WandaVision premieres January 15, 2021 on Disney+.
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Marvel hasn’t officially stated who Katheryn Hahn is portraying in the upcoming series of WandaVision. Currently, on IMDB Hahn’s character name is only listed as Agnes.
That sound likes a clear hint to the character of Agatha Harkness. Plus, in the trailer she’s dressed as a witch. That can easily be another hint to who her character is.
It’s not a stretch of the imagination to see Agatha in WandaVision seeing how Agatha has a long and complicated relationship to the Scarlet Witch in the comic books.
So, who is Agatha Harkness?
Agatha was first introduced in the pages of the Fantastic Four as the governess to Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman’s son Franklin Richards.
She’s a powerful witch. Back in her day, she was the leader of a colony of witches in New Salem. Her son, Nicolas Scratch, returned and took control of New Salem. He convinced its inhabitants that Agatha had betrayed their secrets by working for the Fantastic Four.
Agatha was kidnapped, along with Franklin, and put on trial but was freed by the Fantastic Four.
Eventually, she became the magical tutor for the Scarlet Witch in the use of witchcraft.
Sometime later, the Salem Seven, who are the grandchildren of Agatha, took over the New Salem community again.
This time they captured Agatha and killed her by burning her at the stake.
Agatha made her presence known to Wanda in a post-death astral form leading Wanda to come into conflict with the Salem Seven.
In the ensuing battle, Vertigo (the leader of the Salem Seven) lost control of all the magical energies which resulted in the decimation of the town.
As we know in comic books, no one stays dead for long. Agatha resurfaced alive and well when Wanda’s infant children began exhibiting odd behavior such as disappearing for brief periods of time.
During this time, Wanda was becoming slightly unstable due to the fact that her husband, Vision, had been dismantled.
Agatha gave no clear indication of how or why she had returned. When the demon Mephisto claimed that Scarlet Witch’s children were actually fragments of his own soul he reabsorbed them.
Agatha mind-wiped Wanda’s memory of her children in an attempt to help her deal with the trauma.
Sometime after the confrontation between Agatha and the Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury found what appeared to be Agatha’s corpse in her home and concluded that Agatha had been dead for a long time.
In the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch of the comic books, Agatha appeared as a ghost and confirmed her death at the hands of her protege the Scarlet Witch.
Agatha’s ghost returned to fight alongside Wanda and the spirit of Wanda’s biological mother, Natalya Maximoff, against the physical manifestation of Chaos who was attempting to destroy witchcraft.
Agatha and Natalya channelled their magic through Wanda and managed to defeat the being and Agatha was restored to life.
Even though Agatha noted that her and Scarlet Witch’s lives are intertwined, Agatha chose to have some time apart to enjoy being back to life once again.
Now, what are Agatha Harkness' abilities?
Agatha derives her powers from the manipulation of the forces of magic. She’s been able to use her magic for a number of effects such as:
2.) Energy Projection
3.) Tapping into energies through the recitation of spells
4.) Illusion Casting
So what can we possibly see from Agatha Harkness in WandaVision?
The first news of Katheryn Hahn’s character of Agnes (which is a combination of the first and last names of Agatha Harkness) is that she would be a “noisy neighbor.”
But will Agatha be a friend or foe to Wanda?
In the comic booms, Agatha has been more of a tutor, friend, and magical guide to Wanda and her growing powers.
But she has taken it upon herself to mind-wipe Wanda in regards to the existence of her children when they were reabsorbed by Mephisto. This decision left the already grief-stricken Wanda even more traumatized and led to:
Agatha's own death and the hands of Wanda.
The events of Avengers: Disassembled which saw the Scarlet Witch terrorizing The Avengers.
Although, this was later retconned to her being possessed by a cosmic entity in an attempt to bring back her children with the help of Doctor Doom.
The events of Avengers: Disassembled culminated in a battle between the Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange.
After the events of Avengers: Disassembled, Wanda altered reality, in the popular House of M storyline, once again in an attempt to preserve her life with her children.
Whether Agatha is a friend or foe, the introduction of her character doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Scarlet Witch. Even if Agatha’s intentions are sincere.