WandaVision creator, Jac Schaeffer has revealed that Evan Peters being cast in the hit series has a deeper meaning than we know. The actor was cast as fake Pietro aka Quicksilver in the Disney+ series. When Marvel debuted the show, the internet was actively creating theories; of what could it mean or what is in store for the MCU Phase 4.
Most of the theories surrounded the conspiracy behind who could be the real villain of the series. Many of the fans thought Mephisto or Nightmare could be around somewhere only to pop up at the end. However, it was revealed almost towards the end that the real villain was actually Agatha Harkness. The writers behind the show always imagined grief being the true reason for the alternate reality that Wanda created.
There were more theories emerging when Evan entered the reality as Wanda’s brother, Pietro Maximoff. But this time, Pietro was played by Evan who was from the X-Men Universe. Fans were delighted as they finally thought that the multiverse had opened up the horizons of the two worlds. They were also hopeful that MCU will bring in various characters who have already made their debuts in other franchises.
However, this was just a massive fake-out as Evan’s casting in the show turned out to have no ties with Wanda or the multiverse theory. However, the actor’s casting actually ties more into WandaVision’s true villain, grief. Jac revealed to Empire Magazine’s film podcast that the idea of casting Evan Peters worked on multiple levels. He revealed it served as the ultimate meta-joke that was intended to excite fans. Evan’s appearance served as a further add-on to the grief they were portraying and in many ways grief disrupts memory.
“The anxiety of not remembering the faces of your loved ones, misremembering…”
The creator further explained that they brought a grief counselor to the writer’s room. He added that is when they realized how this could serve as a way to highlight how people who are saddened by the loss of loved ones worry about how they will remember them.
Jac said, “We had a grief counselor come to the [writers] room, and we did some research on grief, and there’s a lot about how people remember faces. The anxiety of not remembering the faces of your loved ones, misremembering, or actively misremembering things as a self-preservation tactic—all of that became fascinating to us, and we thought that by casting Evan [Peters] in the role, it would not only have that effect on Wanda, but it would have this meta layer for the audience, as well.”
WandaVision, although disappointing for some fans, was already really heartbreaking. The creator’s revelation just shows how much more thought has been put into processing the character’s grief. Fans who hoped for the ultimate multiverse leading to Doctor Strange 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home must have been disappointed.
However, these little layers add to show the ways in which the creators and the writing team were dedicatedly portraying the grief and trauma. The unfortunate part is that this message did not reach fans and got lost under the multiple theories. This is an even more heartbreaking revelation for fans from the aspect of Scarlet Witch’s character.
Hopefully, all of this grief and how she handles it will become clear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The movie releases next year and it is safe to say that Wanda is still going through the loss of her brother. But that’s not all, she is still dealing with the loss of Vision for the third time; and the loss of their children, Billy and Tommy.
However, there might still be hope as at the post-credits scene of the series; Wanda heard her children calling out to her while she was reading the Darkhold. But until then, WandaVision will play an important role in understanding Wanda’s grief; and it being much deeper than originally thought.