Marvel fans are already familiar with the Multiverse concept; A series of alternate Earths and parallel universes, where differences can be infinitely small or devastatingly large. Marvel Studios’ maiden animated show What If? will explore these different timelines, including Hawkeye and Peggy Carter becoming Captain America.
Doctor Strange 2 potentially sends Doctor Strange through the Multiverse, fights and finds a way to return to his land, which in the process can save the Multiverse. But what drives Doctor Strange’s journey through the Multiverse? What begins with the ‘Multiverse of Madness‘? Here are all the theories that have been established so far.
From the brief glimpses of WandaVision that the audiences have already seen, Wanda looks to be living many lives with her dead lover Vision in some sort of warped reality/dream state.
This has in result led to the theory that Wanda has either already flown through the Multiverse in WandaVision, or that she has been trapped by her enemies in a dream, or that she has lost her mind and has begun to create alternate realities for herself.
Scarlet Witch causing the Multiverse of madness is very likely, thanks to her reality-warping powers like creating House of M. If Marvel Studios had to use House of M alternate reality, they could eventually bring the X-Men to the MCU.
Recent pictures have shown Loki as a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority after moving through time. Concept art shows Loki in New York in the 1970s, and the time cops aren’t too happy with their interference with time/space continuity. Could such an intervention lead to Multiverse of Madness? Certainly, Loki 2012 does not exist outside of that timeline.
2019 Loki is killed by Thanos, and Loki’s continued survival means a mess to the Multiverse, as the Ancient One explained in Endgame; Consider him a strong contender for the eponymous insanity in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Though Captain America returned all the Infinity Stones, each stone is still removed from place and time where it was supposed to be.
This removal of the Time Stone – not to mention others – led to a destruction of realities that the Ancient One warned. The disturbing fact is that the Avengers may have caused the start of Multiverse‘s fracture in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The Ancient One warns Hulk beforehand that the removal of the Time Stone leaves the universe defenceless against any number of threats. One theory is that Thanos’ destruction of every Stones removes the very basis of creation, thus potentially resulting in chaos and danger in the entire Multiverse.
If the destruction of Thanos‘s Infinity Stones causes the Multiverse to collapse itself – the real Multiverse of Madness – Doctor Strange needs all the help he can get in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In the Doctor Strange, we Sorcerer Supreme best the Dormammu by trapping him in an infinite web of being confronted by Strange and murdering him multiple times.
It urged Dormammu to assure that he would not invade Earth again and that his word bounds the multidimensional creature; though this does not mean that fans will never see them again. If Dormammu comes for Doctor Strange 2, he could be getting revenge on him by way of causing the multiverse madness.
The Nightmare could be the obvious reason for the Multiverse of Madness.
If we compile the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of the Madness by WandaVision, one theory is that the Nightmare is responsible for sending Maximoff back to his beloved Vision for a re-imagining of a beautiful life.
The brief footage from WandaVision shows Wanda and Vision in several different sitcom-esque scenarios. It can be the dream dimension in action; When combined with Wanda‘s reality-transforming powers, this could be the beginning of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. However, after Derrickson has moved from the director’s chair, the addition of the Nightmare is now less likely.
At the moment, any theory that suggests Doctor Doom is a villain in Multiverse of Madness is a pure guess. The emphasis on Doctor Doom as a wizard and a second scientist in the current comic book series suggests that appearing in the Doctor Strange franchise may be the first step for Doom in the MCU.
His magical abilities can undoubtedly help him flow through the Multiverse, but time will tell if Doctor Doom is responsible for the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.