What Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Can Tell Us About the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

DOCTOR STANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

At this point, the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” is a misnomer. Recent films, like Spider-Man: No Way Home and the just-released Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, have thrown their characters—and the franchise—into a vast and complex multiverse, as have TV shows like Loki on Disney+. It’s a lot to keep track of, especially since this all started with a simple movie about one guy building an iron suit. The latest Marvel movie, Multiverse of Madness, further complicates the MCU and takes audiences to new universes with some familiar-seeming characters. Here’s a brief guide to the MCU multiverse, and where it stands to go next.
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Wait, what is a multiverse?

Multiverses—alternate worlds that may be identical, subtly altered, or radically different than the ones our heroes normally operate in—have been a part of superhero comics for decades, arguably going back to a 1961 issue of DC Comics’ The Flash, where two different versions of the speedster crossed paths. The narrative device soon became popular, and why wouldn’t it? Multiple worlds gave comic writers a near-infinite canvas to play “what if?” and Marvel Comics did just that with its similarly titled What If…? Comics and, more recently, Disney+ show. Multiverses mean time travel is possible, there can be duplicates of characters, there can be alternate versions of characters, and you can explain just about anything by attributing it to an infinite number of parallel worlds.

However, the MCU didn’t start out as a multiverse. With the exception of the Thor movies’ talk of “realms,” which are more akin to mythically connected regions of the cosmos than parallel worlds, the first several films of the MCU take place on Earth or, occasionally, in space. It wasn’t until the first …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment

      

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