Before we dive into this reported Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness plot point, it’s important to note that Marvel Studios — true to form, thanks to Kevin Feige’s penchant for secrecy — has confirmed very little about the 2022 film beyond the appearances of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
This does, however, lend credence to a new rumor that suggests Wanda will actually be murdered by Doctor Strange in order to save the Marvel universe from her immense power:
Wanda’s actions will force Stephen and the Sorcerors of Kamar Taj (among others) to intervene in an attempt to subdue Wanda. Still, as the film progresses, the threat of the Scarlet Witch will be far too much for any one person to handle. Stephen will be forced to choose between attempting to save Wanda’s life or ultimately ending it, with the Multiverse paying the consequences for his decision.
When we last saw Wanda in the WandaVision finale post credits scene, she appeared to have taken refuge in a cabin on Wundagore Mountain where she was diving into everything the Darkhold had to teach her.
Per the aforementioned report, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will take place two years after the events of WandaVision — in which Wanda truly became the Scarlet Witch, unwittingly using chaos magic to hold the residents of Westview, New Jersey hostage to cope with her grief over losing Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
If Wanda does die in the second Doctor Strange MCU movie, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time Marvel fans have witness a major character death. In addition to Vision’s demise, both Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) passed away in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Recent rumors have also suggested that both Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) and Time Variance Authority Agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) could show up in Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange sequel, though these reports remain unconfirmed.
When is Doctor Strange returning to the MCU?
For now, Marvel fans can look forward to seeing Cumberbatch reprise his role as Doctor Stephen Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17, 2021. The film will also star Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Zendaya as MJ, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus.
The official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Do you think Wanda Maximoff will die when Doctor Strange 2 releases in March 2022?
You can stream Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh’s Black Widow and the three series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki — on Disney+ anytime.