WandaVision Producer Explains Why They Cast Evan Peters As Quicksilver
Now, nearly every Marvel fan knows the WandaVision needed a very special cameo from Evan Peters that functioned as a nod to Fox’s X-Men movies. While a few were happy to only observe an enjoyable wink in the X-Men character from the MCU, others were still fairly sure that this specific character was evidence that this MCU and X-Men’s timelines were timelines movies were going to unite following Disney’s purchase of Fox.
However, the series has wrapped up, and sadly for optimistic fans, there was no confirmation one way or another around the multiverse question. Peters hangs about as Quicksilver before the conclusion of the series; however, in the long run, he’s depicted as just another casualty of the battle between Wanda and Agatha Harkness, without any indications of any deadline shifting shenanigans.
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While some still argue that Peters’ Quicksilver cameo tested the waters to get some crossover, others were frustrated that Disney did not pull the trigger and affirm that the overall look. For the time being, it would appear that any significant response about what occurs to the joys of Fox’s X-Men movies is going to need to wait. Meanwhile, 1 WandaVision manufacturer has shed any light on the motive behind picking Peters as Quicksilver. To go into more detail, Peters was not the Quicksilver fans recall from Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the beginning, it’s suggested that Wanda has raised her brother from the dead using a brand-new look. Still, finally, it’s revealed that the protagonist Agatha Harkness has intentionally exploited Ralph’s guy into faking to be Quicksilver, and Wanda had nothing to do with it.
As producer Mary Livanos explains, leaving aside the issue of multiverse and cameos, the moment was meant to send Wanda off-balance, make her question her own abilities and motivations: “the villain plot really was to make Wanda feel unsure about her power…. we wanted her to be unsure about what she was capable of, about what she was doing, was her subconscious acting out again?” From a narrative standpoint, casting Quicksilver with a new face and personality serves both to confuse audiences and Wanda herself.
They also wanted to emulate the actual grieving process, including what it’s actually like to lose someone and how memories can become fuzzy. To simulate that idea, the concept of having Pietro return for the first time since his demise in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with a different appearance, became an interesting parallel to the way real-life memories of loved ones can change over time: “In our studies of grief and grieving, a side effect that we found is when you lose someone, the details of memory recall can get fuzzy. So the idea that she forgot exactly what her brother’s face looked like, and perhaps her powers have been acting out again, and we found really compelling.”
So even though Peters’ appearance in WandaVision may not be setting up an X-Men crossover, it’s clear a lot of thought went into the casting choice, and it fit the narrative in subtle ways that reinforce the theme of grief and loss. It’s interesting to peek behind the scenes of how casting decisions like this are made very early in the creative process.