The WandaVision finale has come and gone, answered most questions and dispelled with most fan theories. But one thing kind of still bothers me about this past season, and I wanted to talk about it now that the show wrapped.
What was up with Evan Peters?
There was a lot of talk about potentially earth-shattering cameos in WandaVision, but in the end, there really was only one, and it came quite early in the series. That would be the arrival of Evan Peters “playing” Wanda’s dead brother, Pietro.
Now, the fanbase immediately flipped out when Peters showed up, given that he plays Quicksilver in the FOX X-Men universe, and the idea was that maybe Wanda had ripped open a hole in the multiverse, and was about to merge mutants into the MCU, a reverse of the famous “No More Mutants” moment from House of M.
None…of that happened.
Peters’ Pietro, it turns out, was just a puppet being controlled by Agatha, who gave him speed powers and set him to work to mess with Wanda and be a henchman to keep Monica under control (which worked for all of about thirty seconds).
The finale revealed that this Pietro was…no one. Ralph Bohner, just another local citizen who was the actual resident of Agatha’s house.
So…what…was up with this entire thing? I heard this described by some as a “cheap trick” and I’m not sure I totally disagree.
It’s clear that the casting of Peters was something entirely meant to break the fourth wall for fans. Evan Peters’ face meant nothing to any of the cast members of WandaVision, and him showing up as “fake Pietro” was only something that meant anything to the X-Men-watching audience.
And yet, I feel like the showrunners would have had to know that people would assume that what appeared to be the FOX version of Quicksilver showing up in WandaVision, right when the MCU is supposed to start adapting its own version of X-Men in the coming years, would lead to very obvious questions about the multiverse and potential mutant arrival and universe merging. And then in turn, that same fanbase would be disappointed when that ultimately didn’t go anywhere at all.
It felt like a joke that dragged on too long and then got less and less funny when you realized that no, it didn’t actually mean anything, and it was just there to mess with the audience. Should the show have cut the idea? I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily say that, as I did enjoy the work Peters put in regardless as the “goofy superpowered uncle,” but I get why it ultimately came off as kind of pointless and confusing.
In the end, I would be surprised if the FOX X-Men universe ever really merged with the MCU, and I think it’s pretty clear that the MCU is going to re-cast an entirely new slate of X-Men when the time comes. And that is likely not going to be for years, given everything that’s mapped out in Phase 4 already, with Phase 5 being the arrival of the X-Men.
Peters looked like a tease of what was to come, but he wasn’t. I’m never going to say never in regards to FOX X-Men cameos, because I mean, we’re about to have an MCU Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, so who knows. But in this case, yeah, this fourth-wall cameo was a bit odd, and I didn’t love it.
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