The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has long dazzled audiences with its intricate plots and interconnected storylines. Now, it introduces yet another mind-bending concept: incursions. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has set the stage, opening a gateway to alternate universes and the challenges that come with them.
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, an incursion is illustrated as the phenomenon where one universe starts crashing into another. For the uninitiated, this might sound like pure fantasy fiction.
But for the MCU, it's the foundation for its next chapter. John Krasinski's portrayal of Reed Richards provides a critical understanding of the concept. He explains to viewers that incursions occur when someone travels through the multiverse and inadvertently makes numerous changes.
However, loyal comic fans will recall a slight deviation from the source material. Traditionally in the comics, incursions transpired following the death of each universe's Molecule Man, a nemesis typically faced by Marvel's flagship team.
Nia DaCosta, during an interview with Total Film magazine, admitted that the incursions explanation was "very stressful" for her, highlighting the complexity of the new plot device.
Bangles and the Power to Shape the Future
While Doctor Strange is at the forefront of introducing the multiverse, other MCU installments are not far behind in hinting at its significance.
One particular highlight comes from Ms. Marvel. The bangle, a powerful artifact introduced in the series, is revealed to have capabilities beyond imagination. Mary Livanos, the producer of The Marvels, shed some light on this.
"In Ms. Marvel, we learned that the bangle, when combined with another power source, can create a temporary rift in space and time, leading to an alternate dimension," Livanos disclosed. "With the combined force of two bangles, the possibilities are endless.
The film's climax provides a clear indication of the vast potential it offers to the future of the MCU." With all these revelations, there is a tantalizing tease for fans worldwide. A nod to the much-anticipated "Secret Wars" gives us a hint of where the MCU might be heading.
As Livanos aptly summed it up, "It definitely paves the way for myriad possibilities for the MCU's future, leaving the door open for what the Avengers and Secret Wars teams might explore."