WandaVision creator, Jac Schaeffer, reveals the deeper reason behind casting Evan Peters as Pietro, Wanda’s dead brother, in the first MCU series.
WandaVision creator, Jac Schaeffer, revealed that Evan Peters’ role as Quicksilver was more than just stunt casting. When Marvel debuted their first original streaming series for Disney+, the internet lit up about theories as to what was in store for Phase 4 of the MCU. Many of those theories revolved around who the true villain of the series was, including some who thought Mephisto or Nightmare could be lurking in the shadows. While it was ultimately revealed that Agatha Harkness was the primary physical antagonist, the writers behind the show always imagined grief as being the true malevolent presence.
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Still, more theories arose when Peters arrived as Wanda’s brother, Pietro Maximoff. This time, though, he was played by the Quicksilver actor from the 20th Century Fox X-Men universe. Again, fans ran with it and took this to mean that the Multiverse had finally broken wide open. Hopes that the MCU was prepared to bring on board various characters who already made their debuts in other franchises began to soar. While it was ultimately revealed to be a massive fake-out, Peters’ casting actually ties more into WandaVision‘s true villain, grief, more than originally thought.
Schaeffer tells Empire Magazine‘s film podcast that the idea of Peters’ casting worked on multiple levels. In one way, it served as the ultimate meta joke intended to incite the excitement of fans. On the other hand, Peters’ appearance served as a further commentary on grief and the ways in which grief disrupts memory. Schaeffer says that they brought a grief counselor to the writer’s room, and it was then that they realized that this could serve as a way to illuminate how people saddened by the loss of loved ones worry about how they will remember them and specifically about how the faces of loved ones can be distorted by memory through time. Read what Schaeffer said below:
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.
As if WandaVision wasn’t already heartbreaking enough, Schaeffer’s latest reveal shows how much thought and care was put into the show’s portrayal of grief. Fans hoping for a world breaking series may have been disappointed, but these added layers only serve to show the ways in which Schaeffer and the writing team were solely focused on accurately portraying the grief and heightened trauma that comes with losing a loved one in such a brutal manner. The only unfortunate part of this is that this message got lost in the stunt casting itself.
What was a fun moment for fans becomes an even more heart-wrenching aspect of Scarlet Witch’s character. How she will handle all of this will become apparent when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases next year, and it’s safe to say that Wanda is still reeling not only from the loss of her brother, but from losing Vision for a second time and letting go of her sons, Billy and Tommy. There may be some hope yet – Wanda heard Billy and Tommy’s voices calling out for her while she read the Darkhold – but until then, WandaVision will remain the final statement on Wanda’s grief and it’s even more heartbreaking than originally thought.
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Source: Empire Magazine
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