One of the most controversial lingering decisions in the wake of WandaVision was the casting of Evan Peters to play “fake Pietro,” a version of Wanda’s long-dead brother who shows up in town as a sitcom “guest star.”
Peters’ arrival flipped a fanboy switch that Marvel knew it would, and everyone immediately wanted to know why the actor who played Quicksilver in several FOX movies was now playing a variant of the character in WandaVision, a show meant to lead into the new “Multiverse” era of the MCU, with the promise of MCU X-Men to come later.
Was this it? Was it happening?
It was not, in fact, happening. And if you were fooled, you weren’t alone. Even the cast thought Peters showing up meant that a massive moment was at hand. Here’s what Elizabeth Olsen thought at first:
“When we heard that Evan was going to do it, my mind was blown,” Olsen told Variety. “’This is the first time we’re merging! This is crazy!’ And then to use it in such a clever way as [showrunner] Jac [Schaeffer] does was so satisfying. Working with Evan playing this version of Pietro was just so fun and weird and funny…Jac, I loved it so much. I’m so grateful for that.”
I do sort of wonder how that follow-up conversation went. My imagination:
Olsen: Evan Peters! Oh my god we’re bringing in FOX X-Men!?
Schaeffer: No, no he’s just some guy in town in turns out.
Olsen: Wait, then why did you cast Evan Peters.
Schaeffer: It’s fourth wall-breaking! It’s a joke!
Olsen: On who?
Schaeffer: The uh, fans, I guess…?
Olsen: Won’t they be mad?
Schaeffer: Comic book movie fans? Mad? No way.
Or you know, something like that.
So yeah, while I appreciated most of WandaVision, this idea always sat wrong with me, as it felt like a gag where they knew the speculation it would generate given the current situation of the MCU, and when the final reveal was…nothing. Nothing at all, and that did feel somewhat meanspirited. I wouldn’t say that about other fan-generated rumors like Mephisto or Reed Richards showing up, but this one? Obviously, yes, the logical conclusion was a multiverse universe merge, and to go “oh of course not, what were you thinking?” is not what I would call “satisfying,” as Olsen says.
Anyway, I’m not going to stay mad about it, I just thought it was a weird decision to make. Peters did a good job, and we learned he was supposed to have a more prominent role in the finale that got cut down. But no, it still didn’t involve FOX or the X-Men (just a mission with Monica and the kids to steal the Darkhold as Ralph).
Who knows if we’ll ever get a season 2 of WandaVision, but if so, take all future cameos with a grain of salt, I suppose.
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