Kathryn Hahn was an unexpected addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a welcome one. The world of comic book movies and shows is no longer confined to the ripped and muscled super athlete anymore. There are plenty of roles going out in this massive and only growing universe. And Hahn did such a great job in her first season for Marvel that it appears she very much has a role going forward.
WandaVision show creator and head writer Jac Schaeffer talked with ET about the future of WandaVision as a series and how it fits into the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. She discussed a number of different things but did get into Kathryn Hahn and the character of Agatha. In speaking about how the series ended with the finale, Schaeffer detailed why it was important to close off the relationship between Wanda and Agatha while leaving the door open to bring the latter back into the mix. She talked about the character’s motivations, story, and future in the franchise intimating that we will likely see her when their paths cross again.
“She wants the power to bring her mom back — like that kind of thing — sure, we explored that. But everything felt like too much of a detour. It felt like enough that she shoplifts power…That’s what she does, and she’s good at it. And Kathryn is such a tremendous performer that it’s clear there’s more there, but that’s not for this story. This is Wanda’s story. So, I’m pleased that we didn’t tack on a super-objective…And we like to say that there’s a version of the story where Wanda and Agatha walk off into the sunset together, you know? You could kind of see it, and I think that led to better writing for the two of them, those gray tones in there.”
It’s clear from what Schaeffer says here that they had significant discussions about Kathryn Hahn playing an even bigger role in the show and maybe even teaming up with Wanda in some way. That didn’t come to fruition, but there was clearly a bond the writers saw between the two that would have lent itself to a much different story. Even though it didn’t play out, they also could have chosen to kill the character off. But knowing that more stories are out there, Agatha will definitely have a role in the near future with hers and Wanda’s paths crossing again.
Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness during the first season of WandaVision on Disney+ started as something of a nosy neighbor, there for some laughs and comedic timing in the early episodes. But it didn’t take long to realize there were much more sinister forces at play with the character. Though she started as something innocent, it was soon realized that Harkness was actually a witch leftover from those days in Salem when those folks were running around with relative impunity.
It seemed like at first Kathryn Hahn would be around simply as an antagonist in this first season of the show, meant to provide Wanda with some insight into specific magic and offering something of a challenge. But that’s far from the case with bigger fish for this character to fry in her cauldron when it’s all said and done.
Will Kathryn Hahn appear in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness or maybe Spider-Man: No Way Home? That much isn’t clear right now, but the way the writers handled this season, they wanted to leave it open about having another conflict chambered if need be. And those two movies could be where we see Wanda come back again leading to another confrontation (or maybe team-up) between the two.
Next up for Kathryn Hahn is a role outside of Marvel when she’ll appear on the Apple Tv+ show The Shrink Next Door. Along with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, it’s a dark comedy about a therapist who’s got some plans for his patient. With this crew, it should be hilarious.