Paul Bettany made a major cameo in the WandaVision finale, but the epic turn of the tease meant a lot more than that.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 9, “The Series Finale,” now airing on Disney +.
Like any Marvel Cinematic Universe production, WandaVision It came shrouded in so many layers of secrecy that those involved in the production guarded their knowledge with paranoia, even as fans clamored after every bit of information they were able to gather. Rather than give in to paranoia, stars Paul Bettany and Elisabeth Olsen taunted audiences with the promise of a major cameo in the finale that would be as big as Luke Skywalker’s in The mandalorian. However, after weeks of speculation, fans finally got a chance to see for themselves that the tease was a fake.
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Although the actors mocked fans with the possibility of a major cameo, it was ultimately a joke. Fans speculated on the possibility of Patrick Stewart playing Professor X to reveal a build-up of the X-Men or Benedict Cumberbatch appearing as the Sorcerer Supreme to make a connection to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of InsanityBut the cameo was actually Paul Bettany acting alongside him for the first time.
With Hayward’s plan revealed as the recreation of Vision’s body and its revitalization, fans first caught on to the joke given the reveal of Vision’s new body at the end of the penultimate episode. Still, the possibility of a tease remained as the paranoia instilled in the Marvel fanbase fueled speculation that it was a red herring.
When the team behind WandaVision established Evan Peters as Quicksilver, they had to have every expectation that fans would run rampant at the possibility of a crossover with him. X Men films. Then when they first introduced Agatha as Agnes, they had to realize that fans would be anticipating the reveal of “All Along.” And throughout it all, fans knew their anticipations were being anticipated, so the speculation machine went through a dizzying number of layers trying to correctly predict the theories it fabricated.
Bettany’s prank finally comes across as humorous in the face of the absurdity of this process and well embodies the overall production approach to the game of creating effective twists. Instead of trying to subvert expectations simply for the sake of subversion, WandaVision it was invested in the simple quality of telling a shocking story dressed in many of the familiar bells and whistles from the MCU franchise. Speculation, teasing, and Easter eggs are as much a part of that process as the climactic battle that culminated the series, and while some may feel fooled by an inflated promise, the joke overlooks all of those concerns and gets to the heart. simplistic fun.
With his role in the MCU growing from Iron Man started the franchise for the first time, there were some who were concerned WandaVision it would be Bettany’s last chance to play her best-known role. In one sense, his joke was a lighthearted charade that managed to ensnare the fanbase who dealt with it, but in another, it was completely legitimate. Ultimately, the reveal of his monochromatic counterpart is truly an epic look in the way he built it, mainly because it represents a way that the actor can continue to be a part of the MCU and evolve his character towards new horizons.
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.
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