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The MCU Can Still Deliver On Scarlet Witch’s Dark Prophecy

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The MCU Can Still Deliver On Scarlet Witch’s Dark Prophecy

Wanda Maximoff can still fulfill the Scarlet Witch prophecy through the Earth-838 version of Wanda, whose powers were unlocked in Doctor Strange 2.

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Doctor Strange 2.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ends in the death of Avenger-turned-Avengers-level-threat Wanda Maximoff – but this could just be a step towards the rise of Earth-838 Wanda as the Scarlet Witch of MCU prophecy. Unlike Stephen Strange who inhabits multiple versions of himself in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness cast, Wanda possesses but one other Scarlet Witch in a different universe: Earth-838 Wanda. While Earth-616 Wanda presumably destroys herself along with Mount Wundagore and all knowledge of the Darkhold, Earth-838 Wanda is still alive with Billy and Tommy in their home universe.

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Indeed, the events in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could have been a set-up for the origin story of the MCU’s real Scarlet Witch. Back in 2020, the Scarlet Witch prophecy was detailed by the centuries-old witch Agatha Harkness in WandaVision, who explains that Wanda is destined to either rule over or destroy the world. Wanda nearly fulfills this prophecy in her ill-fated quest to steal her own children from a different version of herself in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – until she was stopped by Doctor Strange’s intervention and the awakening of America Chavez’s powers.


Related: Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Ending Explained (In Detail)

Doctor Strange 2 is unlikely to be the end for Wanda Maximoff. Even if the reports about a developing Scarlet Witch movie turn out to be false, Wanda can still appear in any number of upcoming MCU movies and series, whether in Phase 4 or Phase 5 of the MCU. In fact, Earth-838 Wanda is not only still alive, but has also begun to discover her own powers.

How Earth-838 Wanda Can Become The Scarlet Witch

Earth-838 Wanda’s powers appear to have been awakened after she was possessed by Earth-616 Wanda, and this could lead her down the path to realizing her potential as the true ruler or destroyer of the multiverse. Similar to Stephen Strange, it’s possible that the original or Earth-616 version of Wanda Maximoff isn’t really the most dangerous version of the Avenger in all reality. Apart from implying that only Wanda can truly destroy herself, Scarlet Witch’s death under the collapse of Mount Wundagore also destroyed all other copies of the Darkhold across the multiverse – presumably putting an end to dreamwalking. That said, Earth-616 Wanda has a history of unlocking yet-unknown powers in certain individuals, as seen in the changes to Monica Rambeau and the birth of White Vision in WandaVision. After Earth-616 Wanda possesses and inadvertently unlocks Earth-838 Wanda’s powers in Doctor Strange 2, Scarlet Witch might have birthed a version of herself that doesn’t even need the Darkhold.

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At first glance, the two versions of Wanda have little in common; however, it’s clear that both will do anything for their sons. Although Earth-838 Wanda hasn’t gone through the traumatic experiences that eventually drove Earth-616 Wanda to realize her true potential, Earth-838 Wanda could be motivated to seek power in order to protect Billy and Tommy from other multiversal threats. Moreover, following the brutal deaths of Doctor Strange 2‘s Professor X and most of the Illuminati, there might be no one left in Earth-838 to stand in Wanda’s way – let alone teach her to control her powers. Considering all the multiversal incursions caused by Wanda and Stephen’s irresponsible use of the Darkhold, the possibilities are endless for the dark future of the Scarlet Witch.


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is possibly just the first chapter in the story of the inevitable death of the multiverse. On the other hand, once Earth-838 Wanda realizes how much power she has over all reality, she might gain access to Earth-616’s Wanda’s memories and experiences – possibly leading to Wanda’s redemption. Whether she becomes an Avenger or the Scarlet Witch of prophecy, Earth-838 Wanda is bound to return to the MCU. In fact, the way things ended in Doctor Strange 2 suggests that Earth-838 Wanda will have a huge role to play in Doctor Strange 3.

More: Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Easter Eggs & MCU References


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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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