Massive WandaVision spoilers coming at you faster than…well…the…fastest mutant alive! Seriously, if you have not seen WandaVision Episode 5, “On a Very Special Episode…” stop reading now. Things just got bonkers good. Again, spoilers.
So, it looks like the moment that huge comic book fans have been wanting for over 10 years is finally happening. A character from the X-Men officially walked into the world of the Avengers. The person who rang the doorbell at the end of the episode was actor Evan Peters, who has played Quicksilver in three X-Men movies, starting with 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In the comics, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Wanda) are twins, and the children of the mutant mastermind, Magneto. But, because of legal reasons, there were briefly two Quicksilvers in big-screen blockbusters, passing each other in the night. In X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Evan Peters played Quicksilver, also known as Peter Maximoff. But in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Pietro Maximoff, who is also Quicksilver. In Age of Ultron, Pietro was killed by Ultron, a fact which was first mentioned again in WandaVision’s third episode.
But now, Pietro is back, but he’s played the Evan Peters and not Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This is why Darcy (Kat Dennings) says, incredulously, that Wanda was “recast” Pietro. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pietro was not Evan Peters. But now, he is? If you’re still having a hard time with this, think of it like this. Imagine WandaVision as a Wonder Woman show in which Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are living in the suburbs. Then imagine the doorbell rings and it’s Batman, but it’s not Ben Affleck, which would be the Batman that Gadot’s Wonder Woman would know, instead, imagine it’s Christian Bale. THAT’S what this is like. Only bigger.
If Wanda recognizes Evan Peters as her long-lost brother, then something else is happening on the show beyond that idea that Wanda has just created a telepathic bubble where she’s controlling everyone. In fact, Wanda even admits that she’s “not sure how this started,” which seems to imply that perhaps, she’s not exclusively in control of what’s going on after all. (Could it be her nosy neighbor?)
Earlier in the episode, it’s established that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that Wanda does not have a superhero name beyond her regular name. But, in the X-Men continuity, she’s known as Scarlet Witch. And if the Quicksilver from X-Men has crossed-over into the MCU universe, then that means…well…we don’t know what it means quite yet. But it could mean that a lot more X-Men could be on their way, and Wanda’s father might end-up being Magneto after all.
Just when you thought these superhero things couldn’t get bigger, it turns out, they just got 10 times bigger.
WandaVision has 4 episodes left in Season 1. Here’s when every episode drops on Disney+.