An MCU fan-favorite character twisted Marvel’s premier power couple into nearly breaking up and proved just how powerful she is in the process.
The Young Avengers’ most important power couple was nearly torn apart by the budding MCU icon herself — Agatha Harkness.
Hulkling & Wiccan #1 follows the eponymous couple after a dinner date at home with old friends, including Jean-Paul Beaubier/Northstar, his husband Kyle and the X-Men’s own Bobby Drake, aka Ice Man. After settling in for the night and curiously finding a handheld console near his bedside, Wiccan starts the game only to unwittingly kick off the hidden Harkness scheme. Soon enough, Wiccan and Hulkling each awaken with no memory of one another, and with two respective new beaus to woo.
Billy Altman, aka Wiccan, is a powerhouse in his own right, largely due to his complex and convoluted nature. Despite his proper first appearance taking place alongside Hulkling’s own in 2005’s Young Avengers #1 by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, Billy is actually the reincarnation of Wanda Maximoff’s long-lost son, one of the twins she willed into being with her powers. Apart from having immense power at his command by birth, he is also the Demiurge, an omnipotent and sentient manifestation of the Earth’s life force.
Teddy Altman, aka Emperor Dorrek-Vell, or more simply Hulkling, is the half-Kree, half-Skrull love of Billy’s life. Their relationship blossomed during their time as Young Avengers and has stayed strong throughout the years. The two were wed not long after Teddy acquired the Star-Sword Excelsior, proving himself to be the reincarnation of the first Kree/Skrull hybrid as well as the one destined to unite the two races under one empire. As an emperor, Hulkling has been invaluable in bringing relative peace to a once war-torn cosmos and, as a hero, he has been of prime importance in saving the universe on several occasions.
Agatha Harkness made her first appearance back in 1969’s Fantastic Four #94, wherein she appeared as the new nanny to Reed and Sue’s then-infant son Franklin Richards. Harkness has since become a Marvel icon, having helped to train the Scarlet Witch, lost her life to the maniacal Salem Seven and reframed the rules of magic for the entire Marvel Universe. The character became a fast fan favorite following her appearance on Disney’s WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. Kathryn Hahn portrayed Harkness on the series and is slated to reprise the role for her upcoming spinoff, Agatha: House of Harkness, currently set to premiere sometime during the 2023-2024 television season.