MCU’s Doctor Strange 2 can establish Fox and Sony characters as canons.
With confirmed reports of characters, played by the same actors in other Marvel movie franchises, Joining the MCU in recent months. Like Jamie Foxx returning as Electro in Spiderman 3 (December 2021) after J.K. Simmons as appeared as J. Jonah Jameson in Spiderman: Far From Home. Marvel’s plans to synchronize its universe is finally in motion. After Disney bought Fox Studios and struck a deal with Sony over Spider-Man rights fans are waiting to see how Deadpool, X-Men and SPUMC canons unfold in the MCU.
Kevin Feige mentioned Mutants himself in the SDCC 2019 so fans can take his word for it. However, there is no update on Fox’s Deadpool being added to MCU canon but rumours of Marvel wanting to sign Ryan Reynolds big is doing the rounds. Moreover, this whole possibility of all Marvel characters getting their spot in the MCU seems like a reality, case in point Disney recently categorised Fox’ X-Men movies as Marvel Legacy on its streaming platform. Further, thanks to Doctor Strange in the MCU we’ll get to see the madness of Marvel multiverse. Here’s how,
The Concept of Multiverse
We all have seen how Doctor Strange was able to see 14,000,605 possible futures at the end of Avengers: Infiniti War (2018) with each future having its own universe. This only proves that if there is even a little bit of possibility for the past Marvel movies to play a role in those of the future, it will be through the hands of Doctor Strange in the “Multiverse of Madness.”
The concept of multiple universes has further been stressed by the “time heist” that the Avengers carried out in the Avengers: Endgame (2019). We also see the Ancient One asserting on the fact that acquiring the stones from the place in various timelines can lead to split realities. The WandaVision spinoff TV-series (2020) which will show Scarlett Witch’s reality-bending powers has further added to the possibility of a multiverse in the MCU. One of the reasons for this is Scarlett Witch will be seen in Doctor Strange 2 following her character’s development in the series, as well. So, everything seems to fall into place. Just like Bruce Banner told the Ancient One, right?
So, maybe the movies once thought far-fetched for MCU like Fox’s X-Men, Deadpool, Spider-verse may be a part of its multiverse canon. After all, there are 14,000,605 possible futures…
However, this does not mean that all of Marvel’s films will find their way back into the MCU multiverse. And this has a logic that does not deal with Infiniti stones. The fact is licensing agreements will come into play too. Hulk is owned by Universal Pictures. Spider-Man is technically on loan from Sony which is developing its own universe.
Other than these, there are other underperforming Marvel movies that MCU will not bank on. These include Blade by Wesley Snipes (1998-2002), Daredevil by Ben Affleck (2003), and Ghost Rider by Nicholas Cage (2007-2011). Each of these movies received bad reviews from critics and fans alike and won’t be an option for the future of Marvel.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Movies
Sam Raimi is directing MCU’s Doctor Strange 2. Period. So fans are bound to expect Spider-Man stuff. Although we all know of Sony and Disney-owned Marvel’s deal regarding the right to Spidey, the surprising return of J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home speaks much.
And as fate would have it, ardent Marvel fans will surely remember the one mention of “Doctor Strange” by Jameson’s assistant in Spider-Man 2 (2004) when he was looking for a new “name” for Doctor Otto Octavius. “That’s pretty good, but it’s taken,” he says, proving that Doctor Stephen Strange had an identity in that universe.
Watch: Doctor Strange Name Dropped In Spider-Man 2
However, Spiderman would go on to meet Doctor Strange only in Infiniti War (2018). This only shows that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Doctor Strange share a universe that goes back 14 years in the movies. And we do know that Doctor Strange is a part of Spiderman: Homecomiong 3. The universe is a “web” after all it seems.
The Merc with a Mouth has the highest chances of making his way into the MCU, be it through Doctor Strange or even on his own. We all know of Deadpool’s ability to break the fourth wall. We have also seen him travel to different movies (Deadpool 2), and talking about “…these timelines are so confusing” (Deadpool, 2016).
Marvel Studios was already in talks with Ryan Reynolds to make character canon way before the deal between Disney and 20th Century Fox was finalized. So, why not? In a way, Doctor Strange and Deadpool can both travel among multiple universes!! That’s new, right?
The Original X-men Movies
Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox has already made fans excited about the possibility to see the mutants in Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. And Marvel has all the reasons to bring X-Men in. Back in January Patrick Stewart confirmed to DigitalSpy about his long chat with Marvel Head Kevin Feige about possible reprisal of Charles Xavier.
The X-Men is one of the most celebrated and recognizable franchises other than Disney-owned Marvel. It began with X-Men in 2000, X-Men 2 in 2003, and X-men 3 in 2006. And a huge part of it goes to Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto, and of course, our favourite Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Not to mention, the franchise is also home to so many characters (mutants) that the Marvel folk can explore whole-heartedly. It is highly likely that such a grounded universe be brought into MCU with Doctor Strange 2.
The X-Men First Class Movies
The X-Men: First Class series was announced by 20th Century Fox after the original trilogy, which would traverse the origin stories of the various characters as a prequel. This began with X-Men: First Class (2011), continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014, which had cast from the original series as well), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and finally came to an end with X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019). Despite the varied reviews, all these movies did carry the MCU aesthetic. And while a recast will surely occur for primary MCU versions, Marvel might just the characters from First Class to play their counterparts in this alternate universe. But all this will be if they are brought back. Let’s not forget they even had a Deadpool cameo!
All these are but speculations. And while fans wait with bated breathes to find out what events will unveil in the future years of MCU, the implications of a wider universe are very clear. And if the Marvel movies like X-Men and other mutants come back to MCU, be it by the hands of Doctor Strange, or in any other way, then we are in for an intergalactic ride of our lives.