'Doctor Strange 2' Opened Up a Massive Multiversal Plothole in the MCU

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available now on Disney+, giving those who haven't had a chance to see it in theaters a glimpse of the multiverse's outlandish madness.
It also allows those who have already seen it to take a closer look. And upon closer inspection, we think we've spotted a problem.
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First, let's go back to Avengers: Infinity War. The Avengers have Thanos on his knees, then Star-Lord goes and messes everything up by reversing their fate enough for Thanos to force Doctor Strange to abandon the Time Stone, thereby making Thanos all-powerful.
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Strange searches through 14,000,605 possible futures and only sees one in which the Avengers prevail - and that means half of life in the universe must die before normality can be restored five years later.
He hands over the stone, purple anarchy is unleashed, Thanos kills half the universe, yadda yadda, barn decapitation, time heist, I Am Iron Man, happy ending.
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Now for the multiverse of madness. Strange and America visit a universe where the dead Strange is honored with a statue for giving his life to defeat Thanos.
(It's not exactly that we later discover that Strange was corrupted, using Darkhold to find a way to defeat Thanos, causing an invasion, and then offering to be killed by Black Bolt to make up for his mistake fix, but we digress.)
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Here's our question: how is there a universe where Thanos was defeated but Strange wasn't brought back to life? This couldn't be one of Strange's 14,000,605 possibilities. Because then there would be two futures in which the Avengers prevail.
Without getting too far into physics, metaphysics, or even metahuman metaphysics, there actually is an answer to this question, so the plot hole is actually, possibly not a hole at all. But we thought you'd want to know either way.
So here's the solution: Thanos exists in potentially infinite universes, not just 14,000,605 of them. In some of them he's a mad bully, in others a gentle surfer who likes piña coladas and gets caught in the rain. In others he's a flerken or a pizza ball, who knows?
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The point is that the 14,000,605 possibilities Strange explored all branch off from the same moment in this universe, right there, the Infinity War universe. Parallel universes are based on the idea that all events, from a galactic catastrophe to the flapping of a butterfly's wings, produce a new universe in their alternate outcomes.
While Strange and America could visit any number of universes, there's no reason to say that any of them are among the 14,000,605 who have branched out on Titan since the moment of his choice. They could be one of the universes where Thanos was an angry tentacle beast or a purple supremacist or some other kind of menace, but not necessarily one that threatened half the universe. And even if it were, it could still be a different alternate universe than the 14,000,605 that branched off from the Infinity War moment.
Somewhere in the multiverse, this article may have been written by Thanos himself. LET YOU THINK...
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