Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness landed in cinemas back in May 2022, capturing the attention of viewers across the globe.


Now, the Doctor Strange sequel, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch's Strange attempt to restore order following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home while battling the movie’s villain Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), has become available to watch – or re-watch – on Disney Plus.

There were plenty of twists and turns in the two-hour universe hopping extravaganza, and a finale that left fans with some burning questions.

Olsen previously told that she's curious to see what fans think of the film's conclusion.

"The end of this film – I'm very curious what fans would like to see because I do think it's a surprising story," she explained.

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Read on for everything you need to know about Doctor Strange 2's ending. We'll also be delving into the two post-credits scenes as we look ahead to what's next for the Master of the Mystic Arts and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

If it's not already super obvious, we'll be discussing MAJOR SPOILERS from this point onwards so if you aren't fully up to date on all of the Doc Strange goings-on, you need to leave – and pronto!

**Spoiler warning for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness**

Doctor Strange 2 ending explained

The final battle

Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness Marvel Entertainment/YouTube

Trapped in the ‘Sinister’ universe with an alternate version of Christine (Rachel McAdams), Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) makes a decision – he’ll use that dimension’s version of the Darkhold to “dreamwalk” into the main Marvel Cinematic Universe, fight Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and help rescue America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).

(For anyone who dozed off at the back, Wanda has spent the film cutting a swathe through the multiverse to steal America’s ability to jump between dimensions, hoping to find a world where her sons from WandaVision are alive. OK, back we go.)

Of course, Strange needs an alternate self to walk into – but luckily the corpse of his alternate ‘Defender Strange’ self is still buried in New York, so with even more forbidden magic he raises himself as a kind of zombie Strange and teleports to Wungadore, where Wanda is preparing to steal America’s reality-jumping power for her own.

Nasty-looking afterlife spirits attempt to drag Strange down, but he tames them and uses them to fly and battle Wanda. While he can’t hold her off for long, he takes the time to help America, inspiring her to finally gain control over her powers. With them, she fights Wanda and eventually blasts her into the parallel world she previously dreamwalked into.

Here, she confronts her alternate self – but she terrifies these versions of her children, who try to fight her off and then retreat, crying. Realising how monstrous she must seem to them, Wanda falls to her knees and is comforted by her alternate self.

Is Wanda Maximoff dead at the end of Doctor Strange 2?

Moving back to the prime MCU, Wanda gives up on her goal, destroying the Wungadore fortress (and every copy of the Darkhold across the multiverse) to make sure no one else repeats her mistake.

She ends by bringing down the walls and ceiling on top of her – it’s unclear if this actually finishes her off (she’s survived worse, though there is magic involved), but the rule in superhero movies tends to be that if there’s no body, there’s no death. And frankly, even if there is a body they might still come back (see: Gamora and Vision).

So we wouldn’t be surprised to see Wanda return, even if Olsen herself is trying to manage expectations.

"The end of this film..... I'm very curious what fans would like to see because I do think it is a surprising story," Olsen recently told of the ending.

"The ending is surprising, I think. And I don't know if people are expecting it. And so I am curious to hear what people would like after."

Will the Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff return?

Elizabeth Olsen plays Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS.

Well, we have no idea if or when Wanda Maximoff will return, but actress Elizabeth Olsen seems to think it's likely.

"It’s weird that I’m expecting to return but no one’s told me I’m doing anything! But in my mind, I’m just making the assumption that they’ll have me again," Olsen told Variety.

"I don’t know to what capacity, but I hope I’m back. I hope there’s also more fun to be had in something different. Where do we go? I feel like we’ve done so much with her. It’s been really a wild couple years with her."

Can Wanda be redeemed after all the mass murder? Time will tell!

Who dies in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Captain Marvel (838) before her death in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Marvel Entertainment/YouTube

The following characters were killed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

  • "Defender Strange" - Killed by demons while trying to retrieve the Book of Vishanti.
  • Gargantos - The demonic creature was impaled through the eye by a lampost after a spell was cast by Stephen Strange.
  • Doctor Stephen Strange (838) - Executed (in flashbacks) by Black Bolt on the orders of the Illuminati after he contributed to the danger of Thanos.
  • Numerous sorcerers - Killed in the attack on Kamar-Taj by Wanda Maximoff.
  • Sara - A Master of the Mystic Arts disintegrated while trying to retrieve the Darkhold from Wanda Maximoff.
  • Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon (838) - Skull telekinetically imploded by Wanda Maximoff
  • Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards (838) - Shredded into pieces by Wanda Maximoff.
  • Captain Carter/Peggy Carter (838) - Sliced in half by her own shield thrown by Wanda Maximoff.
  • Captain Marvel/Maria Rambeau (838) - Crushed by a falling statue that was toppled by Wanda Maximoff.
  • Professor X/Professor Charles Xavier (838) - Neck snapped in the astral plane by Wanda Maximofdf.
  • "Sinister Strange" - Impaled on a metal fence after being thrown from a window by Stephen Strange.

We do not know, however, if Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff truly perished at the end of the film but her fate is left ambiguous.

What did Doctor Strange opening his "third eye" mean?

Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Sinister Strange' in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Sinister Strange' in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Disney

For Strange and Wong, the film concludes elsewhere. Back at Kamar-Taj, Wong (Benedict Wong) is rebuilding, while America has been taken on as a pupil. Strange denies that his experience of the Darkhold has damaged him as it did Wanda and his ‘Sinister’ alternate self (above), but back in New York he collapses in the street as a third eye opens painfully on his forehead.

We saw this same extra ocular appendage on Sinister Strange, and it’s unclear what its significance is – but either way, expect to see it again in future films.

Who is Charlize Theron playing in the Doctor Strange 2 end credits scene?

Charlize Theron attends CTAOP's Night Out on June 26, 2021 in Universal City, California.
Charlize Theron attends CTAOP's Night Out on June 26, 2021 in Universal City, California Rich Fury/Getty Images for CTAOP

A short while later, the first post-credits scene picks up with Strange back out enjoying another walk (he does love his constitutionals, eh?)

This time, he’s interrupted by the arrival of Clea (Charlize Theron), who informs him that his multiversal travels have caused an incursion.

Earlier in the film, this possibility was mentioned by the Illuminati – it basically refers to an event where two universes collide and one is destroyed.

In the comics, Clea is a sorcerer herself and an interdimensional energy being with quite a complex history, so it’s not clear how exactly the MCU will adapt her going forwards. Still, she and Strange usually have a romantic history, so don’t be surprised to see that explored in the future.

Anyway, the scene ends with Strange accepting her task as they apparently leap into a weird alternate dimension. Whether this will be picked up in another Doctor Strange movie or a crossover film before that remains to be seen.

Oh, and the last scene shows what happened next to the pizza vendor Strange enchanted to beat himself up. But you probably don’t need that part of the ending explained.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in UK cinemas now, while you can sign up for Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year. For more, check out our dedicated Fantasy page or our full TV Guide.


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