Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe entered Phase 4, all bets were off. Nothing was impossible in this cinematic world, including entering the multiverse. It seemed as though almost every other project in Phase 4 dealt with the multiverse, including the latest film, Doctor Strange 2. But according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, only one character is to blame for breaking the multiverse.
‘Loki’, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, and ‘Doctor Strange 2’ dabbled in the multiverse
Although many fans believed WandaVision would be the one to introduce the multiverse when Evan Peters’ Quicksilver showed up, that turned out to be a misdirect. Instead, Loki was the one to first fully dabble in the multiverse.
He Who Remains, a Kang the Conqueror variant played by Jonathan Majors, showed up during the finale. He explained to Loki and Sylvie that some of his variants started a multiversal war. And he ended it and created the Time Variance Authority to maintain the peace. But Sylvie killed He Who Remains, unleashing numerous unstable timelines. And Loki found himself in another universe to end season 1 on a cliffhanger.
The multiverse returned in Spider-Man: No Way Home when Doctor Strange and Peter Parker botched a spell that caused heroes and villains from other universes to cross over into the MCU.
Lastly, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and America Chavez took a journey through the multiverse in Doctor Strange 2.
Kevin Feige claims Doctor Strange is not to blame for breaking the multiverse
During an interview with Marvel.com, Kevin Feige revealed which MCU character is to blame for breaking the multiverse in Phase 4.
“There’s always a method to the madness even in the multiverse,” the Marvel Studios president explained. “The Marvel.com fans know that Loki and Sylvie did something at the end of [Loki] that sort of allowed all of this to be possible. He Who Remains is gone, and that allowed a spell to go wrong in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which leads to the entire multiverse going quite mad in [Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness].”
Doctor Strange 2 producer Richie Palmer added, “If the events of Loki never took place, if Sylvie didn’t do what she did, this movie and the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home wouldn’t have been able to happen. It was the activation of the multiverse, or maybe the reactivation of the multiverse at the end of Loki, that really led to the possibilities that you see in What If…?, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
“At that moment, the multiverse expanded indefinitely forward into the future, back into the past, sideways, left and right, to alternate realities we can’t even comprehend,” Palmer concluded. “If it wasn’t for Sylvie, we wouldn’t be here right now.”
So Sylvie, and partly Loki, are responsible for tearing open the multiverse, not Doctor Strange or Spider-Man.
What’s next for the multiverse in the MCU?
It’s unclear which direction the MCU will take with the multiverse following Doctor Strange 2, but there’s certainly a direction.
Loki Season 2 will surely have to deal with the multiverse given its season 1 finale. And now that variants and other Earths are in play in the MCU, anything is possible. Fans will just have to wait and see what Marvel has in store for its cinematic world.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters.