Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is promising plenty of mayhem throughout the multiverse, as worlds collide in what is sure to be an action-packed film filled with surprising cameos from Marvel’s past. The Doctor Strange sequel also promises to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever, either for better or worse.

Wanda’s Madness

It seems as though Wanda Maximoff will be descending into darker territory than ever before in Multiverse of Madness. Though little is shown of her overarching narrative throughout the film, it is heavily implied that her goals will not align fully with those of Doctor Strange, who may be forced to battle his fellow Avenger to save the multiverse.

Wanda was not in a good place mentally when the audience last saw her at the end of WandaVision. Now, with reality breaking around her, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the powerful witch to allow herself to descend into madness, as the title of the film suggests. If this happens, there is no telling what the increasingly powerful Wanda could do–including breaking reality itself.

The Mutants

With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, the mutants have been an inevitable addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years. It is only a matter of time before they are introduced to the already sprawling franchise, and Multiverse of Madness seems like the perfect place to do so.

The MCU must introduce mutants soon, or risk losing fan interest in the group’s arrival. If they are to be introduced in Multiverse of Madness, then perhaps the best way is for Wanda to create mutants in her world, a reverse of her comic book counterpart in House of M. This would seamlessly introduce the mutants, perhaps giving them an entire history that has never before been seen in the franchise.

The Title

It is difficult not to notice the alliterative use of “M” in the title of Multiverse of Madness. With such a wordy title, one might be inclined to wonder if Marvel Studios is attempting to hide some sort of clues concerning the film’s overall plot, perhaps an allusion to “House of M.”

The film could end with Wanda’s reality-bending moment, with the end title credit shifting into new words, perhaps dropping some letters to reveal the title as a possible anagram for “no more mutants,” “reverse House of M,” or, (should the “d” in “Madness” flip to a “b”) “Let there be mutants.” While this may be a far-out theory, there nevertheless remains some untapped clue hidden within the name of the film, one that may only be solved upon its release in May.

By akagami