Last year was a whirlwind for the dark and supernatural corners of the Marvel Universe. Between the annihilation of the Darkhold and the introduction of Midnight Sons, it seems like there has never been a better time to be undead. This is fast becoming true in the Marvel Cinematic Universewith the success of Werewolf by Night which brought a plethora of monstrous characters and concepts. Not only that, but the time of Agatha Harkness in the spotlight is around the corner and his next series could be the perfect place for the Department of Occult Armaments to enter the MCU.
First seen in 1992 in Nightstalkers # 2 (by DG Chichester and Ron Garney)the Hidden Armaments Department it was HYDRA’s top-secret team of supernatural sadists. Originally dedicated to creating a vampire army for the larger organization it served, the DAO had its first encounters with the Nightstalker, who saw the bad guys steal Dracula’s own blood. This led to the creation of Bloodstorm One, an incredibly powerful and violent clone of the Prince of Darkness. Failures like this would soon relegate the DAO to complete obscurity, even if his return was only a matter of time.
How Marvel’s forgotten DAO team was reunited
Almost two decades after their disappearance, the surviving members of DAO Malpractice, Innards and Rotwrap were reunited by Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull. Following the rebirth of the Asgardian Serpent and the release of his hammer on Earth, Sin led the DAO in an attempt to recover these darkly divine artifacts for themselves. Upon the return of the undead cyborg, the massive corpse and the menacing mummy, new members also joined under their new leadership. Among them, Sin’s then companion, Crossbones, and even the daughter of the demon Belasco, Witchfire. However, no matter who helped them in their endeavors, the team never managed to make a lasting impact.
Although the DAO was actually torn apart in the pages of Venom # 42 of 2013 (by Cullen Bunn and Jorge Coelho), his number and his legacy did not suffer the same fate. Their name was recently mentioned alongside that of Jed MacKay and Lee Garbett’s Hydra in Strange. As it turned out, the same Blasphemy Cartel that threatened the new Sorcerer Supreme is made up of former members of groups like SHIELD’s occult division WAND and, presumably, this is where at least a handful of former DAO agents landed alongside. They. And, although the DAO has no direct ties to Agatha Harkness, the degrees of separation between them can often be considered “one”.
Agatha Harkness may cross the DOA path in the MCU
Hydra is already an important part of the Marvel Universe and, after the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthe Darkhold it no longer represents the threat it once was. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t any pieces of it around the world, nor that there isn’t a plethora of other artifacts that could easily be described as occult weaponry. While Agatha has never crossed paths with the DAO in the comics, it is almost certain that the two are aware of each other’s presence, and that may be enough for the latter to put at least one rotten foot in the MCU.
The imminent Agatha: Coven of Chaos it wouldn’t even need to extend far to make more than one reference to the DAO Considering how prevalent the presence of Hydra has been in various properties of the MCU, it’s not hard to imagine its tentacles creeping into any corner of the world Agatha has carved out for herself . On the other hand, there is always the possibility that any version of the DAO may emerge on the small screen has already set its sights on a more monstrous game, especially when so much darkness has already entered the MCU.