Confirmed: the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a multiverse. This has been something of a hot topic ever since it was revealed that Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home said he was from a different version of Earth within the multiverse. While there is much to discuss on that front, specifically, after seeing the movie, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has stepped in to definitively declare that the multiverse exists.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far from Home. As anyone who has seen the movie will surely note, Mysterio was simply pulling one over on everybody. He was just a master of illusion from this Earth. That led many to question, was the multiverse thing total garbage? When asked about it in a recent interview, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"No, it just means he was full of s**t. I mean, in Doctor Strange, we hear the Ancient One talk about the multiverse, so we've already established it as a thing."
So, while it's true that Mysterio isn't from anywhere new within the multiverse, that doesn't mean other characters we'll be introduced to in the future won't be. And just the notion that the multiverse does exist opens up countless possibilities. For those who may need a refresher, Tilda Swinton's Ancient One delivers her speech about the multiverse to Stephen Strange upon their first meeting. While sending him on a trippy trip, she has this to say.
"You think you know how the world works? You think that this material universe is all there is? What is real? What mysteries lie beyond the reach of your senses? At the root of existence, mind and matter meet. Thoughts shape reality. This universe is only one of an infinite number. Worlds without end. Some benevolent and life giving. Others filled with malice and hunger. Dark places where powers older than time lie ravenous, and waiting. Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?"
So what does this all mean? Well, it essentially means that there are possibly infinite copies of various Earths and other worlds, as well as other dimensions, that we've yet to explore in the MCU. How exactly this will factor in as we transition into Phase 4 remains to be seen, but surely it's not a coincidence that it was at least mentioned in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
We know that Marvel will be looking to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU now that they own the character rights. Is it possible the multiverse could be used in order to explain how mutants pop up? Is this how we get a live-action version of Miles Morales in addition to Tom Holland's Peter Parker? Could this lead to adaptations of more bizarre stories (like Marvel Zombies, for example) down the line? Again, limitless possibilities, but all we can do is speculate for the time being. This news comes to us via Fandango.