As most fans know by now, it was, in fact, Agatha all along. The nosy neighbor Agnes-turned-witchy villain of Wandavision is taking center stage with a spinoff series of her own. The show was originally going to be called Agatha: House of Harkness, but at San Diego Comic-Con on July 24, 2022, the new official title of the series was revealed: Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Let’s break down everything known about Marvel’s foray into witchcraft.
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe initially conceived of shows for Disney+, they were treated more like standalone films than traditional TV series. Of the shows that debuted as part of the now-completed Phase 4 (eight in all), only Loki and What If…? were given second seasons like regular shows. Everything else (WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk) has been one-and-done, feeding into upcoming movies like Captain America: New World Order and The Marvels.
However, these shows are also super popular, and fans want follow-ups. The result has been spinoff shows that will loosely form an ongoing narrative. Hawkeye, for instance, will beget Echo, which will, in turn, set up Daredevil: Born Again. For WandaVision, which already fed into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the follow-up series is Agatha: Coven of Chaos, reportedly followed by VisionQuest.
WandaVision and Doctor Strange have been Marvel’s first forays into magical fantasy stories instead of science fiction with robotic suits, chemically-altered humans, and aliens. Agatha is one of the most powerful characters to date, so it makes sense that Hahn is returning to tell more of her story.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Agatha series on Disney+.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos Cast
Kathryn Hahn was the first confirmed for the series, reprising her role of Agatha Harkness from Wandavision. It wasn’t until October 2022 that anyone else was announced as part of the cast. That was when Emma Caulfield Ford revealed in a Vanity Fair interview she was booked to be part of the new series, reprising her role from WandaVision as Sarah Proctor, aka Wanda’s alpha girl neighbor, “Dottie Jones” in Westview.
In November, Variety reported actor Joe Locke would also be joining the cast in an undisclosed role. Locke is best known for his role as Charlie Spring in Heartstopper, which Netflix renewed for two more seasons in June 2022. On the heels of that announcement came another, as multiple outlets reported Aubrey Plaza will also be joining the cast. According to The Illuminerdi — which broke the story, Plaza, best known for her role in Parks and Recreation, which also featured Hahn — is joining the coven. This is Plaza’s second time entering the Marvelverse, as she was formerly part of the cast of FX’s Legion.
On Dec. 21, TVLine reported that another significant name was on board for the new Agatha series, three-time Tony-winner Patti LuPone. One of WandaVision’s best features was its music, including weekly adaptations of the show’s theme song and the Emmy-winning “Agatha All Along” musical number. Fans have been hoping that an Agatha show would go even harder on the music with Hahn in the lead role, and the addition of LuPone, who has been known to sing in her roles in American Horror Story, heavily suggests that wish will be granted.
Thus far, Elizabeth Olsen, who will reportedly continue to play Wanda Maximoff in the MCU for the next several years, has not been announced to be returning to Disney+ for the new series, nor has Paul Bettany as “White Vision,” despite reports VisionQuest is in development from the same team behind WandaVision and Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos Filming Updates
Variety first announced an Agatha-focused Disney+ show in development in October 2021, with WandaVision’s head writer Jac Schaeffer spearheading the new series. The official confirmation the show was going ahead came a month later at 2021’s Disney Plus Day, confirming the show would be part of Phase 5.
In October 2022, Hahn confirmed filming was finally getting underway for the new series. In a red carpet interview at the Chicago International Film Festival (above), Hahn told reporters, “We’re in the middle of getting the coven ready, and it’s gonna be very delicious. We start shooting in about a month.”
Further details came in The Illuminerdi’s article about Plaza joining the cast, revealing the 2022 filming was only planned to go for a couple of weeks before breaking for the holiday. Filming for the show will start in earnest in January 2023.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos Plot
So far, there is no plot yet revealed about the new series, other than it’s going to be another “dark comedy” from Schaeffer and feature Agatha’s entire coven. With the Phase 5 timeline putting its debut towards the end of 2023, Hahn’s series will be timed for the holidays, though closer to Christmas than Halloween. Could this be another Hawkeye-style Marvel holiday series? Time will tell.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos Teaser
So far, fans have only been treated to the image of the initially planned logo for Agatha: House of Harkness when the spinoff was first announced.
Since the title change, that original logo has been replaced by an updated version reading Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos Release Date
Agatha: Coven of Chaos is currently scheduled for a winter 2023 release window on Disney+.
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