After Avengers Endgame was released Disney announced they had bought media company FOX, who owned the cinematic rights to such Marvel properties as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool. This sparked conversation within the fandom over the potential arrival of the mutants in the ongoing MCU. The excitement continued to soar when Evan Peters made an appearance in the Disney Plus show WandaVision earlier this year. In the show, he played his X-Men character Pietro Maximoff. However, his arrival in the series was not what it originally looked like.
Online rumours and various articles suggested Peters’ version of Pietro marked the beginning of the X-Men universe crossing over to the MCU.
Doubt was cast on these hopes when the final episode of WandaVision revealed Peters actually played Ralph Bohner, but was given Pietro’s identity to dupe Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and the viewers.
Schaeffer, the writer of the show, has now spoken out about the real reason Disney Plus brought Peters onto the project.
Speaking to Empire, she said: “We had a grief counsellor come to the [writers] room, and we did some research on grief, and there’s a lot about how people remember faces.”
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Schaeffer continued: “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.
“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.”
The writer then spoke about how she was shocked by the response she received once Peters arrived in the show.
In particular, she was shocked by the theories she saw online about Pietro and the X-Men universe.
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Schaeffer said: “I couldn’t have anticipated… I don’t know, maybe [Marvel bosses] Mary Livanos and Kevin Feige are like: ‘Yeah, it’s like this every time.’
“But I’m like, these theories are crazy! So it wasn’t. That was not part of my thinking, and also, that’s not my department.
“I am lucky enough that I get to hear about the other projects and sometimes I’m involved and their conversations.”
Schaeffer went on to tease: “I know a little bit about all the things that Lizzie’s [Elizabeth Olsen] been up to. But that’s a bigger, fancier thing, what you’re asking about.”
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Despite Schaeffer’s disappointing comments, all signs point towards the X-Men being introduced within the next handful of films.
The final moments of WandaVision showed Wanda using her new magic 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 be jumping through alternate realities with the titular doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Wanda’s tampering with the universes coincides with her iconic comic book storyline titled House of M.
During this storyline, Wanda creates her children using pieces of a demon’s soul, before realising they were never real to begin with.
After that, Wanda suffers a breakdown, where she utters the words: “No more mutants,” wiping out the mutant race from the planet.
It has since been suggested Wanda will execute a reverse-House of M in the MCU, creating the mutants instead of obliterating them.
WandaVision and the Avengers films are on Disney Plus now.
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