Suddenly, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange Make a Helluva Lot More Sense
This contains spoilers of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Like Stephen Strange dream-walking into the empty brain of his own corpse, my head felt pretty messed up during Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I'll save you the finer details of what ran through my head that night. (For the morbidly curious: Esquire's review is here.)
For the most part?—?as far as the ongoing story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes—I had a simple question. Let's walk through it. If you're a loyal follower of Marvel's Disney+ exploits, you watched Jonathan Majors's He Who Remains die—which prompted the entire splitting of the multiverse as we knew (or didn't know) it. Then, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, we saw the multiverse open for business, bringing us three franchises of Spidey villains and heroes. No mention of what happened in Loki. Then, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness happened, featuring all sorts of multiversal antics... without any Loki references. All of that said, you have to ask: did the events of Loki, which very likely featured the MCU's next Thanos-level threat, Kang the Conquerer, have any bearing on No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness?
Thankfully, we finally have an answer. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the writer of Loki and Multiverse of Madness, Michael Waldron. The outlet asked him this exact question: "So how does the multiversal ending of Loki fit into Spider-Man: No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness’s own multiversal exploits?" Here's what Waldron had to say.
Well, I think it’s what makes all that possible. The MCU as we know it, Earth-616, was insulated from any multiversal shenanigans, or perhaps the multiverse didn’t even exist until the events of the Loki finale. After the events of the Loki finale, that protection is gone. The multiverse exists, and the universe of the MCU is now part of it. So that’s why you can pull in villains and characters from other Spider-Man movies, and that’s why in the new Doctor Strange, our characters can travel to other universes.
Well, that helps! At some point, you'd hope that we'd get another trippy bit of exposition, a la the Kang the Conquerer explainer we saw in the final Loki episode. Maybe we'll just have to wait until Season Two of Loki. Or Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Thor: Love and Thunder? Help.
From: Esquire US