Marvel’s setup for phase 4

By: Angelica Melara

The Marvel cinematic universe, otherwise known as the MCU, is setting up for phase 4, which is every production that the MCU will be releasing up until 2023. 

Promotional image for upcoming film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Photo credit to Marvel Studios.

Phase 4 includes superheroes from different universes, explaining how Toby McQuire and Andrew Garfield’s SpiderMan, along with other characters from the original SpiderMan and Amazing SpiderMan movies, will make appearances in the upcoming Spiderman movie.

Marvel fans have known about the multiverse, which was first introduced in the “What If?”comics in 1977 and the multiverse has been teased in the movies. 

In “Spiderman: Far From Home,” Tom Holland’s Peter Parker said, “I’m sorry, you’re saying there’s a multiverse? Cause I thought that was all just theoretical.” 

This line is what ignited ideas on how the multiverse was going to come into play by Marvel fans all over the world.

With the release of the show “WandaVision,” Marvel fans are slowly starting to understand how the multiverse is going to be brought in by Marvel. 

Official trailer for the Disney+ exclusive show “WandaVision”.

The premise of “WandaVision” is that Wanda Maximoff has created her own reality in a town called Westview, New Jersey. The show is staged in episode format, with each “episode” taking place in a different time period. So far, viewers have seen episodes from the 60s to the 80s. The bubble that surrounds Westview from the outside world has now been named “the hex.”

In “WandaVision” episode 5, “On a Very Special Episode,” Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) is greeted by her dead brother Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) at the end of the episode. However, the Pietro that was shown was not the same Pietro seen in “Avengers Age of Ultron.” 

FOX’s Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, was the Pietro that Marvel fans saw. 

Evan Peters’ Quicksilver is from the X-Men, which is a FOX-owned movie franchise, but with his appearance on “WandaVision,” it is thought that Wanda Maximoff pulled him from a different universe since she couldn’t bring back her actual brother.

The episode ends with Astrophysicist Darcy Lewis saying, “She recast Pietro?” which makes it clear this is not the same Pietro that has been known in the MCU.

Quicksilver is not the only FOX superhero that was introduced in episode 5. 

“I know an aerospace engineer that would be up for the challenge,” says Monica Rambeau, the only one that has been inside and kicked out of Wanda’s hex. 

Fans have theorized that the aerospace engineer Rambeau is referencing is Reed Richards, otherwise known as Mister Fantastic. The theory of Richards entering “WandaVision” is what has made fans think they will see the Fantastic 4 in the near future, and has become the main idea of how the Fantastic 4 (another FOX owned movie franchise) will make its way to the Marvel/Disney Universe.

“WandaVision” is the preface to “Dr. Strange Multiverse of Madness” and “Spiderman 3.” In the comic “House of M,” Wanda creates an alternate reality in order to bring her children back. However, everything is taken away from her and she has a breakdown, which leads to her breaking reality and causing other superheroes and villains from different timelines to enter the MCU. 

It has been said that the energy from the hex is about the same as the big bang, which is what created the six infinity stones. This implies that Wanda has as much power as an infinity stone and if she gives off any more energy, there is no telling what can happen. 

In “Multiverse of Madness,” Dr. Strange has to restore all the timelines to not cause further damage, and with Elizabeth Olsen already signed on for the project, Marvel fans already know that someone in “WandaVision” is going to do something to break the Multiverse. 

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