After nine twisty episodes, the TV series WandaVision left Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) sitting in a cabin in the mountains, studying a book that Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) called “the Darkhold.”
For many viewers, even those who know the comics, this was a bit of a disappointment. Many expected big additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as the introduction of mutants or maybe an appearance by Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four. Sure, we got to see Wanda finally become the Scarlet Witch, and the battle of the Visions (Paul Bettany) gave us the best robot twin scene since Alien: Covenant, but a moment of rustic reading hardly left viewers hungry for more.
That is, of course, unless you know what the Darkhold is. But despite its regular appearances in Marvel TV shows (including the animated kid’s show Super Hero Squad!), not even fans who can tell the difference between the Infinity Gems and the Infinity Stones know the Book of Sins’ arcane history.
So I’ve provided this quick primer to not only get you up to speed on this important part of Marvel’s mystical side, but to also give horror fans a reason to be excited about the MCU. A world that soon sees the arrival of Sam Raimi, who knows a thing or two about evil books.
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