‘WandaVision’: Evan Peters’ Hair Was a Reference to X-Men’s Wolverine
Evan Peters starred as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix. Now the actor appears as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s iteration of the character Pietro Maximoff in WandaVision on Disney+.
In a recent episode of WandaVision, Pietro’s hair was styled to appear as his comic-book counterpart. However, stylists for the show revealed that the character’s hair in the show has also paid homage to Wolverine from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men films.
[Spoiler alert: The following article contains spoilers for WandaVision.]
Evans Peters appears as Quicksilver in ‘WandaVision’
In the MCU, Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) was killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As a show, WandaVision deals with Wanda Maixmoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) mental health following the events of Avengers: Endgame.
While Vision (Paul Bettany) died twice in Avengers: Infinity War, he is somehow alive in Wanda’s reality in WandaVision. Instead of having Taylor-Johnson appear as a resurrected Pietro, Peters was cast to play the role.
While he appears as Peter Maximoff from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, he claims to be Wanda’s brother Pietro. Peters first shows up as Pietro in Episode 5 of WandaVision, “On a Very Special Episode…”
Why Evan Peters was chosen for the Marvel show
Having Peters appear as Quicksilver instead of Taylor-Johnson has proved to be an entertaining choice that continues the mystery surrounding the Disney+ show. While speaking with Marvel.com, WandaVision writer and producer Jac Schaeffer explained the casting choice.
“We loved the idea of [bringing him back],” he said. “And then 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.”
Schaeffer continued, “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.”
Evan Peters’ hairstyle was a reference to Wolverine in ‘WandaVision’
Tricia Sawyer and Karen Bartek are the hair and makeup stylists on WandaVision. In an interview with IndieWire, the two gave behind-the-scenes details about working on the show.
Because the first few episodes were shot in black-and-white, the stylists had to adapt certain looks.
“We had to do a lot of tests because we shot with the old-school cameras and lighting,” Sawyer told IndieWire. “With Lizzie [Olsen], for example, I had to change her foundation shade; we had to go a little pinker. And because of the cameras her eyeshadow was an almost robin’s egg blue-green to look natural in the tones of black and white.”
The stylists also explained that Pietro’s style in the show is a combination of the X-Men franchise and the MCU. Particularly, Peters’ hair references Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Quicksilver’s looks from the X-Men movies.
“It was something that Matt really [wanted]. They kind of planned that,” said Bartek.