Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now out, and fans are continuing to hype the film as they progress along the narrative of Marvel Studios' ongoing phase 4 storyline. Many can't help but wonder what other realities are going on in their world, and what happened to all of the heroes of those respective universes.
The Doctor Strange sequel created a lot of interesting surprises, as many actors made their official Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film debuts in this film. Even if they weren't members of the main MCU world, it was still a pleasant experience for many fans to see these icons on the big screen in Doctor Strange's Multiverse of Madness.
Richie Palmer, the co-producer of Doctor Strange 2, revealed a lot about the film universe as a whole and also pulled the curtain back on Earth-838. "We believe Wanda was happy living a happy life with her family," he said. "This is a world where Ultron seemed to work the way Tony Stark intended him to work in Age of Ultron. 'A suit of armor around the world.'
Tony's intention was to "get the Avengers to retire," according to the producer, which in reality is soursweet when one realizes that Tony on Earth-616 never achieved this conclusion. "Hey, whoever wants to retire and go home, can," Palmer said. "And then, the Illuminati came to rise behind the scenes, pulling the strings, but I think it's just Wanda's ability to live the life she deserves."
It makes sense that other heroes stepped up to defend the world in the event that another threat came. This version of the Illuminati was capable of dealing with large-scale threats until Wanda showed up. This setting works very well, although it's unclear whether the original Avengers would have been included in Doctor Strange 2 if their contracts were still ongoing.
Many fans are looking forward to seeing more heroes emerge from this expanding world. Right now, Marvel Studios is introducing not only a little bit of the supernatural or spooky element, but it's also expanding into the galactic realm, setting the stage for the next big bad to take on the role of Josh Brolin's Thanos. Some think it's Kang, others think it's Galactus or even Magneto.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently available on Disney Plus.