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WandaVision finale post-credits scene explained: How did Marvel show set up Doctor Strange 2?

Jacob Stolworthy
·2 min read
 (Marvel Studios)
(Marvel Studios)

WandaVision has come to an end and, naturally, fans are wanting more.

That’s it for the Disney Plus TV show, however – it was a one-season series and will not be returning.

The show has successfully established Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) as a force to be reckoned with within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and she will be returning in future films, namely Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022.

In typical Marvel fashion, a post-credits scene was tacked onto the end of the finale, and it directly set up her role in the film in a big way.

*Spoilers follow – you have been warned*

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Wanda is shown to be hiding out in an isolated cabin far away from civilisation, recovering from the “death” of Vision (Paul Bettany), their two children and the sitcom life they shared in Westview.

The camera then pans to another room where Wanda is shown to be scanning the Darkhold via astral projection as the Scarlet Witch. This is precisely how Stephen Strange learns of his sorcerer supreme power in his 2016 standalone film.

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The Darkhold is the tome of dark magic spells that Wanda acquires from ancient sorceress Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn).

It is unknown what exactly she’s learning from the book, but it’s strongly suspected she’s using it to learn about the prophecy that predicted her ascension as the Scarlet Witch. It could also mean that Wanda is looking for ways to explore other worlds in a hope to resurrect her children, whom she actually hears calling out for her at the very end of this scene.

The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) reading the Darkhold in ‘WandaVision’Marvel Studios
The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) reading the Darkhold in ‘WandaVision’Marvel Studios

Whether this means that Mephisto, the comic’s villain who is directly tied to the storyline of Wanda’s children, will show up remains to be seen. But it certainly hints at the idea of the multiverse considering Wanda’s children ceased to exist after she removed the Westview hex.

Where they currently are is unclear, but it’s certain this is going to be instrumental in bringing the Multiverse into the MCU.

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In the comics, her children, who were conceived using magic, are taken from Wanda by Mephisto, and it’s later revealed that their souls are fragments of his.

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WandaVision and Doctor Strange are available to stream on Disney Plus. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in cinemas on 25 March 2022.