A major event in Avengers: Secret Wars has been made even more likely thanks to mentions in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Aside from the appearance of Spider-Man’s variants in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Multiverse of Madness was the only film in Phase 4 to fully explore the concept of the multiverse, as Doctor Strange and MCU newcomer America Chavez traveled through the multiverse to escape the Scarlet Witch. On their travels, however, the pair received a prophecy that will become very important as the MCU moves through Phases 5 and 6, and ends the Multiverse Saga in Avengers: Secret Wars.
During Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Strange came face-to-face with Earth-838’s Illuminati team, including the likes of Professor X, Captain Carter, and Reed Richards, who provided the MCU’s first mention of incursions. Incursions happen when multiversal travelers affect universes to which they don’t belong, causing one or more realities to be obliterated. This was a prominent plot point for Multiverse of Madness, as Strange and 838’s Christine Palmer find themselves in Sinister Strange’s reality, one which is in the process of being destroyed by an incursion, teasing the eventual storyline for the events of the MCU’s Avengers: Secret Wars.
Quantumania Makes Doctor Strange 2’s Incursions Set Up For Secret Wars Bigger
As the first film in the MCU’s Phase 5, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania made huge strides in setting up the Council of Kangs as a major threat, and also cemented incursions as a terrifying possibility for the MCU. Much like He Who Remains warned Loki and Sylvie of his evil variants in Loki season 1, Kang the Conqueror warned or a threat greater than himself during Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but instead focused his warning on incursions. It’s likely that, throughout his multiversal travels, Kang has witnessed, or potentially even caused, incursions in order to cull timelines and protect his own reality.
In the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we’re introduced to the Council of Kangs, the latest villain group in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They oversee many timelines, leading us to believe that incursions will play a significant role in their overarching plan for the multiverse. Given that incursions have already resurfaced in Phase 5, it’s safe to assume that they will continue to loom over the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the Multiverse Saga expands. In the comics, incursions are a crucial part of the Secret Wars crossover event, which means we may see some major changes in the 616-universe of the MCU during Phase 6.
Secret Wars’ Incursions Will Make Doctor Strange Key To The MCU Again
Out of all the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange is arguably the most knowledgeable about the multiverse. That’s why it’s surprising that he’s been absent from the franchise since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the post-credits scene, we see him taken away by Clea to deal with an incursion that he apparently caused. It’s unclear when he’ll return to the MCU, but since he’s closely connected to incursions, he’ll likely be a central figure in future MCU stories. If an incursion threatens to destroy the MCU, Doctor Strange could make a comeback in Avengers: Secret Wars.