Paul Bettany Was Trolling Us With Teased ‘WandaVision’ Actor Cameo


All season long, fans have been waiting for a massive cameo in WandaVision. Everyone was surprised when (spoilers) FOX Quicksilver Evan Peters showed up (though it seems now, not playing FOX Quicksilver, and just a fourth wall nod). But there was one more past that, where everyone was hyping up a quote from a Paul Bettany interview with Esquire that ran almost two weeks ago:

“There is one character that has not been revealed. And it is very exciting. It is an actor I’ve longed to work with all of my life. We have some amazing scenes together and I think the chemistry between us is extraordinary and fireworks on set.”

That seemed like ebullient praise and kind of a lot to potentially reveal. I mean, saying there’s a big cameo actor is the kind of spoiler that Marvel probably wouldn’t want revealed, even if the identity is kept a secret.


Unless he was trolling. And it’s almost certain that he was.

There were many theories surrounding this quote. Would it be Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch? Or the two most common choices were Ian McKellen or Patrick Stewart, two legendary actors that may show up as their X-Men characters, Magneto or Professor X, bringing mutants officially into the MCU.


But no, it’s not any of those. Rather, it seems like the actor Bettany was talking about was…himself.

This was made pretty clear this past week with the (again, more spoilers) post-credit reveal of a white, magic-powered Vision who we see come to life in the closing moments of the episode.

What this means is that next week, it’s almost certain that the Wanda-created Vision will share screen time with white, his-actual-body Vision, though whether they fight or become best friends, we don’t know yet. My theory is that the key to bringing the “real” Vision back is getting Wanda’s manifested version of Vision to merge into his physical body, but we’ll see if that happens or not.


Regardless, I’m writing this so you’re not expecting Magneto to show up in the closing moments of the finale or anything. I know that this interview has had fans guessing about some huge, massive cameo in the finale, and it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. Not that there couldn’t be someone surprising who shows up, but I don’t think it would be anyone based on this troll quote from Bettany.

So far, most fan theories about WandaVision have fallen flat.

Really, the only theory that panned out was that Agnes was Agatha Harkness, but that one seemed pretty obvious practically from the start (still a good turn, though).

Anyway, it’s been fun to speculate regardless. Just adjust expectations for the finale.

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