A ton of universes collide in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so the ending must be unpacked even before you get into the post-credit scenes. The Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel came out on Disney Plus Wednesday, ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray release on July 26.
In Multiverse of Madness, director Sam Raimi returned to Marvel for the first time since his Spider-Man trilogy in 2007. The film begins when an encounter with new hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) forces the former Sorcerer Supreme to venture outside the main Marvel Cinematic Universe and explore new realities, seeking help from fellow Avenger Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) along the way.
“Even if the film’s nominal hero feels a little lost, a strong central chase keeps the story moving, balancing the mix of adventure, horror, and action with a swagger worthy of the cocky superhero Doctor Strange himself,” CNET’s Rich Knightwell said in a statement—His review.
These events occur after Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Strange helps Peter Parker after Mysterio reveals the teen’s secret identity to the world.
It’s time to see how Doctor Stephen Strange’s adventure in the SPOILERS Multiverse ends. We also have a separate article that dives into the post-credits scenes if they intrigued you, a look at the Illuminati, and a list of WTF questions the movie left us.
Scarlet Witch, damaged.
Determined to reunite with her magically created sons Billy and Tommy after losing them in the WandaVision final, Wanda Maximoff America has taken Chavez to her drafty Scarlet Witch temple at the top of Mount Wundagore.
Corrupted by the Darkhold, a book of forbidden magic, she begins to cast a spell to steal America’s power to create portals between realities – which is a bit mean, as it will prove fatal to the new hero.
Wanda Maximoff won’t be getting her Avengers membership card renewed anytime soon.
However, doing so allows Wanda to enter a reality where her boys exist. Previously, she had only been able to enter that universe through dark magic known as dream walking, which allowed her to temporarily take over the body of her counterpart on Earth-838, communicate with her sons, and hunt our heroes.
Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) appears to have been murdered since Wanda pushed him off a cliff after trying to stop her plan to sacrifice America.
Strange and the Earth-838 variant of his ex-girlfriend Christine Palmer are trapped in a reality where Sinister Strange – a twisted version of him who tapped into that world’s Darkhold – sparked an apocalyptic event.
They defeat that world’s Strange and leave him impaled on a fence, and MCU Strange uses the Darkhold to walk into the corpse of Defender Strange in a dream – a version of him who was killed while helping America.
This forbidden act prompts the ghosts of the damned to hunt Strange, but the undead hero manages to tame the spirits, turning them into a great shadowy cloak — I might need an action figure of this.
Since there was no way of being thrown off a mountain, Wong wouldn’t save his life; he managed to climb back to the temple just as his corpse-dwelling friend arrived. Free America sends Wanda to Earth-838 and exposes her evil to Billy and Tommy from that reality.
Seeing how much her “demonic witch” vibe upset the boys, Wanda realizes how much horror she has wrought. She returns to the MCU, tears off her temple, destroys the Darkhold in every reality, and appears to crush herself. It’s a sad ending for the former Avenger, who’s had a rough life time.
A happy ending?
Weird ways with Earth-838 Christine, admitting he always loved her MCU counterpart. In the magical temple of Kamar-Taj, America learns the mystical arts – presumably to control her ability to leap into reality. Strange bows to Wong and accepts him as the new Sorcerer Supreme.
Strange repairs the fancy watch Christine gave him on one of their early dates, suggesting he’s moving on (at least, I hope so since she’s married). Seemingly pleased, he walks down the street in New York City until a third eye appears in the middle of his forehead, confirming that the Darkhold corrupts him.
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Is Wanda dead?
It seems that Wanda lost her life destroying the Temple and Darkholds across the multiverse. Still, her status as a powerful magical bearer leaves the door open to her return – her horrific deeds can be attributed to the Darkhold corrupting her mind. WandaVision also allowed her lover Vision to come back, and he would like to track her down.
Wanda’s arc in this film reflects the comedic tale where grief over her lost magically created sons led her to make the House of M, an alternate reality where mutants ruled, and the ensuing Decimation, where she lost most of the powers—Of the mutated population wiped out from Earth. She was eventually redeemed so that her MCU counterpart could follow that path.
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Is Strange evil now?
No, the mid-credits scene robs this cliffhanger of any suspense by letting him stroll down the street again and quietly opening his third eye when he meets Clea.
We may see him struggle with the Darkhold’s corruption later on. It’s unclear where he will appear next, but Agatha Harkness — former owner of the Darkhold — will be getting her own Disney Plus show sometime in the future. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also looks set to continue the multiverse plotline when it comes out in February.