The Marvel Universe has many corners that are still being explored in the mainstream. The supernatural is perhaps the most intriguing, next to the cosmic stories and characters. However, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe has teased the many avenues the supernatural can take, Marvel’s Midnight Suns has pulled no punches. The turn-based strategy game has melded both its iconic brand of gameplay with an exploratory narrative style that leaves the growth of the plot to the player.
One of the ways the story has been told in Midnight Suns has been through downtime in the safe house known as The Abbey. There, the main character, known as The Hunter, can make friends and unlock secrets that will push the story forward and aid them on the battlefield. While some secrets are unlocked by simple conversation, other discoveries offer greater surprises that many fans will appreciate. A great example of this is a ghostly cameo appearance by none other than the witch, Agatha Harkness, which is strongly reflective of an idea from the Star Wars universe.
Agatha Harkness Aids From the Afterlife
As The Hunter explores the grounds of The Abbey, they come across a memorial to Agatha Harkness. As they approach, an apparition can be seen next to them. After encountering the spirit, it’s revealed to be none other than Agatha Harkness. While she has approached death calmly, she’s more than aware of how different things have been since her passing. That said, she is fully capable of offering help where she can to The Hunter.
By interacting with Agatha, players are able to access Words of Power that can open particular doors and barriers. She also shows the Hunter a space where they can train and practice their moves. Essentially, she gives The Hunter tools that are needed for success in the game. She also imparts wisdom about her past and the secrets the magical world has to offer. In this spiritual form, her sage-like advice calls back to a classic trope in Star Wars, first introduced by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Star Wars Trope Goes Beyond Its Execution
In Star Wars, Force Ghosts were a way to show that even in the afterlife, the world could still be navigated through other means. Kenobi was the first to introduce the concept and used his ability to guide Luke to Yoda’s place of seclusion. Visually, the comparison between both examples is more than obvious as both characters appear transparent with a blueish hue that covers them. That said, there’s more that compares the concepts than looks.
Agatha explains to The Hunter that only they can see her, stating that her old friend, Sara, is not ready to do so. This is very similar to how Luke could only see Obi-Wan or how Kenobi only saw Qui-Gon Jinn when he was open to it. This small rule shows just how deep a connection a master and apprentice can have, and while Agatha wasn’t always a noble character, she always had a deep connection with her students. Ironically, the comparisons are even more welcome now that Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars. With both outlets, it’s clear that wise spirits are a classic and effective way to offer valuable secrets to main characters in clever ways.