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"I’m just trying to do my part, okay? Come to town unexpectedly, create tension with the brother-in-law, stir up trouble with the rugrats, and ultimately give you grief."
―Ralph Bohner to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Ralph Bohner is a resident of Westview who was taken under the thrall of Agatha Harkness. With dark magic, Bohner possessed superhuman speed and posed as Pietro Maximoff to get close to Wanda Maximoff and try to extract information about how she had created the Hex. During the Battle of Westview, Bohner kept Monica Rambeau hostage until she subsequently freed him from Harkness' control.

Biography

Early Life

Living in Westview

A picture of Bohner

Ralph Bohner was a resident of Westview, New Jersey and owned the house next door to the plot of land that Vision had purchased. In 2018, Bohner survived the Snap. In 2020, Bohner failed to pay his water bill, and kept a copy of the overdue bill in his house.[5]

Enthralled

Controlled by Agatha Harkness

"I got close with fake Pietro. Fietro, if you will."
Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff[src]

In 2023, Bohner was in Westview when Wanda Maximoff created the Hex. Shortly after, Agatha Harkness arrived and took Bohner hostage, forcibly moving in to his house, and claiming to others that he was her husband.[6] Eventually, Bohner was "cast" by Harkness to play the role of Maximoff’s deceased brother Pietro in order to have more information about the Hex.[4] Harkness also placed a necklace onto Bohner that gifted him super-speed powers.[2]

Meeting Wanda Maximoff and Vision

Bohner arrives at the Vision Residence

"Long-lost bro get to squeeze his stinkin' sister to death or what?"
"Pietro?"
―Ralph Bohner and Wanda Maximoff[src]

Bohner, under Agatha Harkness’s command, went to the Vision Residence and posed as Pietro Maximoff. He rang the doorbell and waited a few seconds, before ringing it a second time, in which Wanda Maximoff came to the door.

Bohner with Wanda Maximoff and Vision

Bohner then smiled at Maximoff, asking if he could give her a hug. Maximoff was confused by his different appearance and asked if he was Pietro, with Bohner nodding his head in confirmation. Once Maximoff recognized him as her brother, the two of them hugged. Entering the house, Bohner also saw a confused Vision and asked humorously who he was.[1]

Halloween

Bohner takes a photo with Wanda Maximoff and her family

"Hey, it's cool. I know I look different."
"Why do you... look different?"
―Ralph Bohner and Wanda Maximoff[src]

Bohner started living at the Vision Residence and became an uncle figure for Wanda Maximoff and Vision's children, Tommy and Billy Maximoff. One day, the five of them gathered in the backyard for a family photo. Bohner used his super speed to catch Tommy, who was positioning the camera.

Bohner playing with Tommy and Billy Maximoff

When Halloween came, Bohner was still sleeping on the couch at four in the afternoon while the whole Maximoff family were preparing their costumes for the night. Once Tommy and Billy arrived in the living room and saw Bohner, they started making several comments about their "uncle". Bohner ended up waking up and jumped off the couch to scare them. As the boys screamed and ran, Bohner used his super speed power to chase them around the house.

Bohner discuss a "childhood memory"

Bohner continued to play with Tommy and Billy until Maximoff came down the stairs dressed in a Halloween costume. When Bohner and the twins questioned what she was, she explained that she was a Sokovian fortune teller. Bohner laughed and disapproved of her outfit, noting that it was worse than the costumes that their mother made for them when they were children. Maximoff did not remember this event and Bohner stated that she was probably suppressing trauma.

Bohner says he can fill the "father figure" role

Once Vision came down the stairs, Bohner jokingly made a few guesses as to what his costume was, with Vision showing no sense of humor, before joining Tommy and Billy to play video games and show them how to shotgun their soda-cans. Having heard Maximoff and Vision's discussion, Bohner learned that Vision would not be present at the celebration since he apparently was going to do a job for the Westview Neighborhood Watch. As she continued to try convince Vision to be with his family on their first Halloween, Bohner interrupted the conversation and offered to replace Vision and step in to assist with watching with the twins.

Bohner speaking to Tommy Maximoff

With Maximoff having closed the door, Bohner stood behind Wanda and scared her when she turned around. Bohner asked where she kept the water balloons, but she told him they didn't have any. Bohner then revealed his intentions to spend the night pulling pranks with the twins, blaming Billy for the idea, as he pointed to Tommy, who had to correct him about the names. As Wanda realized that they didn't even have costumes, Bohner ran off with Tommy and quickly returned wearing a costume.

Bohner is tested by Wanda Maximoff

Bohner and Maximoff took the boys trick-or-treating. While walking through the streets, she questioned Bohner on his childhood memories since she was doubting that he was her brother. Bohner realized that he was being tested and attempted to put her suspicion at ease, acknowledging that he knew he looked different. The conversation was interrupted by Tommy and Billy, with Bohner deciding ran off with the twins to help them get candy faster. However, Bohner used his super-speed to commit several acts of vandalism.[2]

Investigation

Bohner says he's just playing his part

"I'm impressed! Seriously. It's a big leap from giving people nightmares and shooting red wiggly-woos out of your hands. How'd you even do all this? Hey, I'm not some stranger and I'm not your husband. You can talk to me."
―Ralph Bohner to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Later, Bohner was a little annoyed and pointed out that Wanda Maximoff was lame for making Tommy and Billy give back all the candy they stole. Being called a "bad influence" for the twins by Maximoff, Bohner explained that he was just trying to do his part as the relative who arrived in town and stirred up with the family, further adding that this is what she wanted.

Bohner witnesses Tommy gain powers

Maximoff saw a new opportunity to test Bohner and questioned him about his missing accent, but Bohner replied by asking her about hers. Bohner told Maximoff that the details were fuzzy on what happened to him prior to his arrival there, but he remembered being "killed" by Ultron during the Battle of Sokovia and then he heard Maximoff calling for him. Suddenly, the discussion was ended when Tommy and Billy returned and asked to continue trick-or-treating. Bohner and Maximoff discovered that Tommy gained superhuman speed, much to Bohner's delight.

Bohner and Maximoff admiring Westview

As Bohner and Maximoff admired the festivities set up in Westview, the two sat down and started to discuss her current life. Bohner agreed with her positive comments on Westview and talked about how their parents, Iryna and Oleg Maximoff, would’ve loved the town, making her smile. Suddenly, Bohner asked her what she did with all the children since there were no children in the Hex before Halloween, and suggested that she had them asleep in their beds, with Maximoff struggling to explain.

Bohner asks questions about the Hex

Finally, Bohner began talking about how Maximoff was controlling all of the Westview residents, noting that she handled the ethical issues of the town the best she could, and stating that he was impressed by her upgraded power set since she was being able to do more than project energy blasts and manipulate minds. Assuring that she could trust him, Bohner asked her how she created the Hex. However, she told him she wasn't sure how she did it and that she only remembered being filled with despair.

Bohner is attacked by Wanda Maximoff

Bohner was confused when Maximoff turned toward him and panicked for a second, but she stated that she was fine. Bohner then witnessed Billy, who had acquired telepathy powers, frantically calling out to Maximoff, telling her that Vision was in trouble. When Maximoff attempted to calm her son down, asking where Vision was, Bohner interrupted and humorously said that her husband could not die twice. Having made her infuriated, Bohner was blasted away.[2]

Liberated

Bohner confronts Monica Rambeau

"Don't waste your breath, babe. No one can hear you from in here."
―Ralph Bohner to Monica Rambeau[src]

Bohner returned to his house since Wanda Maximoff was convinced that he was an imposter. When Monica Rambeau, who was suspecting Agatha Harkness, decided to investigate the house and detected dark energy running through the basement, Bohner approached Rambeau to interrupt her search.[3]

Bohner is freed by Monica Rambeau

Bohner held Rambeau hostage in his house and thwarted her every attempt of escape. Eventually, Rambeau came across several documents and bills that revealed Bohner's true identity. Rambeau then subdued Bohner before taking off the necklace around his neck, freeing him from Harkness' enchantment.[5]

Personality

"Don't sweat it, sis. It's not like your dead husband can die twice."
―Ralph Bohner to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Under Agatha Harkness' control and posing as "Pietro Maximoff", Bohner behaves like a manchild, conforming to the sitcom trope of the disruptive visiting relative. He was also quite snarky and rude, even making a joke to Wanda Maximoff about how Vision has died multiple times. When he held Monica Rambeau captive, he no longer pretended to be Pietro, and acted on the behalf of Harkness which he referred to as "Mrs". When Bohner's true persona was unearthed, he begged Rambeau for his life, suggesting he was frightened and unaware of the current conflict.

Bohner also expressed an interest in video games and action films, such as Steven Seagal films.

Powers and Abilities

Former Powers

  • Superhuman Speed:

    Bohner running at high speeds

    Thanks to the enchanted necklace he wore, Bohner gained the ability to run at extremely high speeds. He was able to act and move in seconds or less, far faster than normal people could even perceive. His powers caused him to generate an aura of blue, white, and transparent energy currents and mist-like shapes, much like fire or wind, leaving behind a trail of it as he runs. Bohner's enhanced momentum allowed him to generate enough force to push Monica Rambeau away with a simple flick of his finger.

Abilities

  • Combatant: Bohner was adept at using his powers in combat, knocking down Monica Rambeau when she tried to escape from his house.

Equipment

Former Equipment

  • Necklace:

    Bohner's magic necklace glowing

    Bohner wore a beads necklace that had been enchanted by Agatha Harkness with a "crystallum possession" spell. This kept him under her thrall and also granted him the power of super speed until Monica Rambeau took it off his neck, liberating him.

Facilities

  • Ralph Bohner's House: Bohner lives in this house as his permanent residence in Westview. He continued to live in it when Agatha Harkness took control of his mind and used it to imprison Monica Rambeau until she freed him from Harkness' spell.
  • Vision Residence: When Agatha Harkness controlled Bohner's mind, she commanded him to move in and live with Wanda Maximoff, Vision, and their sons Tommy and Billy. This was a ploy in order to get close to Maximoff and make her reveal how she controlled all of Westview. He eventually moved out from the house after Maximoff expanded the barrier around Westview.

Relationships

Family

  • Mother

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

  • WandaVision showrunner Jac Schaeffer stated that she had no backup options for casting the fake Pietro Maximoff if Evan Peters was unavailable to play the part, feeling that Peters can play an amalgamation of Uncle Jesse from Full House, Nick Moore from Family Ties and Joey Tribbiani from Friends.[7] Schaeffer also explained in order to get the point across that Wanda Maximoff was desperate to see her brother again, they needed to cast someone whom the audience and Wanda would realize should be Pietro, despite it being impossible, and going along with it. The only way to do this was to cast Peters, whom the audience would immediately recognize for his X-Men role.[8]
  • The character was also used as a play on the sitcom tropes of recasting characters without "much fuss".[9]
  • The concept of the fake Pietro Maximoff turning out to be an actor was inspired by a similar twist in Iron Man 3 regarding Trevor Slattery, who posed as the fake Mandarin.[10]
  • The name of Ralph Bohner was a reference towards Ricard "Boner" Stabone from the sitcom Growing Pains.[11]
  • Teyonah Parris revealed in an interview with Collider's Perri Nemiroff that Ralph Bohner was not definitively chosen as the character's name when the series was in production, as it was one of serveral names she read out when they shot the scene where his name and identity are revealed.[12]
  • Craig Henningsen and Lloyd Pitts were stunt doubles for Evan Peters in the role of Ralph Bohner.

References

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