Now that the Infinity Saga has wrapped, the overarching theme of the next few phases has been kept—in typical Marvel fashion—in the dark. But during a panel at CCXP19, Marvel Studios’ executive producer Kevin Feige finally revealed the path moving forward. Get ready for a saga into the MCU Multiverse!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Key to the MCU Future
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As Feige stated, “The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.” That series? Loki, which Feige confirmed in a Bloomberg interview previously. However, WandaVision also ties into Doctor Strange.
However, we’ve already gotten hints about the MCU Multiverse at the end of the Infinity Saga, when Mysterio claims to come from a different universe in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Even though Mysterio was lying, Fury…through his Skrull proxy Talos…confirmed that the various snaps (Tony’s, Hulk’s, and Thanos’s) cracked open the multiverse. So the next Doctor Strange will be as important for the next saga as Thor: The Dark World was for the first one.
Doctor Strange is the New Thor of the MCU?
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Yes, Thor: The Dark World was very important in the grand scope of the Infinity Saga, as it established the presence of the Infinity Stones in the MCU, and showed how much the Asgardian mythos tied to the stones. Of the six stone, three were tied to Thor films or characters, along with Thanos’s original Infinity Gauntlet. The Infinity Saga jumped into high gear with one of the least liked MCU movies, so hopefully Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness does a little better.
The Best Way to Bring in the X-Men
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While there’s a rumor that Black Panther will face Doctor Doom in his next movie, and could even introduce the Fantastic Four, Marvel has an even bigger challenge with integrating the X-Men. The Fantastic Four is a pretty small cast and wouldn’t have the same ramifications on the MCU as the X-Men would. For one, for the X-Men story to work, they would already have to be in the MCU…hard to account for that when the entire universe was fighting Thanos. Bringing them in from a different universe could also give the world a new reason to hate and fear mutants. The X-Men have always dealt with xenophobia, usually is the form of racism. This could bring in anti-immigration, another relevant issue today. Stan would be proud.
The X-Men could also have a big role in the MCU Multiverse saga. All we know so far is that the Feige will produce the X-Men. However, the X-Men have one of the most famous alternate realities in comics: The Age of Apocalypse. Maybe Oscar Isaac can reprise his role without the Ivan Ooze getup.
Yeah…it wasn’t a great look for a great character. (Image via Imgur)
What alternate universes do you want to see in the MCU Multiverse saga?
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.