WandaVision’s seventh episode confirms what fans had long theorized about the true identity of plucky neighbor Agnes, played by Kathryn Hahn.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” streaming now on Disney+.
WandaVision has turned out to be more of a mystery-box show than fans may have expected. For six episodes, the Disney+ series teased deep connections to the comics, but so far, real reveals have been few and far between. However, this week’s episode finally confirmed the true identity of Westview’s most mysterious resident, plucky neighbor Agnes. But while the answer — she’s secretly the witch Agatha Harkness — was the one many viewers had theorized from the very beginning, the implications are nevertheless significant.
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Yet, this isn’t the ancient sorceress from Marvel comics who mentored Wanda, and served as nanny to the son of Reed and Sue Richards. No, Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha is a sinister force, who’s gleefully pulled the strings in Westview will apparently biding her time until she could be entrusted with Wanda and Vision’s twins.
A parody of documentary-style sitcoms like The Office and Modern Family, Episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” uses the trope to force Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) to reckon with her bad behavior, even as inexplicable inconsistencies crop up in Westview. Wanda may be the decision-making force behind most of what’s going on in her suburban paradise (this week’s opening credits state, “Created by Wanda Maximoff”), but even she doesn’t understand everything. In a spot-on impression of Julie Bowen’s Claire Dunphy from Modern Family, Wanda keeps insisting to the camera that she’s fine. However, it’s clear she is on the brink. Vision hasn’t come home, Pietro is out of the picture (and not to be trusted) and reality is glitching. According to Agnes says she’s one split end away from cutting her own bangs.
When her friendly and conveniently omnipresent neighbor Agnes volunteers to take the kids, Wanda uses the opportunity for some me-time. There’s an early bit of foreshadowing when Agnes jokes to a reluctant Billy and Tommy, “I promise I won’t bite.” The show then immediately cuts to Agnes’s couch confessional, where she admits she actually did bite a kid once. Billy (who earlier complained that his head was too noisy, signaling an increase of his psychic abilities) tells Agnes that, in contrast to his mother, she’s calm on the inside. She assures the boys their mom will be OK, but she breaks the fourth wall to assure the audience that Wanda is “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”
Meanwhile, Monica Rambeau, who has grown suspicious of S.W.O.R.D. Director Heyward and his interest in Vision, has been trying to break back through the energy field. She reenters the anomaly on foot, becomes supercharged in the process, and confronts Wanda. At first, Wanda is hostile, but she begins to sense that Monica might be on her side. Just when she seems ready to accept help, Agnes intervenes to shepherd Wanda back into the safety of her living room. While Agnes is making her tea, Wanda observes two unfinished lunches on a coffee table, the rabbit Senor Scratchy in its cage, then notices that her twins are nowhere to be seen. Agnes suggests they’re probably just playing in the basement … which turns out to be Agatha Harkness’ creepy lair.
“You didn’t think you were the only magical girl in town, did you?” Agatha says, as she strokes Senor Scratchy. The episode concludes with a fourth wall-breaking montage that explains everything for viewers who might not be familiar with the character. Paired with lyrics like, “Who’s been messing up everything? It’s been Agatha all along,” the audience sees scenes from previous episodes, but from Agatha’s perspective. Among other trickery, she faked her conversation with Vision, killed poor Sparky, and sent the faux-Pietro to Wanda’s doorstep.
There have been strong hints, to say the least, since the series premiere, so that Agnes turned out to be Agatha isn’t a shock. What’s more interesting is that, until now, the audience could never been sure about her intentions. In the comics, Agatha is a witch from Salem whose morality is complicated. WandaVision‘s take on Agatha is, at least for now, pretty unequivocally evil. But just because the show revealed one villain doesn’t mean there won’t be another before season’s end. Monica is still at odds with Director Hayward, the twins are still missing in action, “Pietro” is still lurking around, and we don’t know why Agatha Harkness is so interested in Wanda, Vision and Westview.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes.
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