Agatha’s Rabbit Is Her Son:
There are many theories pertaining to Agatha Harkness. WandaVision episode 7 took the entire world by storm. A revelation that everyone was waiting for has finally been made. At long last, the Agatha Harkness revelation has been made. It only took nearly seven entire episodes to get there, but Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) finally revealed herself as the classic Marvel sorceress in the waning moments of “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” showing fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that she’s another character that dabbles in the mystic arts. As some have pointed out, Agatha’s powers are purple in nature, a reveal leading directly into a popular fan theory about the Infinity Stones potentially still being in a play. To be honest, it was one of the craziest plot twists in the entire WandaVision series.
Agatha was definitely one of the most ambiguous characters in Westview, or WandaVision entirely. But this revelation that Agatha was behind all this was epic. Fans had their doubts, but the way Marvel unfolded the events was marvelous. To help support this even further, let’s take a quick look at Billy (Julian Hilliard). We’ve only very briefly seen him exhibit physical powers, during a quick blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment during Episode 6.
As his brother Tommy continued to race around Westview collecting all the candy he could, Billy managed to use his powers to stop Tommy in his supersonic tracks. His powers, blue in color, could resemble the Space Stone as he was able to rip Tommy out of his run. It’s a theory that makes a decent amount of sense, especially because we know the Infinity Stones were physical manifestations of everyday energies. Even though Thanos (Josh Brolin) destroyed the Stones, he explicitly stated they were simply atomized. That means those who practice magic within the MCU could very well still the Stones’ energy to power their own spells and hexes.
The revelation was so important in WandaVision that Marvel decided to put out an entire song titled, “Agatha All Along”. Agatha Harkness is a witch with abilities similar to Wanda’s, and she’s been pulling the strings from the shadows, but it is not yet clear to what end. Another recurring character is Agatha’s pet rabbit, Señor Scratchy, who has made several memorable appearances in WandaVision’s first season. Although the critter looks to be a regular rabbit, the animal could actually be another character from the Marvel comics – Nicholas Scratch. Despite Kathryn Hahn being utterly despicable, the original Agatha Harkness isn’t really a villain; instead, she’s introduced as the governess of Reed Richards and Sue Storm’s son, Franklin, and becomes a magical ally to the Fantastic Four. It was during an adventure with Marvel’s “first family” that Nicholas Scratch was introduced as Agatha’s troublesome son, with all six heroes transported to the town of Salem, where Agatha once presided over a coven of magic users. Scratch is obviously none too happy at his mother for leaving and takes his frustrations out on Agatha and her Fantastic new friends, but Nicholas’ anger gets the better of him, and he’s sealed away when the townsfolk turn on their leader.
There are no traces of Agatha’s family, as of now. All we can see in Westview is her rabbit. Señor Scratchy makes a number of scene-stealing appearances in WandaVision, the first coming in the magic show storyline of “Don’t Touch That Dial.” Agatha hands scratchy over to Wanda, as the Vision’s plan to use the animal in their magic act at the Westview Talent Show. While Wanda takes Señor Scratchy indoors, Agatha talks-up the rabbit’s star power and reveals this isn’t his first rodeo in showbiz – he was cast as baby Jesus in the town’s Christmas pageant. During the show itself, a malfunctioning Vision (Paul Bettany drunk, essentially) tries to pull a “hat out of the rabbit” but Scratchy runs away, allowing Wanda to rescue him from a painful experience. Once again, Agatha remarks on Scratchy’s “star quality.”
Agatha’s glowing pride in Señor Scratchy is weird, even for the most avid pet owner. The way she fawns over the rabbit’s stage career is more like a pushy parent forcing their child into a beauty pageant than a grown woman showing off their animal, and the Jesus reference might explain why. Not only is Jesus the son of the Christmas story (a possible allusion to Agatha’s son), but using a bunny to portray the Christian lord and savior is odd, even by Westview standards. Perhaps Nicholas played Jesus when he was an actual human child, before being transformed into Señor Scratchy by his mystical mother. Lastly, it’s interesting how Scratchy runs away when Vision threatens to pull a hat out of him.
Alternatively, Nicholas Scratch is just as villainous in the MCU as the Marvel comics, and being turned into a rabbit was a punishment from his mother for going too far… or not revealing his evil designs via a jaunty surf-rock theme tune.