WandaVision: Kathryn Hahn Reveals Hidden Reason Why Agatha Spent So Long In Westview

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Now that Phase 4 of the MCU has a pair of full-season Disney+ releases under its belt, fans and critics alike are going back to analyze the successes of the franchise's first two streaming series. These started off with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in WandaVision, which is already regarded as one of Marvel Studios' wackiest adventures to date.

Head writer Jac Schaeffer has been discussing her work in new interviews, revealing information like what was changed due to the pandemic and more detailed backstory information for Kat Dennings' Darcy Lewis.

Someone else that's received plenty of praise for her work in the show is Kathryn Hahn, whose Agatha Harkness made an impact as one of the more entertaining villains Marvel has delivered on screen. Hahn has shared the unique inspirations behind her performance while also giving props to Marvel for the gift of working with Elizabeth Olsen.

In her latest chat about the show, she revealed some more details on Agatha's story.


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MCU star Kathryn Hahn spoke with Rolling Stone about her experience on Marvel Studios' WandaVision, revealing what she wants to highlight about Agatha Harkness. 

Hahn admitted that "Agatha certainly knew a lot of what was going on," speaking on how the villain "lingered in the sitcom world" longer than expected just because she was having such a good time. However, she also said it was "a fine line" in terms of not wanting to "tip anything to the audience:"

"It would be fun to go back and watch from the beginning again, because it’s all in there, all those questions and queries. We knew how to layer in all those different levels and still play on the top of it.

Agatha certainly knew a lot of what was going on, and she lingered in the sitcom world longer than she had anticipated, just because she started having a good time. But it was a fine line. You had to really play in the world, because you didn’t want to tip anything to the audience, who are very savvy anyway, especially the people that know Marvel really, really well."


Agatha Harnkess played the villain game devilishly well through the first seven episodes of WandaVision before revealing her true identity — in catchy song form no less.

Looking back on it, seeing the witch's time alongside Wanda through the decades of TV sitcom history, it's clear that she was having the time of her life even while messing with the Scarlet Witch. Hahn delivered an intriguing performance layered with nuance, expertly hiding her true intent even while manipulating so much of what was happening with the occupants of Westview.

This was particularly the case with how intuitive some Marvel fans can be, which she knows well after taking part in both this show and Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Olivia Octavius. It's evident that she loves the material just as much as those watching, and her joy came through at every turn as she went from nosy neighbor to full-blown bad guy.

All nine episodes of WandaVision are available to stream on Disney+.

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Release Date
January 15, 2021
- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.