August 6, 2021

Marvel takes a giant step

There are episodes that are made to leave the viewer with eyes wide open and mark a before and after. In the case of Scarlet Witch and Vision, the fifth episode aired this Friday was designed not only to speed up the plot but also to transform the public’s conception of the Marvel cinematic universe, the one that has been in theaters since Iron Man was released in 2008, which includes the films of The Avengers and from which the characters of the Disney + miniseries have come out.

For the record, the reader should note that this article includes details of the fifth episode of Scarlet Witch and VisionSo you’d better stop reading if you don’t want to rip out key plot elements. It is also convenient to know that what will be discussed in these lines are hypotheses and theories not yet confirmed: there is a lot of cloth to cut and the screenwriter Jac Schaeffer still has room to surprise the viewer.

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It is convenient to say that key elements of the episode will be gutted in this text and that it is a theory

What has turned the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) upside down? The appearance of a character at the end of the episode entitled “In a very special episode …”. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are arguing in their dining room, inspired by sitcoms from the eighties, when Pietro Maximoff, Wanda’s brother, appears. The surprise? That he’s not played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, sino Evan Peters.

The funny thing is that Evan Peters had played Pietro Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver for his ability to run at incredible speed, only he had done it in the movies of X-Men not produced by Disney. To be exact, in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalipsis (2016), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) and had even scored a cameo in Deadpool 2 (2018).

Evan Peters in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ as Pietro Maximoff.

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Pietro Maximoff was a character who had allowed himself the luxury of appearing in two parallel Marvel universes: that of X-Men developed by FOX and that of The Avengers produced by Disney. While the characters of X-Men had been sold to FOX before Disney’s purchase of Marvel in 2009 (and therefore could not squeeze the characters from these comics on film or television), Quicksilver was in a legal vacuum that allowed it to appear in the films from the two studios as long as Disney did not define him as a mutant (because the mutants belonged to FOX).

With the purchase of FOX by Disney in 2019, the rights to the X-Men returned to the great house of Marvel for them to do what they wanted with them. There are already projects underway. But the interesting thing is this cameo by Pietro Maximoff. As scientist Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) explains when she sees him on television with the face of Evan Peters, this is not Wanda’s mutant brother. It does not belong to your universe. And what does this mean? That they have scored a peculiar cameo only with the intention of revolutionizing the networks or (most likely) that they have just given way to the Marvel multiverse.

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This suggests, for example, that the X-Men films produced by FOX belong to an alternative universe to that of The Avengers. Do you mean that Netflix series from Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Punisher O Luke Cage can they belong to another alternate universe? In addition, this theory of the consolidation of the multiverse fits perfectly with the steps that Disney is intuited to take with its next big projects.

On the one hand, the movie of Spider-man 3 produced by Marvel and Sony jointly (the rights of the superhero are held by Sony but they reached an agreement to integrate it into the MCU) it is speculated that it will include the participation of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-man before Tom Holland in films not linked to the MCU so far. It is scheduled for December 2021.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson was Pietro Maximoff in 'Age of Ultron'.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson was Pietro Maximoff in ‘Age of Ultron’.

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On the other hand, the sequel to Doctor Strange call Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness where Elizabeth Olsen will reprise the role of Wanda Maximoff and that this opening of the cinematic universe to the concept of the multiverse is expected to continue.

Therefore, the appearance of Evan Peters may be a simple curiosity because Aaron Taylor-Johnson was not available. Or perhaps it is the beginning of a much larger creative operation.

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It is speculated that ‘Spider-man 3’ will also open the door of the multiverse like the sequel ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’

Be that as it may, the episode of Scarlet Witch and Vision This week had other interesting elements. While Monica Rambeau’s testimony made one think that Wanda is in command of the reality of the town where she and Vision live tributes to the historical sitcoms of the United States, that she controls all aspects of that micro-universe to be happy next to the man who he loved and who had passed away in Infinity War, the reality can be more complicated.

And it is that Norm (Asif Ali) told Vision to make “her” stop controlling everything. But is that “she” really Wanda? As she herself said in the final part of the episode, in a scene of tension with her husband in fiction, she does not have the power to control all the aspects that take place in that locality anchored in the sitcoms. And, as he made clear by not being able to resurrect his children’s dog, he also does not have the gift of giving life to dead beings (like Vision himself), he only has the power to transform elements.

Wanda and Vision almost fight in the fifth episode.

Wanda and Vision almost fight in the fifth episode.

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Who is behind, therefore, what happens in Westview? Is Wanda the villain of the story or is she also a victim?