Marvel Studios is inching closer to the end of its first effort on Disney+ after the eighth of nine episodes of WandaVision premiered this weekend. Taking a diversion from the sitcom-style reality that Wanda had created, this penultimate episode had more than its fair share of exposition to give more depth to the MCU's mythology.
Nearly seven years after her debut MCU appearance in the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Elizabeth Olsen's full backstory was put to the screen before the first mention of her superhero name, the Scarlet Witch. Fans delighted in taking a step back before the epic season finale as Wanda's early childhood, the experiments from Hydra, and her early relationship with Vision were explored.
Additionally, WandaVision's newly-revealed antagonist, Agatha Harkness, was a primary focus of this episode's plot. After the fact, an inside look arrived that showed how her first scene of this entry looked behind the scenes.
SET PHOTOS FROM 1693, THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS
A post from the @onset.unseen Instagram page gave an inside look at the opening scene of "Episode 8" of WandaVision. The picture includes Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness from the MCU's version of the Salem Witch Trials alongside her mother and a few of her sisters.
The caption mentions that the scene was filmed "at the old mill."
The full post can be seen below:
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Kevin Feige explained that they had to cut Doctor Strange from the WandaVision finale because "it would have taken away from Wanda," revealing that they "didn't want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie."
Kevin Feige confirmed that a deal was finalized between Benedict Cumberbatch and Marvel to appear in the final episode of 'WandaVision.'
AGATHA HARKNESS' MCU ORIGIN STORY
"Episode 8" took a trip back to one of the earliest time periods shown in the MCU to date, approximately 330 years before the current time period of WandaVision. It's unknown how much more of Agatha's story will be told, but her beginnings added a whole new layer of intrigue to her arrival in Wanda's Hex.
After "Episode 7" revealed Agatha to have been manipulating the entire story to that point (with a catchy musical number at that), this week's entry filled viewers in on how she's been one of the most powerful beings in the world for centuries. She is clearly resourceful enough to fend for herself, keeping herself alive and thriving well into the 21st century, and it's clear that she wants to show the Scarlet Witch who is truly the queen bee of Westview.
This particular set photo doesn't reveal any new information upon first glance, but it does show how extensive the set and production value were for Agatha's initial rise to power. More looks like this one may come over the next week, but even if that's not the case, the hype is growing exponentially to see how Agatha holds up against one of the most powerful Avengers in the MCU.
The finale of WandaVision premieres on Disney+ on Friday, March 5, 2021.