WandaVision Theories (So Far)

*SPOILER ALERT*

As of writing this, the fifth episode of Disney+’s original Marvel miniseries “WandaVision” has been available to stream, with the sixth coming out in a few days. New episodes come out every Friday, so each week the developments and what we know are changing drastically. This is especially evident because of the magnitude of fan theories and what each twist and turn means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 

The first of Marvel Studios’ many planned television shows, “WandaVision” puts the audience into a distorted reality. Avenger Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, creates her own world to deal with the grief of the events of “Infinity War” and “Endgame” by mind-controlling a whole town in New Jersey to play as characters in her “sitcom” life with her lover, Vision, played by Paul Bettany. 

Stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany at ComicCon in 2019. Photo via: https://commons. wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elizabeth_Olsen_%26_Paul_Bettany_(48469160767).jpg 

One of the most intriguing aspects of this one-of-a-kind television series is that there is such a massive focus on the theories and thoughts about what might happen in the next episode. However, with each episode, just as many questions arise as are answered. One fan, Casey Lazure, has a few theories based on the latest episode called “On a Very Special Episode…” 

Pietro Maximoff and the Multiverse

In the latest episode, there was a surprise appearance by Wanda’s late brother, Pietro, who, in this universe, died in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The twist here is that instead of Aaron Taylor Johnson reprising his MCU role, it was actor Evan Peters. Peters played the character, also known as Quicksilver, in the X-Men Universe, a whole separate cinematic universe from the one we have come to know. Even Dr. Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings, notes that “She recast Pietro,” showing that Wanda has a massive amount of control over the universe and reality. 

“Marvel deliberately chose Evan Peters to play Quicksilver as a way to introduce the multiverse to the MCU,” Lazure said. 

The events of WandaVision have been confirmed to directly tie and lead into one of the upcoming Marvel movies, “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so Peters playing Maximoff basically verifies that the multiverse will be an immense aspect of Phase 4. 

Who is the Real Villain?

The series has been setting up and implying that the real villain of the show is, in fact, Wanda. This is evident because S.W.O.R.D. is observing Wanda and her “anomaly,” and when they infiltrate the border, director Tyler Hayward, played by Josh Stamberg, orders an agent to “take the shot” on Wanda proving that they see her as a threat. 

But Lazure disagrees, saying that there has to be someone else behind the delusion of her life. And he thinks that whoever is revealed as the true villain of “WandaVision” will also be the villain of the new “Dr. Strange.” Lazure believes that Wanda is a villain, but not by her own choice; she is just using her powers, the same powers that almost single-handedly defeated Thanos, to cope with the many traumatic events she has experienced in the last few years. 

These theories will be proven false or true within the next few weeks as the new episodes come out and answer more of our questions. Without a doubt, though, the new format of these Marvel shows has proven to be very popular and a new way that writers and producers can get creative with their material. 

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