The following story contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Disney+’s WandaVision.
We knew WandaVision was going to be some sort of MCU/sitcom hybrid, but it’s hard to say anyone saw the show being truly as committed to sitcomness as it is. We also didn’t have a total handle on who, exactly, would be involved with the story. Obviously, we knew that our heroes—Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—were in some strange sitcom world/hybrid/simulation, but it was hard to guess where things went from there. Along for the ride from the jump is a classic sitcom trope character: the nosy neighbor, as played by the always excellent (and usually hilarious) Kathryn Hahn.
It’s hard to guess this early—but there could be a case that Hahn’s character, Agnes, is secretly the villain of the show; Marvel character Agatha Harkness (first comic appearance: 1970) to be precise. Let’s look at some of the evidence.
First and foremost? Just from looking at the show’s announced cast, there’s no clear villain. We know from looking at The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, for instance, that Zemo (Daniel Brühl, reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War) will be returning and at least ostensibly be the villain. Marvel pulls some trickery with bad guys sometimes (think Iron Man 3 or Captain Marvel), but always has one. And we don’t really know where to start looking with WandaVision, so why not someone already right in front of our eyes?
The first two episodes of the show introduce a sitcom world clearly evolving on an episode-by-episode basis. The first episode, set in the ’50s, is styled after The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the second, in the ’60s, is Bewitched. The end of Episode 2 made it clear that Episode 3, set in the ’70s, will be in glorious technicolor.
However, despite WandaVision‘s stalwart commitment to the sitcom bit, it’s clear something bigger and more mysterious is brewing. One blatant hint that a mystery is afoot? The fact that neither Wanda nor Vision have any clear memory of what happened before the events of the series began. There’s also the end of Episode 1, where we see someone—in full color—watching their show on a little TV monitor. And in Episode 2, of course, there’s the repeated moments of someone’s question for Wanda—Who’s doing this to you, Wanda? Let’s operate, from here on out, under the idea that the various sitcoms we’re seeing is either a creation of Scarlet Witch’s mind—as the end of Episode 2 seems to hint—or some sort of alternate reality.
Which brings us to Agnes. She shows up at just the right times throughout the first two episodes—Kevin Feige referred to her as the “nosy neighbor” when promoting the show. Yet the timing almost seems conspicuous; if indeed this is some kind of hallucination or creation, she could be some sort of agent of chaos into Scarlet Witch’s world.
Her name—Agnes—is similar to that of a classic Marvel Comics villain named Agatha Harkness. In the comics, Harkness was an old woman, but one of the most powerful witches in the world. She was primarily an antagonist of the Fantastic Four, but did eventually come into contact with—and was a mentor to—Scarlet Witch. Eventually, Scarlet Witch destroys her.
Some clues are also out there already for us. One of Agatha’s defining qualities in the comic is a notable amulet she wears around her neck. In the WandaVision episodes so far, Agnes is seen with a similar necklace.
The trailers for the show have also shown clips of a future episode with a Halloween theme. Scarlet Witch and Vision are both seen in colorful, exaggerated versions of their classic comic costumes—showing their real identities in plain sight. In the same clip from this time, Agnes is seen in a witch costume. Parallel structure much? If our heroes are showing their true selves, there’s a decent chance the villain of the story is doing the same.