Kang Kidnapped Scarlet Witch?! This Secret Wars Theory Changes Everything

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently dealing with the multiverse and the many dangers that can be unleashed through it, and there’s a lot of speculation on where all this could take the MCU, including a big event like Secret Wars – and a theory suggests that Kang kidnapped Scarlet Witch to trigger this important event. With the Infinity Saga now over and the Infinity Stones no longer at the center of the MCU’s stories, Phase 4 is exploring new events and concepts, the biggest one being the multiverse. This has been explored in different levels and ways in the TV show Loki and the movies Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, leading to a variety of theories on what could happen next in the MCU’s multiverse.

The biggest multiverse adventure the MCU has seen so far is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which saw Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) protecting America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager with the power of traveling between dimensions by punching open portals, who was being hunted by a dark force across different dimensions. This dark force was revealed to be Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who wanted to take America’s powers so she could reunite with her children, Billy and Tommy, who she created during her time in Westview in WandaVision.

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The events of WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home are directly linked to those in Doctor Strange 2, some in more obvious ways than others, and of course, there are already a number of theories on how these further connect and the impact they will have in the near future of the MCU. Among those is a theory that suggests Kang (Jonathan Majors) kidnapped Scarlet Witch after the events of Doctor Strange 2, and this will lead to the next major event in the MCU: Secret Wars.

At the end of WandaVison, Wanda Maximoff became the Scarlet Witch and took the Darkhold with her to study it, which led her to learn more about her power and understand it, but this came with a big prize and she eventually fell to the corruption of the book. Through it, Scarlet Witch learned of the multiverse and that Billy and Tommy do exist but in alternate universes, and so she began her quest to find them. Once Scarlet Witch learned about America’s powers to travel across the multiverse, she went after her in order to steal her power and fulfill her plans of reuniting with her kids. Scarlet Witch’s corruption and plans led her to attack Kamar-Taj and use the Darkhold to dreamwalk, which consisted of transferring her consciousness to one of her variants through the Darkhold’s magic. This led to even more destruction now across dimensions, but thanks to one of her variants, she understood what the Darkhold had done to her.

Once back in her timeline and fully aware of what she had done under the power of the Darkhold, Scarlet Witch destroyed the Darkhold castle and every copy of the back across the multiverse so no one would be corrupted by it again, but this also led to the castle crushing her, leaving her fate unknown.

Although Kang the Conqueror will make his official MCU debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, his presence and role in this universe has already been revealed in Loki. In the season finale, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) killed He Who Remains (also played by Jonathan Majors), one of Kang’s variants and the founder of the TVA, and when Loki returned to the TVA, he discovered that it was now under the control of one of He Who Remains’ most dangerous variants: Kang the Conqueror. Just like in the comics, the MCU’s Kang will have control over time as he’s now overseeing the TVA, but as this is one variant of He Who Remains looking for power (hence the name “The Conqueror”), he could be planning something major, such as an incursion that will bring together all the timelines and universes into one that he can take control of.

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Now, even though Kang is powerful and has access to time travel as the ruler of time, that won’t be enough to trigger a massive incursion. Kang will need an even more powerful character to put his plan into motion, and Scarlet Witch can give him what he needs. Through chaos magic, Scarlet Witch could get rid of Kang’s variants across the multiverse just like she did with the Darkhold, and as she learned too much about chaos magic thanks to this book, she can trigger the incursion that will allow Kang to take control of the whole universe.

With all this in mind, a theory suggests Kang kidnapped Scarlet Witch after the events of Doctor Strange 2 in order to force her to perform chaos magic to fulfill his plans of bringing together all the universes into one that he can rule. The big question, of course, is how Kang could have kidnapped Scarlet Witch, and the answer could be the TVA. Loki showed what the TVA is for and how it operates, showing that its agents can travel to any point in time in any universe to prevent nexus events and more, and that’s exactly how Kang could have taken Scarlet Witch. Kang could send TVA agents to rescue Scarlet Witch from the remains of the Darkhold castle and bring her to the TVA, where he can explain his plans to her, but as she’s now aware of the immense power she has and how this can get out of control, it’s unlikely she will agree to help him, and Kang will surely find a way to threaten her and force her to work for him.

As mentioned above, Scarlet Witch’s chaos magic is strong enough to transcend the universe and affect the fabric of reality that brings the multiverse together, so she can be the trigger of the incursion that makes way for the Secret Wars event. In the comics, the second Secret Wars storyline saw the destruction of the Marvel Universe and various alternate universes with each one’s respective Earth merging and creating Battleworld, a planet divided into different territories where a “pocket universe” made of a specific universe resides. Battleworld was created by Doctor Doom after he and Doctor Strange went to the Beyonders to stop the incursion of their reality and save the multiverse, and Doom took the Beyonders’ power to create Battleworld. Secret Wars in the MCU would put an end to the multiverse mess it’s currently dealing with while also giving this universe its next major crossover event, and while Kang using Scarlet Witch to make it happen makes sense, it would also be perpetuating Wanda as a villain.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was criticized for turning Wanda into a villain, and while she became aware of her actions at the end, making her the one that triggers Secret Wars, even if she’s being forced and manipulated by Kang, would only continue to make her a villain. However, this could also give her a proper redemption by also making her the one who puts an end to the incursion and takes down Kang – after all, she’s one of the most powerful beings in the MCU. It’s hard to believe that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was the end of Scarlet Witch, and she could have an even bigger role in the MCU’s near future.

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