The latest episode of WandaVision ended with the surprise appearance of a fan-favorite character, but it wasn’t the MCU version. This is why.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 5, “In a very special episode …”, now broadcast on Disney +.

The last episode of WandaVision, “In a very special episode …” ended with Wanda’s brother, Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, arriving at their home in Westview, only he was not played by 2015 Avengers: Age of UltronAaron Taylor-Johnson. Instead, as Darcy Lewis pointed out, Pietro had been recast, with Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver on Fox. X Men movies, replacing Taylor-Johnson. As exciting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe linking a connection to it X Men I mean, many fans were surely disappointed that Taylor-Johnson didn’t return to the role. But there is a very specific reason why Pietro had to be recast in WandaVision.

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Introduced as Wanda’s twin brother, Quicksilver started out as an ally of Ultron before joining forces with Earth’s most powerful heroes to stop the evil robot. Unfortunately, Pietro heroically sacrificed his life to save Clint Barton / Hawkeye, which meant Quicksilver only got a chance to appear in one MCU movie. However, once the first details emerged about Scarlet Witch creating an alternate reality in which to resurrect Vision in WandaVision, fans began to speculate that Quicksilver further go back to the MCU, which actually happened in “In a very special episode …”

In the episode, which focuses on the themes of death and resurrection, Wanda and Vision’s children Billy and Tommy encounter a dog, Sparky, who becomes the last member of their family. However, after the canine tragically dies, Wanda has to teach her children a harsh lesson: Sometimes the people we love the most leave and there is nothing we can do about it, not even her. In fact, when her children pressure her to bring the dog back to life, Wanda explains that this is something she simply cannot do.

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Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch looking off screen with a dark background

Wanda’s powers allow her to rewrite reality, using the matter she already has at her disposal to change it according to her will. But if someone is dead, you just can’t bring him back because even altering the matter to something else won’t revive him. That is why he was able to bring back the android Vision, but not his human brother. Wanda can rearrange Vision to turn back into a living machine. But there is no way to bring back his dead brother, not in the way he initially looked, anyway.

By bringing another version of Quicksilver to Westview, WandaVision has found a loophole that has allowed the series to reunite Wanda with her brother and establish a connection with him X Men movies all at once. But, unfortunately for fans of the original Pietro, it looks like he won’t be returning, at least not played by Taylor-Johnson.

Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn like Agnes. New episodes airing Fridays on Disney +.

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