MCU Multiverse Future: X-Men, Doctor Strange 2, Villain Wanda
By: Domonique Salberg
The Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser trailer revealed a glimpse at the multiverse going forward and the characters to return. Thus, leaving us with much to discuss in terms of the direction Marvel and Sony are headed based on the Disney+ shows and films released.
So, with an ever-expanding MCU, Kevin Feige’s plans are becoming much clearer and more focused. In particular, the direction Doctor Strange, Wanda Maximoff, and Fox’s X-Men will be heading in by way of the multiverse. These developments entail directly building off the Spider-verse and Loki and bringing Sony’s Spider-Man characters to the MCU, creating a shortcut to the Sinister Six.
Now we know that after WandaVision’s divisive “Bohner” tease with Evan Peters likely will not be the Quicksilver, and considering X-Men has two generations of characters, we can expect they will change other castings as well. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as Magneto and Professor Xavier would be wise choices to bring back. Either way, the members of X-Men are said to be, without a doubt, introduced into the MCU. While you’re thinking of who it could be, it should be noted, Feige can only borrow from Fox’s X-Men line-up for the Doctor Strange 2 universe.
Villain Wanda/Darkhold/Doctor Strange
Wanda, who is also a mutant, is what connects all mutant characters to the MCU. If Feige and his team go this route—have Wanda bring them to the MCU—It would be particularly poetic considering her most iconic storyline, House of M, where she says, “No more mutants,” is when she destroyed them. However, what appears to be set in stone is her filling the villain role in Doctor Strange 2 to fight everyone as she presumably tries to rescue her children after being pushed to madness by the Darkhold, which is known to corrupt anyone who reads it.
In the comics, the Darkhold was written by the dark/demon god Chthon, who was then imprisoned in Mount Wundagore, which is rumored to be where Wanda ends up after WandaVision. The Darkhold is also said to be the opposite of the book of Vishanti—the book Doctor Strange uses, which further put him and Wanda at odds.
And as I mentioned in my Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer thoughts, Doctor Strange does not appear like himself and may become the evil Doctor Strange from What if…? With that said, both could be thrilling villains in the MCU; a shady Doctor Strange and more of Wanda’s willingness to go evil if necessary, to protect her children and potentially put her at odds with her fellow heroes could be the compelling edge the MCU needs.