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Who Is Agatha Harkness, The Villain Behind Wanda’s Alternate Reality In WandaVision?

And why is Agatha All Along the bop of the season.

Fan theories be damned, it turns out that in WandaVision, it was Agatha All Along.

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After seeing her partner Vision (Paul Bettany) die in-front of her—and kill him with her own magical hands—Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) uses her powers to alter reality and give her and Vision the perfect sitcom life in WandaVision. Trapped in a town called Westview, the pair live out their days like a classic sitcom couple: going from newly-weds to manifesting a pair of twins, and jumping from different decades of TV each episode.

As S.W.O.R.D agent Monica (Teyonah Parris) tries to break through and save Wanda from her illusioned reality, we learn that Agnes, Wanda’s neighbour, is actually Agatha Harkness (Kathyrn Hahn), a famous and powerful witch from the comics. And, as a musical sequence that plays out like a spin-off to the show reveals, all those confusing moments that not even Wanda could control? Yeh, it was Agatha All Along.

But, who exactly is Agatha Harkness, and how does WandaVision tie into Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and the third Spider-Man film? Keep reading to find out.

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Agnes (Kathyrn Hahn) dressed as a witch in All-New Halloween Spooktacular! (Credit: Disney.)

Who Is Agatha Harkness?

While Agatha Harkness has only just revealed herself in WandaVision, she has a looong history in the Marvel comics universe. 

A powerful witch who has helped the Fantastic Four on various occasions, including raising Reed Richards and Sue Storm’s kid, Franklin Richards, Agatha later mentors Scarlet Witch—Aka Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen)—in the art of magic and witchcraft. FYI, this does also mean that her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe could lead to the Fantastic Four which hi, yes pls. 

In Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985-1986), the pair move to a small suburban town and Wanda, possessed by a coven of witches, manifests a pair of twins—sound familiar? Shortly after, the government kidnap Vision, dismantle and rebuild him with none of his past personality or memories with Wanda, and Agatha reveals that her children are shards of Mephisto—Aka Marvel’s version of the devil.

As her kids begin to fade in and out of existence, Agatha then wipes Wanda’s memory of her children, causing her to spiral out of control and become a villain for a bit. Cut to House of M, a Marvel comic event where the remains of the Avengers and X-Men team up to stop Wanda after she creates an alternate reality where mutants rule the world and her and her family reign supreme as a royal family. 

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Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Cumberbatch at San Diego Comic Con in 2019. (Credit: Getty.)

How does WandaVision tie into Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness?

We know that the events of WandaVision will directly tie into Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and the next Spider-Man film, but it’s only in the last few weeks we’ve had a sound theory as to how it’ll all unfold.

Remember Mephisto in the comics earlier? Well, some fans speculate that he’s the real mastermind behind the events of WandaVision and created this reality so he could steal Wanda’s children for his own personal gain. Said fans also theorise that Agatha isn’t really behind everything but is working under him. 

If true, this could then mean that Mephisto might be the villain of Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, as Strange and Wanda explore the horrific realm of infinite possibilities to stop him and save Wanda’s children.

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Peter Parker (Tom Holland), MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) in a sneak peak of the next Spider-Man film. (Credit: Instagram)

How does WandaVision tie into Spider-Man?

In episode five, On a Very Special Episode, Wanda is surprised to find her brother Pietro at her front door. Fans of the MCU will remember this is a wee bit odd given that Pietro died in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, to make things even more confusing, this new “Uncle Pietro” isn’t played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played the character in the MCU, but by Evan Peters, who you might remember as Peter in Fox’s X-Men: First Class series. 

While we now know that Agatha brought Peters’s Peter into the hex, it’s still unclear whether he’s really the Pietro from this universe or the character Peters originally played in the 21st Century Fox version. 

As far as Spider-Man is concerned, this whole thing has many fans speculating whether we could see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man team up with Tobey Maguire (Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man) or Andrew Garfield (Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man) in the next Spider-Man film. 

In an interview with Esquire, Holland claimed that “no, they will not be appearing in this film,” but didn’t rule out possibilities of them showing up in the future.

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