The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness post-credits scene actually paves the way for the introduction of mutants into the main MCU timeline.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness actually set up the introduction of mutants into the mainstream MCU – the public may have just missed the real setup. There has long been speculation Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would lead to the start of mutants in the MCU. But, while the X-Men characters did appear in the film, they were actually part of a completely different timeline.
Doctor Strange’s multiversal exploits transported him to Earth-838, a very different world from the MCU. There he encountered this universe’s Illuminati, a group of powerful superhumans who protect their world from its greatest threats. As well as a variant of Doctor Strange’s nemesis Baron Mordo, they also include Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, Black Bolt of the Inhumans, Captain Carter, Maria Rambeau’s version of Captain Carter, and even a variant of Professor Charles Xavier played by Patrick Stewart himself. This variation of Professor X was more like the classic version of X-Men: The Animated Series than all of Fox’s previous iterations, and composer Danny Elfman even added an easter egg to the score, which included a few notes from the show’s theme song. Unfortunately, the Illuminati didn’t last long when they took on the Scarlet Witch, barely managing to slow down Wanda Maximoff.
Mutants Clearly Exist In The MCU Multiverse First Introduced In Loki, including in worlds with Sorcerers Supreme and Avengers. Yet, at first glance, the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness don’t seem to let them any closer to their official introduction into the MCU. But the post-credits subtly change that – as they suggest any number of mutants from Earth-838 could be heading to Earth-616 thanks to the multiverse.
Doctor Strange 2 post-credits set up an incursion – involving Earth-616 and Earth-838
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThe post-credits saw Stephen Strange unexpectedly approached by a woman from the Dark Dimension, a witch named Clea who is Doctor Strange’s greatest love interest in the comics. According to Clea, Doctor Strange unwittingly caused an event known as “incursion,and her help is needed to fix it. Strange weaves a quick magic spell to adapt, opens his third eye, and leaps through Clea’s portal into the Dark Dimension to help her. All attention is understandably focused on Clea, played by Charlize Theron, who is an important addition to the MCU; therefore, the meaning of Clea’s lyrics is missed.
According to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessan incursion occurs when a being in a timeline leaves too many “footprintin another, bringing these two realities into a collision. Such an event was actually foretold by Loki, which depicts the multiverse as a tree and each timeline as a separate, distinct branch. But these branches not only separated from each other; sometimes they overlapped and met when two timelines interacted. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness revealed that these incursions were potentially catastrophic, with Doctor Strange visiting an alternate universe that was nearly destroyed when one of them spun out of control.
The logical question, of course, is simply which universes are involved in the incursion Clea claims to have caused by Doctor Strange. It’s safe to assume that Earth-616 is one of them, simply because it was caused by Doctor Strange’s variant of that dimension. The other is likely Earth-838, the only universe where things were significantly changed by Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch. Wanda Maximoff possessed this timeline’s variant of herself and used her body as a puppet to kill many of their greatest heroes. This would have a major effect on the future of this universe, with the death of Earth’s greatest minds and mightiest heroes.
Incursion means mutants can enter Earth-616
The MCU’s multiverse is crazier than Doctor Strange 2 shown, with potentially crossing timelines – and in such a foray, a person could possibly make the jump between universes. This is important because Earth-838 clearly has an even larger superhuman population than the mainstream MCU; the Illuminati included Professor X as leader among mutants and Black Bolt as monarch of the Inhumans. Any mutant or Inhuman could consequently stumble between dimensions, arriving on Earth-616 without any warning. The mutant X-Men community has always included a number of time travelers, and any of them could unwittingly cross the incursion by accident. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness therefore set up the introduction of mutants into Earth-616 – but not mutants from Earth-616.
Marvel might even use it to bring back Scarlet Witch, who was apparently killed off at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This would essentially allow them to reset Scarlet Witch the same way Gamora was effectively rebooted by Avengers: Endgame, but even more comprehensively. After all, since Earth-838’s Wanda Maximoff hails from a universe with mutants, Marvel could easily resolve long-standing fan complaints by revealing that this variant is actually both a mutant and the daughter of Magneto. . The strategy would be highly questionable – it would make Wanda Vision irrelevant in every way – but Marvel might just consider the fan-service worth it.
The interesting question, of course, is whether or not this incursion could result in a permanent mutant presence on Earth-616. Doctor Strange 2The post-credits of suggest that an incursion may be over; it’s the reason Clea recruited Doctor Strange, after all. But there’s no reason to assume that everything has to go back to normal when an incursion has ended, which means some characters from a world with established X-Men could stay in the mainstream MCU. But it should be noted that such an approach is only likely to explain the introduction of a handful of mutant characters, rather than an entire mutant race, simply because Marvel Studios will likely want most of their mutants are part of the timeline. intimately familiar with. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness therefore sets up the beginnings of some mutants – but not the entire mutant race. Any multiversal visitor must be considered as an indication of the evolution to come.
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