The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to unprecedented limits. We could have never expected the multiverse to seep into a cinematic universe. Much less into one that already had 23 movies under its belt till Phase 3. What Marvel Studios has done no one can aspire to. But it seems there is a little trouble in paradise. Not only is the origin of the multiverse confusing but the rules are undefined. There is also the fact that no one knows what they are doing. So we think that The MCU multiverse is a mess, and here’s why.
Let’s start by walking about his the multiverse came about in the MCU and why did we have not seen it up until now. According to WandaVision, the first show to touch upon the concept, Scarlet Witch is the Nexus being who sets it all in motion. At the end of the series, Wanda starts learning about Chaos magic and becomes an invincible Nexus being who can turn reality on its head. The series finale of WandaVision strongly implied that this event would be the branch from whereupon the multiverse would sprout.
But then came Loki which introduced the TVA and Kang the conqueror. The entire plot of the show revolved around Nexus events and those who try to stop them. Loki found himself smack in the middle of the mess and ended up aiding a female variant of himself in finding He Who Remains. Sylvia promptly killed this chart tee for revenge thereby dissolving the TVA and setting the multiverse free. But wait, wasn’t this done already in WandaVision. If it weren’t then where was the TVA when Wanda was messing with time.
MCU Multiverse is a Mess
If you think this is confusing then wait till you hear the next part. The movie No Way Home has blown the multiverse wide open. With Dr. Strange’s botched spell we have come to a point where the multiverse is about to collapse onto itself. But we have a question for marvel, hasn’t this happened twice before? Both WandaVision and Loki raised the stake to the next level, or that is what they would like to claim. You see, this is the problem with Marvel’s multiverse, it just keeps building to a fever pitch that doesn’t seem to come.
From the start of this year, we have been wondering what kind of multiversal madness is in store for us? We have been waiting for the reality to rip and heroes from universes to come rushing in. However, it doesn’t seem to happen. Rather, it doesn’t seem to happen on the scale that Marvel is claiming it is happening. I mean, you can’t build urgency in a matter with large-scale cosmos altering implications and then refocus around a city gang. However, that is exactly what Marvel does following up Loki and What If…? with Hawkeye.
With all these implications things have become convoluted in the MCU. Things keep on piling up but they seem to have no payoff. Although we have three separate nexus events along with the freeing of the timeline, there is no implication of these events coinciding. We feel that Marvel needs to collate these things as soon as they can if they want to keep their audience’s interest in the long run. Although, they seem to have a different game in mind if we are to consider the footage of No Way Home.
Spoiler Warning For No Way Home
In the second after-credits scene of No Way Home, we get the trailer for Multiverse of Madness. We see Strange visit Wanda and ask for her help at the cottage she is staying at. This is the moment that Marvel will start to sort out the knot they seemed to have tangled themselves into. Marvel is very self-aware of how they convoluted things. It is apparent that they want to focus on one project at a time and get the most out of their marketing budget.
I am just amazed by how good Marvel is at timing their events. Only yesterday was Kingpin revealed in Hawkeye and now we get to see Matt Murdock return in No Way Home. This is the kind of thing that makes No Way Home a masterpiece. If Marvel can carry the momentum forward in Madness Of The Multiverse, we may have an Avengers-level movie.