As most fans know by now, it was, in fact, Agatha all along. The nosy neighbor Agnes-turned-witchy villain of WandaVision is taking center stage with a spinoff series of her own. The show was originally going to be called Agatha: House of Harkness, but that changed to Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and then the title changed again to Agatha: Darkhold Diaries. Let’s break down everything known about Marvel’s foray into witchcraft.
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe initially conceived of shows for Disney+, they were treated more like standalone films than traditional TV series. Of the shows that debuted as part of the now-completed Phase 4 (eight in all), only Loki and What If...? were given second seasons like regular shows. Everything else (WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk) has been one-and-done, feeding into larger movies like Captain America: New World Order and The Marvels.
However, these shows are also super popular, and fans want follow-ups. The result has been spinoff shows that will loosely form an ongoing narrative. Hawkeye, for instance, will beget Echo, which will, in turn, set up Daredevil: Born Again. For WandaVision, which already fed into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the follow-up series is Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, reportedly followed by VisionQuest.
WandaVision and Doctor Strange have been Marvel’s first forays into magical fantasy stories instead of science fiction with robotic suits, chemically-altered humans, and aliens. Agatha is one of the most powerful characters to date, so it makes sense that Hahn is returning to tell more of her story.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Agatha series on Disney+.
The Cast Is Pure Magic
Kathryn Hahn was the first confirmed for the series, reprising her role of Agatha Harkness from WandaVision. It wasn’t until October 2022 that anyone else was announced as part of the cast. That was when Emma Caulfield Ford revealed in a Vanity Fair interview she was booked to be part of the new series, reprising her role from WandaVision as Sarah Proctor, aka Wanda’s queen-bee neighbor, “Dottie Jones” in Westview. Debra Jo Rupp will also be reprising her Westview role as Sharon Davis.
In November, Variety reported actor Joe Locke would also be joining the cast in an undisclosed role. As comic fans had guessed, Locke was later confirmed to be playing Billy Kaplan, Wanda’s son who is better known by his superhero name Wiccan. Miles Gutierrez-Riley is also part of the cast as Hulkling, who famously dates Wiccan in the comics.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by witches. Aubrey Plaza, Patti LuPone, Sasheer Zamata, and Ali Ahn will play fellow witches in Agatha’s coven.
Thus far, Elizabeth Olsen, who will reportedly continue to play Wanda Maximoff in the MCU for the next several years, has not been announced to be returning to Disney+ for the new series, nor has Paul Bettany as "White Vision," despite reports VisionQuest is in development from the same team behind WandaVision and Agatha: Darkhold Diaries.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos Plot
So far, there is no plot yet revealed about the new series, other than it's going to be another "dark comedy" from Schaeffer and feature Agatha's entire coven. With the Phase 5 timeline putting its debut towards the end of 2023, Hahn's series will be timed for the holidays, though likely closer to Christmas than Halloween. Could this be another Hawkeye-style Marvel holiday series? Time will tell.
The First Look Is Wicked
The first glimpse at Darkhold Diaries arrived as an extra on the WandaVision 4K Steelbook and Blu-ray Steelbook release on Nov. 28. The behind-the-scenes featurette focuses on Hahn teasing the spinoff, with various production moments scattered throughout. The last shot of the video shows Locke in character as Wiccan for the first time.
It Will Appear At The End Of 2024
Agatha: Darkhold Diaries is currently scheduled for a Fall 2024 release window on Disney+.
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