SDCC 2022: The Biggest Takeaways and Questions from Marvel’s Multiverse Saga

The Multiverse Saga

The Significance of Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom

With the Fantastic Four kicking off the final phase of “The Multiverse Saga,” it’s a fitting start on the way to the two Avengers films that close out Phase Six. In case you didn’t know, Kang the Conqueror is a distant descendant of either Mr. Fantastic or Doctor Doom (no one knows which one he’s descended from). Also, Reed and Doom were integral to the 1984 and 2015 Secret Wars storylines. 

At the same time, whoever gets cast as Marvel’s first family and Doctor Doom will have a busy schedule non-stop for a year. If these characters are as critical to the Avengers films as I expect them to be, they’ll have to film them back-to-back-to-back. Fantastic FourKang Dynasty, and Secret Wars are all slated to be released within a few months from each other.

That Time When the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Met

The 1984 version of Secret Wars gave us our first tie-in with the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men. With six titles between Fantastic Four and The Kang Dynasty, there are plenty of opportunities to introduce Charles Xavier and his band of mutants inside Battleworld. If you think Infinity War and Endgame were huge, just wait until Secret Wars. The mixture of Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and villains will be more insane.

There are Some Titles Missing…

With a clear pathway to Avengers: Secret Wars, the question remains. Where do the already announced movies and television shows lie in the timeline? Titles like Shang-Chi 2 and Armor Wars were noticeably absent in Phases Five and Six timelines. If they are taking one of the open slots in Phase Six, why not announce it when it’s already been revealed? Of course, the timelines aren’t always set in stone. Spider-Man: No Way Home became a part of Phase Four when there was never a Phase Four announcement for it.

The Incursions

In the comics, the incursions in 2015’s Secret Wars combined the mainstream 616-universe with the Ultimates-1610 one. It allowed Marvel Comics to simplify the comics by keeping them to one universe. However, when there is no 1610 universe to speak of, what will the mainstream MCU universe cause an incursion with? The multiverse and the different variants?

Of course, a lot of these answers are bound to be answered at some point during the Multiverse Saga. However, it’s always fun to talk and speculate about these things because that’s just what we fans like to do.

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