How Spider-Man 3 could introduce the multiverse to the MCU

Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME
Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME /

Spider-Man 3 could pave the way for the introduction of the multiverse in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The highly anticipated Spider-Man 3 has become even more highly anticipated after the line-up of actors from previous Spider-Man films have been confirmed to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. From Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) who both portrayed Peter Parker, and Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) returning as Electro, there is much to unpack. Well, what does this all mean?

Spider-Men… assemble?

Let’s think about where we left off with Spider-Man: Far From Home. The last we heard of the Multiverse was during the second Spidey movie in the MCU when Mysterio/Quentin Beck had said he was from Earth-833 – which was found to be a lie by the end of the film. The end of the film which, left us on a cliffhanger of Peter Parker’s identity being exposed by J. Jonah Jameson.

The next film is potentially going to have Peter Parker in court, trying to clear his name. They might try and have him prove he’s not the web-slinging hero and use a Multiverse plot device to summon another Spider-Man – whether it be Tobey or Andrew’s Spideys. Or, on the other hand, Peter Parker could be a fugitive on the run.

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The Multiverse is a major and massive plot element that could tie movies set in different universes together in the most chilling and jaw-dropping way. From a birds-eye perspective, this means a few things. To have Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield be in the same movie plot as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man would make the Multiverse canon in the MCU.

Having the Multiverse could introduce him to a large world of other Spider-People people that could fully help him advance his powers as Spider-Man. Given that he is very young, he’s still learning and developing his powers. This could be an amazing way not only for them to team up but to provide us with both character and hero development.

The Doctor is in (again)

The multiverse could serve as a major plot element through the next MCU Saga. Via Disney Investor Day, it has been confirmed that the Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) sequel film, appropriately titled The Multiverse of Madness, ties into Disney Plus series WandaVision (2021), and will coincidentally tie into Spider-Man 3, slated for a December 2021 release.

We all know Marvel loves their foreshadowing, and this means WandaVision could potentially set the groundwork for a multiverse world in the MCU, with Spider-Man 3 solidifying it, all before Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness really drives it home in 2022.

Given that Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch/Wanda is set to play a lead role in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, and Benedict Cumberbatch is set to make an appearance in Spider-Man’s third movie, there is far too much overlapping to not believe that the idea of alternative realties and multiple timelines is a stretch.

If we think about how powerful both Scarlett Witch and Doctor Strange are, there is no telling what they could do once their paths cross, and they could very well unlock the door of the Spiderverse. The concept of the multiverse as a major plot element for the MCU’s upcoming Phase Four. Perhaps…the Multiverse Saga? And you can catch the beginning of what seems to be the MCU’s Multiverse with WandaVision, heading to Disney+ on January 15.

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