WandaVision has a bountiful of characters both new and recurring and one of the latest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the canon series airing weekly via Disney+ is Agnes portrayed by none other than Kathryn Hahn.
With a total of nine episodes throughout the series, WandaVision started off bizarre with the sitcom style of storytelling which later became a mixture of what is happening inside and outside of the show within show.
Kathryn Hahn plays the role of Agnes, the nosy neighbor of Wanda, who has always been to the rescue whenever Wanda would be needing help. Throughout the series, it was shown that whenever Wanda or anyone in their family would be needing help, Agnes would appear. Even Vision found it strange that when something happens, she would be right at their doorstep.
After weeks of speculations, we finally get to meet who Agnes really is.
Warning! This portion may contain spoilers for WandaVision. Read at your own risk!
In the seventh episode of WandaVision, Breaking the Fourth Wall, the latter half of the episode revealed the true character of the nosy neighbor being Agatha Harkness. Living right next door to Wanda, Agatha has a direct view of what is happening inside the residence of Wanda and Vision and is probably aware of pretty much everything that is happening in Westview.
The reveal was as if Agatha intended for Wanda to find her true identity when she pointed that the twins went off to the basement to play only to find out that it is the lair of Agatha with vines on the walls, spells on cabinets, and a mysterious glowing book in the middle.
Confused, Wanda was surprised by a ragged-haired Agnes carrying Senor Scratchy on her arms and introducing herself as Agatha Harkness, greeting Wanda as if it was their first time to meet. She told Wanda, “you didn’t think you were the only magical girl in town, did you?” then put an exhibit of her powers which is something like that of Wanda’s.
After their exchange, Agatha puts Wanda into something like a trance with her purple power over the head and eyes of Wanda.
Agatha Harkness got her whole credits scene titled Agatha All Along where all her involvement in the story of Wanda was shown: her meeting Wanda for the first time, her magic setting off the magic show of Wanda and Vision in the town talent show, and her putting Herb in a weird state of mind making him cut through the wall instead of the plant.
Included in the Agatha All Along credits scene was when she brought Pietro to the doorstep of Wanda with him seemingly under her control, and when she encountered Vision on the road. Agatha is also revealed to be the one behind the cameras in the sitcom, and poor Sparky, Agatha admitted to killing him off.
Agatha Harkness originally appeared in the comics where she is a with who dates back to when the Atlantis sank to the bottom of the sea, to the Salem Witch trials, to the present. Agatha was first introduced in the comics when she assisted the Fantastic Four.
During the Salem Witch trials in the 1700s, Agatha formed a coven of her own with goals to practice witchcraft in the New World. However, the New World was not as friendly as she and her coven were persecuted by the Puritans.
Agatha survived then led her life to become the most powerful sorceress in the commune. In the comics, she chanced upon Wanda and became Wanda’s mentor who aided her in discovering and mastering her powers.
Based on the comics, Wanda accidentally created her children out of the fragments of the soul of Mephisto who would, later on, take the children from Wanda. It was Agatha who eased up the burden of Wanda by erasing the memories of the children and Wanda to make them forget about the pain.
To date, we have only seen a few of Agatha’s powers in the short time of its introduction. She exhibits the same powers as Wanda with telekinesis. In various instances like when she closed the door, and made trouble in the talent show.
She also shows telekinesis through the form of control over the person like how she put Herb in a trance-like state, even controlled Pietro while on Wanda’s doorstep, and in their meeting, she seemingly put Wanda under her control as well.
In the comics, Agatha has powers of sorcery which enables her to tap into ambient magical energy around and manipulate it to her will. Her powers sprung from three sources: personal powers from the mind, the soul, and the body; ambient magical energy surrounding the universe; and through tapping of extra-dimensional energy which she can get from invoking entities in mystical dimensions.
Through her powers of sorcery, she can blast magical energy bolts, make energy shields, teleportation, telepathy, flight, and astral projection. Agatha also has spells and phrases under her belt. As an ancient witch like herself, she has had hundreds of years of practice and of spells to learn.
If the series would be following the comic-book arc of Wanda and Agatha, it could go both ways as Agatha’s history with Wanda changed through time. Still, even when the show deliberately set up Agatha as the one who keeps messing up the things around Westview, many believe that her character is just a red herring for the real big bad of the show.
Could Agatha really be the villain of the series or will the rest of the series tell us that her intentions would prove otherwise? Tune into WandaVision to find out. WandaVision premieres every Friday via Disney+.