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How the 'WandaVision' Finale's Post-Credits Scene Sets Up the 'Doctor Strange' Sequel

All our lingering questions are about the Book of the Damned.

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Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

WandaVision, Disney+’s popular series that kicked¬†off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,¬†ended up being largely a story about a woman whose grief is so all-consuming it devours a town. This being the MCU, however, it can’t just be that. It also has to be a tease for an upcoming movie and drop a bunch of little Easter eggs for viewers to parse out. As it turns out, the WandaVision finale, in its moments with Vision¬†and the¬†mid-credits scene involving Monica Rambeau,¬†sets up multiple¬†upcoming projects (and reveals a killer¬†joke), but¬†the¬†clearest illustration of this Marvel staple comes¬†in the final post-credits scene.

In the short sequence, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda, having absconded to a cabin in the mountains somewhere, brews herself some tea. But we learn that that’s just her corporeal form. At the same time, she’s flipping through her new reading material, the Darkhold, a.k.a. the Book of the Damned, all while wearing her new snazzy, Scarlet Witch regalia. So what does this mean going forward?

What is the Darkhold?

The Darkhold is your regular old book of creepy magic, a Book of the Damned or Book of Sins or whatever you want to call it.¬†According to the Marvel lore, it was created by an Elder God named Chthon, who fled to another dimension when under attack from a creature known as the God-Eater. He made the Darkhold to give himself a link back to Earth. The Darkhold has popped up throughout comics history since¬†the 1970s, and has often been a link between Marvel characters and Dracula. And while we’re not expecting Drac to necessarily make an appearance¬†in the MCU, it is worth noting that in 1983 it figured into a story that linked the Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda, with Doctor Strange and another WandaVision character, Monica Rambeau, who eventually becomes Captain Marvel. Marvel TV projects have employed the Darkhold before-notably it was part of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plot-but this is the first time it’s playing a major role in the main storyline.

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Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

So how does this connect with the new Doctor Strange movie?

Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has been cagey about whether WandaVision will get a second season. What he has not been obtuse about is that Wanda’s next appearance in the MCU will be in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Agatha Harkness makes continued reference to the Scarlet Witch being stronger than the Sorcerer Supreme, the implication of which is that Wanda is more powerful than Doctor Strange. At the end of the finale, Wanda leaves behind the wreckage of Westview, but she is now essentially a fugitive. The last we see her she’s studying up on the Darkhold, honing her powers. This is not a villain arc, exactly, but it’s also easy to see how it might bring her into conflict with Stephen Strange. (She’s also someone who bestowed untold trauma on innocent citizens! Maybe worth keeping in mind!)

Will Agatha be back?

In the climactic showdown, Wanda employs some magic runes and absorbs all of Agatha Harkness’ power sealing her victory in this witch-on-witch fight. When the battle is done, Wanda doles out Agatha’s punishment: She traps her foe in the “role” that she had been playing before the big reveal. Agatha is now doomed to be nosy neighbour Agnes forever, or at least until Wanda wants her assistance. She knows where to find her: Right in the cheeky little prison she has erected inside her mind. This leaves the door very open to a possibility for an Agatha return, maybe even in Doctor Strange.

Could this in any way involve Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead?

Probably not, but there is a wild theory circulating. You see, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is being directed by horror legend and Evil Dead auteur Sam Raimi. Bruce Campbell, otherwise known as Ash Williams, has heavily implied that he is part of the cast. Ash, of course, knows something about bad books and whatnot, given his history with the Necronomicon, a.k.a. The Book of the Dead. Also: Ash has been a part of the Marvel comics before and Scarlet Witch was even involved. So does this mean anything? Yeah, we doubt it-it’s most likely just wink-wink fan service for Evil Dead fans and a way to keep the perfect streak of Campbell cameos in Raimi-directed Marvel movies going-but it’s really fun to speculate anyway.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef,¬†Cuong Nguyen¬†will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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