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Shocking Phase 5 Theory Sets Up Marvel's Weirdest Avengers Replacement

In Agatha: Coven of Chaosthe MCU could lay the groundwork for the onscreen debut of Marvel Comics’ Daughters of Liberty, an unlikely but fitting replacement for the Avengers. The ancient witch Agatha Harkness made her MCU debut in WandaVision, which tackled only a small part of Agatha’s Marvel Comics background, namely in how Agatha slaughtered her coven by absorbing her fellow witches’ powers. When Marvel announced that Agatha: House of Harkness would instead be called Agatha: Coven of Chaos, the name change prompted fan theories about Scarlet Witch returning in the Agatha Harkness-focused series. Apart from Wanda Maximoff’s likely inevitable return, the title Agatha: Coven of Chaos could also be an allusion to Agatha Harkness’ first Marvel Comics super team, the Daughters of Liberty.

In the late 1700s, during the American Revolutionary War, Agatha Harkness joined the Daughters of Liberty, a group of women fighting for justice, spreading the message of freedom throughout the colonies, and protecting knowledge of the new era. Originally helmed by Harriet Tubman, who famously led hundreds of slaves to freedom, the Daughters of Liberty were instructed in the ways of magic by Agatha Harkness. In Marvel Comics, Peggy Carter was also a member, and her first mission was to ensure that the Super Soldier serum inside Captain America wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. Another member of the Daughters of Liberty who is already in the MCU is Echo, who will be starring in her own MCU Phase 5 series, Echo, in summer 2023 ahead of Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Other notable Daughters of Liberty include Spider-Woman, White Tiger, Mockingbird, Toni Ho, Misty Knight, Invisible Woman, Sharon Carter, and Shuri, who makes her MCU return in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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If Agatha: Coven of Chaos is based on Agatha Harkness’ Daughters of Liberty story arc, the series could set the stage for an all-female super team that can potentially replace Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in MCU Phase 5. Audiences have largely criticized MCU Phase 4 for its lack of an overarching plot and another team with enough gravity, comic book history, and raw firepower to replace the Avengers. With Agatha Harkness, Echo, Shuri, Peggy Carter, and Sharon Carter already appearing in the MCU, these characters alone would already make for a formidable super team. This actually coincides with the fan theory about Shuri replacing Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Traditionally, the Daughters of Liberty are taught magic by Agatha Harkness, and science by the Dryad, the codename given to the group’s leader. In the comics, Peggy Carter becomes the Dryad of the modern-day Daughters of Liberty, but in the MCU, its easy to imagine Shuri becoming the Dryad to lead the group alongside Agatha Harkness.

Is Agatha Harkness a villain? This certainly seems to be the case following the events of WandaVision – but just like Loki in MCU Phase 4, Agatha Harkness could be redeemed in her own show in MCU Phase 5. The MCU doesn’t even need to fully adopt Agatha Harkness’ Daughters of Liberty story arc. With the members of the Daughters of Liberty already making prominent appearances in different MCU projects, there are precedents for these characters to find one another. Moreover, if Scarlet Witch’s MCU return really does happen in Agatha: Coven of Chaos, the series could finally settle if Agatha Harkness is a hero or a villain.

Agatha: Coven of Chaos needs to redeem Agatha Harkness simply because this sets up the most interesting arc for the character in the MCU – with respect to her being morally gray in the comics. Notably, Agatha Harkness gave up witches to inquisitors and Puritans as a way of strengthening the community of magic users – but Agatha also joined the Daughters of Liberty and the Department of the Uncanny to fight against Nazis. Agatha Harkness was also the nanny of Franklin Richards, Reed and Sue’s cosmic-level superhuman son, a reality warping being who possesses powers that far surpasses even the MCU’s most powerful Eternals. Agatha Harkness even used Franklin Richards’ powers to destroy Ultron. Though Agatha Harkness was portrayed as a straightforward villain in WandaVision, the fact that she’s getting her own show in MCU Phase 5 implies that Agatha’s redemption is inevitable. As this would be the best way to pay tribute to Agatha Harkness’ Marvel Comics roots, it’s also likely that Agatha: Coven of Chaos will feature the Daughters of Liberty, the Department of the Uncanny, or any of the other Marvel teams that Agatha Harkness has allowed to be associated with her name over the years.

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