Has WandaVision changed the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever?
In one of WandaVision‘s most saddening scenes, Wanda tells her twins, “We can’t reverse death, no matter how sad it makes us.”
That’s not positive news for all the Sparky superfans out there if you’re a lover of cute pups or the Tom King ‘Vision’ graphic novels that influenced this minor life form.
What Wanda claims, though, is not entirely accurate. Sure, the logistics of Vision’s revival are yet to be established, but we’re quite aware that Maximoff is indeed instrumental for his comeback, reviving his android corpse as a weird puppeteer.
And then there’s the shocking ending to episode 5. We’ve been suspecting for a while that Pietro could be back from the dead in the MCU, and if Wanda’s husband could come back to life, why not her deceased brother? But, there’s a massive twist.
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As Episode 5 drew to a close, WandaVision made its most unusual debut – Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver, Wanda’s dead brother) arrives at her doorstep. Except Marvel’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson doesn’t represent the character; in fact, it’s Evan Peters, who portrayed the part in Fox’s X-Men universe.
Peters was the one depicting Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), receiving acclaim for his role, even though the films overall were not as widely appreciated.
And to make it perfectly clear, this isn’t just a normal real-world recasting job, Kat Dennings‘ Darcy acknowledges this is an incredibly strange in-universe recast by stating, “She [Wanda] recast Pietro?”
As far as the introduction of this other Pietro is concerned with the rest of WandaVision, it is pretty ambiguous so far. Pietro arrived with poise and attitude suggesting he was absorbed in the town of Westview much as everybody else.
Right now, he likely does not know who he actually is and where he comes from, only remembering that he’s the long-lost sibling of Wanda who rolled into town for a visit.
As for the long-term implication on Phase 4 of MCU, this appears to be the first definitive proof that the Multiverse does actually happen (Far From Homes’ Mysterio ended up speaking the truth after all).
In addition, it has long been speculated that WandaVision would lead straight to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), expanding the MCU‘s discovery of the Multiverse (along with the forthcoming Spider-Man film).
As such, this latest Quicksilver seems to be a major reason why this show and the future Doctor Strange movie are going to be interlinked.
THIS IS THE BEST THING THEY COULD EVER DONE PIETRO MAXIMOFF IS BACK I BEG THE MCU THEY ARE GOING TO REUNITE THE MAXIMOFF FAMILY WITH MAGNETO OR I SWEAR pic.twitter.com/sR0DQtKEIP
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If Wanda could move people from around the Multiverse – as is the suggestion with Pietro – her abilities would be off the charts, nothing like we’ve ever seen, and could also cause some massive issues to the universe that would certainly entail the intervention and aid of the Sorcerer Supreme.
Moreover, the licenses to the X-Men franchise are currently in the possession of Marvel Studios, and the latest Quicksilver introduction with Evan Peters in WandaVision may be the ideal bridge to potentially carry the story of mutants and X-Men to the MCU on a much larger scale.
Although this is all speculation and assumption at the moment, it seems highly plausible, taking into account everything that’s happened behind the scenes. In any case, viewers will presumably discover more as WandaVision continues to air on Disney+.