Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the next film on Marvel Studios’ schedule. The film will mark Doctor Strange’s solo appearance since his 2016 adventure. This time, he’s joined by Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen and newcomer Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. Additionally, Benedict Cumberbatch’s hero must once again save reality from breaking down in chaos for the future of the MCU.
The film’s second trailer was released during this year’s Super Bowl, and it looks to be quite the ride.
The trailer’s other standout feature is Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, who appears to be secluded in a forest and is also losing her mind. Indeed, she appears to be quite frightening at times.
As frightening as her descent into evil may appear, it was another relatively innocent moment that drew attention: she and Vision had apparently discussed the Multiverse.
In the new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff is seen conversing with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. “Wanda, what do you know about the Multiverse?” he asks.
Wanda replied that Vis had his theories and that he believed it was dangerous, which Strange confirmed shortly afterwards that Vision was right.
However, when would Wanda have discussed the Multiverse with Vision? Her familiarity with the concept is already limited. The majority of her education appears to have occurred between WandaVision and Multiverse of Madness, a period of time during which he was wiped off from her reality.
However, Wanda’s show revealed a moment prior to her appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, during which she witnessed a vision of her future self—a glimpse into the Multiverse.
This would have occurred while Wanda and Vision were together. With an Infinity Stone in his head, perhaps it was something the two investigated briefly. Obviously, it couldn’t have been too detailed, as Wanda would have been in a different position had she faced Agatha Harkness.
However, there is another possibility: Scarlet Witch is lying.
The scene in the apple orchard was first glimpsed in the film’s initial teaser following Spider-Man: No Way Home. The exchange between the two appeared to be innocent enough, and could have served as her introduction in the film.
However, this new theatrical trailer showed audiences the same scene in a new light.
Strange can be seen at a later timestamp in the same wardrobe, with those tree branches surrounding him. This time, however, everything was much more red and foreboding, and Wanda, dressed to the nines, leveled a rather dark accusation about his actions
“You break the rules and become a hero. I do it, and I become the enemy. That doesn’t seem fair.”
Did Strange fall suspicious of Wanda? Wandavision clearly didn’t have time for their conversation, as all this was building an emotional counter for Wanda herself. Her state of bereavement led her to choose this path to console herself.
There is no was possible that Wanda and Vision knew about the Multiverse. Any Nerd who has observed the timeline of the MCU can say it. Vision died before all this took place.
If it’s a lie, it’s difficult to imagine Vision, if the original existed, being content with his partner attempting to entangle him in her web of deception. Her deception would also almost certainly cement her as the film’s primary antagonist, which doesn’t seem all that outlandish given the trailer.
If this is a genuine conversation and her reference to Vision is genuine, it begs the following question: why wasn’t the Multiverse brought up earlier? It’s a fairly significant event that would be strange to conceal for an extended period of time.
Perhaps these conversations began while the two were hiding, and there was never a good time to bring it up with the Avengers broken up and Corvus Glaive’s spear impalement imminent in Avengers: Infinity War.
There are so many unanswered questions, which fans will have to wait until May 6, 2022, when Multiverse of Madness is released.