If you have watched Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and you’re wondering what went down then we have you covered. In this Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness ending explained post, we detail the movie and the events leading up to the end. It goes without saying spoiler alert.
The basic premise of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is pretty simple. America Chavez (known in the comics as Miss America) is a young girl who can travel through the multiverses. She finds herself on the run from something, or someone, trying to kidnap her for her Multiversal travel abilities. It’s soon revealed that the person after America is, in fact, Wanda Maximoff, otherwise known as the Scarlet Witch.
This part of the story requires you to have already seen WandaVision to understand Wanda’s motivations fully. In the briefest of explanations: WandaVision went about Wanda. She had used her magic to create a world just for herself where she was married to the love of her life, Vision, and together they had two twin sons. However, by the end of WandaVision, we see Wanda’s world torn apart, and everything she created destroyed – bringing Wanda back into the real world. If you want to know more about the events in WandaVision, you can check out our coverage of it here.
Back in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, Wanda is trying to get America so that she can use America’s powers to travel to a universe where her made-up sons exist, and there is nothing Wanda will not do, or sacrifice, to achieve this.
Knowing they are running from the Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange and America find themselves travelling through multiple universes and meeting more variants than watching Loki could ever have prepared us for. During the movie, viewers are treated to not one version of Doctor Strange but four.
- Our Earth’s version of Doctor Strange (Earth 616)
- Defender Strange, who later becomes Zombie Strange from the What… If? comics and Marvel’s Zombies.
- Sinister Strange
- And lastly, Doctor Strange from Earth 838. This version of Strange managed to defeat Thanos but at the cost of his soul, and he is atomized for becoming a threat greater than Thanos could ever be.
We are also introduced to the Illuminati, a group of super-powered individuals, during the movie. The version of the Illuminati that we get introduced to comprises of Karl Mordo, Maria Rambeau’s version of Captain Marvel, Captain Carter, the Inhumans Black Bolt and Mister Fantastic from the Fantastic Four, and Professor Charles Xavier. However, it’s wise not to get attached to any of them as their time was short-lived, to say the least.
At the end of the movie, America uses her powers to teleport Wanda into one of the universes where Wanda does have children, but when Wanda sees that the children are terrified of her and what she has become, she snaps out of her rampage and destroys the Darkhold for good. This action seemingly kills Wanda and puts an end to the madness in the multiverse. However, a scene later, we see Doctor Strange walking down a street in New York when he doubles over in agony. When he looks up at the camera, he is sporting a third eye in the middle of his forehead, and it opens.
What does Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness mean for the future of the MCU?
One of the most significant hints during Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at the direction the MCU will be heading is the Incursion. So far, we’ve seen both time travel and the multiverse explored in both Avengers: Endgame and Loki. One can only presume that the Incursions will be getting worse. Another worrying sign about the Incursions is that Kang the Conqueror will soon be arriving in the MCU with the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
As explained briefly during Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Incursions happen when two versions of Earth from different universes collide. Incursions happen over roughly eight hours. During this time, one of two things will happen: first, if one version of Earth is destroyed during the collision, then its entire universe also dies, but the other universe survives. Second, if neither Earth is destroyed during the collision, both universes are wiped out.
When Kang does show up, the threat he presents is far more than Thanos’s. As much as Thanos was feared, he only made one half of one universe disappear at the end of the day. On the other hand, Kang will bring with him Incursions that have the power to destroy every universe in its totality. Another troubling piece of info learned through Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is how willing Doctor Strange is to sacrifice his very soul to combat Incursions, and while this may seem like the right choice, it’s almost guaranteed to be opening the door to devastating consequences.
One only needs to look at the comics to understand how dangerous the future of the MCU is. In the comics, the Avengers are never able to stop the Incursions. The Illuminati (introduced on-screen during Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) are shown repeatedly trying everything they can to stop the Incursions while constantly failing. The ending of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness feels like a pointed and harrowing reference to these comics.
During this comic run, there is an incursion that sees Earths 616 and 4290001 collide, and when all attempts by the Illuminati to stop the Incursion from completing fail, Doctor Strange performs a spell learned from the cursed Blood Bible. This leads to Doctor Strange’s third eye-opening, much like how we saw it open at the film’s end.
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