With just a couple of days until the launch of WandaVision on Disney+, there’s still quite a big mystery surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first foray into TV. How is Vision still alive? How did he and Wanda end up in this strange suburban town? And why are they cycling through different decades of sitcoms together?
So far, we still have no answers – but that hasn’t stopped Marvel fans poring over every single clue they can find to work out what could be going on, whether that’s frame-by-frame analysis of the various trailers and TV spots or going back to the comics to see if there are any hints as to what we could expect.
And now a few online sleuths think they may have found something – or at least, someone, specifically Kathryn Hahn’s “nosy neighbour” character Agnes who looks set to play a central role in WandaVision week to week.
While Agnes appears to be a harmless part of Wanda and Vision’s small town world, the theory is that she’s actually representing a pretty key character from the comics called Agatha Harkness, hence her first name (Agatha Harkness). In said comics, Agatha is a powerful witch who has lived for centuries and often pitches in to help various superheroes, including a period where she worked as a nanny for the Fantastic Four.
However, her key relationship is with Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff, whom she helped mentor and instruct in the use of the magic over the course of Wanda’s career as a superhero. Unfortunately, this relationship later turned sour when Wanda became more unstable, and it was revealed during the Avengers-ending “Disassembled” storyline that Wanda had murdered Agatha (though she later returned to life again… because comics).
In other words, this character would fit perfectly in a screen story about Wanda apparently having some sort of mental breakdown (which at least part of WandaVision seems to be based on) – and we may have already seen more clues that Agnes and Agatha are meant to be one and the same.
During a sequence seen in trailers set at Halloween, Wanda and Vision both wear versions of their retro comic-book costumes, revealing their true inner selves through outerwear. And what is Agnes wearing? A witch costume, tying her closely to comic-book Agatha’s identity.
Still not convinced? Well, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige (who is closely involved with WandaVision) inadvertently dropped a hint that Agatha may be more important than she first appears.
“I think [it] solidified the voice of the character,” Feige told RadioTimes.com and other press of the decision to cast sitcom regular Hahn in the role. “It kind of… I almost said something I shouldn’t.”
What secrets are being held back about Agnes? Why would they give her a name so close to this comic-book character and dress her as a witch if it wasn’t all connected? And if this is all true, what’s she doing playing the neighbour in Wanda’s weird sitcom world?
For now, it’s all still a bit of a mystery. Of course, it could be that all these clues are just coincidences, or that they’re only intended as nods to a bit of Wanda’s comic-book life rather than specific building blocks of a (fairly obscure) character from Marvel’s stable of comic books.
Still, in a series as enigmatic as WandaVision we’ll have to be forgiven for wondering whether the Scarlet Witch is the only witch in Westview.
WandaVision begins streaming on Friday 15th January on Disney+, and releases new episodes on subsequent Fridays. You can sign up to Disney Plus for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year.
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