many now believe to have been debunked.
While some feel shortchanged by the anticlimactic Pietro reveal in the finale, WandaVision’s director Matt outlined how the series may have unfolded in a different way had Aaron been cast in the role instead.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Matt said: ‘There definitely were conversations about bringing Aaron Taylor-Johnson back early on, I think Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios boss] talked about this publicly.
‘But it was ruled out fairly early on and we’ve already got Vision from back and so Agatha is bringing Pietro into this world, fake Pietro, into this world to further her agenda.’
Matt added that recasting Pietro ‘worked on our meta level’, because with Wanda grieving both the loss of her brother and Vision from Avengers: Infinity War, she ‘judgement’ may have been ‘clouded’ in her fake reality of Westview.
‘And so having that be a recast Pietro worked on our meta level, but it also made sense thematically when we were talking about grief, which is that grief clouds your judgment, you’re willing to believe things you wouldn’t,’ he outlined.
‘You’re living in this fantasy of, “If this is my brother, even though I don’t know or feel that he’s my brother, I’m willing to accept it because I miss him so much.”’
Matt said that while he was aware ‘there’s some disappointed Quicksilver fans out there’, Pietro’s story arc ‘worked on so many different levels that ultimately I’m happy with the decision that we made’.
While many Marvel fans will be disappointed that there’ll be a while to wait before they can see Wanda in action again in the Doctor Strange sequel, the post-credits scenes in the WandaVision finale gave much to be excited about.
Not only does the mid-credits scene tease the Captain Marvel sequel with Teyonah Parris returning as Monica Rambeau, but the post-credits scene shows the Scarlet Witch poring over the pages of the Darkhold… undoubtedly becoming even more knowledgeable and powerful.
WandaVision is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.