Excitement grows as Marvel Studios continues to explore stories beyond the realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we explore alternate timelines and universes in shows like Loki and What If…?, fans are eager to know what comes next in the upcoming lineup of projects for Phase 4. And with the potential of multiple variations of a character making cameo appearances in projects such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the possibilities are endless. However, this doesn’t mean that our main characters will be left out of the spotlight. We’ve come to learn about one of the main character arcs that will be explored for the titular character of Doctor Strange when his sequel comes around in March 2022.
SPOILER WARNING for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness below!
Before becoming a powerful sorcerer, Stephen Strange was a neurosurgeon who “swore an oath to not harm,” known as the Hippocratic Oath. The Hippocratic Oath serves as every doctor’s ethical guide in their goal to heal patients. But as a Master of the Mystic Arts, Stephen must defend the Natural Law and his reality by any means necessary. This includes the possibility of ending the life of someone who could threaten the fabric of reality. We’ve learned from our sources that this film will feature the internal struggle of Stephen Strange as both a Master of the Mystic Arts and his ethical beliefs as a doctor. The story that will transpire will force Strange to face a difficult choice, between ending a life to save the Multiverse or abiding by his Hippocratic Oath and dooming all of reality.
We have also learned the identity of the individual Stephen is having this moral debate about killing in order to preserve the fabric of the Multiverse. And that person is none other than fellow Avenger; Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch. According to our sources, the prophecy stated by Agatha Harkness will play out during the events of the Doctor Strange sequel, 2 years after the events of WandaVision took place. Wanda’s actions will force Stephen and the Sorcerors of Kamar Taj (among others) to intervene in an attempt to subdue Wanda. Still, as the film progresses, the threat of the Scarlet Witch will be far too much for any one person to handle. Stephen will be forced to choose between attempting to save Wanda’s life or ultimately ending it, with the Multiverse paying the consequences for his decision.
No matter what Stephen chooses, we are confident it will ultimately be the correct choice for the future of the MCU and the Multiverse. There is still one prophecy that has yet to pass, which comes from the Ancient One in Avengers: Endgame. “Strange is meant to be the best of us.” What exactly she means by the phrase is something that we have yet to explore but could ultimately foreshadow Stephen Strange’s ability to make the right call in times of crisis. We’ll have to wait and see what Sam Raimi has in store for us when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness makes its way to theaters next year.