Of all the crazy theories fans speculated about while putting in all those Easter eggs and references WandaVision, the one that rolled all over the internet was about Mephisto’s existence on the show, and audiences waited for him to appear as it went on. When new characters were introduced, everyone took different investigations into how one of them could be Mephisto. Starting with the character of Dottie, then Agnes, and finally the “recast” Pietro Maximoff. They all gave off mean vibes and led fans to the establishment of a common comic book villain, Mephisto, who drew parallels in the show from the comic book troubles in which the character starred alongside Wanda and Vision.
However, of all the characters, it was Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes, who people thought would turn out to be either Mephisto or a puppet or pawn of his. But, as it turned out in the penultimate episode, it was revealed that Agnes was Agatha Harkness, a character portrayed in the comics as one of Wanda’s evil teachers. Here, Agatha turned out to be a witch from an ancient, 17th century coven, trying to grasp the limits of Wanda’s powers and how she manages to keep an entire city under her influence without breaking.
It is Agatha who reveals Wanda as Scarlet Witch and ends up in a conflict with her to seize her powers before losing the battle. Also all things that happen in Westview, against Wanda’s own wishes and magic, was Agatha All Along. From killing Sparky to “rearranging” Pietro (Ralph Bohner), it was all because of Harkness, not Mephisto.
But actress Kathryn Hahn, who played the wicked witch WandaVision has revealed that taking in theories and comparisons with Mephisto is her favorite fan speculation about the show. Hahn, who won the Best Fight Award at MTV Awards 2021 with Elizabeth Olsen for the show, was asked about her favorite fan theories for her character during a Q&A, to which she replied as such.
‘I remember hearing it [from friends] that I [Agatha] was a puppet of Mephisto and I had to say right away, “Who is Mephisto?” Excuse me! Now I know who it is. “
Well, of course we don’t hold her accountable as even writer Jac Schaeffer was unfamiliar with the Wanda and Vision comics when she was brought on board by Marvel Studios. Still, there were too many signs that Mephisto was there, so we can’t blame the public for speculating on all those events and coming up with their own theories. The most obvious indication of the show was the introduction of Billy and Tommy, Wanda’s children. The comics suggest that those children were just fragments of Mephisto, born of Wanda’s grief.
Then there was a specific shot, showing a fly-like creature in Agnes’s apartment. In the comics, Mephisto is first introduced as a fly, before his demonic appearance is revealed. And then there was Evan Peters who came in as Pietro Maximoff, leading to further theories of a multiverse and also X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But despite these theories being discarded, Agatha’s character turn turned out to be worthy enough for the show to be successful and also quite acceptable in the minds of fans.
Agatha Harkness’s character holds almost accurately to her history in the comics. While her intentions were pretty bad, her presence in the Hex Wanda helped escape her grief, and even gave fans a deeper look into her past. We got a pure character transformation with Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda turning into Scarlet Witch and an epic battle to not only end the first season, but also set up the future of both characters in the MCU and the upcoming movie. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In addition, Kathryn Hahn did a fantastic job with the character, making Agatha a great villain to see how she came into conflict with her nemesis. And she gets all the credit for it. Yes, Hahn’s favorite fan speculation didn’t turn out to be fruitful, but with all those hints and Easter eggs left around the Hex, let’s not rule out Mephisto from the MCU just yet. After all, these small details make this ever-expanding cinematic universe a gem to watch.
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