Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness it’s a plot experience that strives to encompass all that the multiverse means. But beyond that, it also analyzes, deepens and scales a particular idea that intrigues. That of variants or the possibility that new and old characters have other versions in future projects of the study. the idea too encompasses a simple formula of uniting various story universes. Among them, those that Marvel has just recovered thanks to the acquisition of FOX by Disney.

The film opened the door to two ties to future projects that have been rumored for years. On the one hand, the definitive connection between the characters of the FOX X-Men franchise with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the other extreme, expectations to restart hands of Kevin Feige from the saga of Fantastic Four. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness builds a bridge between what was already offered in the two sub-franchises. It also gives them the opportunity to grow to a whole new level and in new directions.

The scene that shows the Illuminati bedroom finally introduced two characters whose arrival had been expected for years. This is Professor Charles Xavier played by Patrick Stewart and Reed Richards, this time facing John Krasinski. The appearance of the two was rumored for months before the film’s premiere. In particular, the possibility of his inclusion in Sam Raimi’s film being his official arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eventually it happened, albeit to the surprise of a good portion of the audience with one tragic exception. both characters are dead– or at least were fatally injured – during the events depicted in the film.

So the big inescapable question posed by the Doctor Strange sequel is whether the existence of the variants is the answer to what happened. After all, the murder of the two characters feels like a cruel joke after years of waiting for them to appear. But as the film demonstrated, the multiverse is endless in answers. “A solution for every question and an answer for every mistake,” Wanda Maximoff says at one point. Is this how the film tries to make sense of what might happen in the future?

All faces in a mirror

DDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness it’s the first Marvel movie to show the rules surrounding variants. In fact, Strange and Wanda will have to face their multiversal versions. And in both cases, experience shows that although they respond to experiences in different worlds, they act according to a certain common pattern. In fact, one of the criticisms of the movie is that it explored the variants on the slight differences between them.

At least, that’s how it was established during the franchise’s first formal experience with the subject. In the Disney+ series of Loki, the concept of multiverse is based on the idea that every decision and action affects a continuous present. Which means that for every path or option taken, an alternate reality is created in layers of millions of different ways. The central concept of TVA and multiversal villain Kang is that the proliferation of this nearly endless variety of realities can lead to chaos.

But how is reality interpreted in terms of variants? The same series also offers answers. In the program, Loki is a variant of the deceased original character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.. And he exists thanks to the latter’s decision to hold the tesseract and escape. TVA’s role was to destroy the alternate timeline it had created so that the first Loki, destined to be killed by Thanos, could thrive. In this way, the so-called sacred timeline was kept intact. But deep down, Loki’s variant was identical to the original character.

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness A similar device was used with Strange, Wanda, Baron Mordo and Christine Palmer. They all had versions in different universes, essentially identical and making similar decisions. In fact, the characters who are part of the Illuminati are variants of many other heroes. Which suggests that his permanence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is final despite his death. Confused idea? At least in the comics, it has been on more than one occasion the way to connect stories in different universes and worlds. And even parallel narratives in a concrete whole.

A kaleidoscopic reality in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Variants are an innovative resource, but also a plot risk. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the different versions of the characters have drawn some criticism. Especially because despite having theoretically different experiences and new situations, each character makes similar decisions. Is it an inevitable fate? The film does not address it directly but it makes it clear that there is a certain idea of ​​predestination in the subject. “All foreigners are the same”, sneers Christine Palmer, furious.

But it’s like that ? In fact, the series Loki offers a larger version of the theme. The character comes up against a female variant of himself. Also with a wide range of possibilities and views on its existence as an individual entity. After being condemned to the Void, the Loki variant encounters dozens of his multiversal versions. And the series explores what the physical reality of the Marvel Cinematic Universe variants can be. Characters identical to each other, up to some who only share the story tangentially.

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness the idea is very similar. The wizard comes across at least three of his multiversal doppelgangers. And indeed, it’s clear there’s as much as the multiverse has to offer. Which brings us to the central question. Is Sam Raimi’s movie the source of information on how the Multiverse will unfold in the future? Like the series Loki serves as a reference, exploring Michael Waldron on another scale is interesting.

Can we expect another new version of Reed Richards, this time surviving Wanda’s attack? Or a younger or older multiversal version of Professor X? Even the film raises a curious question: who is the Wanda Maximoff of the Illuminati universe? If Xavier is a hero – and apparently with the same ideals as his mainstream version – the existence of other mutants is obvious. And that includes this reality’s Wanda Maximoff being Magneto’s daughter, just like she is in the comics.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness it’s the first step on what is a road to the idea of ​​the multiverse. Now, all the timelines and possibilities of Marvel cinema could co-exist. A world of possibilities that is just beginning to exist.