The Disney+ listing for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness confirms when exactly the film takes place in the timeline of the MCU.
The official Disney+ listing for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness confirms the film’s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.
Following the film’s addition to the streaming service, fans quickly discovered that Doctor Strange’s latest adventure takes between Eternals and Hawkeye, which are set in fall 2024 and December 2024 respectively. Multiverse of Madness also takes place after Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich seemingly concludes in roughly the same timeframe as Hawkeye.
The Master of the Mystic Art’s second film being set after No Way Home won’t come as a surprise to MCU fans given how the stories largely feed into one another. Following Doctor Strange’s tampering with the boundary between realities in Spider-Man: No Way Homehe’s forced to face the consequences of his actions after he nearly causes an incursion. Multiverse of Madness sees the titular sorcerer, once again played by Benedict Cumberbatch, answering for his reckless behavior, a matter made more complicated as he’s pursued by a corrupted Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiered to largely positive reviews from fans and critics, many of whom lauded director Sam Raimi for the film’s stylish presentation. Despite this praise, many audiences were left wanting by a story they felt was uneven in its pacing and character work, with fans criticizing Wanda Maximoff’s decline into madness as a disservice to the character.
Despite the complaints around Scarlet Witch’s arc, Olsen stated that she’s content with how Multiverse of Madness portrays her character. “I am [satisfied],” Olsen said. “I think somehow it needed to end where it ends at some point, and I’m curious about where we go from there.” Regardless of the actor’s thoughts on Wanda’s fate, it remains unknown when fans will next see the Scarlet Witch appears on the big screen.
As for Cumberbatch, the acclaimed actor has previously professed his love for playing Doctor Strange, noting that he’s open to reprising the role for at least another decade. “Absolutely. Absolutely,” Cumberbatch enthused. “If they keep me, and it, interesting and keep him evolving and try to exercise his full potential as a character, I think there’s a lot of places for him to explore. So yeah, bring it on.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+. The film arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on July 26.