In WandaVision’s final post-credits, Scarlet Witch can be seen reading Agatha’s dark spellbook, the Darkhold, but just what is the book’s significance?
WandaVision has been a joyous and mind-bending spectacle from the start but its final episode and post-credits scene have left fans with plenty of questions.
In the final scene of the series, a post-credits scene in episode 9, Wanda can be seen reading a magical book that had belonged to Agatha Harkness, the Darkhold.
But just what is the Darkhold in WandaVision and what significance does it have in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe?
WandaVision on Disney+
WandaVision premiered on Disney+ on January 15th, 2021.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is the first release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Spider-Man: Far From Home in July 2019.
The series centres on Wanda Maximoff and Vision, placing the two Avengers characters in a period sitcom setting, with each new episode taking place in a new decade.
However, while Wanda and Vision’s lives seem perfectly happy to begin with, not everything is as it seems.
What is the Darkhold?
The Darkhold is an ancient book that contains an array of dark magic spells and prophecies, including the ascension of the Scarlet Witch.
Throughout WandaVision, Agatha Harkness has been using the Darkhold and its spells to wreak havoc in Wanda’s Westview paradise in the hopes of stopping her from taking on the Scarlet Witch mantle.
The Darkhold book itself is made from dark matter from the Hell Dimension (also known as the Dark Dimension) which is where Doctor Strange had his stand-off with Dormammu.
In the comics, the dark magic spellbook was created by Chthon, the powerful magic-wielding God of Chaos who, like Wanda, was able to harness the power of Chaos Magic.
WandaVision is actually not the first time we’ve seen the Darkhold in the MCU as the mysterious tome also appeared in the TV shows Agents of SHIELD.
The Darkhold in WandaVision
We first come across the Darkhold in episode 7 of WandaVision as Wanda ventures into Agatha’s basement in search of her missing children.
Using the dark tome’s powers, Wanda and Agatha venture into Wanda’s past in episode 8 and in the finale, the book ends up in the hands of the Scarlet Witch herself and we can see her pouring over its contents in a chilling post-credits scene.
Elizabeth Olsen is next set to appear as Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that comes as little surprise following her magical exploits in the WandaVision series which has teased big things for the character going forward.
WandaVision is available to stream now in-full on Disney+ after concluding on March 5th, 2021 after nine episodes.