WandaVision has been an intriguing first show for Marvel MCU in 2021. While the very thought of The Black Widow, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange movie line-ups is super exhilarating, it’s worth noting that even the line-up of villains this year has fans drooling in anticipation.
The reveal of Agatha Harkness has evoked a significant positive reaction among fans, especially since Kathryn Hahn has portrayed the Salem witch so immaculately. It almost feels like this diabolical role was tailor-made for her.
But while there are no doubts regarding the casting choice, there is confusion as well as speculation regarding the character herself. Till the final episode premieres, there is no way of knowing which of our theories were well on point or way off track.
Nevertheless, we will continue to study popular speculations as they come. In this read, let’s explore whether Agatha Harkness is actually the supervillain Nightmare in disguise but first it’s important to understand the supervillain debate in WandaVision.
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The Supervillain speculation in WandaVision
There are two major villain theories since the premiere of episodes 7 and 8. While Agatha Harkness has been accepted as the minor villain/sidekick to a major villain, the identity of the major villain is giving fans a low to chew upon. The first theory suspects that Mephisto is the villain who controls Agatha or at least one whom she works for.
A lot of signs have been dropped in the previous episodes that indicate his involvement in Agatha’s nefarious scheme. On the other hand, new theories have been cropping up that suspect Nightmare as the real villain of the whole scheme.
There is a strong belief that, all the clues and hints aside, WandaVision is also setting the premise for the Doctor Strange film that is slated for release later in the year. Now that we have addressed the possibilities, it’s important to address whether Agatha Harkness is Nightmare in disguise.
Is Agatha Harkness Nightmare?
Honestly, the theory about Agatha being Nightmare is quite weak. Marvel has consistently projected Agatha Harkness as a strong individual character with her own storyline. If the comics are anything to go by, then Agatha Harkness will play more of a semi-villain role. She will constantly be teetering over the edge of good and evil as she does in the comics.
Even in the show, Agatha is initially projected as a victim in her origin arc when the witches attack her before she inadvertently kills them and casually moves on. So while Agatha Harkness gives a vibe that is more than meets the eye, it’s more to do with her as a person rather than as a Supervillain in disguise.
In WandaVision, we are yet to understand how Agatha ends up at Westview in the first place. Whether Nightmare is involved in triggering Wanda to create this world or not, it became very clear in episode 8 that Agatha was trying to break Wanda’s illusion.
Related: Is Agatha Harkness a Scarlet Witch?
Agatha appeared to be someone with magical knowledge that Wanda clearly has no idea about. Another crucial occurrence in episode 8 was that Agatha christens Wanda as the Scarlet Witch, whom she also mentors in the comics. Since major indicators in the show point towards it being the origin story of the Scarlet Witch, Agatha Harkness will definitely have a bigger role to play than just being Nightmare in disguise.
Because if that is the case, then it will be an utter waste of a good character.
The existence of Nightmare is still uncertain while the likelihood of Agatha being the main villain with every passing episode is growing higher. In any case, after having invested so much time in creating an intriguing plot such as this one, it would be silly if fan predictions came true.
We live for the shock value that Marvel has to offer just as much as for a glimpse of our favorite heroes and villains in this brilliant, enduring franchise. It will be fascinating to see how Marvel tackles the Agatha Harkness arc.