Who’s Agatha Harkness in ‘WandaVision’ Episode 7? This is the backstory

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This story incorporates spoilers for the seventh episode of “WandaVision.”

“WandaVision” has lastly revealed the reality about Agnes: She’s been Agatha all alongside.

The seventh episode of the Disney+ collection, titled “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” sees each Wanda and Imaginative and prescient studying somewhat bit extra of the reality about their lives in Westview.

Imaginative and prescient, now again inside the truth throughout the Hex, formally meets Darcy Lewis, who fills him in on his life and deaths earlier than the synthezoid moved to the New Jersey suburb to start out anew along with his spouse.

Wanda has an much more eventful day than her hubby. Her reality-controlling powers appear to be on the fritz, she has a run-in with a newly super-powered Monica Rambeau and she or he learns that her chatty neighbor Agnes, performed by Kathryn Hahn, has been holding a fairly main secret.

It seems Agnes is Agatha Harkness, and she or he’s been magically pulling strings within the city for the reason that very starting, unbeknownst to Wanda.

Kathryn Hahn in a witch costume in WandaVision

Agnes’ Halloween costume was a clue.

(Marvel Studios)

Followers have lengthy speculated that there was extra to Wanda’s enthusiastic, meddlesome neighbor, arising with theories about her true identification knowledgeable by the truth that Agnes is a portmanteau for Agatha Harkness. They’ve additionally tracked Easter eggs for the reason that present’s premiere, together with all the pieces from her witch costume within the Halloween episode to the identify of her rabbit, Señor Scratchy (within the comics, Agatha has a son named Nicholas Scratch).

Although Agatha’s reveal in “WandaVision” seems to set her up because the present’s villain, within the comedian books she’s a personality who has typically had a extra pleasant, if difficult, relationship with the Scarlet Witch.

Agatha’s comedian e book origins date again to the late Sixties, when she was first launched within the “Unbelievable 4” collection. Depicted as an older lady, Agatha initially labored because the governess for Franklin Richards, the son of Reed Richards (Mr. Unbelievable) and Sue Storm (the Invisible Lady). The Unbelievable 4 are a superhero crew whose display rights, together with the X-Males’s, had been tied up at a special firm till Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Marvel Studios has already introduced it’s engaged on a “Unbelievable 4” movie set throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A strong witch, Agatha is ultimately referred to as upon to assist Wanda along with her magic and turns into her mentor. Over the years she has been killed quite a few occasions, however that hasn’t stopped her from displaying as much as assist or to ship arduous truths, whether or not as a spirit or after discovering her method again to life.

The elder witch has been a very vital presence in story strains that contain Wanda and Imaginative and prescient’s kids, Billy and Tommy.

In the course of the 12-issue “The Imaginative and prescient and the Scarlet Witch” collection (1985-1986), Agatha’s spirit offers Wanda the concept to make use of the magical powers she is channeling to turn out to be pregnant. And some years after the youngsters are born, a newly resurrected Agatha confronts Wanda about how her kids are usually not fairly actual.

Within the end result of the “Imaginative and prescient Quest” arc of “The West Coast Avengers” (1989), it’s revealed that the magical powers used to create Thomas and William made them the misplaced items of Mephisto’s soul. (Mephisto is mainly the satan of Marvel comics.) The youngsters are kidnapped by Mephisto’s proxy, Grasp Pandemonium, and are absorbed into his arms.

Agatha wipes reminiscences of ever having twins from the devastated Wanda’s thoughts, and it’s Agatha that Wanda goes to when she begins to query why folks assume she had kids she will be able to’t keep in mind. (One factor Agatha didn’t do within the comics is kill Sparky, the household canine, however she does play a key half within the 2015 “Imaginative and prescient” comedian e book collection the place the pup is launched.)

The Agatha of “WandaVision” seems far more villainous than her comedian e book counterpart, however many questions stay. Agatha-as-Agnes has repeatedly talked about her husband, Fred. May he be one other villain? What’s Agatha’s plan? What’s up with that ominous e book? And, most significantly, the place did Billy and Tommy go?

With solely two episodes remaining, “WandaVision” nonetheless has loads to unpack.

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