Discover the possibilities that the wizard film left for the next Marvel productions
Surrounded by a lot of anxiety, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has hit theaters with the task of finally opening the doors to the Marvel multiverse while continuing the journey of wizards like Doctor Strange ( Benedict Cumberbatch ) and Wanda Maximoff ( Elizabeth Olsen ).
The Darkhold’s Curse
In a desperate measure to stop Wanda ( Elizabeth Olsen ), Doctor Strange ( Benedict Cumberbatch ) resorts to a spell from the Darkhold, the book of chaos magic that ended up corrupting the Scarlet Witch. At first he appears to have controlled the artifact’s evil influence, but this impression is shattered in the film’s final scene, which shows the wizard collapsing and a third eye appearing on his forehead.
While the conclusion indicates that Stephen Strange may become the Darkhold’s new victim, the post-credits scene takes another path and shows the mage comfortable even as the third eye appears on his forehead. This confusion leaves a big hook for Doctor Strange’s upcoming appearances in the MCU . Has he managed to master the power or is there a threat fighting to master it?
Two things are worth noting. The first is that the Scarlet Witch destroyed all the Darkholds in the multiverse, which could have greatly diminished the evil force that could corrupt Stephen. The second is that in the comics the “eye in the forehead” is the symbol of the Eye of Aggamotto, which is not the Time Stone, but an artifact of Order Magic used by the Sorcerer Supreme. This could be an indication that Doctor Strange will turn Chaos Magic into something positive.
Scarlet Witch’s Fate
Repentant at the realization of all the harm she has caused, Scarlet Witch ends the Multiverse of Madness by sacrificing herself to prevent Chaos Magic from corrupting anyone else like her. Wanda is last seen destroying Wundagore Mountain, which collapses with her inside.
Although this ending seems definitive, Marvel has already promoted the return of several apparently dead characters. Nothing prevents Wanda from disappearing from the map after all the evil she’s done and returning to help Earth’s heroes when a new threat arises. Or, if the version of this universe really died, nothing prevents a variant from another reality from appearing to save the day.
Doctor Strange ‘s post-credits scene in the Multiverse of Madness took Marvel fans by surprise by showing Clea’s arrival. Played by Charlize Theron ( Mad Max: Fury Road ), she is one of Stephen Strange’s great romantic partners in the comics and, above all, a very powerful mage.
The mere arrival of the character opens up a wide range of possibilities for the wizard’s next adventures in cinemas. Dormammu’s niece in the comics, she is so powerful that she could easily aid Doctor Strange in the task of saving the world or even teaching the Earth mage new types of magic. Plus, she might as well give him another chance at love — as Christine Palmer ( Rachel McAdams ) is married to another man.
Clea appears in the post-credits scene blaming Strange for causing a Raid and summons the Doctor to fix this problem. As the movie explained, Incursion is the name given to the collision of two different Earths of the multiverse, which causes the destruction of both.
In the comics, this concept was presented in the New Avengers comic, starring none other than the Illuminati. This title sees the team enter into a moral and philosophical struggle when they discover that the Incursions are inevitable and that the only way to save the Earth they live on is to destroy the other one before impact. This plot evolved until it ended up in Secret Wars , a saga that could be the future of Marvel in cinemas.
X-Men and Fantastic Four
Doctor Strange ‘s Illuminati in the Multiverse of Madness has finally brought parts of the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU . Even if briefly, the appearances of Professor Xavier ( Patrick Stewart ) and Reed Richards ( John Krasinski ) start a countdown to the arrival of mutants and the “first family of Marvel” while also opening up to questions.
Are there chances for Professor X and the MCU’s X-Men to repeat actors from previous films? Is Krasinski the official Reed Richards of cinemas or is his participation mere fan service? If the former, will this version already be married to the Invisible Woman and father to Franklin and Valeria? Many questions that will surely be answered soon.
The Return of the Inhumans
Of course, the highlight of the Inhumans of the Multiverse of Madness is Richards and Xavier, but the team also features Black Bolt, the leader of the Inhumans . The hero’s inclusion could either be a simple nod to the obscure 2017 series, but it could also indicate that the group may return in the future.
Considering the terrible repercussion of the production, it could be that he appeared simply because he was one of the members of the team in the comics that has already appeared in the MCU . Still, the door for the Inhumans to return has been opened and can be leveraged in the future, just as it has with the heroes and villains of the Netflix series .
America Chavez (and the Young Avengers?)
At the end of Multiverse of Madness , the heroine America Chavez ( Xochitl Gomez ) decides to stay in the main Marvel universe in theaters. She is last seen at Kamar-Taj, where she is trained by the Masters of the Mystic Arts led by Wong ( Benedict Wong ).
The most likely journey for America in the future is the search for their mothers. That’s because there is a possibility that the young woman’s mothers are alive in another reality, so it wouldn’t be strange if she used her new gifts to reunite her family.
On the other hand, America Chavez is the newest hint that Marvel is already bringing the Young Avengers together in theaters. In addition to the girl, some of the great members of the team in the comics have already appeared in the MCU, such as Kate Bishop ( Hailee Steinfeld ), Kid Loki ( Jack Veal ), the twins Tommy ( Jett Klyne ) and Billy ( Julian Hilliard ), Elijah Bradley ( Elijah Richardson ) and even Cassie Lang ( Kathryn Newton ). It remains to be seen how and where the group will meet, as there has been no contact between them so far.