It’s been about a week and a half since Loki melted all our minds and fractured the MCU in levels we didn’t think possible. Suddenly Thanos snapping half of existence out of the picture doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world when compared to the potential of a multiversal collapse, does it? While we have a few weeks to digest what was discussed at the citadel at the end of time before What If…? arrives to our screens, that doesn’t mean that the MCU has to be out of the conversation. I mean, why would it ever with the “it has to drop any dayness” of the No Way Home trailer and the litany of other projects still to come this year (looking at you Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel). The MCU machine keeps on chugging through and some of the most interesting things out there are coming from the fan base. People like you and me who spend far too much time analyzing each and every frame of each and every MCU project.
Take, for instance, this face-melting nugget I discovered on Twitter a few mornings ago and am just coming to terms with enough to write this column. BGR.com had a column up the other day that stated the finales of WandaVision and Loki if played simultaneously, sync up in ways that will make you scream “holy crap sticks” at your television, or phone, or wherever you choose to watch things.
Check this out…
Take a minute and collect yourself because this tasty nugget needs to be digested because what’s being implied here is bonkers. It seems that while He Who Remains (*cough* Kang *cough*) was monologuing it coincided with the events of WandaVision. The larger questions come with Kang’s pause, with the precise moment where He Who Remains no longer knows what’s going to happen next. A moment so big that the multiverse hangs in its balance. Will Loki and Sylvie take Kang’s place? Will one of them kill Kang? What will happen to the multiverse? Is Kang lying about everything? All these questions hang in the air of the citadel like a storm cloud, and as they’re hanging, Wanda is becoming the Scarlet Witch! Seemingly at that exact moment. The same sound that is made in WandaVision when the transformation is complete can be heard in the citadel as He Who Remains is processing the excitement of the moment. This echoes the start of the episode where we hear all those wonderful MCU moments play across the timeline.
That can’t be a coincidence, right?! Are there ever coincidences in the MCU? It seems that Kevin Feige has a finger on the pulse and knows everything that’s connected or rather, how to connect everything. So, is it possible that these two moments are directly linked? Is Wanda becoming the Scarlet Witch a Nexus event? An event so huge that the all-seeing He Who Remains… couldn’t see it. Is Wanda’s transformation what prevented Kang from seeing any further in the timeline? It’s easy to “blame” Sylvie for her choice, fans are making this another Star-Lord situation which again is super unfair, that seemingly caused the multiverse to crack. What if there were other factors at hand though?
Yes, we know that He Who Remains orchestrated everything in Loki to bring Sylvie and Loki to make an impossible choice. A choice that seems to have to end with his death. There’s no way Sylvie and Loki agree to run the TVA and protect the multiverse and Kang just goes, “well, see ya” or maybe he does. I can’t predict what this dude is going to do. Kang had to have known that whatever happened in the citadel ended with his death. Is this what he wanted? Yeah, sure, reincarnation is a thing but did Kang want to leave the party early because chaos magic makes things impossible to read. This is a man who has spent lifetimes apparently knowing how the timeline is supposed to go. During that time there was no chaos magic that we’re aware of. Enter Wanda and now we’re in a situation where we have a Scarlet Witch who is just learning the scope of her powers. We all know that Wanda is crazy powerful, homegirl almost took out Thanos by herself (twice!), but is this chaos magic that runs through her powerful enough to derail the multiverse?
If this is true, then it’s putting Wanda in a position to be the most powerful person in this new fractured multiverse… of madness. The question becomes, is this chaos magic a friend or foe to repairing what’s been broken. It’s clear that Doctor Strange, in No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness, is going to be trying to fix what got broken in Loki. We also know that Wanda has a role to play in the upcoming Strange sequel but it seems possible that her very existence could continue to rupture an already shattered time stream. That is, if she’s a walking breathing Nexus event.
As I’m saying all of this, I’m not particularly sure if any of it makes sense but I can’t quite shake the magnitude of how these events sync up. We haven’t even discussed what this would mean for stories like Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Spider-Man: Far From Home, both stories that take place months after Endgame while WandaVision takes place days/weeks. If these moments actually did sync up, shouldn’t Falcon and Far From Home reflect how unbalanced and scary the multiverse has become? There’s no way a moment as big as fracturing the multiverse wouldn’t bleed into every corner of the MCU. It’s too important not to. Yet, those stories have zero multiverse ramifications. That also seems pretty telling, no?
There is no doubt that Loki is going to have an impact on the MCU stories going forward which would protect the stories that came before it that had no timeline craziness. One thing is for sure, Wanda is about to become even more important than we could have imagined. The way I see it is Wanda and her magic can either help repair the multiverse or further destroy it. She might be the only person that Kang fears but if she’s a wrench thrown into the wheel of fixing the multiverse, can Strange and the rest of the MCU allow her to continue to hold these powers? How would they even go about trying to take them away from her? Is this what Kang ultimately wants?
The questions are endless and theories are only starting as we wait for What If…?, No Way Home, and Multiverse of Madness. In the meantime, I’m going to turn it over to you Geeklings. What do you think of all this? Is Wanda becoming the Scarlet Witch a Nexus event? Is her having these chaos magic powers good or bad for the multiverse? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts or theories or throw them over to me on Twitter @iamgeek32. Let’s hash this thing out while I debate whether or not to re-watch WandaVision and Loki back to back.