Yesterday we got a brand new look at the next movie the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store for us. After Moon Knight starts and runs for a few weeks starting the 30th of March, Doctor Strange comes back in action on May 6 in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With some exciting reveals in the trailer, fans everywhere are buzzing and thinking about who could possibly show up and how the movie will go, but in addition to that, it actually also got me thinking about what has happened to this point, and how the multiverse opened exactly.
So the 3 MCU events I’m talking about are from Loki, WandaVision and the recently released Spider-Man: No Way Home. Where Loki opened the door for the Multiverse, the new Spider-Man movie swung through it immediately. But I must not get ahead of myself here. Let’s first get the basic idea of this theory out of the way.
It goes as following. I think from the three projects I listed above, they all have one moment in common in terms of when they play out in the timeline. And all these moments will then lead into Multiverse of Madness. Now, for the individual scenes that I’m talking about.
Say what you will about Loki (and hoo boy is there a lot to say, but I’ll save that for later), at the very least it lead to an exciting status quo that seems to have a pretty huge impact on this era of MCU movies with the multiverse breaking open. In the finale of the show, Loki and Sylvie have made their way to the Temple at the Edge of Time, where He Who Remains resides. He’s a variant of Kang the Conqueror and basically keeps watch over the main timeline, which Sylvie bombed. She then decides to kill him, which basically opens the main timeline and let’s it branch out into new universes. This is the cosmic reason the multiverse opens up.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Now in No Way Home we get to see the way the multiverse got unleashed in that main timeline. Think of it as a scripted moment. He Who Remains might have ‘written’ this event into the main timeline, so that is what would happen in the timeline itself, to explain what was happening behind the scenes (although really it’s because it also had to make sense for people who hadn’t seen Loki but hey, in universe explanations are always nice I think).
In No Way Home, Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange to have everyone forget that he is Spider-Man. The casting of the spell that’s supposed to do this goes wrong though, and the multiverse opens. Because of this, Peter now has to go up to Spidey villains we’ve seen in the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. But to stop myself from rambling on about that movie, let’s move back on topic. I think Strange casting that spell and messing it up happens at the exact same moment as the multiverse opening in Loki. This is because as I said, it’s some sort of scripted moment by He Who Remains, or a variation on the ‘Absolute Point in Time’ concept that we saw in episode 4 of What If…, who knows.
But how does that lead into WandaVision? Around the time that show released, it was already suggested that it would also lead into the events of the next Doctor Strange movie. There were even plans to include Doctor Strange in the show, but that was decided against to not take away from Wanda’s story, as revealed in this article from Rolling Stone.
Point is, these two projects have always been meant to be connected. Wanda is being set to have something to do with the multiverse in the second post-credits scene of the WandaVision finale. In that short scene we see Wanda hanging out in some cabin in the mountains, but that’s just her body, while she herself seems to be astral projecting while reading the Darkhold. The scene ends with Wanda hearing the screams of her children, who she lost in the events of the show. My theory here is that when Strange approaches Wanda to talk about the multiverse, Wanda will see a chance to get her children back, possibly putting her into an antagonistic role. Point is though, we do not know exactly when this short scene takes place, and if you ask me it could very well happen at the same time as the two scenes I mentioned above.
So what I’m saying…
So my theory is basically that Sylvie killing He Who Remains and Doctor Strange messing up the spell for Peter Parker are events that happen at the same time, which then leads to Wanda being able to hear her children from across the multiverse immediately after. If it’s true? I have no clue! I just had a theory and wanted to write it down. If there’s any evidence that contradicts my theory, that’s a shame, but speculating is just a fun time, so I like doing it. I’m very excited for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for a good number of reasons, and this is just one of them.
That is all from me though. Thank you for taking the time to read through my theory, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
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