WandaVision’s Pietro, initially played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, recast to Evan Peters

WandaVision’s showrunner, Jac Schaeffer, made the executive decision to recast the actor who played Pietro from the Marvel to the Disney version, with Evan Peters subsequently assuming the role.

WandaVision’s fifth episode in season one shocked fans with the drastically different version of Wanda’s brother, Pietro. Aside from the fact that the character had been resurrected from the dead, he was also recast and portrayed in cinematically different versions. Pietro, who doubles as the superhero, Quicksilver, originally appeared as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) version, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, at the beginning of the series.

At the end of episode five, Pietro was back, however, he was now the Disney-owned X-Men version of Pietro, played by Evan Peters. Fans of the show were taken aback by the unexpected twist, as creatives often try to stay clear of blending together character versions from opposing studios.

In an article posted on Marvel.com on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, showrunner, Jac Schaeffer, spoke about conceptualising the storyline of resurrecting Quicksilver, and how they were unsure how that could play out justifiably. He stated, “We were like, how in the world are we going to make this make logical sense? Like, how do we justify this? Because that’s the thing, you can hatch a million great ideas, but to make them land, to make them be grounded, to make them feel organic to the larger story.”

Apart from the logistical elements that kept them from making the bold move initially, the creators had to consider recasting, which would also be a huge risk. He stated, “This show is such a mind scramble, and because it’s working on so many levels, and there’s so many notions of what’s real and what’s not, and performance, and casting, and audience, and fandom, and all of that, we just thought it would be the biggest thrill to bring Evan over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”