Will Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will the mutants into existence?
We normally do not report on rumors until they have the heft of a trade paper behind them, but to be honest, we could use the distraction from current events for the moment. Murphy’s Multiverse reports X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Evan Peters shot scenes for the 2021 Disney+ series WandaVision. The program stars Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, the reality-distorting Markovia who was enhanced by Hydra’s experimentation with the Mind Stone. Previews for the series indicate she will be experiencing TV sitcom versions of her life, ranging from the 1950s to the ’90s — but it is still unclear why this is happening. Although, with Paul Bettany returning as Vision, one of the few characters not restored to life in Avengers: Endgame, we’re inclined to believe a mixture of grief and Wanda’s expanding powers may be causing her new TV-informed reality.
Back in the comics, Wanda’s powers led to a time with “no more mutants.” It was eventually revered, of course, but we’ve always suspected this tidbit of Marvel history may be used to one day integrate the mutants of X-Men lore into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, from a thematic standpoint, it makes sense for Wanda to be the one to do it.
Peters, who played speedster Quicksilver (aka Peter Maximoff) in 2014’s Days of Future Past and the two subsequent X-Men pictures, was not the only person to play the character on the big screen. Aaron Taylor-Johnson also played Quicksilver in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Apocalypse alongside Olsen’s Wanda as the characters are, in fact, siblings. He died in the film — in part due to the unique contract stipulations between Marvel and Fox allowing use of the character — and Wanda’s sorrow about her brother continued to be an element of her character in further Marvel Studios films.
Though Murphy’s Multiverse cannot confirm he played Quicksilver in WandaVision, it is easy to make that leap. Well, provided the rumor of his appearance is itself true. And if it all turns out to be true, Wanda accidentally conjuring the mutants into the MCU as part of an attempt to resurrect her brother will tie a nice thematic bow on the series itself and the eventual arrival of the X-Men.
WandaVision comes to Disney+ in 2021.
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