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WandaVision Showrunner Talks Last Episode’s Big Reveal (SPOILERS)

February 9, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Warning: Spoilers follow for last weekend’s episode of WandaVision.

Last Friday’s episode of WandaVision changed the game in a big way, and showrunner Jac Schaeffer discussed the big reveal in a new interview. Schaeffer spoke with Marvel.com about the appearance of Evan Peters as Pietro at the end of last week’s episode, an appearance that shocked Wanda as much as it did viewers.

Peters, of course, is not the original MCU Pietro Maximoff. Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Wanda’s brother in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Peters, on the other hand, played Pietro in Fox’s X-Men films Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix. That he is playing Wanda’s brother in her imposed reality in WestView brings up a host of questions: how was he brought over from that universe? Did Wanda crack open the multiverse and pave the way for the X-Men to arrive? Or is it just a “recasting” as Darcy says because Wanda can’t actually raise the dead, and Peters is just a meta-nod to the other franchise? Some highlights of the discussion with Schaeffer are below:

On bringing Peters into the MCU as Quicksilver: “We loved the idea of [bringing him back]. And then we were like, how in the world are we going to make this make logical sense? Like, how do we justify this? Because that’s the thing, you can hatch a million great ideas, but to make them land, to make them be grounded, to make them feel organic to the larger story … This show is such a mind scramble, and because it’s working on so many levels, and there’s so many notions of what’s real and what’s not, and performance, and casting, and audience, and fandom, and all of that, we just thought it would be the biggest thrill to bring Evan over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

On the appearance playing into the show’s sitcom satire: “We thought like, how do we give him this entrance, and then enjoy that, and then make it crazy? And we had long had the idea of the trope of the brother, or the relative, or whoever comes to town and like, stirs things up with the family — that sitcom trope. Everybody was really excited. I think Kevin [Feige] wanted to make sure that there was a reason for it, that it made sense. And I hope that’s what we did.”

On Peters being up for the appearance: “We were rooting for it for so long, and didn’t know if it would be possible. It was complicated to make happen. Evan was always up for it — like, always, always, always. He is a comic book fan, and a Marvel fan. He is always up for the absolute weirdest option. And he’s a pleasure — truly a pleasure to work with.”