Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany have hinted that a big Marvel character will appear in WandaVision. Here, we’ll discuss who the guest might be.
Episode 5 of WandaVision just closed with Evan Peters’ return as his version Pietro Maximoff, inciting fanfare and speculation. While that reveal is certainly a highlight of the season, the show’s stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and showrunner Jac Schaeffer have hinted at another special guest appearance yet to come. Olsen herself confirmed that the guest appearance will be akin to Luke Skywalker’s cameo at the end of The Mandalorian‘s second season. Expectations for this surprise are now sky-high because Skywalker’s unexpected return was one of television’s biggest moments from this past year.
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Bettany revealed the most information about the secret star despite making sure he kept the name under wraps. What he did confirm was the character is a guy, is an actor he’s always wanted to work with and they have “fireworks” together. Based on that little information, here are the likely candidates for WandaVision‘s big “Luke Skywalker Moment.”
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange is favored among fans to appear in WandaVision because Scarlet Witch has been confirmed to be a major part of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the world of Westview controlled by Wanda, Strange is one of the few superheroes capable of overthrowing her. But there are some reasons to why he possibly isn’t the special guest, because Bettany and Cumberbatch were both in Avengers: Infinity War and Creation. Additionally, fans may be underwhelmed that it’s a returning character instead of someone else making their MCU debut.
Ian McKellen as Magneto or The Whizzer
For a long time, Magneto was canonically the father of Scarlet Witch. Although he’s not considered her father now, it doesn’t rule him out of appearing at the end of WandaVision. But even if Ian McKellen does appear at season’s end, it doesn’t have to be as Magneto. Instead, he could be playing The Whizzer, a character who in the comics thought he was the father or Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. To add to this theory, in the animation intro of WandaVision Episode 2 there was a Whizzer statuette placed in the background.
The only issue with the guest star being The Whizzer is that he appeared in Season 2 of Jessica Jones; however, it’s uncertain if The Defenders TV series is MCU canon or not. And Bettany and McKellen were both in 2004’s The Da Vinci Code, but it’s possible Bettany might not have factored that movie into his statements for one reason or another.
Michael Fassbender as Magneto
While Bettany has history with McKellen, he has yet to work with Michael Fassbender. Fassbender has played Magneto in the four most recent X-Men films and could reprise the role in WandaVision. Since Fassbender’s Magneto exists in the same X-Men timeline as Peters’ Quicksilver, it makes sense that he would appear in the show instead of McKellen. Regardless of which actor shows up as Magneto, the character making his MCU debut will excite fans.
Patrick Stewart as Professor X
Patrick Stewart gave his Charles Xavier character a great ending in Logan, but if he were to be introduced to the MCU, WandaVision is a great place to do it. The reaction fans would have to Professor X in the show would be similar to McKellen’s potential return as Magneto. Although Xavier is not related to Scarlet Witch, he could be one of the masterminds behind the WandaVision‘s Westview reality or be one of the few figures that could take control of it.
Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man
While Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appearing in WandaVision would create plenty of excitement, the fanfare surrounding it would be small compared to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man showing up. Maguire played the Marvel icon in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy before Andrew Garfield and Holland took over. In a show that’s already defied logic with Evan Peters’ Quicksilver appearing, it’s possible that Maguire’s version of Peter Parking could join as well. Maguire has also been rumored to be involved in the next MCU Spider-Man film, and the fan response to him reprising the role for the first time since 2007 would be enormous.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
If there’s one character who could be in WandaVision and accepted with little to no explanation, it’s Deadpool. With just two Deadpool feature films released over the past five years starring Ryan Reynolds, the “Merc With a Mouth” has skyrocketed as one of Marvel’s most popular characters. It doesn’t matter where or when Deadpool appears in the MCU — his addition would be a welcome one. How Reynolds’ Wade Wilson would make sense existing in WandaVision would be hard to explain, but that’s a part of the anti-hero’s charm.
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 as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.
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