In episode 5 of WandaVision, broadcast on Disney +, a character from the Marvel universe is back … well almost. This appearance could mark a turning point in the MCU’s Phase IV sequel. Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen the first five episodes of WandaVision before continuing to read this article.
From episode to episode, WandaVision, the first series from Marvel Studios on Disney +, never ceases to amaze. As Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is understood to control the town of Westview, in which she plays the perfect couple with Vision (Paul Bettany) through the decades in sitcom style, new twists bring all new questions. Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) returned to the SWORD (Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Department) and tries somehow to help Wanda with the help of FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and astrophysicist Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).
Especially since the perfect bubble created by Wanda reveals its first flaws. Psychologically and physically trapped residents in Westview cry out for help and behave strangely, most notably “Aunt Agnes” (Kathryn Hahn), who may be Agatha Harkness, a powerful witch who helped Wanda. These alerts stir up the curiosity of Vision who becomes suspicious and lashes out at Wanda and the couple end up arguing. Wanda then suggests that she is not the only one responsible until the doorbell rings and a character comes to shake everything in this episode 5 which seems to mark a turning point in the MCU.
An X-Men in the MCU
On the doorstep appears a man who introduces himself as Pietro, Wanda’s twin brother, who was killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. His arrival is a surprise but which could have an explanation given that Vision, however dead in Avengers: Infinity War, is present in the series. Episode 5 explains to us that Wanda recovered her remains from SWORD to “resuscitate” him, so she could very well have brought Pietro back thanks to his powers which are more and more powerful. What is very surprising, however, is the actor who slips into the skin of “Pietro”.
It’s not Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who was in Avengers: Age of Ultron in the MCU but Evan Peters who arrives in this fifth episode. The actor played Peter Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, in the X-Men franchise. It is therefore not Pietro but Peter, who presents himself all the same as his missing brother, who arrives in WandaVision and by extension in the MCU. Even Darcy Lewis ticks when he sees Peter introduce himself and throws a little meta joke: “She cast another Pietro?”. Evan Peters’ presence in WandaVision therefore seems to mark the first official appearance of an X-Men in the MCU!
The multiverse in phase IV
This appearance marks a turning point in the MCU and confirms that Phase IV will approach and explore the Multiverse, which will also be at the heart of the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Disney studios having acquired the Fox catalog, it is now possible for the MCU to display the X-Men but also The Fantastic Four. Speculation is rife and rumors are already swelling about Ian McKellen’s potential appearance as Magneto. Indeed, WandaVision is supposedly inspired by House of M, a comic book crossover released in 2005 in which the mad Scarlet Witch is the target of Professor Xavier who finds himself in an alternate reality with the Mutants and the New Avengers in a world ruled by Magneto.
WandaVision could be a real playground to bring up or mention many characters from the Marvel Universe and kick off an awesome Phase IV. Note that Spider-Man and Doctor Strange are also present in House of M and that Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Wanda are also planned for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In addition, a sequence at SWORD during which the agents debate a “pseudonym” of Wanda refers to the fact that her name from the comics, Scarlet Witch, is not used in the MCU and that there is a distinction between the MCU and the X-Men franchise.
In addition, Monica Rambeau should be of utmost importance in the sequel since it appears that her latent powers were increased tenfold by Wanda when she kicked her out of Westview. The anomalies on her analyzes could be the first clues to her origins as a superheroine since Monica is one in the comics and she responds to the name of… Captain Marvel. Especially since Monica points out to Wanda that she let her enter her universe. As a reminder, Monica is the daughter of Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), friend of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and former leader of the SWORD, and she will return in Captain Marvel 2, planned in Phase IV of the MCU. Moreover, in the comics, it is none other than Doctor Strange who comes to the aid of Monica when her powers are impaired.
Another sequence with the SWORD in this episode 5 calls out: when Monica Rambeau suggests that she knows “an aerospace pro who would be delighted to take up this challenge “. If you think of Captain Marvel at first glance, Monica might actually think of one of the Fantastic Four, be it Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm or Ben Grimm. In the comics, Monica is close to Reed and Ben and she could have called one of them in WandaVision when she picked up her phone to reach someone. This could be a way to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU!
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