Kevin Feige opened up about how Marvel Studios cast Kathryn Hahn in the Agatha Harkness role for WandaVision.
There is no shortage of A-list stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for some, Kathryn Hahn was a revelation for her role as Agatha Harkness in WandaVision. Hahn was mostly known for her roles in comedies from Step Brothers to Bad Moms before stealing the show in WandaVision, which is why her turn as a villain caught some audience members off guard.
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Kevin Feige revealed that Marvel Studios first met Kathryn Hahn for a general meeting and explained how she ultimately landed the WandaVision role:
“Kathryn Hahn has been a phenomenon long before WandaVision, and we were all fans of hers at Marvel Studios. She had come in for a general meeting, coincidentally right around the time we were trying to cast Agnes-slash-Agatha. It was one of those, ‘Why didn’t we think of this before?’ [Marvel Studios Co-President] Louis D’Esposito actually sat down and had a general [meeting] with her, and it very quickly went from, ‘She’s great! What could she do for us someday? Anyway, who’s gonna play Agatha? We really gotta cast this part. Wait a second!’ (laughs) It was honestly almost exactly like that.”
Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness became a beloved character and Kevin Feige touched on the other fan favorites being introduced in the Disney Plus shows:
“Seeing audiences respond to characters that they were not expecting, or that they were not asking for — I wouldn’t say there was a huge contingency of people banging down the door for Agatha Harkness to appear in the MCU, but she’s a great character portrayed by a great actress. By the first few episodes, people were asking, ‘Where is she gonna show up again? What else is she gonna do?’ “I think the same thing is happening right now with [Wyatt Russell’s] John Walker from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series, and certainly with Mobius M. Mobius, as portrayed by Owen Wilson in the Loki series. So that is something that is so important to the MCU, is including new characters. The comic is filled with many lifetimes of spectacular characters, and when you find the best actors to portray them, it can quickly go from an audience never hearing of a character to then upset with us that we haven’t already announced their own standalone movie. That makes us all very happy.”
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Here is the synopsis for WandaVision:
Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
Matt Shakman directed the series with Jac Schaeffer as the lead scribe with Kevin Feige producing; WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Evan Peters as Ralph Bohner, and Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness.
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Source: Rotten Tomatoes