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Producer Says There is a “Sad Reason” Behind Mercury’s Casting Change

WandaVision ended a month ago, but it still leaves fans wanting. After all, it was nine weeks full of theories, speculation, and questions that opened the door to even more questions every time one was answered. However, one of the things that surprised fans was the casting of Evan Peters as Mercury. This has led many to consider the possibility of an integrated Marvel multiverse with Fox’s X-Men films, however, that wasn’t quite the original plan of the show’s creators.

In the latest episode of WandaVision, it is revealed to us that this Mercury is actually Ralph Bohner in disguise, with powers bestowed by Agatha Harkness herself. This revelation disappointed many fans, but producer Jac Schaeffer gave a very good explanation of how he came up with the idea of ​​choosing another actor to play Wanda Maximoff’s brother. In an interview with Empire, the WandaVision showrunner said that this plot was inspired by important concepts of grief:

“We had a bereavement consultant who came into the writers’ room. So we did our research on grief and loss, and there’s a lot about how people remember faces. The anguish of not remembering the faces of loved ones, of remembering them in a bad way or not actively remembering something in a tactic of self-preservation … all of this has become fascinating to us and we think that by climbing Evan [Peters] In this role, it would not only have that effect for Wanda, but it could also bring that “meta-layer” to the entire audience. “

She was also asked about fans’ voracity for Mercury and how the theories and speculation may have spoiled some reactions to the show. Schaeffer said he was warned by producers like Mary Livanos and Kevin Feige himself, and even commented on what lies ahead in the future of the Scarlet Witch, but agreed that most of the theories were insane:

“I did not expect this. I don’t know, maybe Mary Livanos and Kevin Feige said, “Yeah, it’s like that all the time”, but I was… I mean, these theories are crazy! So, it’s not that it’s not part of my thinking, and also, it’s not my department. I’m very lucky to be able to hear about the other projects and sometimes I get so involved in these conversations. I know a little more about things than Lizzie [Elizabeth Olsen] it will be fine. But this is something bigger and more refined that you are asking me about.

While the reveal of “Fietro” disappointed viewers who were expecting something more, it’s a very interesting theme and one that fits the whole proposition of the series, which has always explored the trauma of Wanda Maximoff, especially the grief contained by all the losses of your life. Now, she has finally become the Scarlet Witch and has closed some chapters of her story – but we still have a feeling that what lies ahead will be even more traumatic and incredible.

Mercury was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This explanation gives even more depth to the themes and plots discussed in the series. Anyone who has followed every episode of WandaVision knows that the production has put a lot of work into the psychological side of Scarlet Witch, giving her a sort of “emotional closure” in her process of loss and grief. And while fans weren’t happy with the resolution of Mercury’s subplot, it’s still interesting to see this more psychological side of the thing being debated.

WandaVision is available on Disney +. The Scarlet Witch will also return as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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