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The Magical Mystery of Kathryn Hahn from WandaVision

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Commenting on “Hahnassaince” is something that I have meditated on for a long time. Problem is, every time I started it came out just like “I said”, and it looked disgusting to me. I interviewed Kathryn Hahn in 2014 and at the time I called her comedy “secret weapon, “But like Katy Waldman highlighted in The New Yorker this week, every year, every time Hahn has a new project, someone new declares a Hahnassaince and “it’s a business where people act like they’ve personally discovered it.” When, frankly, she’s been doing incredible, emotionally savage work for decades.

It is therefore appropriate, even ironic, that the current Hahnassaince is the result of his work on WandaVision. (Also, really quick, spoiler alert: if you don’t get caught up on this show, stop reading.) For years, she’s either flexed her muscles as a comedy powerhouse in movies like Half brothers and Bad moms where she was the spiritual center of independent television as I like cock, Transparent, and Mrs. Fletcher. His role of voicing Doc Ock in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse notwithstanding, she was never a star of the comic book adaptation. Now, as former witch Agatha Harkness, she was able to infuse all that she does well – deadpan comedy, rampant intensity, fearlessness – in one performance. This might be the greatest thing she’s ever done.

In a way, Harkness and Hahn are on parallel tracks. In WandaVision, Agnes starts off as the friendly neighbor, the one who constantly flashes at the camera as Wanda and Vision struggle through suburban life. She is the public’s avatar, comic relief. This has been Hahn’s career, spending years playing best friends and supporting characters while invisibly uplifting every scene she finds herself in. Like Wanda herself, audiences don’t even realize that Hahn, uh, Harkness wowed them. Which is why, when the show premiered on Disney +, it was so easy to imagine that Hahn was simply called upon to produce another nuanced comedic performance – and why it was so nice to find that – voila – the driving force behind the show had been “Agatha throughout. ” That was all, Well Named, very meta.

Also, can we talk about this song? In case you haven’t heard it, at the top of the iTunes charts quite quickly after WandaVisionThe seventh episode aired. Although Hahn herself declared her victory in the charts “crazyIn many ways, this is not surprising. Some pockets of the internet – Movie Twitter, people of taste – love to celebrate Hahn and when you combine that with the overwhelming power of Marvel and the songwriting team behind it Frozen, it was sure to be a success. Still, it’s interesting, right now, to watch the Marvel fandom and Hahn fans (Hahniacs? Sthans?) Meet. It’s a Venn diagram intersection who is both wickedly feminist and loves a good costume. My social media filter bubble surely makes their ranks seem bigger than they actually are, but they are growing and I encourage you to join them.


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