Pietro’s introduction to WandaVision last week came as a huge surprise to fans, but the new episode casts doubt on his true identity.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6., “New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Now Airing on Disney +.
Last week, Disney + WandaVision brought Evan Peters Quicksilver from X Men franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the new Pietro Maximoff. Although some believe this is a step towards introducing the multiverse, this character may not be who he claims to be. Instead, he could be a villain disguised as Pietro, and he infiltrated Westview to gain Wanda’s trust.
As Wanda points out, there are several differences between this Pietro and the one he grew up with. While he has the same super speed power, the new Pietro has a completely different face and is also missing his Sokovian accent. Wanda herself lost her accent over time, but every now and then she comes back, usually when she remembers something important from her past. In contrast, Pietro’s accent has not yet returned.
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Also, his personality and mannerisms do not match those of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Pietro. They’re more of a cross between Peters Quicksilver and a guy’s in a sitcom. Even under this personality, there is still a lot to discover about his character.
This Pietro also demonstrates a level of awareness not shown by anyone else at Westview. He claims not to know how he came to be here or why he looks different, but he knows that he died and that Wanda is running the city. This is in contrast to Vision, who doesn’t remember anything from before Westview and has had to slowly put the pieces together. For example, in this episode, Vision learned from Agnes that he had died, but Pietro already knew, even though he died before Vision.
Wanda also tries to put him to the test after realizing that his memories of growing up don’t match hers. One of the only things Pietro doesn’t know is how Wanda created the hex in the first place, a topic in which he shows a lot of interest. He might just be curious about his sister’s powers, but he might also have an ulterior motive. If he’s a villain, he might have been gathering information about Wanda’s powers for future nefarious plans.
It should also be noted that when Pietro arrived on the show, SWORD’s alarms went off, indicating that someone crossed the barrier between Westview and the outside world. So far, the only people who have left Westview are Monica, who was expelled; Wanda, who left to confront SWORD and Vision, who began to disintegrate as soon as she left. Since they didn’t find anyone else trying to get out of the hex, the alarms must have gone off because Pietro entered from outside.
Unlike Monica, who fell under Wanda’s mind control upon entering, Pietro seems to have maintained control over her mind. In other words, it could be powerful enough to resist Wanda’s abilities. This would explain why he is able to speak openly about his past and his role on the show, something only a few have managed to do.
If Pietro is a villain in disguise, there are a few possible identities. One theory is that it is Nightmare, a villain from Doctor Strange. In the comics, Nightmare is a demon who can control people when they sleep by capturing their astral forms and bringing them to his realm to torture them. Perhaps the Westview anomaly is an extension of the Nightmare realm, and the townspeople are asleep. After all, Pietro posits that Westview’s children haven’t shown up so far because they may be asleep, and he describes Wanda’s powers in Ultron age as a nightmare inducer.
Another theory is that it could be Loki. More specifically, it could be the Loki that escaped with the Tesseract in Endgame and will be captured by the Time Variance Authority in their next series. Although the series is a few months away, it seems like Loki will wreak havoc on different realities. You may want to enlist Wanda to help you take down the TVA, offering you a mind stone from a different reality to rebuild Vision. He may also have chosen to disguise himself as Pietro, not realizing that the Pietro from this reality looks different than the one he met in an alternate universe.
Finally, it could be the villain whose appearance fans have been predicting all along: Mephisto. Marvel’s devil has tried to steal magic from Wanda in the comics, and her children were made with pieces of her soul. His powers include shapeshifting and superspeed, which would easily allow him to impersonate Quicksilver. In episode 6, Pietro calls the twins “spawn of demons” and says that Westview is “lovely as hell”. While your writing might just be part of your sitcom persona, it can also be a subtle clue to your true identity.
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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