Doctor Strange 2 Writer Clarifies WandaVision Post-Credits Timeline

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron explains the time passed between WandaVision’s post-credits scene and the sequel.

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron clarifies how long it’s been since WandaVision‘s post-credits scene in the MCU movie. Marvel Studios’ first Disney+ series followed Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) as she inadvertently held an entire town hostage to create an idyllic, sitcom reality where she could be with Vision (Paul Bettany) and conceive metaphysical children in Tommy (Jett Klyne ) and Billy (Julian Hilliard). In WandaVision‘s finale, Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) explained Chaos Magic and the prophesied Scarlet Witch while reading from the infamous Darkhold. Ultimately, Wanda embraced her identity de ella as the Scarlet Witch while Agatha warned, “you have no idea what you’ve unleashed.”


Despite making things right at the end of WandaVision, the series’ post-credits scene saw the Scarlet Witch studying the Darkhold as her children’s voices echo through the multiverse. When audiences see Olsen’s character in Multiverse of Madness, the Darkhold has turned her fingertips black, her wardrobe even more sinister, and the land around her into a hellscape. Like Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader, Wanda has truly become the Scarlet Witch and is irrationally focused on one goal: to reunite with her children of her by capturing America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and stealing her power from her. Since Wanda’s turn to the dark side happens off-screen, many have complained it felt somewhat abrupt. However, a fair amount of time has passed between WandaVision and Multiverse of Madness.

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In a recent interview with THRWaldron discussed many of the decisions made when crafting Multiverse of Madness‘ story and characters. When asked how long it took for the Darkhold to take root in Wanda, the writer asserted the film doesn’t take place a “day” despues de WandaVsion‘s post-credits scene. Read his explanation of the timeline below:

“It’s never specifically defined, but it’s been long enough, though. We’re not picking up the day after that [WandaVision] tags; that’s for sure. So, it’s definitely long enough to really get its hooks into her.”

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This “long enough” passage of time, complied with the Darkhold’s presence, does explain Wanda’s mindset in Multiverse of Madness. The Darkhold/Book of the Damned, whether it be in Marvel Comics or elsewhere, is almost always depicted as an object of dark magic that corrupts or curses those who read it. Still, for those unfamiliar with comic storylines like “House of M,” it’s difficult to simply be told what Wanda has become, rather than shown onscreen. similar to how What If…? episode 4 followed Doctor Strange Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he turned to dark magic, Multiverse of Madness could’ve spent more time with Wanda before the Scarlet Witch slaughtered Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and members of the Illuminati.

At a little over two hours, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the shortest MCU film to hit the big screen in years. Some have argued the movie, its characters, and emotional resonance could’ve benefited from another 30 minutes or so of runtime. Regardless, Doc Strange 2 is easily one of the most fast-paced films Marvel Studios has ever produced, and starting with Wanda already a villain an unspecified amount of time after WandaVision‘s post-credits scene is certainly consistent with that pacing. Furthermore, Olsen does an imitable job making the sequel fit the WandaVision‘s story, so leaving Scarlet Witch’s transformation to play out off-screen makes sense from an efficient narrative perspective.

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Source: THR

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