Since it was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 that WandaVision would directly connect to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans have speculated what will bridge the two projects besides Elizabeth Olsen joining Benedict Cumberbatch in his multiverse sequel.
Much of the speculation has revolved around the fact that WandaVision deals with the Scarlet Witch manipulating reality, which she may end up breaking, which would lead to the central conflict at the heart of the Doctor Strange sequel.
Another possibility is the Doctor Strange villain Nightmare being involved in WandaVision, who could be the one manipulating Wanda into creating these sitcom realities. It would be another way to connect the two properties without Cumberbatch being on screen for too long.
In an interview on Good Morning America, when asked about how WandaVision would be “teeing-up” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elizabeth Olsen said that the show is “a natural progression into what happens in Doctor Strange 2, and I think Kevin Feige is doing a really amazing job intertwining the television format with the film so that we can tell more interesting stories moving forward.”
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At this point, it seems all but assured that Benedict Cumberbatch will have a small appearance in WandaVision as a means of naturally segueing into his own movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Of course, again, Nightmare could be the connective tissue between both properties, but it would seem a missed opportunity to not have one of the biggest leading stars make a small appearance on Marvel Studios' first show.
Not to mention that it is certain to grab the attention of audiences and make sure that they continue watching Wanda's journey straight into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to see what happens next, which seems to be the strategy for these Disney+ shows. It wouldn't be a surprise either to see Secret Invasion lead directly into Captain Marvel 2 or Loki into Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.