Evan Peters might not have been in the first two episodes of WandaVision, but it still looks like he’ll get a chance on screen soon enough. Recent rumors have the actor returning to the Marvel world, possibly as a familiar character.
Charles Murphy of Murphy’s Multiverse reports that X-Men and American Horror Story star Evan Peters will be playing a pivotal role in Disney+’s just-released WandaVision series. Murphy didn’t name his source but he did note that the LA-based insider feeding him this information also told him about Peyton Reed directing episodes of The Mandalorian. Peters would probably be returning as Quicksilver (and it absolutely should be), but Murphy was quick to speculate about the actor’s possible casting as Mephisto or Nicholas Scratch.
According to Murphy, Evan Peters has already finished filming his scenes for the show. But even if Marvel officially confirms his involvement in the series, we likely won’t know the nature of his role until he shows up or ahead of the episode in which he’s scheduled to debut. Most people associated with studios like to remain tight-lipped about the finer details of their projects and we don’t blame them. Don’t fret, though. We’ll know more soon enough!
The first two episodes of WandaVision, sans Evan Peters, have finally hit Disney+, and the reviews have been, for the most part, been overwhelmingly positive. After all, as the official kick-off to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four, Jac Schaeffer’s weird, whimsical superhero sitcom had high expectations to meet. Luckily, it seems like it has exceeded them and packed in enough surprises to satiate even the grumpiest fans. And if new reports are to be believed, what we’ve seen so far is just the beginning of what Marvel has in store for us because apparently Evan Peters is cast in the show as well.
Evan Peters portrayed Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix. He also had a cameo in Deadpool 2. He was fantastic in each of those films, even if the movies themselves were lackluster. As brief as it was, his scene-stealing involvement in X-Men: Days of Future Past will forever be an all-time moment in any superhero movie. Here’s that scene:
And if Evan Peters has indeed signed on to return to his Quicksilver role, proponents of the character’s Marvel Cinematic Universe presence may be in for quite the surprise. Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed the character in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron but didn’t reprise his role due to his character’s shocking death at the hands of James Spader’s villainous, genocidal robot. And the hits kept coming after that. In November 2019, Screen Rant reported that he isn’t going to return to the role anytime soon, either.
Because of that, fans of the character probably felt like they didn’t get enough time with him. And they would be right. But Evan Peters brought such charisma to the role that I think would translate well to a Marvel Cinematic Universe interpretation of the character. His scenes in Fox’s X-Men franchise stole the entire show for me, and I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that.
If you’ve seen WandaVision, you know how much of a departure it is from anything Marvel Studios has attempted so far. And I’m talking about the studio that produced the offbeat (and mostly sub-par) Ant-Man movies. WandaVision is unapologetically strange, funny, charming, and bolstered by a magnetic Kathryn Hahn performance. Adding Evan Peters in the Quicksilver role would only bolster things.
Even more exciting is the fact that the series is confirmed to lead into Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most hyped-up sequels. How and why Schaeffer’s ostensibly silly sitcom was chosen to tie into the Doctor Strange sequel is beyond me but I’m certain Marvel has some great plans for the concept. The story has dropped some clues, but we’re only two episodes into a nine-episode season. Count on more reveals and surprises! It’s all super exciting, and I hope Marvel Studios continues to knock it out of the park with more genre-contorting goodness and casting additions like Evan Peters.
What do you think, though? Do you believe Murphy’s Multiverse? Do you predict that Evan Peters will return to play Quicksilver? Or did his chilling, disturbing, effective tenure on American Horror Story inspire Disney to cast him as a villain? Let us know, and stay tuned for updates on both WandaVision and Marvel’s many upcoming shows and movies. The world continues to grow at a breakneck pace.
New episodes of WandaVision premiere every Friday on Disney+. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently scheduled to hit theaters next March.