WandaVision director Matt Shakman comments on the discrepancies between his show’s Darkhold and the one from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
WandaVision director, Matt Shakman, comments on the discrepancies between his show’s Darkhold and the one from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. WandaVision concluded its 9-episode run last week with Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Agatha Harkness’s magical showdown. While explaining to Wanda the nature of the prophesied Scarlet Witch, Agatha reads from her spellbook, the infamous Darkhold, AKA, the Book of the Damned. In addition to being rooted in comic book lore, the book has also appeared in the Hulu series, Marvel’s Runaways and Agents of SHIELD.
Many fans noticed WandaVision’s Darkhold looks nothing like the one from Agents of SHIELD; suggesting the popular television show (which ended last year) is not canon within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the Darkhold does look the same in both Runaways and Agents of SHIELD, Marvel could have used a similar design in WandaVision but, for whatever reason, decided not to. Initially, television shows like Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter were firmly placed within MCU canon. However, as time has gone on, tie-ins have become few and far between. WandaVision’s new Darkhold appears to alienate those shows even further.
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In our interview with Shakman, he spoke on the Darkhold’s connection to Agents of SHIELD. If there is a connection, it’s a vague one. While it is the same book, WandaVision’s creators did not look to previous depictions to design theirs:
“Yes, we designed it anew,” said Shakman. “We didn’t look at the other Darkholds that had been designed. It is part of the Marvel Universe though, so I would imagine it’s the same book. I don’t know exactly how it was used in those other shows, because I wasn’t a regular viewer, but the Darkhold has a comics origin. Its mythology will continue to be developed.”
In the comics, the Darkhold’s author (essentially), Chthon the Chaos God, chooses Wanda to wield Chaos Magic, and every time she uses her power, she damages the fabric of reality. In WandaVision’s post-credits scene, Wanda has the Darkhold and uses it to better understand her powers. In almost every depiction of the Darkhold, it is an object of dark magic that tends to corrupt the mind of anyone who reads it. Elizabeth Olsen is confirmed to have a major role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so it’s logical to assume she’ll provide the eponymous madness. Not only does this jive with Agatha’s reaction to Wanda unleashing the power of the Scarlet Witch, but perhaps poises Chthon as the Sorcerer Supreme’s next adversary.
Unlike Steven Strange, Wanda never learned that “warnings come after the spells.” While WandaVision’s Darkhold doesn’t look exactly like the one from Agents of SHIELD, it should nevertheless be a source of conflict. Marvel has a habit of incorporating elements from both the comics and television projects without ever definitively declaring something canon. This isn’t the first time a prop’s inclusion has caused inconsistencies in the continuity (remember the “fake” Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s vault?). WandaVision may not have considered Agents of SHIELD’s Darkhold, but canonical history could be revised in future outings.
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