The Top Secret WandaVision<\/em> Cameo Was In Front of Our Eyes the Whole Time

The following story contains spoilers for the WandaVision finale.

Part of the fun of the fun of any Marvel Cinematic Universe is speculating about the surprises that are to come—because we always know there are going to be at least a few. With WandaVision being both the first Marvel Studios week-to-week TV series, and it being so directly tied in with the movies, and, well, everyone being stuck inside due to cold weather and a global pandemic, the speculation has been especially ramped up. So when both WandaVision leads Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen hinted at a massive cameo to come, audiences put their tin foil hats on, and got excited for cameos that may or may not have been coming.

The first hint of a massive cameo came when an interview with Olsen went viral, with some headlines claiming “WandaVision star says to expect a huge Marvel cameo on the level of Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian

But if you actually look at what Olsen said in the interview, this is misleading at best and inaccurate at worst. The actual Olsen interview was with TVLine, and the writer of the piece herself did mention the Mandalorian Skywalker cameo. But those were never Olsen’s words. As the TVLine piece actually wrote:

For people to take what they did out of that was simply a case of wishful thinking and internet avalanching.

Feeding more into the hype, however, Paul Bettany himself hinted at a major cameo to come in WandaVision in a video he did with Esquire. “The truth is, of all the characters that we were trying to keep secret, a lot of them got out through leaks,” he says in the video. “There is one character that has not been revealed, and it is very exciting. It’s an actor that I’ve longed to work with all of my life, and we have some amazing scenes together, and the chemistry between us is, I think, extraordinary. There were just fireworks on the set. So, I’m really excited for people to see that star.”

This got the internet especially fired up. It has to be Ian McKellen as Magneto! Maybe Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier. Could we dare think of Al Pacino as Mephisto? Hell, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto might not even be big enough!

Well, stay tuned, folks.

The big WandaVision cameo was…Paul Bettany.

Yup. No Magneto, no Mephisto, not even a little Doctor Strange. The big cameo in WandaVision was Paul Bettany, who finally got the chance to act opposite…himself. In the Episode 8 credits scene, it was revealed that a White Vision had been created. In Episode 9, “The Series Finale,” we saw scenes shared between this new White Vision and our old friend, Red Vision. “They were guessing people like Benedict Cumberbatch or Patrick Stewart, I was thinking, ‘God, that’s a good idea,” he told GMA. “They’re gonna be so disappointed when they find out it’s me.”

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