The Multiverse has become an increasingly important concept in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in recent years. It refers to the existence of multiple separate universes or timelines, each of which has its own unique set of characters, events, and circumstances. The concept of the Multiverse is not a new idea in the world of comic books and has been explored by Marvel and other publishers for decades, but it has gained renewed attention in recent years thanks to the success of the MCU movies.
While the concept of the Multiverse has been hinted at in a few earlier films, it was really brought to the forefront in the 2016 movie Doctor Strange. In the film, the titular hero discovers the existence of other dimensions and travels to them in order to fight against the villainous Dormammu. This expansion of the Marvel Universe set the foundation for further exploration of the Multiverse in later movies.
The concept of the Multiverse reached new levels of importance in the 2019 movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home. In that film, Mysterio (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal) purports to be from a parallel Earth where he is fighting against villains known as The Elementals. While Mysterio is later revealed to be a charlatan, the idea of the Multiverse is introduced to audiences in a big way, setting up the possibility of future exploration.
The most recent Marvel movie to dive into the Multiverse concept more deeply was the 2021 Disney+ series Loki. In that show, the titular character (played by Tom Hiddleston) is imprisoned by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) for altering the timeline. The TVA is responsible for making sure that everything in the timeline happens as it is meant to, leaving no room for any variations or deviations. However, Loki finds himself working with the TVA to take down an even greater threat to the timeline. Throughout the show, the Multiverse is referenced multiple times, and by the end, it’s clear that the events in Loki will have major implications for the future of the MCU.
So what does this all mean for Marvel fans? Essentially, the Multiverse opens up seemingly endless possibilities for storytelling in the MCU. It allows the studio to introduce new characters, new timelines, and new plotlines that can exist alongside the established characters and storylines we’ve come to know and love. Plus, with the recent announcement that the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will deal directly with the concept of the Multiverse, fans can look forward to even more exploration of this fascinating aspect of the Marvel Universe.
Overall, the Multiverse is an exciting and rich concept in the world of Marvel movies. As the MCU continues to expand and evolve, it will be interesting to see how the concept of the Multiverse is further explored and utilized in future films and shows.