Warning: This list contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Marvel fans have been speculating what could happen for months Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to the high stakes of the multiverse that culminated in it Spider-Man: No Way Home. Of course, discussing theories has become a big part of the anticipation of any MCU movie or TV show, especially as many fans wonder what these events could mean for the future of the MCU.endgame.
Marvel fans dove down that rabbit hole, theorizing cameos, storylines, and reveals that could be pivotal in the MCU’s progression. Clues from the trailers, comics, and MCU projects helped develop these predictions. That Multiverse of Madness has hit theaters, so let’s take a look back at the fan theories, some of which were spot on while others were way off the mark.
Fan theories that were correct
Zombie Strange is Defender Strange
Considering this film plunges into the multiverse mayhem, variants of Doctor Strange and Wanda were imminent, and the trailers further imply that. One of the most shocking graphics was Zombie Strange, but many fans noticed a certain similarity of this variant with Defender Strange.
This led to the theory that Defender Strange and Zombie Strange are the same beings. Reddit users like u/Rudrak_Pal and u/MysticAGV deduced that Defender Strange suffered an early death before morphing into Zombie Strange and supported this theory based on the clothing and ponytail. This prediction came true when Defender Strange dies in Act I and Doctor Strange-616 uses the Darkhold to revive a Zombie Strange to fight Wanda in Earth-616.
Wanda is the villain
The biggest speculation of Multiverse of Madness was the villain. The trailers never confirmed Doctor Strange’s next enemy, although there were some implications of villains like Karl Mordo or the sinister Doctor Strange. Despite this ambiguity, many fans were convinced that the film’s villain was Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch.
Reddit user u/darrylthedudeWayne believed that Wanda was the villain who brought in elements from the House of M comic. Another user, u/Ryuugan80, also supports this claim, working backwards from moment WandaVision to age of ultron to provide a glimpse into her villain arc due to her tragedy and grief. However, some television spots have misconstrued this notion, causing some fans to question the theory. In the end, Wanda was the film’s main villain, demonstrating her incredible skill with her goal to find the multiverse-empowered America Chavez in order to reunite her with her twins.
Mister Fantastic & Black Bolt are Illuminati members
A sequence in the trailer hinted at Doctor Strange meeting with the Illuminati council team. Aside from Professor X’s confirmation, the remaining members have been kept silent. Therefore, Marvel fans like Twitter users Brad Stephenson analyzed the scene in question as an urgent question of who the remaining members are.
Although the user predicted Namor would mark his debut, which is incorrect, they mention Mister Fantastic and Black Bolt, which makes sense because they are original Illuminati members in the comics. Both performances stunned audiences, led by John Krasinski, a top fan choice as Mister Fantastic. In addition, Anson Mount reprized his role as Black Bolt from the Inhuman series, and the user was spot on with these unexpected cameos. Unfortunately, both characters suffer a brutal death Multiverse of Madness.
Maria Rambeau is the variant of Captain Marvel
That Multiverse of Madness Trailers teased potential cameos, including members of the Illuminati. One intriguing sequence featured a flaming superhero who looked like Captain Marvel.
Because the film is set around a multiverse storyline, many fans believed the character was Captain Marvel, but not Carol Danvers’ version. Twitter user @houseofphoton was certain that Maria Rambeau was the variant of Captain Marvel, and the images appeared to feature Lashana Lynch’s face as the powerful superheroine. This theory implies that Maria Rambeau likely took on the mission with Wendy Lawson. Many Marvel fans were right with this theory thanks to the pictures from the trailers.
Wanda wipes out the Illuminati
Another important theory was that Wanda would kill the entire Illuminati. The trailer sequences show Wanda fighting a glowing figure and Captain Carter, but defeating a powerful and angry Wanda Maximoff seemed difficult.
Reddit user u/rquinain goes into great detail on the downfall of the Illuminati. The user outlines that Wanda wipes out the team to get closer to America Chavez or Strange and justifies this theory with the images of Illuminati members fighting them. Of course, this theory is accurate since Wanda kills almost all Illuminati members (except Mordo) in order to kidnap Chavez and drain her multiverse powers.
Fan theories that were wrong
Introduction of Multiverse of Madness The theory was that Wong would die. The stakes were high and many deaths were expected, with many like u/Octo_Kid234 believing Wong’s would be the most symbolic. More importantly, due to technicalities, Wong is still Sorcerer Supreme, so many fans like u/Ripley129 suspected that his death would revive Doctor Strange with the title, since passing the torch requires one’s death.
There were many casualties, but Wong survived Wanda’s wrath. However, its survival may indicate its importance in the MCU more than previously thought. His appearance in Shang Chi may have hinted that Wong is an integral part of the MCU to explore the cosmic and mystical mysteries. Therefore, Wong is unlikely to die anytime soon.
The mutants arrive
Many fans are hoping that the X-Men will debut in the MCU soon, and the subtle appearance of Professor X has fueled speculation about the arrival of the mutants the multiverse of madness. This mutant theory expands with cameos like Magneto or Storm appearing in the Multiverse of Madness.
Most mutant theories revolved around Wanda due to events from the comics. Many fans like u/ElijahCookOfficial and u/Quiet_Effective7234 suggested that Wanda’s powers would provoke a reverse House of M storyline, so her chaos magic triggers the mutants’ existence instead of eliminating mutants. Unfortunately, although Professor X appears in the film, the mutants as a whole do not appear and are never mentioned. However, fans remain adamant that the X-Men will somehow join the MCU, but it’s just a matter of when.
Most theories relate to surprise character appearances, which is reasonable since the film is about the multiverse, so anything or anyone could happen. As such, many fans suspected that due to his untimely demise, the film would be the perfect opportunity to bring back Wanda’s twin brother, Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver age of ultron. This popular theory is one of the oldest, including a three-year-old forum post by Reddit user u/Finally_Smiled detailing his appearance.
WandaVision had toyed with this theory by pitching Evan Peters’ version instead of the MCU’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson. But even the series pushed back that theory by exposing the fraudulent Quicksilver as Ralph Bohner. Still, fans were hoping Quicksilver would return somehow, and Multiverse of Madness could set up the perfect plot device. Unfortunately, neither Taylor-Johnson’s nor Evan Peters’ Quicksilver appeared in the film.
Tom Cruise plays the superior Iron Man
Marvel fans like Twitter users @ua_Corra guessed that an Illuminati member would be Superior Iron Man, played by Tom Cruise. An interesting take on this theory is that Cruise was once shortlisted to play the billionaire genius before Robert Downey Jr. landed the role (and was dubbed the perfect cast).
Nonetheless, a twist on featuring Cruise’s version of Iron Man would be intriguing. The images of Ultron guarding Doctor Strange alluded to the possible appearance of Superior Iron Man, fueling further speculation about this theory. According to recent reports, writer Michael Waldron had planned to introduce Cruise as Superior Iron Man, but that cameo never materialized.
Clea is a variant of Christine Palmer
One interesting theory was that a variant of Christine Palmer would be Clea, as the trailers suggested the character had a significant role. The theory is essential in hinting at Doctor Strange’s love life while also incorporating the current conflict into the MCU.
A variant of Christine appears, but she is an expert in the multiverse. Additionally, Clea, portrayed by Charlize Theron, is in the mid-credits scene to inform Doctor Strange of a heist. theorist, how @AwesomEmergency, were on the right track, but imprecisely thought out the implications of this theory.
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