Michael Fassbender managed to do the impossible and equal the excellent performance of Sir Ian McKellen as the mutant mastermind Magneto. Over the course of four films, Fassbender made the role his own and helped cement himself in the legacy of the X-Men series. With the mutants now back under the Marvel umbrella, many fans have been wondering what that means for the future of the X-Men characters. After the shocking appearance of Evan Peters as Quicksilver in WandaVision, the sky is now the limit for any previous X-Men character to show up on the series.
And fans have made their desire well known: they want Michael Fassbender as Magneto in the series. And it has even caused the character to trend on social media. There is definitely some precedent for this. In the comic book canon, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff are the children of Magneto. This was obviously acknowledged in the X-Men films themselves when Quicksilver and Magneto were revealed to be related, but with multiverse shenanigans now being employed, fans are wondering if there could be an attempt to bring the Master of Magnetism to WandaVision in much the same way that Quicksilver showed up. If so, could Michael Fassbender be grandfathered into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Magneto?
However, there is a very important wrinkle to all of this: we do not know yet exactly who this Quicksilver is in WandaVision. After the reveal of WandaVision‘s true villain, it is clear that this version of Quicksilver is not quite himself. In fact, he might be a complete illusion. So, if Michael Fassbender did show up as Magneto, would it even be the “real” Magneto from that arm of the Marvel multiverse? Or would it be some kind of illusion as well?
As much as fans might want Michael Fassbender to show up in WandaVision, it is all going to depend on what we are really seeing in the series. Many fans assumed that Quicksilver is the real Quicksilver from the X-Men universe of films. But, after that last episode, that has been brought into question. So, we may not yet be dealing with the real multiverse at this point. If that is the case, then an appearance from Magneto would still be suspect. And on a more practical side of things, Marvel probably wants to establish their own universe of X-Men characters that won’t have over two decades of canon and baggage attached to them.
And to be even more practical, Michael Fassbender probably will cost too much at this point. After playing the character of Magneto for so long, he would be at a strong negotiating advantage as far as his salary was concerned. Marvel might not want to fork out a huge amount of money for such an appearance. Still, WandaVision has proven that anything is possible now in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although it is nothing but a fandom pipe dream at this point, we can’t totally rule out the possibility of Michael Fassbender’s Magneto popping up in the show. We would certainly love to see him in the role again. Here’s hoping the fan demand is a prelude to a surprising cameo.