Episode 6 of WandaVision featured a subtle nod to Kick-Ass, the comic book movie franchise in which Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson appeared.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Now Airing on Disney +.
Evan Peters surprised with his WandaVision Cameo last week, seemingly reprising his role as Quicksilver in Fox’s X-Men movies. This week’s WandaVision The episode “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” He continued to raise questions about who this “Pietro” really is and what he wants with Wanda and her family. Fortunately, between the cryptic moments in which Wanda and her supposed brother interrogated each other in hopes of uncovering some darker truth, the show included a subtle but amusing nod to Peters’s connection to him. Kick ass franchise.
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Created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., the Kick ass Comics made the leap to the big screen in 2010, with Matthew Vaughn as director. First Kick ass movie starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Dave Lizewski, a superhero comic book enthusiast who decides to become a real-life costumed vigilante known as Kick-Ass. Peters co-starred in the film as Dave’s friend Todd Haynes, with Nicolas Cage and Chloë Grace Moretz playing Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, a crime-fighting father-daughter duo that takes Dave under their wing and, at the same time, do it, take it to your side. Greatest quest for revenge against a vile crime boss (Mark Strong).
While Peters might be best known for his X-Men role today, WandaVision still took the time to shout his Kick ass last this week. In the scene in question, “Pietro” offers to help Wanda’s twin sons, Billy and Tommy, “maximize the acquisition of candy” as they trick or treat on Halloween night. “Yes idiot!” an enthusiastic Tommy responds, before the pair use their super speed to take off with Billy in tow. “Kickass” Wanda says out loud to herself afterwards, as if the word reminds her of something she can’t place her finger on. No doubt the onlookers who had forgotten Peters were even in the Kick ass the movies were in the same boat.
Of course this Kick ass reference works on multiple levels. After co-starring in the first Kick ass Peters would make his debut as Quicksilver from the X-Men movies in 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past. Similarly, that same year, Taylor-Johnson first played the superhero in the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, briefly appearing alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda. Taylor-Johnson and Olsen would reprise their roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron, before Pietro de Taylor-Johnson met his tragic fate in the film’s climactic battle.
Before joining the MCU, Taylor-Johnson reprized his role as Dave Lizewski in 2013. Kick-Ass 2, with Moretz also returning as Hit-Girl and Jeff Wadlow replacing Vaughn as director. However, due to Peters being unable to return for the sequel due to scheduling conflicts with American horror storyAugustus Prew took his place as Todd Haynes in the sequel. Combined with Kick-Ass 2With poor critical reception and disappointing box office performance, it’s no wonder people tend to mention Peter’s work in Fox’s X-Men movies far more often than his ties to the film. Kick ass property.
Anyway, it’s fun to watch WandaVision tips his hat to Kick ass, given his connection to Peters and Taylor-Johnson. What’s more, it’s a joke that fits in with the overall approach to “All-New Halloween Spooktacular,” which pays homage to the rise of relatively cynical sitcoms like Malcolm in the middle and its use of meta-humor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. One only wonders if the show will become even more self-aware in the coming weeks, especially once the truth about it is known. who really is “Pietro” and what is he looking for.
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 air Fridays on Disney +.
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