No Way Home’s End-Credits Revive a Thanos-Level MCU Villain

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, now playing in theaters.

As is par the course with Marvel movies, Spider-Man: No Way Home has a few stingers after the film, with a mid-credits sequence teasing a dark future for the wall-crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there's something even more sinister in the post-credits that spells potential doom for all of reality. As the first look reveals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be resurrecting what What If...?'s Doctor Strange Supreme.

This evil version is spotted as the attached trailer showcases Strange seeking out Wanda Maximoff to deal with the multiverse fracturing and what seems to be his magical attempts to seal the breaches failing. He's visiting Scarlet Witch at her forest home from WandaVision's finale, telling her he isn't here to chide her but recruit her.

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The clip barrels through scenes of chaos with America Chavez joining him and Wanda, as well as Strange and Wong's legion trying to fend off a war with Baron Mordo. Mordo once again believes the sorcerers botched the work the Ancient One did and is clearly looking to kill them, but the final shot has Strange meeting a more intimidating villain.

There, Strange is told by Mordo's voiceover, "The greatest threat to our universe is you." Fans then see the dark Strange, pale with longer hair and a sinister smile. The villain was introduced in the episode, "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?" where he couldn't deal with Christine being dead. He got corrupted and ended up misappropriating magic, absorbing demons and other monsters to bring her back, but it was revealed the Ancient One used the power of the Dark Dimension to split him into two alternate versions in an earlier fight. One Strange studied the books of Cagliostro to become the evil Strange Supreme, while another version accepted Christine's death. But even after the heroic version fell to Strange Supreme, the mage was rejected by Christine, who saw him as nothing more than a monster.

What's strange, however, is that in the Season 1 finale, "What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?" Strange Supreme appears to redeem himself by helping the Watcher lock Killmonger and Arnim Zola (in Ultron's Vision body) away in a pocket dimension to watch over them as they continue to fight for the Infinity Stones.

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Now, if Strange Supreme has indeed broken bad again, it's not good news, as he has many monsters he can unleash from his supernatural arsenal. He makes Thanos look like child's play, and that's not even mentioning that he can affect space and time according to what spells he unleashes.

Of course, there is a chance this multiversal evil version of Strange may not be the redeemed Strange Supreme in the anthology but perhaps another evil iteration still seeking to bring his beloved Christine back. However, given all the legwork What If...? did to set up this evil iteration, it would be a waste not to use him again. But whatever the case, given the petrified look on the original Strange's face, it's clear the MCU is in much more danger than when the Mad Titan was on the loose.

To witness the potential return of Doctor Strange Supreme, Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters.

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