A Key Marvel Hero Could Return From the Dead in ‘WandaVision’

Evan Romano
·4 min read

From Men's Health

The following story contains spoilers for Episode 3 of WandaVision on Disney+

  • WandaVision focuses primarily on two key Marvel heroes: Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and Vision. But the show's third episode just hinted at a key character in their orbit.

  • After giving birth to twins, Wanda remembers that she herself is a twin—prompting a reference to her brother, Pietro Maximoff, who last appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

  • The world of WandaVision is such a surreal one that an appearance from Pietro–also known as Quicksilver—could possibly be in the cards.

While WandaVision continues to center on the unexpected superhero sitcom hijinx of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), the show is slowly but surely starting to peel the surreal curtain back to reveal more of what's really going on beneath the surface. And while Episode 3 gave us the biggest glimpse yet at the fact that something strange and, really, human, is happening, it also hinted toward the presence of a character not seen since Avengers: Age of Ultron: Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver.

Whether that presence culminates in a literal guest appearance, or simply an acknowledgement of the past is anyone's guess, though. We've already established that most clues point towards the fact that, above all else, WandaVision is a show about processing grief. It would seem that the entire reality of the show is some sort of creation of Wanda's mind, where she's come to imagine a perfect world where Vision wasn't killed by Thanos en route to snapping half of humanity out of existence; instead she and Vision just got married and moved to this perfect little sitcom neighborhood.

But, as we all know, that's not what happens. We're going to enjoy all the wacky sitcom happenings along the way, but that's not the main attraction; the main attraction is that there's more going on. We know it, and we're waiting for Vision to figure it out, and for Wanda to finally acknowledge it and move forward.

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

And in Episode 3, after giving birth to twins Tommy and Billy, she does show that she's capable of processing grief. She mentions that she's a twin, and had a brother named Pietro. Pietro's death at the climax of Age of Ultron is of course a pivotal moment in the history of Scarlet Witch. We've seen her after his death, in Captain America: Civil War, in Avengers: Infinity War, and, briefly, in Avengers: Endgame. We saw that she was able to grieve and move past it.

But when "Geraldine," or, Monica Rambeau, asks if her brother was, indeed, killed by Ultron, it's like she's poking at an open wound. Wanda doesn't want to talk about it in her special place; almost like she's reverting in her process of grieving. And it makes sense; part of the reason she was able to move on after losing her brother is that she found a new community with the Avengers; she found friends in Tony, and Hawkeye, and War Machine, and Captain America, and Black Widow. She found love with Vision. And when that love is taken away from her, it would make sense that she might regress emotionally.

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Photo credit: Men's Health

Everything about the WandaVision reality suggests Wanda's reluctance to acknowledge that Vision is gone, so she sure doesn't want to go further down the rabbit hole to talk about her brother's death. She turns on Geraldine/Monica instantly, and catapults her out of this Truman Show-esque (???) reality with an energy blast. As if we needed another hint that Wanda is controlling everything, this was it.

Still, though, the door to see Pietro/Quicksilver is opened. If Vision—who, again, died in Infinity War—is appearing alive and well in Wanda's WandaVision world, then there's no reason to think that she couldn't conjure up a version of her late brother. This would be in the wrong direction for her recovery, and would seem to be the opposite of the acknowledgement that Monica/Geraldine seems to be pushing her towards. But it seems like things might get worse before they get better for Wanda. So we'll just have to wait and see.

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

And just to clarify—if we do see a version of Pietro/Quicksilver in the show, it would be the Aaron Taylor-Johnson Avengers: Age of Ultron version, not the Evan Peters X-Men version. Disney purchased the rights to the X-Men in a huge merger deal last year, but there's zero reason to think they're going to start re-using actors/characters from a different franchise (aside from Ryan Reynolds' wildly-popular Deadpool, which, they obviously want to keep around).

If everything we're seeing really is part of Wanda's refusal to acknowledge reality, that could even open the door for more appearances aside from just her late brother. We could see villains—James Spader (the voice of Ultron) and Josh Brolin (Thanos' motion capture) as neighbors, perhaps?—in unexpected capacities. The possibilities, really, are endless. But if anyone's going to get through to Wanda to get her head fully on straight, a projection of her brother might be a good candidate.

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