The Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen tremendous growth in the past couple of years. Things have gone from being linear and focused around a single individual to being all-pervasive. There are two major reasons for this. The first is the death of Iron Man which has led to the decentralization of the focus of the majority of the central plotline for the franchise. However, the second reason for this is the introduction of the multiverse. After Loki, this concept seems to have taken over the MCU and things will only get worse after Multiverse of Madness. Things are sure to escalate but the only question is how the MCU will be reinvented because of this.
Let us try to break down the issue into digestible bytes. For if we start talking about the MCU’s larger narrative and how it is changing we would be here all day. Instead, I will try to iterate in this post how the introduction of the multiverse and the subsequent events of Doctor Strange 2 will affect the larger MCU. Some of these issues might be obvious to you at first glance. However, if you stick with us I promise that you will walk away with valuable insight into the topic and the inner workings of the MCU. So fasten your seatbelts dear readers and let me take you for a ride through what the future has in store for us.
Doctor Strange Is The New Iron Man
First things first, it is readily apparent that the MCU has been gearing up for quite some time and attempting to give Strange a more central role in the plotline. This is only natural after the death of Iron Man. The MCU needs a headliner and there is no one better to fulfil the role than Doctor Strange. But there is a major hurdle to cross before this can be done in earnest. Strange is still a cocky know-it-all who is not fit to be a leader, at least, not yet. How Strange will overcome his hubris and become the de facto prima donna of the MCU still remains to be seen but will most likely be a part of the main plotline of his next movie.
The larger implication of this change is that Doctor Strange and his allies will replace The Avengers at the end of Phase IV. To be fair, this theory has been floating around for quite some time in the fandom but now we are at a point where it seems more conceivable than any other prevailing theory out there. With Doctor Strange leading both the MCU and the Avengers it is highly likely that Doctor Strange sub-franchise movies will act as a replacement for phases and series arcs will be concluded with Avengers movies.
The Mutant Problem
MCU has been wrestling with the mutant problem for quite some time, particularly how to introduce these characters to the shared universe. It is very hard to do with the current ethos of the universe where no one has ever heard of the mutants. However, the multiverse might be the real answer to the problem. With the introduction of Professor X in the Multiverse of Madness, it is highly likely that mutants will become a staple of the franchise. However, it is possible that they will always exist as the outlier in this universe. For example, they may only appear as otherworldly visitors unless there is a major unifying event in the MCU.
The Advent of Kang
Up until now, we have only heard about the threat of Kang. We saw he who remains to make an appearance in Loki and talk about the ominous appearance of multiversal Kang. It is good for building anticipation but not for much else. The only problem is that we are yet to see any Kang make an appearance whatsoever in the MCU. This is, of course, subject to change with the upcoming release of Multiverse of Madness. Just how much of a shocker will we get is still a matter of some debate.
We believe that Kang will come into his own by the end of this movie and be established as Thanos’s replacement, in earnest. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released worldwide on the 6th of May 2022.
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