Warning: This article contains Spider-Man: No Way Home post-credit scene spoilers.
For Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, the Disney+ streaming platform has been a veritable bastion of new content since WandaVision — the MCU’s first official standalone series — debuted on January 15, 2021.
The series, which brought Kevin Feige’s MCU back after 563 days and numerous COVID-19 pandemic delays, saw Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living idealized suburban lives in Westview, New Jersey, with each episode taking queues from classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch.
As it turned out, though, things were not as they initially seemed and Wanda had actually used chaos magic to create “the Hex”, trapping the citizens of Westview, all as a result of her immense grief following Vision’s death in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Now, an unexpected Marvel project has made Disney+ history. The second post credits scene after the record-setting Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) saw a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie directly reference a Disney+ Original series for the first time.
The scene, which serves as the first trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), sees Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) find Olsen’s Wanda, who is calmly hanging laundry, presumably on Wundagore Mountain.
The duo has the following conversation:
Wanda: “Oh, I knew sooner or later you’d show up. I made mistakes and people were hurt.”
Strange: “I’m not here to talk about Westview.”
As one recent article pointed out:
While she was first introduced in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine came back in the post-credits scene of Black Widow alongside Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. However, she didn’t specifically touch on the fact that she’d met John Walker, mention what she did for her job, or anything along those lines.
This makes Doctor Strange’s comment the first official reference between a Marvel movie and any Disney+ series. Although we know all of the projects are interconnected, it is exciting to have the first actual reference point connecting the film and television spaces.
Following recent release delays, Doctor Strange 2 is set to release on May 6, 2022.
More on WandaVision
The official description of WandaVision reads:
Marvel Studios presents “WandaVision”, a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is head writer.
More on Spider-Man: No Way Home
Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), 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.
Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.
What do you think about the MCU’s movies and series finally officially referencing one another?
You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the five series in Marvel’s Phase Four so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Marvel’s What If…?, and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye— on Disney+ anytime.