Before we get into it, as always there are spoilers ahead – turn back now if you haven’t seen episode seven of WandaVision.
After six (long) weeks of theories and speculation, WandaVision has finally confirmed that the “nosy neighbour” Agnes is in fact Agatha Harkness. Although she revealed that she’s been manipulating things from the beginning, it’s not yet clear what role Agatha played in Wanda’s creation of the Westview Hex or why she’s doing this.
If you’re not familiar with Agatha’s character in Marvel comics, she first appeared in the Fantastic Four series as the governess of Franklin Richards, son of Reed Richards and Susan Storm. It was soon revealed that Agatha was actually a powerful witch who survived the Salem witch trials. But it’s her comics storylines with Wanda that Agatha is best known for, in which she served as a mentor, teaching Wanda how to control her powers.
In the comics, the relationship between Wanda and Agatha Harkness is a complicated one, particularly when it comes to Wanda’s children. Agatha is the one who helps Wanda use magic to create her twins, Billy and Tommy, inadvertently using fragments of the demon Mephisto’s soul. The twins are soon reabsorbed back into Mephisto, and Agatha wipes Wanda’s memory to erase the trauma of loosing her children. During the Avengers Disassembled / House of M storyline Wanda is reminded of her children, kills Agatha and suffers a mental breakdown eventually creating an alternate reality in which she can be with Billy and Tommy again.
We know that WandaVision isn’t a direct retelling of one particular comics storyline but it does borrow from a few different stories. Episode seven’s “Agatha All Along” skit revealed Agatha as the series’ villain, something she hasn’t really been before, certainly not where Wanda is concerned. All of that begs the question: what is Agatha’s end goal in all of this? We’ve learned what Agatha has done to influence the story what we don’t know is why?
Whatever the plan is, it’s possible that Billy and Tommy are the key to executing it.
As Wanda enters Agatha’s house she realises the twins are missing and goes down into the basement, where she finds a creepy old chamber covered in tree branches. The boys are nowhere to be seen. It’s possible that Agatha’s plan was hinted at during episode six’s “Yo-magic” commercial, where a child is drained of all his life and dies – is this Agatha, who plans to drain Billy and Tommy of their newly acquired powers?
Another clue to Agatha’s plan lies in this week’s commercial for “Nexus” anti-depressant. The name Nexus is too familiar to ignore. In the comics the Nexus of All Realities is a cross dimensional gateway which provides a pathway to any and all possible realities. It’s the one place in the entire multiverse where all realities naturally intersect, allowing people to travel between realities. What’s even more interesting is that Nexus also refers to Nexus Beings. Nexus Beings are extremely rare, and have the ability to affect the future.They’re keystones of the multiverse and are crucial to it’s stability. Nexus beings produce incredibly powerful offspring, like really powerful and you’ll never guess who’s a Nexus Being? Her name starts with W and ends with anda.
Could this be why Agatha is so interested in Wanda and her kids?
Agatha Harkness isn’t an out and out villain, but WandaVision seems to be setting her up as one. Could it be that she’s actually being manipulated by another more evil source? I think so. Potentially the demon Mephisto, the reality manipulator Nightmare, or even Dr Strange’s old mate Dormamuu. In a recent interview Vision actor Paul Bettany confirmed that there is still a big cameo yet to come in WandaVision from an actor who Bettany has “longed to work with all his life.” If he’s right, and there is another character reveal coming before the end of the series, it’s likely to be another Marvel Villian and my guess its going to be a big one!
What do you think? Who’s the real villain? Let us know in the comments!