The creator of WandaVision, Jac Schaeffer, reveals the deeper reason behind which he cast Evan Peters as Pietro, Wanda’s dead brother, in the first MCU series.
WandaVision the creator, Jac Schaeffer, has revealed that the role of Evan Peters as Quicksilver is more than just an acting trick. When Marvel debuted for its first original streaming series for Disney +, the internet lit up around theories about what was in store for phase 4 of the MCU. Many of these theories revolved around who the real villain of the series was, including some who thought Mephisto or Nightmare might be lurking out of the shadows. Although it was eventually revealed that Agatha Harkness was the primary physical antagonist, the show’s authors always imagined sadness as a truly malicious presence.
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Yet more theories emerged when Peters arrived as Wanda’s brother, Pietro Maximoff. This time, however, he was played by twentieth-century actor Quicksilver Fox X-Men. Again the fans ran out with it and realized it meant the Multiverse was finally wide open. Hopes that MCU was ready to introduce various characters to the ship that had already debuted in other franchises began to float. Although it was eventually revealed to be a mass false representation, Peters ’casting is actually more connected WandaVisiona real villain, sadness, more than originally thought.
Schaeffer speaks Empire Magazinea film podcast that the idea of Peters’s casting worked on multiple levels. In a way, it served as the ultimate target of jokes with the intent to excite the excitement of fans. On the other hand, Peters ’appearance served as an additional commentary on grief and the ways in which grief disrupts memory. Schaeffer says they brought a grief counselor to the writer’s room and then realized it could serve as a way to shed light on how people grieving the loss of loved ones care about how they will be remembered, and especially how the faces of loved ones can memory distort over time. Read what Schaeffer said below:
We had a grief counselor [writers] room, and we explored sadness, and there’s a lot about how people remember faces. Anxiety no remembering the faces of your loved ones, wrong memory or active wrong memory of things as self-preservation tactics – it all became fascinating to us, and we thought that throwing Evan [Peters] in the role, it would not only have such an effect on Wanda, but it would also have this meta layer for the audience.
Like yes WandaVision already not heartbreaking enough, Schaeffer’s latest discovery shows how much attention and care has been put into showing grief on the show. Fans hoping for world series may have been disappointed, but these added layers only serve to show the ways in which Schaeffer and the author team were exclusively focused on accurately depicting the sadness and heightened trauma that comes with losing a loved one in such a brutal way. 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 exhausting aspect of the character of Scarlet Witch. How she will deal with everything will become clear when Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madness comes out next year and it’s safe to say that Wanda is still struggling not only because of the loss of her brother, but also because she lost Vision for the second time and released sons Billy and Tommy. There may still be hope — Wanda heard Billy and Tommy’s voices calling to her as she read Darkhold — but until then, WandaVision it will remain a final statement on Wanda’s grief and is even more poignant than originally thought.
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Source: Empire Magazine
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