The latest episode of Disney+’s WandaVision sowed more seeds in the mystery occurring in Westview. The fifth installment titled “On a Very Special Episode…” tackled the 1980s, mixing the signature sitcom comedy with a more dramatic, B-narrative exploring grief. But the episode’s conclusion cemented more questions with a cosmic-level guest appearance from Evan Peters (American Horror Story, Kick-Ass).
Peters surprised viewers reprising his role as Wanda’s brother Pietro Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver. This comes as a complete shock because Peters did not play the role in the MCU. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s (Nowhere Boy, Godzilla) played Pietro, perishing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Viewers expected a major guest cameo following a TVLine interview in which Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame) was “very excited” the special guests’ identity didn’t leak.
WandaVision stars Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany (Legion, Uncle Frank) as Vision, characters from Marvel’s films based on the comic books. The fourth episode titled “We Interrupt This Program” focused on characters in the real world including Teyonah Parris’ (Chi-Raq, Candyman) Captain Monica Rambeau; and, S.W.O.R.D. acting director, Tyler Hayward, played by Josh Stamberg (Drop Dead Diva, The Affair). The series also reintroduced characters from the MCU’s past with Randall Park (Ant-Man, Always Be My Maybe) as FBI agent Jimmy Woo and Kat Dennings’ (2 Broke Grils, Thor) Dr. Darcy Lewis.
In addition to this revelation, other clues developed in the half-hour episode. Wanda and Vision’s twins displayed their own powers as they aged ten years in a matter of minutes. And Vision has become more suspicious of Wanda’s control over their world after two disturbing incidents with nosey neighbor Agnes, played by Kathryn Hahn (I Know This Much Is True, Bad Moms), and his co-worker Norm played by Asif Ali (Wrecked, The Mandalorian).
Meanwhile, S.W.O.R.D. discovered how “the hex” reimagines objects that enter the energy field. With this knowledge, Monica attempted to contact Wanda. But the mission fails when Director Hayward options to eliminate what he deems a terroristic threat. Viewers witness the depth of Wanda’s powers as she walks out of “the hex” warning S.W.O.R.D. to leave her alone.
The arrival of Peter’s Pietro could lead to very specific ramifications for the future of the MCU. For starters, it continues the theory of the Multiverse which was explored in the films Ant-Man and Avengers: Endgame. We could see this feature develop in the Dr. Strange sequel. This positions the return of any character – alive or deceased – into the MCU.
Secondly, it confirms the Multiverse could include comic characters from the FOX film universe. Peter’s Quicksilver existed in the films X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. These were properties Marvel could not use until Disney’s purchase of FOX in 2018. This is an early hint at the inevitable introduction of mutants and other characters to their narrative. It may not be revealed in this series, but the cameo could light the fuse to the MCU’s next phases – which are rumored to include the arrival of beloved characters like the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool.
The sixth episode of WandaVision arrives on Disney+ Friday, February 12 at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET. You can watch the episode six promo below: