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Doctor Strange 2 Incursions: What do they mean for the MCU

Marvel announced Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in late July 2019, and it was immediately clear that it would be pivotal in Phase 4. Now that Doctor Strange 2 is playing in theaters, we know what it brings to the MCU and why it’s so important. The movie gives us a better look…


Marvel announced Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in late July 2019, and it was immediately clear that it would be pivotal in Phase 4. We now know what Doctor Strange2 brings to the MCU, and why it’s so crucial .. This movie provides a better view of the multiverse than any other MCU adventure, and sets the stage for bigger crossovers. Particularly, Doctor Strange2 introduces incursions. This is something we have yet to see in MCU.

But this new MCU phenomenon already has some problems that aren’t immediately obvious when you first see the movie. Marvel has a lot of explaining to do when you start thinking about incursions. This is why Multiverse of Madness is important. big spoilers are below ..

Why Doctor Strange 2 introduces incursions

Doctor Strange advances several characters’ arcs, including Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Wong (Benedict Wong), all set against the backdrop the multiverse. The movie’s purpose is to show the elements Marvel needs to create stories as ambitious as Avengers Endgame ..

This is where incursions come in. When the boundary between universes is eroded and they collide, an incursion takes place.

Universes can collide and cause the death of either one or both. The respective heroes of these universes may have to fight for their survival. Marvel comics fans expect the incursions to lead to an adaptation of Secret Wars.

Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) pushing America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) through a star-shaped portal
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) pushing America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) through a star-shaped portal. Image source: Marvel Studios

Doctor Strange 2 gives us the first Mister Fantastic (John Krasinski) to appear in an MCU movie. Although it isn’t the primary Reed Richards movie, it’s close to the Fantastic Four appearing in an MCU movie. Richards describes the dangers of interfering with the multiverse in Doctor Strange’s encounter with the Illuminati in this second half of the movie.

Also, the incursions coincide with a warning from the main universe’s Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), in the first Doctor Strange film. For the magic actions that disrupt the order of things, the bill is due. These actions can include multiple transgressions by different characters.

Doctor Strange 2 explains the rules of incursion

The Mister Fantastic of Earth-838 explains to Doctor Strange that the latter’s presence in the 838 universe confuses and destabilizes reality. The larger the footprint 616-Strange leaves behind, the greater the risk of an incursion. This is the first rule for incursions. It’s possible to create one by ignoring the reality of where you are traveling.

But, you don’t need to physically be present in that universe. The 838-Strange (Strange Supreme) used dreamwalking to explore other universes in search of a way to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin). To take control of another reality’s body, you can dreamwalk by using a Darkhold spell.

He never explained why he did what he did while looking at other universes in that way. But 838-Strange caused a chain of events that ultimately got out of hand. He told the Illuminati that he believed this. This caused an incursion. One of the two worlds affected by this phenomenon was destroyed completely.

That is the second rule for incursions. They can be caused by dreamwalking.

Wanda in Doctor Strange 2 clip.
Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and her children in new Doctor Strange 2 footage. Image source: Marvel Studios

By the end of Doctor Strange 2, Clea (Charlize Theron) appears in the primary universe, telling the MCU’s Doctor Strange that he had triggered an incursion, and the two of them have to fix it.

It all makes sense. Doctor Strange traveled physically to two universes, including Earth-838, where the Illuminati died. The world where Sinister Strange was killed by Doctor Strange. Moreover, 616-Strange also dreamwalked into the corpse of Defender Strange, who died in a different part of the multiverse, but ended up on Earth-616.

So Strange left a large footprint in other realities. He dreamt. But that’s when you realize the incursion phenomenon just caused plot hole-grade issues for Marvel.

Why they’re a big problem for the MCU

Considering the rules that Reed Richards explains in Doctor Strange 2, you’ll quickly remember that 616-Strange isn’t the only superhero that can cause incursions.

Wanda had to have dreamwalked for a while to find America Chavez, Xochitl Gomez, the only multiverse being that can portal to other realities. And then she used the same trick to invade Earth-838. She also killed at least 5 Illuminati members during that time. Although we cannot objectively measure her footprint, it was large.

But, it’s not Doctor Strange2 which contains actions that could trigger incursions.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Blu-ray announcement
Spider-Man: No Way Home Blu-ray announcement: The Spidey meme recreation. Image source: Sony

All the Spider-Men and their villains

Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) mess in No Way Home forced the arrival of several superheroes and villains from other realities to Earth-616. It is possible to argue that the presence Of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man variants and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man variants may be enough to cause incursions. This reality has been significantly affected by them. This is true for all of the evil people who visited Earth.

You can technically blame Strange for everything. It wouldn’t necessarily be fair. We don’t yet know the full extent of incursions. This reminds of another multiverse movie in MCU: Endgame .

The Avengers, Steve Rogers, and 2014-Thanos

The last Avengers movie was a major tamper with the multiverse. We had 10 Avengers who traveled to alternate timelines to steal Infinity Stones. They didn’t initially plan to bring back the stones, but they discovered that this kind of action could cause disruptions in other timelines. That’s why they fixed everything at the end, after defeating 2014-Th

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