Thanks to the intervention of Monica Rambeau, and SHIELD’s sister group SWORD, Wanda not solely frees the folks of Westview but in addition wards off evil witch Agatha Harkness, who manipulated Wanda’s grief to her personal ends. But that ending will not be as completely satisfied because it appears. To vanquish Agatha, Wanda should sacrifice all that she needed, together with the revived Vision and her kids. In the method, she consumes Agatha’s darkish magic, turning into the imperious Scarlet Witch. The sequence ends with Westview freed and Agatha seemingly destroyed, however with Wanda retreating to the magical Mount Wundagore, the place she makes use of her Scarlet Witch kind to review a e book of evil known as the Darkhold.
Both Multiverse of Madness and Loki share a head author in Michael Waldron, however Marvel resisted the temptation to power a connection between the 2 properties. Even if Thor’s half-brother Loki makes no look in Multiverse of Madness, the present does hook up with the film by introducing multiverses. As Doctor Strange’s mentor the Ancient One defined in Avengers: Endgame, altering the previous or future units a brand new actuality branching off from the opposite.
Thanks to a corporation known as the Time Variance Authority (TVA), these extra branches get pruned and all alternate realities get erased. But when the TVA involves prune a model of Loki who escapes in the course of the Avengers’ “time heist” in Endgame, he as an alternative goes on the run, teaming with one other model of himself known as Sylvie. The secrets and techniques in regards to the TVA revealed by Loki and Sylvie will definitely have better significance on the MCU as we get deeper into Phase Four. But for Multiverse of Madness, it issues that Loki and Sylvie’s disruption of the TVA permits for the multiverse to bloom at a maddening fee.
We get our first good have a look at these multiverses within the animated anthology sequence What If…? In every episode, an interdimensional being known as the Watcher tasked to solely observe and by no means intervene reveals viewers how small selections create new realities. For instance, in a single episode, the Ravagers kidnap T’Challa from Wakanda as an alternative of Peter Quill from Missouri, creating a brand new set of Guardians of the Galaxy, which embody the reformed Mad Titan Thanos. In one other, the super-soldier serum will get utilized to Agent Peggy Carter as an alternative of soldier Steve Rogers, leading to the creation of Captain Carter.
Save for the final two entries, every episode of What If…? tells a stand-alone story, with no connection to a bigger narrative. But Multiverse of Madness does owe a debt to episode 4, “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” In this actuality, the automobile crash that destroys Strange’s palms as an alternative kills Dr. Christine Palmer, the love of his life. The loss drives Strange to Kamar-Taj, the place he turns into the Master of the Mystic Arts. But when the Ancient One’s teachings can’t deliver again Christine, Strange goes to the Dark Dimension, seeking out more and more harmful energy. The episode ends with evil Strange having consumed all the pieces in his universe, alone within the darkness.