It was business as (almost) usual in the latest episode of WandaVision, as Jac Schaefer’s trippy TV spectacular returned to its sitcom-of-the-week formula. After Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda went full Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany’s Vision realized all is not well in Westview, the episode ended with the jaw-dropping appearance of the X-men version of Pietro Maximoff. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was swapped out with Evan Peters, meaning we’re closer than ever to bringing the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The return of Wanda’s dead brother – albeit in a different form – could have huge ramifications for the MCU, with the rogue Avenger seemingly setting up her own marionette show of dead favorites. It’s clear we’re hurtling toward the Multiverse faster than Quicksilver himself – but has WandaVision “attracted” another big cameo from X-Men future past?
Eagle-eyed fans spotted a potential Easter egg to a certain Master of Magnetism hidden in February 5’s ‘On a Very Special Episode’. One scene featured Wanda stepping out of Westview to confront Tyler Hayward and deliver a warning to the SWORD director.
Some clocked that the moment Wanda used her powers to turn Hayward’s own men on him echoed a similar scene with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in Dark Phoenix. Whether intentional or not, there’s a poignant moment of “like father, like daughter”.
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Those up on their comics will know Wanda and Pietro Maximoff are the children of Magneto, which has pitted them against the X-Men and Avengers on several occasions. With 20th Century Fox previously owning the rights to the X-Men, the word “mutant” was taboo, and the Maximoff twins were referred to as “enhanced” by Baron Von Strucker.
Even though Fox’s movies confirmed Peters’ Quicksilver was Magneto’s son, the divisive Dark Phoenix conveniently dodged the issue and seemingly brought the rebooted franchise to a close.
If Pietro is able to pop by for a chat, who’s to say daddy dearest won’t also follow suit? MCU overseer Kevin Feige previously played coy on the idea of Quicksilver and Magneto making an appearance when he told Rotten Tomatoes, “There are other characters in other episodes of this show. Who they are, what they are, not worth discussing right now.” With one having already come true, the other could soon follow suit.
Of course, Fassbender isn’t the only one to wear Magneto’s signature helmet. Long before Matthew Vaughn was rebooting with X-Men: First Class, Sir Ian McKellen was known as the OG Magneto. Even after Fox powered ahead with the Fassbender, McAvoy, and Lawrence years, McKellen reprised his role for the lauded X-Men: Days of Future Past. Fassbender’s Dark Phoenix scene is also a homage to McKellen’s Magneto. In 2000’s X-Men, Magneto turned a police squad’s own guns on them during the iconic “mind over metal” scene.
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With Peters seemingly back as Quicksilver to bridge the gap between Fox’s franchise and the MCU, it’s sent tin-foil theorists into overdrive that Magneto will come to keep an eye on his daughter. Fassbender might make the most sense thanks to the Peters connection, but an altogether more jaw-dropping twist would be McKellen’s Maggers setting up shop in Westview. Having both Evans and McKellen reprise their X-Men roles also opens the floodgates for anyone and everyone who’s been part of Fox’s franchise to come back.
Dark Phoenix’s box office bombing has led to speculation the MCU will completely recast. That being said, there have been talks about whether any of the original X-Men would suit up in spandex once again, with various degrees of interest. Patrick Stewart told us he’d been approached to play Charles Xavier in the MCU, however, seems happy to leave the role behind. McKellen has never said much about coming back, and with the star saying he had “no plans to retire” in 2018, it’s entirely possible for him to play Magneto in WandaVision.
Fans already know one episode will be based on Modern Family, so picture the scene where WandaVision forces Wanda to confront her daddy issues. Bettany recently told Lights, Camera, Podcast the finale will make viewers “look at the MCU in a whole new light” and where it’s going next.
In the same interview, he spoke about the top-secret appearance of an actor he’s “always wanted to work with,” explaining the pair have “fireworks” in their scenes. Some took this to mean Peters, however, the mention of someone he’s ‘always wanted to work with’ leans toward someone with the calibre of McKellen.
The general consensus is that Wandavision will blow the doors off the Multiverse to set up the likes of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man 3. Remembering that both Quicksilver and Vision are dead, it will require some serious skill from Wanda’s reality-rewriting abilities to keep them alive.
There’s been a recent flurry of activity surrounding Spider-Man 3, with everyone from Emma Stone to Alfred Molina tipped to reprise their roles from the past 19 years of Spider-Man movies alongside an A-list trio of Holland, Maguire, and Garfield. As the Spider-Verse sets up a reunion for the ages, the chance to add Magneto(s) to WandaVision sounds like a mag-nificent idea.
Wandavision streams weekly on Disney+.
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