The Marvel Cinematic Univers has grown to a colossal size. No one could have expected this cinematic universe to get so big when it first started. The day that Iron Man came out no one could have thought that this story would still continue to be told 14 years from now. It is amazing what a little fan support and some strong-headedness can do. Kevin Feige did an amazing job of building the world of the MCU and introducing new elements into it. The MCU started off with one city, then it grew to the world, then it took to space, and now it is expanding into the multiverse. Who knows what stories lay in store for us. We think that Secret Wars is set up by Multiverse of Madness.
For those who are not familiar, Secret Wars is a staple story in the Marvel Comicverse. It first took place in the 80s with a 12-part issue when The Beyonder kidnapped all the heroes from the Marvel Comicverse and forced them to compete with each other in an arena called the Battleworld. It is amazing how this story has been expanded upon since then. The last iteration of this story saw the rise of Doctor Doom. Viktor took the power of The Beyonder and used it to repair a fractured reality. He created a Battleworld to ensure that the multiverse would not fall apart on its own. Most interestingly, Stephen Strange was his main advisor in this endeavor. We think that the MCU is building up to something similar.
Secret Wars is Set Up By Multiverse of Madness
When Gizmodo asked the legendary Michael Waldron (head-writer of Multiverse of Madness and Loki), he told them that the multiverse was just starting to grow. Any kind of world-building, if it is to be efficient then it has to be a slow burn. Fans have to get time to get acclimatized to the narrative and get used to the new normal. The MCU has made sure to give them this time when it shifted its focus from the earth to the universe with Avengers.
Now they are doing the same thing with the multiverse and Waldron says as much when asked about whether Secret Wars is set up by Multiverse of Madness or not.
“Well, I guess I think of it akin to it in the way that as soon as the MCU introduced the notion of space, of going to space, they teased Thanos almost immediately. There was Thor. And then Avengers was the first movie where there was a threat from the stars. And here comes Thanos. Obviously, there was a big build from there.
He further continues,
So I think that maybe I always thought of the multiverse as kind of like, “OK, this is space.” You know, once upon a time, the MCU left Earth and went to the stars, now we’re going into the multiverse. So yeah we’ll see what happens with these incursions. They’re bad news.” It seems that Micheal wanted to tell us everything but chose to pick his words very carefully. This entire comment seems to indicate that the writing team had a pretty good idea about Incursions in Marvel before they decided to use this idea in the movie.
The thing is that this writer has teased the idea of Secret Wars before in Loki. So if he is choosing to sidestep the question then there is something going on behind the scenes in the MCU, I am sure of it. Let me put it this way, when you continue to write about the Multiverse in the MCU one project after another you get a sense of what the studio is trying to achieve. Here, it seems clear that Marvel wants its audience to get used to multiple characters being played by one actor.
They seem to want to make this the new normal so that when we finally enter Secret Wars, we are not surprised by what happens in the movie. This is how Secret Wars is set up by Multiverse of Madness.
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