2016’s Doctor Strange offered us a proper introduction to the magical and mystical side of Marvel. From then on, the presence of magic in the MCU has only grown.
But, the Disney+ series WandaVision revealed that the Sorcerer Supreme’s first solo movie wasn’t the first time Marvel magic was seen on the screen. After all, Elizabeth Olsen brought her magic before that in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Now, after Spider-Man: No Way Home, two of Marvel’s most powerful heroes will be teaming up in Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness. Now, WandaVision was loved by many, but it also had its critics. Some found its sitcom-style combined with magical elements to be frustrating while others found it enjoyable. Many fans grew frustrated with its ending since it failed to deliver on the fan theories.
The show first introduced Agatha Harkness to the MCU and with this, the show deepened the lore about the magical side of the MCU. This included the introduction of magical runes as a kind of spell casting that inhibits the powers of a witch.
This concept was obviously introduced as a reference to WandaVision’s witches. But it looks like these magical runes will be used by other practitioners of the mystic arts. In the latest trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange was seen using them.
In a new trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home movie, Doctor Strange can be seen casting magic with runes just like Agatha Harkness and Scarlet Witch did in the series finale of WandaVision.
Within the WandaVision tv show, Harkness explained that runes work as a basic protection spell. Within this “only the witch that cast the runes can use her magic.” But since no other sorcerers are presumably present in No Way Home so maybe they will be used for something else here. Harkness introduced the spell to Wanda in a previous episode of the show. Later on in the finale, Wanda learned how to cast runes by herself and was able to use them against her rival in the series finale battle.
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Now that the Infinity Saga has come to an end, it seems like Marvel Studios’ next chapter is going to be centered around the Multiverse and the frankly infinite possibilities that it brings. Now that the Multiverse has been birthed at the end of Loki’s first season, both Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are only going to utilize it for telling their stories.
Both WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home will work as an introduction to the problems that Doctor Strange will have to grapple with in his Multiverse of Madness movie. So keeping this in mind, it won’t be shocking to see the Spidey Trilogy connecting to WandaVision in some way or the other. Obviously, fans are only going to have high expectations going forward.
When WandaVision was airing, people were expecting mutants to pop up. However, that didn’t happen. As such, it wasn’t quite as MCU-shifting that many had hoped for. But the show was a massive games changer for Wanda’s character since she finally became- the Scarlet Witch. In the final moments of WandaVision, Agatha Harkness cryptically says to Wanda that- she has “no idea what [she’s] unleashed” and is “gonna need [her].”
We don’t know what she means right now. But this is obviously going to be explored further on in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel as well as the Agatha: House of Harkness Disney+ series. Whatever Wanda might have unleashed- whether her powers or something bigger than her- it will probably define WandaVision’s place in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga.
Things will become clearer when Wanda shows up in the next Doctor Strange movie. But maybe No Way Home will give us more teasers about what’s to come. Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17, 2021.
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