With ” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ”, comic fans have potentially glimpsed the next big crossover of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Indeed, Sam Raimi’s feature film could be a springboard for “Secret Wars”. SPOILER warning!
Doctor Strange 2: a dive into the multiverse
Since May 4, MCU fans can satisfy their hunger in front of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Directed by Sam Rami, the feature film presents the continuation of the adventures of Doctor Strange. It is also a continuation of the events that occurred in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Wanda Vision. Currently, the film is a hit at the box office. Indeed, it has already brought in more than $449 million in revenue in just one week of operation. An impressive score!
Following this article will contain SPOILERS on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. We, therefore, suggest to those who have not yet seen the film to go their way.
The incursion caused by Doctor Strange
Some fans and enthusiasts of the Marvel Comics Universe believe that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be an introduction to a massive Marvel crossover: Secret Wars. Indeed, a replica caught the attention of the public. When Stephen Strange travels to Earth-838 and encounters the Illuminati, Charles Xavier explains to him that their universe’s Dr. Strange has made some serious mistakes. The Sorcerer Supreme of Earth-838 has, as the Dark Strange of the series What If…?, led to an “incursion” by wandering from the universe to the universe. An error paid dearly since Flèche Noire executed him without any other form of trial.
And this famous incursion is a term that caught the attention of fans from Marvel Comics. Indeed, an incursion is an event that results in the collision of two universes until their destruction. The Strange of our universe (Earth-616) seems to have managed his mission rather well, until the post-credits scene. Indeed, in this additional scene, the witch Cléa goes to meet him and informs him that he created an incursion during his war against The Scarlet Witch. The two wizards then rush into the Dark Dimension towards new adventures.
What’s this here Secret Wars?
In 2015, Jonathan Hickman scripted the comics Secret Wars. This is a huge crossover where an incursion occurs, bringing together two worlds. Launched on May 6, 2015, in the United States, this series confronts Earth-616 (the classic continuity of the Marvel Universe) and the Ultimate universe (where Miles Morales comes from). If Earth’s greatest heroes prevent the destruction of these two universes, this merge. A way for Marvel Comics to incorporate characters like Miles Morales or Old Man Logan into the classic timeline.
Both worlds are then saved, but the rules have changed. Doom has become king of the world and manages a society very different from ours with an iron fist. This huge crossover offers appearances of iconic characters of all kinds like Thanos, several Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Reed Richards, the X-Men, Scott Summers (inhabited by the force of the Phoenix), Black Panther who has the infinity glove, Galactus, Groot who merges with the Tree of Life, or even The Man Molecule. Surprises of all kinds in a merry mess. A group of few resistance fighters who remember the world before finally attempt to overthrow Doom’s hegemony.
Soon here Secret Wars in the MCU?
Thus, the evocation of the incursion into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness suggests that Marvel Studios could be considering exploiting the crossover Secret Wars on the big screen. The fact that the term incursion comes up repeatedly and universes are dying here and there are indeed clues that lead straight in that direction. However, this implementation will take time, and if Secret Wars were to be adapted to the cinema, it will not be before years and surely, at best, at the end of phase 6.
Doctor Strange 2 is not the only production to prepare the ground for Secret Wars. Series Loki, and in particular its conclusion which places the god of lies in a universe ruled by Kang, is there too an element that could be included in a larger story in a way Secret Wars. The future movie Fantastic Four could also be a support for the preparation of this huge crossover. A crossover that could also allow Marvel Studios to easily reintroduce…