The Marvel Cinematic Universe just expanded the scope of its multiverse even further by the introduction of another universe that had defeated Thanos without the need of the snap. Steven Strange was convinced that giving away the time stone was the only way by which he would be able to resurrect everyone. He needed Iron Man to stay alive until the end so that he could make the sacrifice play and defeat Thanos once and for all. We won’t call it an easy choice, but Multiverse of Madness confirmed that this was not the only way. The movie also establishes a new looming threat in the cosmos, the threat of an incursion, and hence, Doctor Strange 2 set ups are perfect for the next phase of the MCU.
Let me explain what we mean by that. The movie starts with Steven attending the wedding of Dr. Christine Palmer. Steven is asked by Christine if he is happy, to which he says that he is. It is strange to think that a man with the powers of a God and the control of the cosmos might not be “happy’. But that is the truth, Steven has found a lot of success in the world as a surgeon and as a sorcerer but he is yet to settle is hard. For most successful people, this is the hardest part of all. Still, the problems that he attempts to solve are far beyond the realm of man. Dr. Strange attempts to stop the Scarlet Witch from taking over the multiverse but ends up creating a major threat to his homeworld.
Doctor Strange 2 Set Ups
You see, The Illuminati were present in the movie for one reason. They weren’t there to stop the Scarlet Witch in the slightest, they were there to make sure that we knew about the dangers of an incursion. Dreamwalking and extended use of the Darkhold to take control of multiverse variants leads to events known as incursions. This translates to the collision of two universes in the multiverse, resulting in both annihilations. This is an Avengers-level event and we expect that the Avengers will have to assemble to stop it in the near future.
Even the appearance of characters like Clea and Chavez points at something big going on behind the scenes of the MCU. It seems that things are about to reach a melting point and the only way that we would be able to survive through this ordeal would be by assembling the Avengers again or creating a new team of superheroes in the MCU’s next phase. Doctor Strange 2 has several set ups that leave things open-ended. Multiverse of Madness tries hard to be a self-contained adventure but ends up introducing so many multi-faceted elements into the MCU that one cannot help but think about the future.
But the real question is how do you fight the physical structure of the universe. If two universes are clashing, then there is not much you can do. Even cosmic powerhouses would be at a loss. After all, the universes are not something that can be ripped apart like quarreling children. We think that the incursion event in the next phase of the MCU will end up putting X-Men at odds with the Avengers in the MCU. The X-Men could belong to the 838 universe or any other universe of the multiverse. Moreover, it is highly likely that Omega level mutants such as Franklin Richards and Cyclops would be a big problem for our mightiest heroes.
Next Phase Of The MCU
The truth is that only the Faltine harbor the secret of stopping an incursion. This is why Clea is here, she is our road to the solution. That solution might not be immediately visible to us but we can be sure that Strange will use her knowledge to the advantage of our universe. We should mention that in the comics, Clea is the only stable love interest that Strange has ever had. Maybe her and Strange’s efforts could end up stopping the battle between X-Men and the Avengers.
The two have substantial responsibilities in their own dimensions, but their story of dimensionally crossed lovers is a compelling one. We hope that we can get to see some of that in the MCU. Clea is also one of Doctor Strange 2‘s set ups for the next phase of the MCU.
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