Aubrey Plaza has never been one to hold back on her supremely chaotic energy that makes her so unique in the arena of Hollywood glitterati. The Legion actress has starred in numerous projects that range from improv to drama to crime thrillers and now it is finally time for the talented star to step over the threshold and enter into the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As she gears up for her place amid the witches of Marvel, the 38-year-old reveals what exactly drew her to the Phase 5 project.
Aubrey Plaza Sets Herself Up For Agatha: Coven of Chaos
As a comedian, it had been one of the expectations of Aubrey Plaza‘s to share more screen time with actors like Kathryn Hahn. With Agatha: Coven of Chaos now securing her as a primary series cast, it finally seems like Plaza might be getting her chances, and not even the opportunity to work with Marvel equates itself to her excitement about getting to work beside Hahn.
“I think working with Kathryn Hahn, she’s a friend of mine. I’ve known her for years, we’ve never really got — you know, we shared a couple of moments on-screen on Parks and Recreation years ago, ten years ago, but I’ve never gotten to work with her, really, and she’s I think she’s one of the most incredible actresses that’s working today. She’s a friend of mine, she speaks my language. So you know, to be able to get on screen with her and go toe to toe with her is like — that’s what’s driving me. You know, I think it’s cool that it’s Marvel and all that but I’m really just interested to work with Kathryn Hahn.”
Beginning in 1693 at the height of the Salem Witch Trials, Agatha Harkness is executed by her own kind as a coven of witches led by her mother, Evanora attempts to end her life as punishment for practicing the forbidden dark magic. While the witches circle around her, they are drained of their life forces and Agatha becomes the Purple Witch, who although in possession of the Darkhold can never come close to the status of the mythical and legendary Scarlet Witch.
Centuries later, recognizing Wanda Maximoff’s chaos magic during their time perusing through her traumatic memories, Agatha Harkness eventually leads to fulfilling of the prophecy and sets herself on a path of her own doom after Maximoff imprisons her in her memory prison — to forever be held captive within a construct of a sitcom world where she stars as a supporting character playing the nosy neighbor. The Phase Five series will witness Agatha’s story taking flight from here, and travel the arc of the Purple Witch before making her a prominent aspect of Marvel’s broader narrative to come.
Marvel Extends the Purple Witch’s Arc Into Phase Five
Marvel’s foray into Disney+ and Phase Four began with 2019’s WandaVision with its creative 9-part project and episodes spanning the cinematic aesthetics beginning from the 1950s sitcom to the present-day MCU. While the titular characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision settled into their suburban utopia, the fandom held back the grief that was repressed through the years of death and sacrifice dealt unjustly on the Maximoff sister ever since the Stark nuke embedded itself into the floor of her childhood home.
However, processing a lifetime of grief and tragedy was merely one aspect of WandaVision as the series further delves into Elizabeth Olsen‘s Wanda Maximoff finally becoming the prophesied Scarlet Witch. Going up against the Purple Witch, Agatha Harkness, portrayed by Kathryn Hahn, emerges victorious and in possession of the Darkhold which eventually sets her up for the violently antagonistic storyline in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The success of Wanda Maximoff’s Phase Four arc has now led to the spin-off project, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, which now solemnly awaits its Phase Five placement. While Kathryn Hahn resumes her role as the Purple Witch, characters like Emma Caulfield Ford from the original series reprise their roles alongside new additions, most prominently Aubrey Plaza who plans on “going toe to toe” with Agatha Harkness.