The following article will contain spoilers for the fifth episode of WandaVision. Only continue at your own risk if you haven’t seen it yet.
The latest episode of Marvel Studios’ WandaVision brought with it many surprises. It looks like the young actor Julian Hilliard has just made one of the less plot-shattering development’s public. Hilliard took to Twitter to confirm that he, alongside fellow child actor Jett Klyne, has officially joined the cast of Marvel’s debut streaming series. They are both playing the aged-up versions of Billy and Tommy, Wanda and Vision’s twin boys. They take the roles over from Baylen Bielitz and Gavin Borders, who played the future-Young Avengers earlier in the same episode. The casting reveal comes after many fans speculated the twins would find themselves aging rapidly over the course of the show, a theory supported by Wanda’s zany accelerated pregnancy in the series’ third episode. It is uncertain for how long they will be playing these characters going by how fast they were aging throughout this episode alone.
After the episode aired some of the child actors took to Social Media to share their excitement:
I’m so excited that I can finally announce that my dreams have come true! I have loved #marvel my entire life and I can finally announce that I’m part of the #MCU in @wandavision on @disneyplus 🎉🎉🎉 #Billy #Wiccan #BillyMaximoff #BillyKaplan #BillyandTommy #WandaVision pic.twitter.com/LKJ3WNzki1— Julian Hilliard (@_JulianHilliard) February 5, 2021
Keeping in tune with the unsettling air of WandaVision, both Hilliard and Klyne will be most recognizable to fans via their previous work in the horror genre. Hilliard was somewhat of a breakout star on Netflix’s surprise hit, The Haunting of Hill House, with his thick glasses and shy demeanor capturing the hearts of viewers as a young Luke Crane. As for Klyne, he starred in the title role of the popular 2016 film, The Boy, chilling the spines of movie-goers as the unusual child Brahms.
The arrival of Billy and Tommy, better known to comic book fans as Wiccan and Speed, signals that the fan-favorite team of Young Avengers may be in the MCU’s future. The two are traditionally portrayed as founding members of the group. It’s also a potential step forward for LGBTQ+ representation in the franchise, should Marvel Studios take that route. Both of the twins were landmark characters for the comic universe in that regard. However, before we all get too excited, and as the show continues to unfurl its many mysteries, I’m left contemplating a question posed by our very own Arlyn Murphy in her latest WandaVision primer: will the twins even be able to stick around once Wanda’s new world comes crashing down? I guess we’ll have to keep watching to find out!