Marvel Brings Agatha Harkness' MCU Look to Modern Comics Continuity
Agatha Harkness absorbs a tremendous amount of magical power in Midnight Suns #5, dramatically changing to resemble something much closer to her younger form, as played by Kathryn Hahn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The transformation occurs in the final of "Smoke and Mirrors," penned by Ethan Sacks & Luigi Zagaria and illustrated by Alberto Foche. Agatha stabs the series' antagonist, a corrupted witch from her past named Korrosion, with a red knife, and slowly begins to siphon her power away
"You suffered such darkness to steal such terrible power...and the only use you could think of was inflicting that darkness on others? This power belongs in the hands of someone more responsible," Agatha murmurs. "Like me."
Agatha isn't fully able to contain Korrosion's explosive magic, which erupts and seemingly vaporizes both of them. The final page of the issue reveals that Agatha's "death" is far from the truth, however. She emerges from the darkness looking youthful and invigorated, adding that she plans to use her newfound power to make a future of her choosing.
Agatha's Makeover Versus Her Original Appearance
Agatha Harkness' young look first appeared in flashbacks in Midnight Suns #2, but the character's new appearance seems to be a permanent status quo change, likely to align with Hahn's fan-favorite portrayal in WandaVision and the upcoming Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Traditionally, Agatha was portrayed as a wizened, elderly woman in comic books -- a noticeable disconnect from her much younger live-action self. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Agatha first appeared in 1970's Fantastic Four #94 as a nanny for Franklin Richards, and she went on to become a mentor for Scarlet Witch. Later stories established her as one of the original witches from the Salem witch trials, as well as one of the most adept magic users in the entire Marvel Universe.
Midnight Suns #5 -- the last in a series based on the video game of the same name -- is written by Sacks & Zagaria, illustrated by Foche, colored by Antonio Fabela, lettered by VC's Joe Sabino, and features a main cover by David Nakayama. Kyle Hotz & Dan Brown and Seamas Gallagher provide variant covers. The issue is on sale now from Marvel Comics.