As an MCU franchise-follower, you’re probably familiar with the term “Multiverse”, but not all would be knowing the details of how it’s been incorporated into the MCU.
Stephen Broussard, a prominent Marvel Studios producer has shed some light on this matter to clear out any misconceptions and to give the audience and fans a better understanding of this science-fiction theory or concept.
If we went in chronological order, the concept of the multiverse was first revealed to audiences in Avengers: Endgame with the multiple branching timelines.
However, Loki (Tom Hiddleston’s Disney+ series) addressed the concept in a more detailed and concise manner, which could actually be made sense of, due in part to the fact that the main antagonist of the entire Multiverse Saga: Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror was introduced in this Disney+ series.
Since then, Ant-man and The Wasp: Quantumania most recently gave us a taste of the Multiversal concept by introducing us to the Quantum Realm– a reality previously called “the basement of the Multiverse.”
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The Rules of the Multiverse
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania producer, Stephen Broussard remarked on how Marvel Studios was managing to put and keep together the Multiverse rules, when he spoke on the D23 Inside Disney podcast.
In the podcast Broussard was asked about the internal Multiverse meetings, as it was previously brought up by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, to which Broussard commented that those those meetings “are about trying to be logically consistent within the universe:”
“(laughs) Yeah, it’s interesting. I would say, meetings like that are about trying to be logically consistent within the universe, which I would say is separate from being scientifically consistent. I don’t think anyone should look to these films and think they’re gonna walk away with degrees in quantum physics or other scientific pursuits, but that’s okay. I would hope they would walk away with an interest in pursuing those fields and maybe studying them for real.”
Whether or not the films and shows stick to the rules that “hold scientific water” is not as important as the fact that they stay true to their Marvel Universe.
“… We kind of look to be logically consistent across the films. Like are we sticking to our own rules? Whether these rules hold scientific water or not, do they feel like they hold water for the universe at large? And the moments where we might break or kinda bend those rules, the tie always goes to: is it emotionally satisfying? I do think you could maybe pick on some of the logic here or there, no particular examples come to mind.”
When talking about consistency within the various projects involved in making the Multiverse believable, producer Broussard boldly contrasts their success level with that of a “magic trick:”
“But we always are emotion first and if it feels like it’s gonna resonate, if it feels like the story’s gonna connect, we know that the audience is gonna go with us. And all movies have what I call sleight of hand. They’re trying to get you to watch the magic trick, and so the job of the movie is to not pay attention to the rules, or not pay attention to how you’re getting there. And I think all movies are kinda judged as successful or not successful based on sleight of hand and how well they’ve hid the magic trick.”
Backing up over a year to July of 2021, Kevin Feige in fact discussed about these Multiverse meetings on the same podcast.
“… The multiverse is coming up in a big way. There’s interconnectivity there that people have already started to see and suss out and I had a meeting this morning with the whole broad Marvel Studios team going through the multiverse and the rules of the multiverse and exactly how to really deliver on the excitement surrounding the multiverse.”
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The MCU’s Ever-Growing Multiverse
Given the complexity of the Multiverse concept fused with the interweaving of the time travel concept, it’s not hard to believe weekly meetings being held by the company regarding the concept– which is even more crucial now, considering that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, both are in their drafting phases.
With the cinematic release of Quantumania, a lot of you might be wondering when the next Multiversal adventure is going to take place, right?
Fans and audiences of the MCU won’t have to wait very long because Loki’s Season 2 is set to release this Summer. Deadpool 3 might also explore and reveal to us some more about the Multiverse concept, considering (Hugh Jackman’s) Wolverine had previously been killed off.
Tittle-tattles suggest the first R-Rated movie will heavily involve the Multiverse, with a major involvement of Loki’s TVA (Time Variance Authority) and Mobius (Owen Wilson).
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (releasing May 5th, 2023) will seemingly be dealing with a set of its own problems, the involvement of The Marvels’ with the Multiverse is yet to be known.
However, as the rumors go, the next few phases do happen to significantly involve Kamala Khan’s bangle with this epic Multiversal saga.
Catch Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania now playing in theaters worldwide.