Doctor Strange 2: Theories about The Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange 2 is the sequel coming in MCU Phase 4. It is titled as Doctor Strange 2 – Multiverse of Madness. It will be coming on March 25, 2022. So what are the possible theories that could lead us to Multiverse? Here are some.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be back as Doctor Strange in 2022 with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel is directed by Sam Raimi, who directed the famous Spider-Man trilogy. The question is, what causes the titular multiverse of madness? Doctor Strange returned from the dead in Avengers: Endgame. His one possibility out of millions came true. He was helping the combined heroes take on Thanos and his forces as the Mad Titan pursued the Infinity Stones for the last time.

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Briefly after Avengers: Endgame came to theaters, Kevin Feige – President of Marvel Studios – announced the upcoming slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The enigmatically-titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was among them. The film’s title has created palpable intrigue as fans debate what ‘Multiverse of Madness’ means for the character and the MCU at a larger scale.

Many Marvel fans are already familiar with the concept of the Multiverse. The Multiverse is a series of alternate Earths and parallel universes. The differences can be infinitesimally small or devastatingly huge among them. Marvel Studios’ first animated show What If? will explore a number of these divergent timelines. In one of them, Peter Parker becomes the Hawkeye, and Peggy Carter becomes Captain Britain. Doctor Strange 2 presumably sends Doctor Strange hurtling through the Multiverse. He is possibly be fighting and finding his way back to his earth, most likely saving said Multiverse in the process. But what will cause Doctor Strange’s journey through the Multiverse? What starts the ‘multiverse of madness’? Here are all the established theories so far.

The Avengers Theory

It is a massive possibility that The Avengers themselves may have been the cause of the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Ancient One explained to Smart Hulk in Avengers: Endgame during their ‘time heist’ of the Infinity Stones. If one of the Stones is removed from its place in time, it can cause that reality to alter and lose balance. This would create a darker, splinter reality. Smart Hulk counters this ominous prophecy. He suggests that the Avengers should return the Stones to their original place in the timeline when done with them in their present. Thereby restoring balance. The Ancient One is finally persuaded when informed that Doctor Strange willingly surrendered the Time Stone to Thanos. As he wouldn’t have done that if there were no other way.

Even though Captain America returned all the Infinity Stones to where they were, they came following Avengers: Endgame. Each of the stones was still removed from the place in space and time they were supposed to be. The removal of the Time Stone (also others as well) may have led to the fracturing of realities. Ancient One had warned about them as mentioned previously. Unfortunately, this would mean that the Avengers might be responsible for the start of the fracturing of the multiverse.

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Fan Poster for Doctor Strange 2

Loki Theory

Loki is about to appear in his own Disney+ show Loki, following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Could that be a stepping stone to becoming the villain of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? News has already broken that his self-titled show will center around the 2012 version of Loki that escaped with the Tesseract after the Avengers’ time-travel flub, and with the Space Stone unwittingly in his possession, 2012 Loki can jump around the universe wherever he wants.

Recently leaked images have shown Loki as a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority. It is the police in charge of protecting the timestream from meddling after moving through time. Concept art has displayed Loki in New York in the 1970s. Also, at that time, police are likely not too comfortable with his interference of the time/space continuum.

Could that meddling result in a multiverse of madness? The absolute fact is that 2012 Loki is not meant to exist outside of that timeline. Thanos killed 2019 Loki. Captain America is returning all the Infinity Stones to the points where they were taken. That means that Loki should never have escaped. His escaping and continuous survival can challenge the balance of the multiverse. Also, it can cause massive chaos as explained by the Ancient One in Avengers: Endgame; consider him a strong contender for the cause of the titular madness in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Thanos Tehory

WhenThanos decided to destroy all the Stones after successfully using them to wipe out half of all life in the universe, and it possibly can create chaos in the universe. One theory is that Thanos’ destruction of all the Stones removes the very bedrock of creation. It potentially leads to chaos and danger in the entire multiverse. If Thanos’ destruction of the Infinity Stones leads to the multiverse collapsing in on itself, Doctor Strange will need all the help he can get to save the multiverse.

Scarlet Witch Theory

Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch will be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. She also has her Disney+ series WandaVision. With the brief glimpses of WandaVision that audiences have already seen, Wanda seems to be living multiple lives with her deceased lover Vision in some kind of warped reality/dream state.

There is a theory that Wanda is either already jumping through the multiverse in WandaVision. She may have been trapped in a dream by an enemy. Or that she has lost her mind with grief and begun to create alternate realities all by herself. Scarlet Witch is likely the cause of the multiverse of madness due to her marquee appearance in the sequel, in addition to her history of creating alternate timelines – like the House of M – in Marvel Comics, thanks to her reality-warping powers. If Marvel Studios were to utilize the House of M alternate reality, they could even finally bring the X-Men into the MCU.

It is possible that Scarlet Witch being the cause of the multiverse of madness stems from Doctor Strange’s indirect responsibility for Vision’s death in Avengers: Infinity War. After willingly giving up the Time Stone to Thanos, the Mad Titan immediately headed to Earth, where he ripped the Mind Stone from Vision’s head, killing him. Wanda Maximoff could desire revenge for Doctor Strange’s hand in her boyfriend’s death, which may then lead to the Multiverse of Madness.

Dormammu Theory

In the first Doctor Strange movie, the Sorcerer Supreme was able to defeat the Dread Dormammu. He trapped Dormammu in an endless loop. That loop is being confronted by Strange and murdering Dread Dormammu, over and over again. This made Dormammu to promise never to attack Earth again, and his word bounds the multidimensional being. That doesn’t mean that fans will never see him again. If Dormammu returns for Doctor Strange 2, he could be getting revenge on him by way of causing the multiverse madness.

Dr Doom Theory

With the Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the cinematic rights to the Fantastic Four and their villains are finally back home at Marvel Studios. This means that fan-favorite villain Doctor Doom can finally be introduced to the MCU. Especially considering his previously-announced solo movie under Noah Hawley’s direction is “in limbo” after the merger. With production on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s not too late for Marvel to retroactively include Doctor Doom as the cause of said madness now that they have him back in their stable.

In the current situation, any theory pointing to Doctor Doom being the villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is possible. The take on Doctor Doom as a sorcerer first and a scientist second in his currently ongoing comic book series opens the possibility that an appearance in the Doctor Strange franchise could be an appropriate first step for Doom in the MCU. His magical abilities could undoubtedly assist in ripping through the multiverse. But time will tell if Doctor Doom is the cause of the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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