The latest installment of WandaVision answered the biggest question with which the MCU Phase IV started: who is leading the ever-expanding pseudo-reality in the small town of Westview. There were other significant revelations as well, such as how the fake Pietro landed in Westview, but there is still the question of whether WHO he is real.
Since the X-Men‘s version of Quicksilver a.k.a. Peter Maximoff landed at Wanda’s door in Westview, the internet is full of theories trying to answer all the why and how his presence was triggered. But the latest episode of WandaVisionBreaking the Fourth Wall has solved not only the mystery of who brought this version of Pietro to Westview, but also the main theories floating around that he was the real villain in disguise who arrived in town to spy on Wanda.
Since Wanda had been the primary candidate for creating the sitcom world in Westview, it seemed inclined to argue that just as she brought Vision to life, her grief over the loss of her brother prompted her to take his other version of the X -Men’s universe as unlike Vision’s body she couldn’t access Pietro’s body to bring him back to life. But given her palpable confusion when she discovered him at her door, we were sure it wasn’t Wanda, and Episode 7 confirms the same.
Agnes, aka Agatha Harkness, took him to Westview
It has now been revealed that Wanda is not the “only magical girl” in town, as Agnes really is the mighty witch, Agatha Harkness, something fans had predicted long before the series was even released on Disney +. She was the one who brought this fake Pietro into Wanda’s dream life and is the “she” who had Norm in his head, suppressing his real identity. Somehow she uses Wanda and her powers to keep things going in Westview and also control everything.
Agatha has tried to weaken Wanda
It seems Agatha’s main agenda was to get her hands-on Wanda’s twins and that’s why she’s planned on having Wanda spend a good deal of her powers weakening her. First, she killed Sparky, the twins’ dog, in the hope that Wanda would give in to her children’s grief and bring the dog back to life, which would require her to overburden herself.
When this failed, she lured Vision to the confines of the energy field that occupied Westview and pretended to be under Wanda’s control and unable to leave Westview. This is what prompted Vision to step outside the barrier to find out what was outside and then almost die, which apparently means he won’t live without the Hex. This caused Wanda to exceed the limits of her powers, while expanding the limits of her fake reality to include not only Vision but almost the entire S.W.O.R.D. base with its agents.
Episode 7 starts with the side effects of Wanda using so much power: she’s listless and the things around her can’t be as fit for decades as they used to be. They zap back and forth in time and constantly change models. It then becomes easy for Agatha to trick Wanda into her current weakened and confused state where she manages to kidnap her children from under her nose and eventually confront her with the truth.
But the identity of fake Pietro is still a question
He could be Peter Maximoff, the Quicksilver in the X-Men’s universe, who brought Agatha to distract Wanda and dispel her guilt about creating the sitcom reality in case she had any doubts. She copied his memories, as with the townspeople and gave him a different personality, but could only give the details about Pietro that she knew. Apparently the fight in Sokovia is well known and everyone knows that Pietro was gunned down in the street while saving Hawkeye. This would explain why he only accurately remembers his death, when all of his other memories are different from how Wanda remembers it. Does this mean that we can still expect Professor Charles Xavier to come by every day to rescue him?
Or maybe, just as the description that Agnes is just Wanda’s ‘nosy neighbor’ now means crouch, probably the audio description in Episode 5 specifying that it was the X-Men’s version of Quicksilver was only meant to make us believe this is how the multiverse is activated. It could be that this “Pietro” is just someone Agatha (and Marvel Studios) created to play with Wanda’s (and our) ghosts.
But the bigger question is whether he’s still under Agatha’s control, because after he was absent on the final episode, the mid-credits scene shows him catching Monica sniffing around Agatha’s house. If he’s Agatha’s creation or still under her control, that won’t bode well for Monica. Although she has now embraced her comic roots, she has yet to realize the extent of her powers. So, unless she accidentally hits him with one of her energy punches, she’s definitely in a pickle. But if it is indeed Peter, Vision might be able to wake him up just like Darcy.
Watch the latest episode of WandaVision currently streaming through the official Disney + app.
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