WandaVision’s Agatha Harkness brings an extra dose of magical powers to the MCU, but how do they work and what exactly is her past?

By WandaVision Agatha Harkness was revealed to have significant control over dark magic and an origin linking her to the Salem witch trials, but what could this mean for the MCU? It is now very clear that Agatha’s seemingly friendly relationship with Wanda was a lie and that she had been orchestrating many of the strange events that occurred in the city of Westview, but there are still many things that are not clear about the character herself.

Although Agatha will become the villain of the show, this is not fully developed yet, as although she evidently wants to use Wanda to learn Westview’s secrets and seemingly develop her own powers, the full explanation regarding her motivations and intentions. they are not properly evident. Much more has become clear about Agatha, but the more you learn, the more questions there are about her.

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This is especially true when it comes to Agatha’s powers, and how she acquired and trained those powers. While WandaVision episode 8 reveals that Agatha was part of a coven, and that she was ready to be summarily executed for practicing dark magic, it’s easy to lose sight of exactly what information is given after going through the rest of the events they have. place in it, even though this information could prove vital in both the future of WandaVision and the future of the MCU.

Dark magic

WandaVision Episode 8 Agatha using magic

The main reason Agatha Harkness features such an effective antagonist of Wanda in WandaVision it is because she is a very well trained witch, honed in her craft, while the Scarlet Witch is immensely powerful, but almost ignores the theory behind her chaos magic, or magic in general. Having studied the mystical arts for many, many years, Agatha’s ability to control magic is understandably a force to be reckoned with.

In WandaVision, a host of magical abilities are displayed under Agatha’s control. She is capable of flight, mind control, telekinesis and, perhaps most disturbingly, is shown in episode 8 seemingly draining the life of a fellow witch. In addition to this, the fact that Agatha was able to manipulate the events of the show’s sitcom without anyone noticing shows that she also possesses some non-negligible reality warping and transforming abilities, although these may have been enhanced. by nature. of the current surreal situation in Westview. Agatha’s practical knowledge of the field of mystical arts also allows her certain useful abilities, as she is able to nullify Wanda’s powers in her basement by placing protective runes around the room, so only the person who placed them there can. use magic in space.

It seems that the limit of Agatha’s abilities hasn’t been shown yet either, as in the final minutes of episode 8 she is able to use what appears to be some kind of energy manipulation to hold Billy and Tommy hostage. With this in mind, it is highly likely that Agatha will be able to do more than she has done over the course of WandaVision.

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As for the “darker magics” that Agatha’s coven spoke of, these seem to refer to her ability to steal the lives of others, as the rest of the witch’s abilities are similar to those used by the witch. Doctor Strange, and it seems especially unlikely that the future Sorceror Supreme would be using dark arts unless he was in a situation where it was absolutely necessary. That said, given that many have theorized that Agatha is working with either Mephisto or Chthon, and if this is the case, either one will almost certainly grant her even more disturbing powers later on when she carries out some or all of their respective plots. dark. Or, in fact, it could become a conduit for her powers, as there was probably a reason the other witches were so concerned about her using darker magics, and this could potentially have been because she could act as a way to for demonic forces to appear on Earth.

Origin of MCU Salem

WandaVision Episode 8 Agatha Harkness Mother

Episode 8 of WandaVision It begins with Agatha being judged by her coven for practicing dark magic. The scene contains a classic shot of Agatha tied to a stake and tried for magical crimes, and the time period in which she also appears clearly alludes to that of the Salem witch trials, even if this is practically a very different scenario, already that the Salem Witch Trials were meant to find out if someone was a witch, rather than being used by witches to discuss magical crimes.

In the comics, Agatha is also linked to the Salem witch trials, albeit in a way that makes her seem even more cruel than she is on the show. This is because Agatha supported witch trials that were actively killing her companions, believing that it was a form of natural selection, and that allowing “weak” witches to be killed would ensure that the wizarding community grew stronger. Of course, this did not turn out to be true, and would in fact result in Agatha being tried in New Salem many years later when the coven she previously ruled believed had betrayed them, leading to her meeting Scarlet Witch and ultimately revealing that her sons were the product of Mephisto’s energy.

So far, it seems like the MCU has played with the timeline of Agatha’s life, which makes sense, as the circumstances in the comics and the film franchise are significantly different – for example, Agatha’s temporary job as a babysitter. for the Reeds family it is not yet possible for the MCU, as they have not been introduced into the universe. As such, the scene with Agatha and the coven could be set much closer to WandaVision’s current timeline, with the witch appearing in Wanda’s reality to hide from anyone else seeking to capture her. Either way, her origins in the MCU make it as clear as her comic origins that she has an immense hunger for power and is willing to do just about anything to continue developing her abilities.

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While Agatha’s origins are only briefly shown in WandaVision Episode 8, her possible future status as Wanda’s rival, Mephisto’s mentor, or ally might cause her to focus more, especially if this helps explain more about magic in the MCU in time to Doctor Strange and the multiverse of madness.

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