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In Doctor Strange (2016), the Ancient One refers to the 'Multiverse'. But she only talks about the different dimensions inside one universe (Earth - 19999 or the MCU) and not the actual Multiverse. Since the living tribunal was also introduced in the movie, the Multiverse does exist. Does this mean that the Ancient One (or even Agamotto) doesn't know about the Multiverse?

I haven't read any comics but I love the new movies by Marvel Studios. I just saw Doctor Strange and read this article.

  • “Since the living tribunal was also introduced in the movie, the Multiverse does exist.” Your conclusion does not follow from your premise. The multiverse is a thing in the MCU when the people who make the MCU make it so. Having a character called The Living Tribunal doesn’t do that. – Paul D. Waite Oct 29 '17 at 12:33
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    The MCU is a part of the Multiverse, not the other way around. You even acknowledge that in your question when you cite the MCU's Multiverse designation. It's five 9s, btw, Earth-199999. – J Doe Feb 13 '18 at 22:38
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The MCU is one universe that is part of the Multiverse. It is parallel to the universe of Howard the Duck (who was in Guardians of the Galaxy). It is also parallel to the main comics universe, the X-Men movie universe, the X-Men cartoon, universe (and basically all the others in the Marvel wiki).

Parallel universes exist independently of each other. Remember, the Infinity Stones came from some other part of the Multiverse. They introduced the idea in Doctor Strange so viewers will have at least a clue of what's going on if they reboot the whole franchise, or for example, they get the mutant characters film rights back, the X-Men stories have a lot of internal history, so if they get the rights back, they could either have the beginnings of mutants showing up, causing a lot of changes to backstories like Magneto, who've been doing their very public thing for decades.

Otherwise, they'd have to explain how no one had even heard of the millions of mutant characters, so I'd bet they'd either reset the whole universe so there were mutants all along, or they'd remind their viewers of the multiverse, and have the existing mutants come on over from their current Fox-owned universe, even played by the same actors.

  • I rather understood that the occurrence of Howard the Duck was a little joke, not meant to be explored further. – Mr Lister Nov 1 '17 at 16:11
  • Howard the Duck is from Earth, just one from another universe. It wouldn't doesn't make any – LemonFire Nov 1 '17 at 16:13
  • It wouldn't make sense to just have him be from a seperate planet, it only works if he's from the Earth that's remarkably similar to ours, just the people are ducks, not primates. – LemonFire Nov 1 '17 at 16:15
  • Sorry, I meant the appearance of Howard the Duck in GotU. Not the whole phenomenon of Howard in general. – Mr Lister Nov 1 '17 at 17:16
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Yes.By default, every single piece of media adapted from marvel comics exists in the Marvel Multiverse. It's just that, because it's so big, that there are large chunks of the multiverse that never interact with some other parts of it.

  • How do we know it exists "by default"? – amflare Feb 13 '18 at 18:13
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No multi-verse does not exist in MCU but it exist in Marvel Comics. In doctor strange it was time travel not multi-verse, multi-verse means another earth or planet with same characters with different life situations and positions, while time-travel is time averations within same time line and within same universe. So as of till Spider-man Homecoming there is no multi-verse in MCU.

  • Actually, the "Schroedinger's Cat" multiverse theory basically says that every possible variation of every action spawns a new "universe" in the multiverse. Most are irrelevant (I'm wearing a yellow shirt in one, a purple shirt in another), some are not (Gwen gets bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter). Most of the known worlds in the Marvel multiverse seem generated that way. Time travel "changed my own history" stories also factor in here, though (Age of Apocalypse, 31st century Vance Astro and Guardians of the Galaxy). – RDFozz Sep 29 '17 at 19:30
  • With the announcement of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for Phase 4, this answer is now outdated and incorrect. – F1Krazy Jul 23 at 12:29

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