After Avengers Endgame was released, Disney announced that they had bought media company FOX, which owned the movie rights to Marvel properties such as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool. This sparked a conversation within the fandom about the possible arrival of the mutants in the ongoing MCU. Excitement continued to mount when Evan Peters appeared on the Disney Plus show WandaVision earlier this year. On the show, he played his X-Men character Pietro Maximoff. However, his arrival on the series was not what it originally looked like.
Online rumors and several articles suggested that Peters’ version of Pietro marked the beginning of the X-Men universe transitioning to the MCU.
This hope was called into question when the final episode of WandaVision revealed that Peters actually played Ralph Bohner, but was given Pietro’s identity to mislead Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and the viewers.
Schaeffer, the show’s writer, has now spoken out about the real reason Disney Plus brought Peters to the project.
She said to Empire, “We had a grief counselor who went to the [writers] room, and we’ve done some research on grief, and there’s a lot about how people remember faces. “
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Schaeffer continued, “The fear of not remembering the faces of your loved ones, of mis- or actively mis-memorizing things as a tactic for self-preservation – all that became fascinating to us.
‘That’s what we thought by casting Evan [Peters] in the role, not only would it have that effect on Wanda, but it would also have this meta-layer for the audience. “
The writer went on to say how shocked she was by the reaction she got when Peters arrived on the show.
She was especially shocked by the theories she saw online about Pietro and the X-Men universe.
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Schaeffer said, “I couldn’t have foreseen … I might not know [Marvel bosses] Mary Livanos and Kevin Feige say, “Yes, it is every time.”
‘But I’m like, these theories are crazy! So it wasn’t. That was not part of my thinking, nor is it my department.
“I’m lucky to hear about the other projects and sometimes I’m involved in them and their conversations.”
Schaeffer went on to tease, “I know a little bit about all the things Lizzie is [Elizabeth Olsen] been until. But that’s a little bigger, more beautiful, what you ask for. “
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Despite Schaeffer’s disappointing comments, all signs point to the X-Men being introduced in the next handful of movies.
The final moments of WandaVision showed Wanda using her new magical spellbook, the Darkhold, and looking through different universes to find her lost children, Billy and Tommy.
Scarlet Witch will next appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where she is expected to jump through alternate realities with the titular doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Wanda’s messing with the universes coincides with her iconic storyline titled House of M.
During this storyline, Wanda creates her children with pieces of a demon’s soul, before realizing they were never real to begin with.
Afterwards, Wanda suffers a breakdown, pronouncing the words, “No more mutants”, wiping out the mutant race from the planet.
It has since been suggested that Wanda will perform a reverse House of M in the MCU, creating the mutants rather than erasing them.
WandaVision and the Avengers movies are now on Disney Plus.
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