The final two episodes of WandaVision took a dramatic turn from the sitcom hilarity of the previous season. Wanda’s true identity as the Scarlet Witch was revealed to the Darkhold by Agatha Harkness. The Darkhold began to corrupt Wanda after she defeated the Salem witch. This led to her recent role as a villain in Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness.
Dream-walking into the Illuminati and Doctor Strange’s bodies to attack the Darkhold was just one of many nefarious ways Wanda used it as she searched for her missing children in multiple dimensions. Scarlet Witch eventually came to terms with her depravity and destroyed the book as a result.
After WandaVision, many fans still had questions about Darkhold, and Multiverse of Madness eventually provided the answers. But despite its recent prominence in Marvel blockbusters, the Darkhold plot has appeared in two separate TV series before that, both of which featured it prominently.
During the fourth season of Agents of SHIELD, a group of scientists was corrupted by the book, which led to the introduction of The Darkhold. It was later used by Holden Radcliffe and AI Aida to augment their Framework virtual reality, which they used to trap several members of the team in. Using the book, Aida eventually transformed into a human body and faced off against Ghost Rider, who eventually defeated her and returned the Darkhold to the Dark Dimension. Aida was eventually defeated by Ghost Rider.
Morgan le Fay, the runaway villain, later acquired the Darkhold and intended to use it to bring Earth into the Dark Dimension. Unfortunately, the Runaways were capable of defeating her and imprisoning her in the Dark Dimension using the Darkhold. After that, things tend to get a bit muddled because Agatha Harkness somehow got hold of the book.
Six years after the Runaways, neither WandaVision nor Multiverse of Madness explained how the Darkhold got to Harkness. Runaways and Agents of SHIELD appear to be uncanonical to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was bolstered by their starkly different appearances.
Marvel TV viewers saw this as yet another sign that the show doesn’t share the same timeframe or universe as the MCU movies or Disney+ series, which are set in the same universe. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, on the other hand, may have explained why the two books look so different.
On Mount Wundagore in Eastern Europe, Doctor Strange discovered a castle that served as the demon Chthon’s final resting place, where he transcribed the demon’s dark magic spells.
He wrote the Darkhold on the walls of his castle, built as a throne and canvas by Chthon for the prophecy-born Scarlet Witch. The monstrous demon guards known as the “Knights of Chthon” stood to watch over the temple, and they closely resembled the Chthon from the comics.
Thought to have been created from dark matter in the early days of bookmaking, the ancient book of the damned was believed to have its origins in the Dark Dimension. Considering the MCU’s Darkhold is a transcription of Chthon’s initial spells, the book’s two designs may explain the discrepancy.
Nobody knows for sure if Darkhold has been transcribed once. The excerpts have been sitting on Mount Wundagore for millennia, if not longer. Certainly, Wong and Scarlet Witch were just not the first to make it up the mountain; perhaps other visitors had attempted to transcribe the spells before them.
If this is the case, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have more than one Darkhold. Agents of SHIELD’s Darkhold plot is unlikely to be addressed in any of the films or television shows, but this theory provides a viable alternative that eschews canonicity problems.
In the past, WandaVision’s director and showrunner explained the reason for the discrepancy in reality. The Darkhold was redesigned from scratch by the show’s creative team because they were unfamiliar with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Runaways.
Scarlet Witch came to terms with her actions under the influence of the Darkhold in the final battle of the Multiverse of Madness and decided to make reparation. Using her Chaos Magic powers, Wanda blasted the Book of the Damned across all dimensions, destroying Earth-616’s Darkhold Temple in the process and ultimately making the ultimate sacrifice.
As far as we know, there are no more copies of the ancient book, but that doesn’t mean its power is gone. In the comics, the Darkhold has never been a power source, but rather a conduit for Chthon’s magic to flow through. While Chthon and his magic may return, Darkhold itself is most likely gone for good, based on this information. The Darkhold no longer serves a purpose now that the stories of WandaVision and the Multiverse of Madness have concluded.
Unless the Darkhold in Multiverse of Madness is a copy, fans will never know how Agatha Harkness came to have access to the book that appeared in Agents of SHIELD. The Darkhold has a tumultuous history in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it is. It was never explained how the book got from Ghost Rider’s ownership in the Dark Dimension to Morgan le Fay’s for her villainous plot in Runaways.
The Agatha: House of Harkness Disney+ series, which is expected to premiere between late 2023 and early 2024, may hold more information about the Darkhold plot. For the time being, you can watch WandaVision on Disney+ and Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness in theaters everywhere.