With WandaVision within the air on Disney Plus, the Scarlet Witch’s family is entrance and middle — however isn’t there somebody we’re forgetting? There’s Wanda, the Scarlet Witch herself. There’s her loving husband-robot, the Vision.
After which there’s Pietro Maximoff, Wanda’s brother! However are we speaking about the cool kid with the goggles who saves everyone in the X Mansion? Or the man in Below Armor and frosted ideas from Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Let’s take a fast Quicksilver refresher course, as his presence stays important to WandaVision, whether or not or not he’s within the image.
Who’s Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver?
Pietro is Wanda’s twin brother. The 2 have been born in Sokovia, a small, made-up Jap European nation. On the age of 10, their mother and father have been killed utilizing Stark weaponry, engendering them with a deep hatred for Tony Stark. Out of hatred for Iron Man and the Avengers, and a want to wield the ability to liberate their war-torn nation, Pietro and Wanda volunteered for a harmful Hydra experiment that uncovered them to energies from Loki’s scepter.
The Thoughts Stone throughout the scepter gave Pietro and Wanda their superpowers. She received a mysterious suite of psionic powers that permit her to warp actuality, and he received … tremendous pace.
How did Quicksilver die?
Pietro died in the identical film wherein he was launched, saving Hawkeye and a Sokovian baby from a hail of Ultron-fired bullets. He was quick sufficient to maneuver Clint Barton and the boy to security however apparently to not dodge the bullets himself.
Quicksilver has not appeared in an MCU property since, not even in flashbacks.
Why are there two Quicksilvers in Marvel motion pictures?
To unpack this, we have to unpack some Marvel Comics historical past and a few Marvel film historical past. It was not too way back that 20th Century Fox held the film license for the X-Men and all related characters, stopping Marvel Studios from together with mutants within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On the time, Wanda and Pietro have been mutants within the Marvel Comics — the dual youngsters of Magneto, the mutant grasp of magnetism. However they have been mutants who occupied a wierd gray space. Though they have been launched as villainous members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the 2 had spent nearly all of their editorial existence as reformed members of the Avengers than both as members of the X-Males staff or as X-Males villains.
Marvel and Fox agreed to share custody, so to talk. Marvel might use Wanda and Pietro as long as they by no means talked about mutants or Magneto, and Fox might use them as long as they by no means talked about the Avengers. However, in fact, studios don’t need to create additional publicity for a competitor. So when Fox’s X-Males: Days of Future Previous launched Quicksilver in an enormous method, it appears seemingly that Marvel determined to eliminate their very own Pietro as rapidly as attainable, as a way to give Wanda prime billing.
Over at Marvel Comics, the same “no free publicity” edict was enacted in 2015’s Uncanny Avengers, when Wanda and Pietro went on a bizarre journey and found that they weren’t mutants in any respect! They have been common human twin infants who’d been experimented on by the Excessive Evolutionary (a mad scientist with much more pretensions than regular) after which disguised as mutant youngsters. For causes!
Although Marvel has recouped the movie license to the X-Males by way of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Wanda continues to be thought-about one of many nice enemies of Mutantkind in present Marvel Comics, bearing the overwrought moniker of the Great Pretender. Comics Wanda’s fame was destroyed by company licensing. And MCU Wanda’s brother was killed by the identical.
Within the lead as much as Wandavision, rumors swirled that Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who performed Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, would make an appearance in the series. They’ve additionally swirled that Evan Peters, who performed Quicksilver in Fox’s X-Males franchise, is making an appearance in the series. And within the fifth episode of WandaVision, we received an enormous trace about whether or not any of these rumors are true.
[Ed. note: The rest of this piece contains spoilers for WandaVision up through episode 5.]
OK, so it wasn’t a lot a touch as a full affirmation: Evan Peters, the Quicksilver of the X-Males motion pictures, showed up unannounced at Wanda and Vision’s door at the end of this week’s episode, referring to himself as Wanda’s long-lost brother. Darcy was given the in-universe language for what was actually taking place on display screen: They recast Pietro.
The episode ended swiftly after, dropping the metatextual joke with out a lot indication of the place this weird plot growth goes from right here. Is that this how Marvel Studios plans to include the Fox X-Males? Is it simply an in-joke for X-Males followers?
In the end, WandaVision is anticipated to ultimately tie in to 2022’s Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, and the place the Multiverse is concerned, something goes. Pietro’s “recasting” could be our first glimpse of what’s to come back.