Why Marvel’s Multiverse Has Them Walking a Very Fine Line
With the incredible dominance that was Spider-Man: No Way Home, the MCU has been on a continual upward trajectory with no signs of slowing down, until now; as Marvel’s Multiverse has them walking a very fine line.
It has been the movie event of the year, and it stands alone as one of the biggest achievements in the realm of comic book adaptations; as Spider-Man: No Way Home has told what is perhaps the greatest Peter Parker story ever told on the big screen.
Yet, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness fast approaching, with the promise of expounding on the multiversal unraveling that built Spider-Man: No Way Home, it can’t help but feel as though Marvel Studios is in danger of giving fans too much of a good thing.
Marvel’s Multiverse has them walking a very fine line, and there is no telling just where the MCU will go from here.
With Spider-Man: No Way Home, the multiverse was a relevant idea; with almost 20 years of creative history for the character, Marvel and Sony saw an opportunity to give fans what they so desperately wanted, in a way that was tragically beautifully and brilliantly told.
The audience had a built-in connection with these characters, but more so than that, the characters themselves were connected through their own shared experience.
When Tom Hollands Peter Parker of the MCU experienced the immense tragedies of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the past Spider-Man iterations could understand just what that felt like, with each fighting through their own fair share of tragedies.
That, however, is a very rare occurrence.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is poised to be exactly what the name implies; a story that tears the doors off of the immensely delicate Multiverse, to create a situation that is worthy of such a dier debacle.
With this premise, have come mountains of theories; from past Marvel characters shown on screen, to recastings of classic MCU characters, there has been no shortage of rumblings as to just what madness fans can be in store for.
But to what end?
At what point will fans no longer feel like they’re getting a well-developed and meaningful story? With every Spider-Man that appeared in No Way Home, there felt like a reason. A connection.
A connection that is nonexistent when we begin to pontificate over recastings of our favorite heroes with the excuse that they simply existed in a mirrored universe.
The danger for Marvel to be playing itself in a game of multiversal one-ups manship is a very real danger, with the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home clearly acting as one of the most iconic MCU moments, will Marvel fold to the pressure of trying to delivering something as iconic?
We can only hope that Marvel will understand the value in reverting simply to the fantastic storytelling that their entire universe has so far been defined; but the reality remains, Marvel’s multiverse has them walking a very fine line.