After an explosive and thrilling Infinity Saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves on to a new chapter dealing with the vast multiverse. The concept has already been at the forefront of several Phase 4 projects, such as Loki and Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the next project to bring alternate realities, with the film confirmed to travel across the multiverse.
As the MCU explores this new concept, it also involves storytelling challenges along the way. Avengers: Infinity War and End of Game director Joe Russo has expressed concern over the rising trend of character rebirths via multiverse storytelling, admitting that “too much of a thing is a bad thing.”
No coming homeThe ending of has already introduced potential multiverse-related issues. After all, the return of healed villains to their own universe could open up a plethora of alternate timelines that change the course of the respective reality’s history.
Now the strange doctor the chief scribe of the suite intervened on the subject.
The MCU and its Multiverse
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness editor Michael Waldron spoke to SFX Magazine, via game radarto talk about the challenges of bringing alternate realities into MCU movies and shows.
Waldron first explained how the multiverse could be both a “opportunity” and one “trap” in the on-screen storytelling, saying the problem is it lowers the stakes “If you don’t make it personal you go bigger and wider:”
“The danger is that you can widen your scope too widely, and you can actually lower the stakes if you don’t personalize it as you grow and expand.” and alternate versions of them- themselves and maybe others in their lives. It’s an interesting way to show the characters a mirror.
the Loki scribe also shared that the multiverse is not “just a MacGuffin,” emphasizing that it should shape “emotional heart” Of the history:
“In every way, it shapes the emotional core of the story. It has to. The multiverse isn’t just a MacGuffin where we’re like, ‘Okay, that’s just a kitsch thing we’re playing with. in this film .’ If you are faced with alternate realities and alternate versions of yourself that need to become the emotional core, explore who you could be if you were a different version of yourself, if you made other choices, the right ones choices or bad choices. It’s a complex thing, emotionally, and that’s exactly why it’s so exciting and so great for a cast as talented as this.”
The Challenges of Integrating Alternate Realities
Michael Waldron’s latest comments should serve as a guide for current and future Marvel writers as they tackle the Multiverse in future projects.
The chief writer “trap” The remark clearly alludes to the fact that if a character dies, a variant of that hero or villain could be the easy replacement, thus lowering the stakes presented in the narrative.
However, on the opportunity side, it presents plenty of ways to expand the franchise. As previously shown, the multiverse can be used to reuse classic characters from past projects while introducing new ones such as America Chavez.
From the get-go, using the multiverse is tricky in a story sense, mostly because it’s necessary to establish rules so that a smooth transition between related projects occurs. Interestingly, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige previously teased that the studio’s superiors and creatives had a meeting about the multiverse and its rules, indicating that the interconnected nature is still here.
It is unclear how the use of the multiverse by the MCU will take place in the coming years. But Marvel Studios’ dedication to crafting a narrative that considers the stakes involved, combined with its writers’ awareness of potential issues, should be a good place to start.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit theaters on May 6.