Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has a lot of crossovers with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with some of these elements helping to improve one of Thanos’ most iconic lines from Avengers: Endgame. Thanos was unquestionably the most powerful MCU villain from Phases 1 to 3, influencing a wide range of flicks throughout the huge franchise. As a result, Multiverse of Madness continues to feature elements pertaining to the Mad Titan that not only add dimension to the picture but also improve upon previous MCU events.
Thanos has been built up to be the largest threat to the titular heroes since his appearance in the end-credits scene of The Avengers in 2012, culminating in the two-part event of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Throughout these two films, Thanos and the Infinity Stones’ numerous powers proved to be a deadly foe to practically every character featured in the MCU up to that time. Despite Thanos’ defeat at the hands of Tony Stark, the menace of Thanos is expanded upon in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in a way that enriches one of the character’s most iconic phrases.
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Thanos’ famous remark to the Avengers, “I am inevitable,” is in question. Thanos said this twice in Endgame: once before being killed by Thor at the start of the movie, and again by the time-traveling Thanos near the end of the movie before being vanquished by Iron Man.This legendary phrase is given far more importance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness than simply reflecting his Earth-616 goals of murdering half of all life throughout the cosmos. During the arrival of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) to Earth-838, it is revealed that the Illuminati in that reality was founded to defeat their own version of Thanos.
Chavez displays amazement when she learns about Strange’s role in fighting Thanos on Earth-616 (or the Sacred Timeline) earlier in the film, implying that she was previously unaware of the Mad Titan and his immense, universe-altering power. This revelation, combined with the formation of Earth-838’s Illuminati to combat Thanos in Doctor Strange 2, demonstrates the villain’s potential threat to every universe in the multiverse. This concept expands on characters such as Classic Loki and the Thanos-presence Copter’s in the Disney+ series Loki, which previously helped to show Thanos’ multiverse influence.
As a result, Thanos’ claim about his being inevitable is only strengthened. That line now represents Thanos’ inevitability over the whole multiverse, rather than just his success in using the Infinity Stones to achieve his goals. While Marvel has moved on from Thanos, establishing MCU villains like Kang the Conqueror and multiversal crises like incursions—as shown in Doctor Strange 2’s post-credits scene—interesting it’s to see Marvel Studios continue to build on the Mad Titans’ legacy after his demise.While future adversaries such as Kang or Arishem from the Eternals may prove to be more powerful than Thanos, the Mad Titan’s line in Avengers:
Endgame, and what this means in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, demonstrates that his tenacity and dangerous dedication to his beliefs extends across the vast multiverse.