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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Ending Explained

By now, if you’re a Marvel fan, or even just getting into the genre, you’ve heard of the multiversal event on the horizon. Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness goes out of its way to shake up the Marvel formula, and even if the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a comic book franchise where changes never stick for long, Multiverse of Madness’ overall effect is still astonishing.

But the film may have left you with some questions. If you still don’t quite understand Multiverse of Madness’ ending, or if you’re simply wondering what Marvel’s plans are for the future, you’ve come to the right place.

What happened to Wanda and Strange?

On left: Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

In the final act, we see America Chavez presumably losing her powers to the Scarlett WItch until Wong and Defender Strange (Our Strange in Defender Strange’s dead body) arrive on Mount Wundagore to stop her. The pair defeat Wanda’s demonic avatars before battling with herself, where Strange gives Chavez a heartwarming speech about using her powers without fear.

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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

Wanda soon breaks out of Wong and Strange’s hold and proceeds to immobilize them, setting up an unspeakable showdown with Chavez. The pair briefly fight one another until Chavez realizes Wanda only has one weakness, her kids. She then opens a star portal to the universe Wanda had previously dream walked in, a universe where her children are alive.

Upon the arrival of the Scarlett Witch, this universe’s Wanda tries to defend Billy and Tommy but is quickly defeated as Scarlett Witch is much more powerful. After seeing what she has done to their mother Billy and Tommy scream in fear at Wanda as they fear for their mother’s life. After hearing the screams of “her children” Scarlet Witch realizes the monster she has become, and after being comforted by the Wanda Variant, she dreadfully leaves. Returning to Wundagore, she tells Wong and Chavez they must leave so she can atone for what she has done. The two leave as Scarlett Witch destroys the castle she is in, presumably killing her, as well as destroying all traces of the Darkhold across the multiverse.

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(L-R): Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

With the threat finally being gone Strange returns Christine to her universe and finally heads back to his universe for good. The trio of Strange, Chavez, and Wong return to Kamar-Taj, where Wong will oversee Chavez’s training in the mystic arts. Strange and Wong share a heartwarming moment before Strange breaks camp and returns to the Sanctum Santorum.

We then see Strange finally fixing his broken watch before heading out into the streets of New York. The moment of serenity is soon halted as Strange is filled with immense pain which causes him to fall to the ground as bystanders sat and watched. Strange then looks up to the camera revealing a third eye on his forehead. The eye is likely due to being corrupted by the darkhold, as we see the same for Strange’s “dark” variant in What If?

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Written by Elijah Boxhill