From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Andrew
While it’s been a few months since WandaVision wrapped up its nine-episode season, many Marvel fans are still ecstatic about series breakout Kathryn Hahn and her performance as Agatha Harkness. Introduced as Wanda Maximoff’s mysterious neighbor, Hahn’s character comes to take on a major role within the show’s ever-changing town of Westview. Now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has expressed his own excitement for Harkness’ future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe again,
“You will see Kathryn Hahn in Knives Out 2 next, then maybe an assortment of other things,” Feige said in a discussion with Rotten Tomatoes. “But within the MCU, it can’t come soon enough. Let’s put it that way.”
Feige also described the process of casting Hahn for the role of Agatha Harkness, saying that the leadership at Marvel Studios were fans of the actress beforehand and took a general meeting with her.
“[Marvel Studios co-president] Louis D’Esposito actually sat down and had a general [meeting] with her,” Feige said. “[It] very quickly went from that. ‘She’s great. What could she do for us someday? Anyway, who’s going to play Agatha? We really have to cast this part. Wait a second…’ It was honestly almost exactly like that.”
“One of the great things in building the MCU is seeing audiences respond to characters that they were not expecting or that they were not asking for,” Feige continued. “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. And by the first few episodes people are asking, ‘Where is she going to show up again? What else is she going to do?’”
Feige also discussed fan reactions to Florence Pugh’s MCU debut performance as Yelena Belova in the recently released Black Widow, expressing his own excitement about the character’s future. The Scarlett Johansson solo film leaves off with a tease of more adventures in store for Belova.
“The very first question that often comes out of people seeing Black Widow for the first time is when will Florence Pugh show up again in the MCU? And my answer to that is always ‘not soon enough,’ because she’s amazing,” Feige said. “[Scarlett Johansson chose to] make that film an ensemble and to surround herself with new characters portrayed by new actors entering the MCU and allowing them all to shine, knowing that lifting them up lifts up the whole movie, which is what a smart producer does – which Scarlett is.”
Was she a favorite of yours too?