Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Will Reportedly Lead Directly to ‘Avengers 5’

Marvel reportedly has big plans for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The studio is getting ready to launch several new shows on Disney+, two of which will have a direct impact on the events in Doctor Strange 2. With Benedict Cumberbatch’s second outing playing a huge part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, inside sources claim that the movie will lead directly to Avengers 5.

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‘Doctor Strange’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor | XPX/Star Max/GC Images

Marvel releases TV teaser

During the Super Bowl, Marvel released a quick teaser trailer for three of its upcoming shows: Loki, WandaVision, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The studio kept plot details to a minimum, but the clip confirmed several rumors about the shows.

There have been a lot of reports about how Loki and WandaVision will lead into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the teaser seemingly backed up those rumors.

For starters, the clip offered a look at Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wearing a prisoner uniform with the letters TVA, which stands for Time Variance Authority. This suggests that Loki was caught by the organization, which was created to monitor crimes in the multiverse.

In Avengers: Endgame, Loki escaped with the Tesseract following his defeat in The Avengers. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) failed to retrieve the Tesseract, which may have resulted in the creation of a new timeline.

Based on the clip, it looks like Loki was caught by the TVA for messing with time. We still don’t know how this will directly connect to Doctor Strange 2, but the fact that both projects are dealing with the multiverse links them together.

What about ‘WandaVision’?

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation about Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) being the main villain in Doctor Strange 2. According to BGR, sources claim that fans will watch Wanda slowly lose her mind in WandaVision as she deals with the loss of Vision (Paul Bettany).

The insiders also claimed that Wanda will be creating her own realities in the show, which help her cope with her heartbreak — and the trailer appeared to back up those rumors.

The clip showed Wanda and Vision living the life they always wanted together, complete with children of their own. The scenes mirror iconic television sitcoms from the ’50s and ’90s and are clearly the work of Wanda.

As fans will recall, Wanda was forced to kill Vision in Avengers: Infinity War to prevent Thanos (Josh Brolin) from getting the Mind Stone. Thanos ended up using the Time Stone to bring Vision back, only to kill him a second time in front of Wanda.

If the sources are correct, Wanda will turn bad by the end of WandaVision, setting herself up for a major confrontation with Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Will ‘Doctor Strange 2’ lead to ‘Avengers 5’?

With so much happening in Doctor Strange 2, there are some sources who claim that the film will feature quite a few cameos from other superheroes. If Wanda is the main antagonist in the movie, there is little doubt that Strange will need help stopping her.

One of the surprise cameos was originally rumored to be Spider-Man (Tom Holland). But with Peter Parker slated for his third film to open in theaters on July 16, 2021, getting Holland and Cumberbatch’s filming schedules to line up has proven impossible.

There has also been some talk about teaming up Strange and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Carol Danvers is expected to play a huge role in the MCU moving forward and will undoubtedly appear in Avengers 5.

If she does make an appearance in Doctor Strange 2, there is a good chance that Marvel will use the film to lead into Avengers 5, which would not premiere in theaters until Phase 5 of the MCU.

Unfortunately, Marvel has kept a tight lid on its plans for Avengers 5 and has not confirmed how exactly Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will lead into their next huge team of heroes. In the meantime, the studio is gearing up for the release of Black Widow, which is due in theaters on May 1.