Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has finally explained the reason why Evan Peters appeared as Pietro instead of bringing back actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

During a panel for Disney+ at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Feige said the decision was made early on, according to The Wrap.

  • “That’s one of the fun things about developing these things or blue-skying it in the rooms. My favorite part of the process is always the very, very beginning when we’re figuring out what something could be and at the very, very end when we’re refining it and putting it out into the world. So there were all sorts of discussions, but I believe we ended up going with what you saw relatively early on in the development process. It’s just another way that certain people were messing around with Wanda.”

What happened

The fifth “WandaVision” episode ended with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) opening her door to see her silver-haired brother Pietro, who died in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” 

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  • But her brother Pietro — who is the superhero Quicksilver — did not look the same as he did in “Age of Ultron.” He had been recast by real-life actor Evan Peters, who replaced Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the role.

Why it matter

  • This was a huge deal at the time. Evan Peters played Quicksilver in Fox’s X-Men franchise. But Quicksilver was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” This was the first time an actor from the X-Men franchise joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Disney purchased 21st Century Fox and its film properties, which included the X-Men series.

What do Feige’s comments mean?

Basically, we don’t know. Based on Feige’s comments, it’s unclear what this means for Peters’ role. It seems Peters’ Pietro is more of a troll — created by villain Agatha Harkness as we learned last week, as I wrote for the Deseret News. So it’s unclear what will happen next in terms of Pietro’s existence on the show and how long he will last.