Following the conclusion of Loki, Marvel fans began to do what they always do, analyzing the episodes in great detail to form their own theories. One particular theory attracted unprecedented viral attention as eagle-eyed viewers noticed an interesting detail that opened the doors to a potential WandaVision connection.
When the two finales are played in sync, He Who Remains noticing branches in the timeline crossing the threshold — meaning they can no longer be reset — lines up perfectly with Wanda's transformation into the Scarlet Witch. Based on this, some concluded that the scene may represent Johnathon Majors' villain sensing Wanda's growing power and the impact it is having on the Sacred Timeline.
Should this theory prove accurate, the implications for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be huge. But is it a seed for something greater or just a fortunate coincidence blown out of proportion?
LOKI DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON WANDAVISION CONNECTION
During a recent interview Matt Ramos and Brad Lambert on the SUPES YouTube channel, director Kate Herron offered her thoughts on the fan theory. Herron sadly confirmed that Loki was already in post-production “when WandaVision went on television,” meaning that the fortunate alignment of the two stories was “definitely coincidental:”
“Interesting. It was definitely coincidental on our side. We were in post [production] basically when WandaVision went on television, so I think it is probably coincidental. I wouldn't want to shut down any theories though, it's kind of fun.”
HOW DOES WANDAVISION TIE INTO THE MULTIVERSE?
For some time now, WandaVision, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have been teased as a trilogy of interlinked stories. With Loki having finally birthed the MCU's multiverse, it's now apparent that Tom Hiddleston's time-traveling epic is an equally important piece of that puzzle.
Throughout WandaVision's nine-episode run, many believed the reality-bending adventure was building towards Wanda inadvertently opening the doors to the multiverse. However, the Elizabeth Olsen-led magical sitcom ultimately resulted in a much more personal and intimate story that was a game-changer for Wanda's character.
While it may not have had the immediate reality-altering impact some were opening, Agatha Harkness made clear that there were consequences to come from Wanda's actions. As of now, it's unclear what those may entail, but things ought to become clearer when the Scarlet Witch returns in next year's Doctor Strange sequel.
Elizabeth Olsen has recently suggested that WandaVision may be essential viewing to fully understand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Unless the actress is simply referring to her own character's arc, then Wanda's magical antics must have had a larger effect on reality that is not yet apparent.
No Way Home is expected to see classic Spider-Man villains from across the multiverse appearing in the main MCU timeline. With no clear path for them to hop between timelines, perhaps the events of WandaVision weakened the wall between worlds, opening the doors to new threats and allies.
Every episode of both WandaVision and Loki is streaming now, exclusively on Disney+.