How would Doctor Strange 2 impact Maguire & Garfield’s Spidey universes? Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga had a central villain. However, this villain has been replaced by the threat posed by the Multiverse and those who inhabit it. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s former web-slingers and villains made guest appearances on NWH, bringing the Multiverse to the big screen for the first time since Disney+ series’ like WandaVision, Loki, and What If…? introduced the concept of the Multiverse to audiences. Nonetheless, the MCU’s Multiverse troubles have only just begun.
NWH and Doctor Strange 2 are on a different level than the other MCU films, and not just because Benedict Cumberbatch is in both of them. In addition to Sam Raimi, who directed Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy, Multiverse of Madness was originally intended to be released before No Way Home. Doctor Strange 2, on the other hand, was forced to undergo extensive reshoots as a result of release date swaps due to delays.
As a post-credits scene for No Way Home, the first trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness teased the next Multiversal story to come, from crumbling New York City skylines to parallels with What If…?
With Doctor Strange 2 expected to follow Tom Holland’s Spider-Man threequel, the question now is what that sequel means for other Spider-Man universes and the fate of No Way Home characters. This could be one of the many scenarios that could bring Strange back into the fold.
A quote from Strange’s second trailer for Multiverse of Madness reads, “I did what I had to do to protect our world.” Whatever he’s talking about is debatable, as it could be about his final spell in Spider-Man: No Way Home, or about how he and the Avengers overcame Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Endgame.
Wong warns Strange that he has opened a doorway between universes, and we don’t know who or what will walk through it.” No Way Home actually had Tobey and Andrew’s Spider-Man universes merge with the MCU, so this isn’t entirely out of character. While it appeared as though Strange closed that door with the spell that made everybody forget about Peter Parker, don’t doors open from both sides?
Additionally, the teaser features footage of New York City skylines melting, similar to the effect seen in What If…?, as well as Strange falling through numerous realms, similar to how Miles Morales falls through many worlds in the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse trailer.
Doctor Strange also experiences a Peter Parker moment when he encounters alternate versions of himself, including Defender Strange and Sinister Strange, as well as alternate versions of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
While fans are unaware of what is happening in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (and Strange appears to be unaware as well), it is plausible that the Spider-Man versions and worlds from No Way Home may be threatened by the future sequel’s “madness.”
Sam Raimi’s Marvel films have included Doctor Strange before, but this is the first time he has directed a film involving the character.
At one point in the 2004 film Spider-Man 2, when J.K. Simmons’s J. Jonah Jameson is stumped as to what to call Otto Octavius, Doctor Strange comes to mind. Jameson admits, “That’s pretty good, but it’s taken,” alluding to the existence of a Doctor Strange in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man Universe when the name is suggested.
This is the problem. The happenings of Spider-Man 2 shaped Spider-Man: No Way Home, so why wouldn’t Raimi use Tobey Maguire’s Doctor Strange in his upcoming Doctor Strange film, which will feature multiple versions of the character? Is it possible that the Stephen Strange we’ve seen in the trailers, like Sinister Strange or Defender Strange, is the one we’re dealing with here?
As previously stated, neither of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man movies made any mention of Doctor Strange; however, it is possible, in Garfield’s alternate universe, that one of the Strange variants is also the Sorcerer Supreme of Garfield’s.
When Ned and MJ asked Garfield’s Peter Parker, “Magic’s real here too?” he was basically confirming that magic exists in their world as well.
When Garfield and Maguire’s worlds lose their guardians of reality, what might happen? Is it possible that the decaying Sanctums and crumbling New York City skylines seen in the sequel’s trailers are actually their own universes?
What if Strange himself was to blame for the destruction of these alternate realities, as his No Way Home spell seems to indicate that he was more concerned with saving “our world,” or the MCU, than the other universes.
Fans have been clamoring for a revival of the Spider-Man franchises since the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home following the success of the film. As Spider-Man-related films like Venom and Morbius are released, Sony continues to expand its cinematic universe.
Could this be a way for one (or both?) of Sony’s former Peter Parkers to end up in another universe and continue their stories if they no longer have a world to return to? Morbius’ numerous Spider-Man references may be explained this way.
According to Marvel’s own rules, it is possible to transfer a person from one universe to another. After losing Gwen Stacy, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man may be able to find her or Spider Gwen if he is sent to another universe like the Watcher did with Natasha Romanoff’s Black Widow in Season 1 finale of What If…?
The number of unanswered questions surrounding Strange’s spells in No Way Home is almost as high as the number of definitive answers. It is possible that the book, Multiverse of Madness, will shed light on the matter. Although Wong stated that the door between universes has been opened, it doesn’t appear that the door will be entirely closed by the end of Sony’s sequel.
Additionally, Sony is developing another Spider-Man film based on Madame Web, which will be released later this year in conjunction with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part 1.
No Way Home’s universe-hopping was likely just the beginning for her powers, which included transporting Spideys across the Multiverse and the Web of Life and Destiny. Doctor Strange 2 could include a cameo for her character, according to some reports. This film may or may not serve as a springboard for her future story and other Multiversal Spidey stories.
A long-running rumor has been floating around that Maguire and Garfield may reprise their roles in the new film Multiverse of Madness. Marvel Studios has limited use of Spider-Man within the MCU, so an appearance by the web-slinging hero here is unlikely.
The events of NWH will likely be referenced and, if not explained, in Multiverse of Madness. And, unless the former Sorcerer Supreme can correct all these truly bizarre wrongdoings by the time the credits roll, the movie is likely to impact future events involving Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man, as well as developments with Garfield and Maguire’s Peter Parkers, should plans for their movies come true.