One of the main questions since WandaVision‘s announcement was just how do these era jumps through sitcoms tie into the story? With the arrival of Quicksilver in episode 5, there may be an answer.
So far, the jumps have provided a lot of entertainment value and even more mystery. Why are they hopping so fast? How are they doing it? What does it mean? Why does it matter? Then, the Fox X-Men version of Quicksilver played by Evan Peters shows up at the end of episode 5 and has everyone even more confused than they already were.
Lining up an Fox X-Men Pietro and an MCU Wanda is no easy task — they both have completely different stories that don’t involve the other. X-Men Quicksilver is a teenager in the 70s, in the MCU, Wanda wasn’t born until 1989. Along with the obvious MCU Pietro being dead, these two are from completely different stories and different origins. Wanda isn’t even a mutant in the MCU … yet.
In the films, X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in 1983 and Dark Phoenix in 1992, Peters’ last two appearances. Is it a coincidence that Quicksilver pops up in the 80s era of WandaVision right before we head into the 90s? Highly doubtful. If Marvel is planning on using the same actors and characters that Fox used in their films, which are all the main players that fans know and love, they need a way to get them here from the past. (And no, that random Deadpool cameo with everyone didn’t count.)
It would also be shocking if getting these new X-Men here didn’t involve the Multiverse, which we know Marvel is diving headfirst into here in Phase 4. Of course Pietro could be someone else or have been sent by someone, but this is a surefire way to explain how some other of our favorite mutants make it into the MCU without needing a massive explanation.
I’ve been extensively covering and theorizing the show, and from the beginning I haven’t bought that Wanda is the sole antagonist, something or someone else is pulling the strings and you can read about those at the link above. Wanda wouldn’t be able to pull a Pietro she doesn’t know out of nowhere, and the show acknowledges the recast. Someone else is at work here. And I think that someone else is playing with the Multiverse and time using Wanda’s magic and keeping her distracted with this perfect little sitcom life that she always wanted.
The first 5 episodes of WandaVision are currently streaming on Disney+.