Since the startle of WandaVision, fans have had much no idea what to expect from week to workweek. The truth about Wanda ( Elizabeth Olsen ) and Vision ‘s ( Paul Bettany ) being inside an ever-transforming situation comedy has slowly emerged. By now, it ‘s been confirmed that this doomed Marvel couple now exists inside a heave adaptation of world which is most probable created by Wanda and born out of her grief over the death of Vision. We besides know that this adaptation of reality has manifested as a hexagon-shaped air pocket population that has swallowed an stallion township in New Jersey and left many residents subjected to Wanda ‘s charming influences in order to help her and Vision live out their suburban happily ever after .
COLLIDER VIDEO OF THE DAY This week ‘s episode, “ On a Very special Episode …, ” was possibly the most jaw-dropping sequence so far. After WandaVision reminded viewers numerous times that Wanda ‘s brother, Pietro, was dead and that on some charge she was still deeply hurt by his death ( as you might expect ), Pietro seemed to magically return from the all in at the end of the episode. After Wanda and Vision fight about the situation comedy reality Wanda has created, the doorbell rings. Wanda, assuring Vision she has no idea who that is and that she ‘s not creditworthy for making it happen, opens the door and stands there in shock. The television camera cuts to reveal that it ‘s her buddy Pietro, a.k.a. Quicksilver. But — and hera ‘s the big surprise — it ‘s Evan Peters as Quicksilver, a wholly different interpretation of the character who has, until now, existed in a completely separate cinematic franchise.
Peters ‘ cameo ( and possible recurring function ) on WandaVision comes with a myriad of implications about what could happen in the MCU going forward. But, before we get excessively far ahead of ourselves, it ‘s probably best to pause and refresh our memories on who Quicksilver the character is and who Peters ‘ version of Quicksilver has been established as in twentieth Century Studios ‘ X-Men franchise .
Who Is Quicksilver?
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Before we get besides deep into this, we should equitable do the rapid of overviews on Quicksilver, one of the fastest characters in the Marvel Comics canon. so, the basics : erratic is the superhero dub of Pietro Maximoff, twin brother of Wanda Maximoff. In Marvel Comics, Wanda and Pietro ‘s origins are curiously complex for superheroes, with the origins tweaked and refined over the years. The basic kernel is this : Wanda and Pietro are the children of Magneto and his wife, Magda. Magda gave birth to the twins in mysterious with the help of a sentient overawe named Bova on Wundagore Mountain and left the twins in Bova ‘s care. finally, Bova gave the twins to a different couple who had lost their own children, and Wanda and Pietro were raised as their own. ( It ‘s a good thing, excessively, because Magneto is an extremely frightful parent to his kids in the comics. ) As the twins grew older, they finally met Bova and learned the truth of their parentage. Pietro ‘s superpowers include super accelerate, speed physiology ( basically, having a body that does n’t wear out by going highly flying ), enhanced lastingness, tractability, and potency, and all of the fun extras that semen with being a superpowered human .
While Pietro has had a long and consequential life in the comics, his clock in the MCU was much, much shorter. Pietro appeared in one MCU movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in that movie. The MCU took some liberties with Wanda and Pietro ‘s backstory, in part because they had to exclude Magneto ( that character belongs to twentieth Century Studios’ X-Men universe, which, because of the way Marvel ‘s rights are divvied up, could n’t allow Marvel Studios to name the character at the time ). sol, in Age of Ultron, we learn Wanda and Pietro were twins from Sokovia who were orphaned at age 10 when a Stark Industries missile flew into their apartment build and detonated, killing their parents. Radicalized as teens, the twins volunteered to HYDRA to be experimented on by Wolfgang von Strucker ( Thomas Kretschmann ). The twins survived and, as a consequence, had their superpowers. Pietro and Wanda spend most of Age of Ultron ‘s runtime helping Ultron ( James Spader ) but when they learn he wants to destroy world, defect to the Avengers to help destroy Ultron. Pietro is finally killed in the final battle, dying from gunfire aimed at Hawkeye and a new Sokovian male child .
How Does Evan Peters Figure In?
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so, Evan Peters as Quicksilver. Let ‘s lecture about it .
Peters has been playing Quicksilver for much longer than Taylor-Johnson, not merely in terms of chronological time but besides in terms of the number of movies he ‘s appeared in. Peters first appeared as Quicksilver in 2014 ‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past. This version of Quicksilver was introduced as Peter Maximoff, a high school child who liked to use his super-speed for delinquent purposes. Quicksilver was recruited by Professor Xavier ( James McAvoy ) and Wolverine ( Hugh Jackman ) because his alone skill set made him the perfective extra asset to help jailbreak Magneto ( Michael Fassbender ). There is more of a nod toward the possibility Quicksilver is Magneto ‘s son in Days of Future Past than in any other Marvel movie, and that lineage is instantaneously confirmed in later X-Men movies. Peters went on to play Quicksilver in two more X-Men franchise installments : 2016 ‘s X-Men: Apocalypse and 2019 ‘s X-Men: Dark Phoenix .
Despite appearing in three X-Men movies, Peters ‘ version of Quicksilver was largely reduced to what I call the “ extremely Supporting Character. ” This is a character who is largely there to round out group scenes and who occasionally pops up for a moment or two to remind you that yes, they ‘re however hera ! Oh, and if it ‘s a superhero movie, they sometimes get to remind you of how cool they are by getting a sequence to showcase their cool powers. For model :
Like Magneto and his expunction from Wanda and Pietro ‘s MCU backstory, Peters ‘ Quicksilver is separate of twentieth Century Studios ‘ X-Men franchise which means his adaptation of the quality does n’t exist in the MCU. As such, it has generally been accepted that this character would cross over into the MCU due to the assorted intricacies of rights. so, the character was recast with Taylor-Johnson for the MCU’s Age of Ultron .
This is the elementary reason Peters ‘ appearance in “ On a Very especial episode … ” is indeed shock. It is a boldface move for Marvel Studios to make. Granted, twentieth Century Studios is now a sister company of Marvel ‘s, but since the former studio was acquired by Disney and despite Marvel head Kevin Feige ‘s confirmation that some twentieth Century Marvel characters would be coming into the MCU ( like the Fantastic Four ), fans by and large assumed this would be a lot further down the course. And even then, it was never confirmed that the actors who originated those twentieth Century Marvel characters would reprise their roles in the MCU .
Is Evan Peters the MCU’s Quicksilver Now?
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Because Peters ‘ engagement in WandaVision has been kept under wraps for the entirety of the time leading up to this episode ‘s release, we ‘re placid processing what this actually mind-bending revelation might mean going ahead. right now, there are a few solid theories we have about how precisely WandaVision will explain Peters showing up in Episode 5 .
Theory A: Peters’ Quicksilver Is a Meta Wink
There is a gamble that WandaVision is toying with us. Meta casting is commonplace in television, so it could be the casing that WandaVision is making a similarly knowing decision here with Peters doing a “ wink-wink, nudge-nudge ” cameo as Quicksilver. If this is the subject, Peters ‘ function in the fabricated WandaVision situation comedy could be explained away by revealing Peters to be another actual person who was sucked into the anomaly and who is nowadays under the influence of Wanda ‘s magic trick, like the other residents of Westview. however, in the encase of Peters ‘ character, he has been “ recast ” to play a situation comedy adaptation of Wanda ‘s recently brother and will not appear in Quicksilver ‘s form if the anomaly is destroyed.
Theory B : This Is a Multiverse Crossover
It is besides possible the appearance of Peters ‘ erratic at the end of “ On a Very particular episode … ” is our beginning case of multiverse shenanigans. If this were the case, then his quality would have found a manner to cross from one version of Earth to another, therefore opening up the MCU to the rest of the multiverse. It should be noted that as the Quicksilver uncover plays out, Wanda looks authentically stunned to see her brother somehow rear from the dead — and besides excessively stunned to comment that he looks wholly different. ( Given that by this point she ‘s given a monologue to Billy and Tommy about the feel of grief and not using magic to bring back the dead, it seems unlikely she would have orchestrated her own brother ‘s fall from the dead for the sake of a situation comedy fantasy. ) besides, as Darcy watches from the S.W.O.R.D. al-qaeda camp, we hear sirens going off. These are the same sirens that went off when Wanda emerges from the anomaly to confront Monica and Hayward, which means another perimeter rupture has occurred. All of this implies that Peters ‘ Quicksilver is legitimately the same Quicksilver from the X-Men franchise and he ‘s somehow crossed between worlds for reasons so far to be revealed .
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Theory C: Peters Is Now the MCU’s Quicksilver
The third choice we ‘re presently considering is that Marvel Studios has recast the function of Quicksilver and decided to retcon his by so that he can return to the MCU for good. If this is the case, then WandaVision would probable show that in addition to Peters ‘ rewording as the MCU ‘s Quicksilver being a meta nod to the actor ‘s time in the X-Men world, he is effectively helping to “ reboot ” Quicksilver with a fresh startle beginning with this WandaVision cameo. Should this prove to be true, then fans could expect to see Peters ‘ Quicksilver pop up in future MCU projects. It besides could imply that there is no purpose to introduce the multiverse just so far and that Peters ‘ appearance is a singular event .
There is hush a lot ( seriously, a fortune ) of explaining that needs to be done regarding Peters ‘ appearance as Quicksilver. Once we have the how ‘s and why ‘s of Peters’ WandaVision character sorted out, we ‘ll get a better sense of equitable how long he ‘s going to stick around .
WandaVision episodes 1 through 5 are nowadays available to stream on Disney+. New episodes of WandaVision air every Friday. For more, find out what ‘s coming to Disney+ in February .
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