Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness is one of the biggest anticipated movies that is yet to be released. The movie opens up a lot of mind-boggling adventures and scenarios that will shape the MCU onto a new path for the upcoming future phases. With this movie being Scarlet Witch’s prime performance, since Age of Ultron, we have seen her cross the threshold of who she was and now how she is.
With Wanda’s mental breakdown at Westview, we saw her struggle to juggle her emotions by holding people hostage. This made her feel very guilty, yet evil, for what she’s done. This was also addressed in the trailer when Strange meets her for the first time. Now, since AoU, Wanda has been the villain or either someone who is out of line.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness appears to be following in that tradition, especially in terms of Wanda Maximoff’s participation. And now, according to a new theory, fans will see Age of Ultron in a whole new light with this Doctor Strange sequel.
According to Reddit user u/NorthOGD, Wanda Maximoff tapped into the Multiverse in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as shown by the Avengers’ crippling “mind tricks.
Here’s the theory:
“When she uses her power on Tony in Age of Ultron, we see many heroes dead on what appears to be an asteroid with the chitauri invading Earth through a portal in the background. Possibly showing an alternate timeline where the heroes try to take the fight to the chitauri in space as to avoid battling on Earth and losing in the process.
When she uses her powers on Thor later, he has a vision of a bunch of Asgardians partying…maybe referencing “party Thor” from the What If episode.
She also uses it on Captain America showing Steve alone back in America…potentially showing that he never gets the serum and therefore does not go overseas to fight and is left back home alone.
Then she uses it on Ultron/Vision while they are transferring, and it shows Sokovia crashing down on Earth, signaling Ultron’s victory, maybe leading the birth of Infinity Ultron.
I can’t explain Black Widows vision…as that seems to be what actually happened in her past.
Am I way off base? Maybe I’m too drunk? I don’t know, but I’m throwing this out there to see what you all think”
Tony Stark saw the Avengers dead in the aftermath of a Chitauri attack, while Steve Rogers saw Peggy Carter at a dance to celebrate the war’s end, all before finding himself alone.
Thor observes a party on Asgard, which makes Party Thor’s What If…? An episode a little less random in retrospect. Heimdall also claims in that vision that Thor will destroy them before catching a glimpse of the Infinity Stones. Meanwhile, in the Red Room, Black Widow has a confused flashback to her upbringing.
What’s fascinating about these recollections is that, while they echo actual occurrences in the MCU, they’re not totally true. Several are also not memories at all, but twisted foreshadowings of what is to come. They could be described as “versions of reality” in some ways.
Because Wanda is most likely a Nexus Being capable of altering reality and even traveling between worlds, it’s plausible that these “memories” and “visions” are actually views of events occurring in other timelines inside the Multiverse.
After all, Wanda witnesses Ultron successfully destroying Earth while Ultron is being uploaded into his form in the 2015 film, which is identical to the planetary annihilation seen in What If…?
Wanda Maximoff was a significant player in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She used her heightened talents to disable the device after being subjected to HYDRA’s Baron Strucker’s tests. Her power really could shapeshift and control minds in a way that no power currently could stop her.
After seeing the tale of Infinity Ultron in What If…?, it doesn’t seem random that Thor saw a vision of the Infinity Stones while Wanda saw a peek of Ultron’s success in the 2015 Avengers film.
Could the visuals have been live-action snippets of the What If…? universe from Infinity Ultron? And, if that’s the case, was Wanda’s pain at witnessing Earth’s demise caused by a version of herself experiencing the same pain?
This is all likely to be fleshed out, given Doctor Strange 2’s Multiversal focus and Wanda’s role within it. Wanda’s Age of Ultron mind tricks might make a comeback, especially if they’re set in the Multiverse.
Doctor Strange reveals in the latest teaser that he has the same dream every night, which looks to be glimpses of ruined sanctums. When he says, “The Nightmare begins” is when we get a hint of what’s happening with Wanda being connected.
What if Wanda was the source of Strange’s dreams as well? And are they glimpses of true occurrences from other universes, as the Avengers saw in Age of Ultron? It’d be a fantastic conclusion to what Marvel built up in Age of Ultron, and it’d be the perfect catalyst for better explaining Wanda’s abilities.
In fact, those Ultron sentries may have been exposed in the Multiverse of Madness teaser. This is in order for fans to make parallels between Age of Ultron and this upcoming film.
Doctor Strange looks serious in every progressing frame of the trailer. So, we might see him understanding what is happening and then dealing with those repercussions. But, we can’t say if Wanda is really trying to hurt Strange or warn Strange.
Now, it’s unclear which side Wanda’s Scarlet Witch will be on in this future flick. While some speculate that she will be one of the film’s antagonists, versions do exist. Footage from the film has already shown her confronting a version of herself. Is it possible that the genuine bad guy will be the Scarlet Witch from another universe?
While only time will tell, it’s exciting to see Avengers: Age of Ultron return and serve as a backdrop for upcoming MCU ventures. It’s almost as if that 2015 film, along with Wanda Maximoff herself, serves as the Nexus being. This could be used for Marvel’s upcoming Multiversal stories.
On May 6, 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in theatres.