‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Proves Marvel Can Connect its Movies and Series
There was an unprecedented weight of expectation set upon the Doctor Strange sequel; expectation and anticipation that was only shared by some of the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe entries ever.
The film was set to bring the iconic Marvel sorcerer face to face against the boundless and endless void of alternate realities, as he fought off unknowable and unfathomable threats from across the multiverse.
Billed as an incredible action-packed adventure, the film was also set to continue the multiversal storyline that has been a focal point of the MCU’s Phase Four; first being explored in Loki, and carried over in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Collecting iconic characters like Doctor Strange, Wong, Wanda, and the newly debuting America Chavez, the film would explore some of the most beloved characters in a story that is truly among the most unique and interesting the MCU has to offer.
What is even more interesting, however, about what has come from the newest Doctor Strange sequel is how it has seemingly connected the two key avenues for the MCU’s storytelling; as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness proves Marvel can connect its movies and series.
It was something that was a very real question when the MCU first set out to explore the avenue of long-form storytelling and was a massive concern for the interconnectivity of the Marvel Universe as it continued to expand.
There are few examples of successful crossover from the film, to television, and back to film; something that was clearly a focus for the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the greatest proof that these two things can not only coexist but can feed into one another; crafting a brand new MCU that allows the narrative to interweave between both mediums in a way that feels more complimentary than disjointed.
Wanda’s entire WandaVision story arc was necessary for her role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to be truly understood, and audiences’ acceptance of that is perfect for the continued evolution of what the MCU can grow into.