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"The Multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little."
Doctor Strange[src]

The Multiverse is the aggregate of all dimensions and parallel realities in existence. Although dimensions are just portions of reality within a universe, there are also parallel universes that coexist with one another.[1] The Multiverse is believed to be explained by the eternal inflation system,[2] however, the exact nature of its existence is largely unknown to its inhabitants.

Once the Multiversal War came to an end, a scientist named Nathaniel Richards chose a collection of universes that followed the same baseline and isolated it from the rest of the Multiverse.[3][4] This collection was dubbed the Sacred Timeline and was assigned to the Time Variance Authority for protection.[5] The Time Variance Authority's secret work was to prune and delete the timelines that branched off either by time travel or unscripted decisions by individuals who lived in the Sacred Timeline that could cause the arise of an evil version of He Who Remains which could lead to a new Multiversal War.[3] After the death of He Who Remains at the hand of Sylvie Laufeydottir, numerous branches were created across different points in time, which paradoxically gave birth to alternate universes that had always been part of what individuals like the Ancient One and The Watcher knew as the Multiverse.[4][6]

The Multiverse is always in fluctuation,[3] and the several outcomes of certain events, which could result in the creation of alternate timelines,[7] can be perceived and studied. Machines like Victor Stein's time machine[8][9] and the Chronicoms' time stream[10] were able to sense the nearest possible outcome within the timestream of the Multiverse. Realms where time is irrelevant, like the Quantum Realm, are a mechanism to travel either through time or access alternate timelines.[11][12]

On Earth, to those who knew of the existence of the Multiverse this meant the existence of evil beings as Dormammu that could threaten the peace of their worlds was more than certain. Hence, organizations like the Masters of the Mystic Arts were created.[6] Travel between dimensions of the Multiverse is also possible. Some places located in other dimensions, such as K'un-Lun, could be accessed from Earth only in certain periods of time,[13] while some other dimensions, like the Mirror Dimension, can be visited through the use of Sling Rings.[6] The interactions between dimensions and the Earthly plane in humanity's story and the danger it meant proved how the existence of the Masters of the Mystic Arts was more than necessary.[6]

History

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Multiversal War

Nathanial Richards discovers the Multiverse

Eons ago, a variant of He Who Remains in the 31st Century discovered the existence of infinite universes as other variants had also made the discovery. Making contact with each other, the variants made peace until other variants, notably Kang the Conqueror, had the idea to conquer other universes. This eventually led into the Multiversal War where each variant fought each other for dominance. However, He Who Remains came upon contact with Alioth, taming and weaponizing the creature to end the war, which led to the subsequent creation of the Time Variance Authority.[4]

Attack on Ta Lo

"The realm of Ta Lo stretches far beyond the shores of our small village. We have cities that surpass any in your universe, rich with culture and history."
Ying Nan[src]

Thousands of years ago, the people of Ta Lo prospered in peace until the Dweller-in-Darkness and his armies attacked and nearly escaped into the earthly realm. However, the leaders of Ta Lo created an army consisting of the greatest warriors to combat this threat, but it nearly failed until the Great Protector helped. Together, they drove the Dweller back to its realm behind the Dark Gate, being guarded over ever since.[14]

Humanity's Discovery

Sorcerer Supreme

The first Sorcerer Supreme, Agamotto, became the first to detect the presence of other dimensions. He dedicated his life to protecting the Earthly Realm from extra-dimensional threats using magic.[6]

K'un-Lun

Humans took residency in the dimension K'un-Lun, where people began studying and discovered that dragons' bones could be used to grant immortality. The Order of the Crane Mother was developed, although five members of the order wanted to use the dragon bones. These five members were exiled from K'un-Lun and sent out of K'un-Lun and formed the Hand, determined to maintain their immortality.[15] The Order of the Crane Mother worked continued studying and began training people to develop the Iron Fist title, the holder of which was sworn to protect K'un-Lun from the Hand and other threats.[13] One such Iron Fist was recorded protecting the barrier from the Chinese military in 1948.[16]

First Recorded Contact

"Zero matter is always drawing energy into itself. It'll always be the coldest object in the room because it is literally devouring any nearby energy."
Jason Wilkes[src]

Inter-Dimensional Rift through the Dark Dimension

During the 1940s, scientists began experimenting with nuclear energy; during one such experiment performed by Isodyne Energy, a rift was created where a substance dubbed Zero Matter entered this dimension. Eventually, the scientists Whitney Frost and Jason Wilkes became infected with the substance.[17] Frost actively sought more of the Zero Matter and reopened the rift; however Wilkes entered the opening.[18] Upon his return, he described his experience in another dimension outside the Earth realm.[19]

Trapped in the Quantum Realm

"Quantum Realm. A reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity."
Hank Pym to Scott Lang[src]

While on a mission with his wife Janet van Dyne, Hank Pym witnessed his partner shrinking into a subatomic size in order to break through a missile's titanium shell and disable it. Although the mission was a success, van Dyne was lost in the Quantum Realm, an alternate dimension where time and space become obsolete notions.[20]

K'un-Lun's Newest Resident

In the early 2000s, a plane crash in China claimed the lives of Wendell and Heather Rand, leaving their son, Danny Rand, alone. Rand was found by Chodak and Tashi, two residents of K'un-Lun, and was brought past the barrier into the other dimension.[21] Rand was trained as a warrior and became a master in every martial art which he was taught,[22] befriending a fellow trainee named Davos.[23]

Escape from the Quantum Realm

Ant-Man shrinks into the Quantum Realm

In 2015, Hank Pym gave Scott Lang the Ant-Man Suit and warned Lang about the danger of shrinking to a too great extent and ordered him never going beyond the suit security boundaries. However, after Lang went to protect his daughter at his ex-wife's house, he had to shrink to a subatomic level to break through the titanium of the Yellowjacket Suit to disable it. Lang succeeded in stopping Darren Cross, however, he became trapped in the Realm. Lang began desperately searching for a way to return home rather than be trapped within there forever. In his resolution to return to his daughter and survive, Lang retrieved a Pym Particle Disk and placed it into the regulator of his Ant-Man Suit, bringing him out of the Realm.[20]

Destruction of K'un-Lun

Danny Rand earned the title of Iron Fist and later chose to return to his dimension,[13] leaving K'un-Lun without its defender.[16] Davos was sent by his mother to return Rand to K'un-Lun,[24] although Davos was too late, as the Hand destroyed K'un-Lun before Rand and Colleen Wing arrived to defend it.[25]

Visits to the Astral Plane

In 2016, Doctor Strange studied to become a Master of the Mystic Arts, and struggled to learn how to enter the Astral Dimension.[26]

Meanwhile, in Wakanda, T'Challa was sent to the Astral Plane by the Heart-Shaped Herb, where he talked to his father and told him that he did not feel ready to be King of Wakanda, but his father comforted him before T'Challa was taken out.

Later, Erik Killmonger visited the Astral Plane after becoming King himself, where he found his father. Killmonger talked to him about his mission and why he had kept his home secret before being pulled out. T'Challa then took another another trip to the Astral Plane, where he scolded his father for refusing to help people liberate themselves around the world. T'Challa declared his work was not done and swore to help others, leaving the Plane.[27]

Strange's studies continued, and he asked for advice from various sorcerers, including Grem, B'sso, and Wong. Wong advised him that not knowing where to start is often a good start, confusing him. While studying, he accidentally fell asleep, causing him to successfully project his astral form. He flew around the Astral Dimension, happy to have succeeded.[26]

Attack on the Sanctums

The Dark Dimension leaking into Hong Kong

"Dark places, where powers older than time lie, ravenous... and waiting. Who are you in this vast Multiverse, Mr. Strange?"
Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]

After becoming disillusioned to the teachings of the Ancient One, Master Kaecilius and his Zealots launched a campaign to save the world by offering it as a tribute to the entity Dormammu. After tapping into Dormammu's dimension for power, Kaecilius and the Zealots attacked the London Sanctum, destroying it and part of the Sanctums' nexus in Kamar-Taj in his attempt to break down the mystical shields that protect Earth from the Dark Dimension.

During his studies, Doctor Strange needed a place to study. The Ancient One taught Strange how to enter the Mirror Dimension and offered it as a place to study. Kaecilius attacked the New York Sanctum, which caused Strange to trap him in the Mirror Dimension, which made them stronger. The ensuing battle saved the Sanctum, but also allowed Kaecilius and his Zealots to escape.

After failing to destroy the New York Sanctum, Kaecilius moved on to Hong Kong, where he was met by Wong and the other Masters of the Mystic Arts. However, the Masters proved no match, as Kaecilius defeated them and destroyed the Hong Kong Sanctum, allowing the Dark Dimension to bleed into the Earthly Plane. However, Doctor Strange was able to reverse the destruction after brokering a deal with Dormammu, turning Kaecilius and the Zealots into Mindless Ones and restoring the Hong Kong Sanctum shortly afterward.[6]

Trapped Between Dimensions

Leo Fitz and Phil Coulson try to reach an Inter-Dimensional Gate to escape Dark Dimension

"I'm building an inter-dimensional gateway with an android I've created. If this works, I could die happy."
Holden Radcliffe[src]

On a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission to rescue the supposed 'endangered' Eli Morrow, who was actually creating a machine powered by Quantum Batteries, a lethal amount of inter-dimensional energy was expelled throughout the Roxxon Power Plant. This subsequently transported the nearby Leo Fitz, Phil Coulson and Robbie Reyes to the Mirror Dimension, where they were getting dragged toward the Dark Dimension. During this time, these three men could see and hear everything that occurred in their dimension, yet were unable to communicate and interact with anything.

Having figured out that Coulson, Fitz and Reyes were trapped, Aida, who had begun reading the Darkhold, began constructing an Inter-Dimensional Gate to rescue them. After some time, in which they, Reyes in particular, were being dragged to Hell, Aida finished the portal and brought them back into their dimension.[28]

Destroyed Earth Reality

"Planet Earth went from smooth to chunky, and Quake is the one who did it."
"And you don't think I'd remember that?"
"Well, actually, not according to the Multiverse theory. You probably never heard of it, but in quantum physics, there's a theory that, for every universe, there are infinite parallel universes."
Deke Shaw and Daisy Johnson[src]

In an alternate universe, Quake was involved in a battle with Glenn Talbot in Chicago,[29] which led to the destruction of the Earth.[30] Polly Hinton began sensing that her native universe was going to end up like this one, so Enoch[31] sent S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Daisy Johnson, Jemma Simmons, Alphonso Mackenzie, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez to the future of this reality in the year 2091, where they met Deke Shaw,[32] Tess,[30] and Flint.[7]

The universe's native Leo Fitz joined the rest of his team in the future, along with the native Enoch, by cryogenically freezing Fitz.[31] The team began to work to stop the Kree, who had enslaved humanity in this alternate future, resulting in a revolution against the Kree.[33] Rodriguez then met her future self, who warned Rodriguez that it was her team's attempts to save Phil Coulson's life that led to the Earth being destroyed. The team then escaped the future[34] and returned to their own timeline, where they began their work to prevent the future from coming to pass. They soon discovered that Shaw had come to their universe from the alternate future as well.[35]

An Opened Gateway

Upon arriving home, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents began operating out of the Lighthouse, where three Di'Allas were being held. A HYDRA agent named Hale had Piper use the Kree Orb to lure the agents to the St. Louis Aerospace Facility, where they were attacked by Hale's daughter, Ruby. The agents brought the Kree Orb to the lighthouse, where it was blown up, destroying the Di'Allas.[35] This resulted in the opening of a gateway to Izel's Realm, which began manifesting recreations of the agents' fears.[36] Phil Coulson closed the doorway,[37] but it was not complete fix as cracks began opening. A more permanent solution came when S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered Gravitonium from the Principia and used it to seal the device and therefore the rift.[38]

Rescued from the Quantum Realm

Hank Pym inside the Quantum Realm

In 2018, Hank Pym created a Quantum Tunnel and a Quantum Vehicle in his Mobile Laboratory in order to access the Realm. After receiving word from Scott Lang about a message from Janet van Dyne, Pym traveled into the Quantum Realm and was able to locate van Dyne. After being reunited with each other, they returned through the Tunnel. Shortly afterwards, Lang returned into the Realm to collect quantum healing particles for Ava Starr, but became trapped inside the Realm for five years due to Thanos erasing half of all life in the universe.[39]

Soulworld

When Thanos successfully snapped his fingers to erase half of all life across the universe, he was transported to the Soulworld, where he saw an illusion of Gamora, whom he had sacrificed to receive the Soul Stone. Gamora asked Thanos, whether he had succeeded, and Thanos said that he had, yet it had cost him everything. Thanos was taken out of the Soulworld and returned to the moment after he snapped.[40]

Alternate Future Prevented

S.H.I.E.L.D. learned that the Spirit of Vengeance had removed the GH.325 from Phil Coulson's system, and that he was being killed slowly,[37] and discovered that he could be saved with the Centipede Serum,[41] and Jemma Simmons began developing a cure for Coulson.[42] However, the same serum was necessary to stop Glenn Talbot from destroying the world in the same way as in the universe they had been to.[43] Despite Melinda May's attempts, Coulson chose not to be rescued so that Talbot could be stopped. The native Polly Hinton of the new universe realized that the future of their reality was being changed as Daisy Johnson killed Talbot.

Although Shaw theorized that he would disappear after Talbot's defeat due to his future no longer occurring in the timeline he was from,[29] he did not disappear.[44] His nature of being from the alternate universe caused Sarge's Shrike Detector to believe that he was a Shrike,[45] which caused Sarge and his Sarge's Squad to attack Shaw.[44]

Interactions with Izel's Realm

Although the rift to Izel's Realm had been sealed, Izel herself arrived and stole the Gravity Containment Device which was containing the rift. Izel's attempts to steal it led Leo Fitz to realize that Izel and Sarge were natives of the dimension, as Izel possessed Yo-Yo Rodriguez in order to get Alphonso Mackenzie to let her take the rift.

Izel, Mackenzie, and Rodriguez left with the rift[36] while Izel held Mackenzie and Rodriguez hostage, as the three picked up Marcus Benson, who had information on the location of the Temple of the Forgotten. Benson refused to give Izel the location, causing her to use the energy from the rift to create Benson's husband, in order to torture Benson with the belief that he was responsible for his husband's death. Izel destroyed the recreation of Benson's husband, threatening to create several more.

Benson gave Izel the location, and she again used the rift to recreate Flint, an Inhuman from an alternate future who could rebuild the Di'Allas.[46] The recreation was possessed by Izel, who rebuilt the Di'Allas and used them to open a gateway to her realm, hoping to bring its other inhabitants to destroy Earth. Hoping to stop her, Daisy Johnson, Melinda May, and Sarge arrived at the Temple of the Forgotten. However, Sarge gave into his nature and killed May, sending her into his native realm with his Sarge's Sword.[47]

However, May did not die to the nature of Izel's Realm, where life and death do not hold meaning, and she killed three of the members of Izel's species before they could open the door. Izel went to her own realm and dueled May, who managed to defeat her while Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie defeated and killed Sarge.[48]

War Against the Chronicoms

In an attempt to conquer Earth by destroying S.H.I.E.L.D., the Chronicoms traveled to an alternate 1931 in order to prevent S.H.I.E.L.D. from being founded.[49] Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz came up with a plan to follow them and use Kora to destroy their fleet, so they sent Simmons to the past without her memory to lead the rest of her S.H.I.E.L.D. team to stop the Chronicoms.[12] S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped the Chronicoms' plan in 1931,[50] causing the Chronicoms to attempt again in 1955[51] and in the 1970s.[52] The Chronicom Sibyl partnered with Nathaniel Malick,[53] resulting in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s destruction.[54]

The remains of S.H.I.E.L.D. gathered, and a decive was used to bring Leo Fitz to the new timeline through the Quantum Realm. Deke Shaw chose to stay in the past and rebuild the organization as its new Director, while the rest of the team returned to their native timeline through the Quantum Realm, bringing the Chronicoms with them and destroying their fleet.[12]

Time Heist

The Avengers travel through the Quantum Realm

"If I give you the Time Stone to help your reality, I'm dooming my own."
Ancient One to Bruce Banner[src]

In 2023, Scott Lang was released from the Quantum Realm and met with the Avengers to tell them about his time there, which felt like five hours even though it was five years. Tony Stark supplied the team with Time-Space GPS's to navigate the Quantum Realm and helped Rocket Raccoon build a large Quantum Tunnel for entry into the Quantum Realm, hoping to use time travel to reverse the affects of the Snap. Clint Barton went on the first test run into the Realm and traveled to an alternate 2018. Following this, Stark, Lang, Barton, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Rocket, Thor, Bruce Banner, James Rhodes, and Nebula suited up in quantum suits and traveled the Realm to alternate timelines on their mission to retrieve Infinity Stones.

However, Nebula accidentally became entangled with an alternate version of herself and made an alternate Thanos from an alternate 2014 timeline aware of the Avengers' plans. The alternate Thanos captured Nebula in his warship and used an alternate Nebula to transport him and his army to the Avengers' timeline. However, Stark used the Infinity Stones to defeat the alternate Thanos and his army.[11]

Afterwards, Steve Rogers used the Quantum Realm again to return the Stones and Mjølnir to their timelines, but also went to live in an alternate 1949 with an alternate Peggy Carter.[11]

Defending Ta Lo

The dimensional gateway into Ta Lo

"The Ten Rings are stronger than anything in your universe."
Ying Nan to Shang-Chi[src]

In 2024, Xu Wenwu received false messages from the Dweller-in-Darkness, pretending to be his deceased wife. The Dweller convinced Xu that his wife was being held by the residents of Ta Lo. Wenwu went after the Eyes of the Dragon owned by his children, Shang-Chi and Xu Xialing. However, Shang-Chi and Xialing learned of Wenwu's plan to destroy Ta Lo, so they escaped Wenwu's custody with Katy Chen, Trevor Slattery, and Morris, and went to Ta Lo, following Morris' instructions to enter the dimensional universe. Days later, Wenwu and his men entered and fought the Ta Lo Armed Forces, until the Dweller attacked. Shang-Chi, Xialing, Chen, and the Great Protector killed the Dwell-in-Darkness and stopped it from leaving Ta Lo.[14]

Reading the Darkhold

Scarlet Witch reads the Darkhold in the Astral Dimension

Wanda Maximoff learned from Agatha Harkness that her magic was an immensely powerful form known as Chaos Magic.[55] Wanting to learn about her magic, Maximoff found a hideout and learned to enter the Astral Dimension while maintaining control of her physical form. Maximoff used this to study her magic and read from the Darkhold in the Astral Dimension while relaxing on the Earthly Plane.[56]

Fracturing the Multiverse

After Loki and the Time Variance Authority failed to stop Sylvie Laufeydottir in 2050, multiple reset charges were scattered throughout the Sacred Timeline, creating multiple branches of realities at the same time, disrupting the Multiverse. However, the TVA were quickly able to stabilize the timeline.[57]

Unleashed

The fracturing of the Multiverse

Later, when Loki and Sylvie found the Citadel at the End of Time, they were met by He Who Remains. He explained the Multiversal War to them and why he established the TVA. He then told them that if they killed him, his variants would run free and the Multiverse would be ruined. Conflicted whether he was telling the truth, Loki tried to stop Sylvie from attacking He Who Remains. However, Sylvie ignored Loki's concerns, killing the TVA's creator. Immediately, the Multiverse expanded and several timelines began to branch off the Sacred Timeline and off each other in infinite proportions. This fractured the foundations of the Multiverse.[4] Additionally, Kang the Conqueror came into power over the Multiverse.[4]

Newly Formed Universes

Observed by the Watcher

The Watcher observes Captain Carter's universe

"Time. Space. Reality. It's more than a linear path. It's a prism of endless possibility, where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities, creating alternate worlds from the ones you know. I am the Watcher. I am your guide through these vast new realities."
The Watcher[src]

After He Who Remains' death, the Multiverse became fractured.[4] This caused extraterrestrial beings such as the Watcher to begin observing these alternate universes.

One of the first alternate universes observed by the Watcher was during World War II in an alternate 1943, where Peggy Carter chose to stay in the room during Project Rebirth, which inadvertently changed events so that she became Captain Carter and Steve Rogers became the HYDRA Stomper.[58]

The Watcher observes Star-Lord's universe

Another universe observed by the Watcher was in 2008, when Yondu Udonta decided to outsource his search of Peter Quill to the Ravagers, which resulted in T'Challa being kidnapped instead, changing events so T'Challa became Star-Lord.[59]

Continuing to observe, the Watcher came upon a universe where the founding members of the Avengers had died by the hand of Hank Pym, who became Yellowjacket due to the death of daughter.[60]

Strange Supreme feels The Watcher's presence

In another universe, Christine Palmer decided to join Stephen Strange to go to the ceremonial dinner, resulting in Palmer's death and causing Strange to go on a quest to find a way to revive her only to lose himself to dark magic and discover the rest of the Multiverse. The Ancient One revealed that this universe was split into two after using dark magic from the Dark Dimension. The Watcher was troubled by this, but could not intervene as he watched Strange Supreme throughout his transformation and his attempt to revive Palmer after the crash. As Strange asked the Watcher to save him, he reprimanded him on his past mistakes, wishing that he could intervene, but could not due to his oath. However, Strange tried to forgive him and regretted his actions as he was trapped in a Mirror Dimension bubble and witnessed Palmer disappear in his arms.[61]

The Watcher observes the zombieverse

Moving on, the Watcher observed a universe where Janet van Dyne had contracted a virus, known as the quantum virus, from the Quantum Realm. She spread it on to her husband when he came to rescue her, thus starting a global zombie apocalypse.[62]

The Watcher observes Erik Killmonger

Later on, he found a universe where Erik Killmonger had saved Tony Stark from the Ten Rings attack in Kunar. By exposing Obadiah Stane, killing Stark, James Rhodes, and his cousin, Killmonger had deliberately started a war between Wakanda and the United States of America.[63]

The Watcher observes Thor's universe.

Afterward, the Watcher found a universe where Thor was the only child raised by Odin and Frigga and held a worldwide party on Earth. However, when the Watcher was about to move on to another universe, a portal opened in front of Thor, unleashing another universe’s Ultron with the Infinity Stones and his army upon Thor's universe.[64]

Age of Ultron

The Watcher realizes that Ultron could destroy the Multiverse

"I have seen everything that has ever happened, ever will happen, ever could happen, and yet, what the hell is this? If a hunger like that were to be unleashed upon the Multiverse... even I can not imagine the horrors that might follow."
The Watcher[src]

Following this attack, the Watcher went to Ultron’s universe, commenting that this particular story broke his heart. In this timeline, Ultron successfully uploaded himself into the vibranium body granting him greater power. Defeating the Avengers, Ultron decimated Earth, leaving it near-unlivable. After his victory, Thanos arrived in order to take the Mind Stone, but was quickly killed by Ultron. Taking the remaining Stones, Ultron gained knowledge of other planets throughout his universe. He began a campaign of destruction, going from planet to planet and exterminating all life, until his universe was empty. With his purpose complete, Ultron reached a higher form of being, and as the Watcher narrated, Ultron managed to sense his presence. Seeing into the Nexus of All Realities, Ultron realized that there were universes beyond his own, which frightened the Watcher, as the Multiverse could be in danger.

The Watcher thinks about interfering

Panicked by this, the Watcher believed that this universe still had one last hope. He turned his attention to that universe’s Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton, the two surviving Avengers, as they searched the KGB Archives in Russia for a way to defeat Ultron. They eventually found their solution, a copy of Arnim Zola’s AI, hidden at the HYDRA Siberian Facility. The Watcher repeated that this universe still had hope, only for Ultron to burst into the Nexus and begin attacking him. Back on Earth, the two heroes managed to upload Zola into one of Ultron's sentry drones, but he was ultimately unable to connect to Ultron. As sentry bots swarmed the heroes, Barton sacrificed himself so that Romanoff and Zola could escape.

The Watcher battles Ultron across the Multiverse

Meanwhile, the fight between the Watcher and Ultron continued, as the two made their way through several different universes of the Multiverse. The Watcher fought as best he could, but failed to stop Ultron. On the brink of death, the Watcher escaped through a portal, abandoning the Nexus and allowing Ultron to usurp him, giving him complete access to the entire Multiverse. The Watcher sought out the help of the only other being who knew he existed, Strange Supreme, who he previously abandoned. However, Strange sympathized with him and agreed to help.[65]

Guardians of the Multiverse

The Guardians of the Multiverse

"You aren't just our last hope to save one universe."
"You are our last hope to save all of them. You are the Guardians of the Multiverse."
Doctor Strange and The Watcher[src]

Deciding that Strange would not be enough to defeat Ultron, the Watcher decided to put together a team of individuals from across the Multiverse. He recruited Captain Carter, T'Challa Star-Lord, Gamora, Erik Killmonger, and Thor, with Strange joining them as well. The Watcher deemed them the "Guardians of the Multiverse" and gave the six heroes their mission: Destroy the Infinity Stones with the Infinity Crusher, and transported them to an uninhabited universe, where they could fight Ultron alone. After a brief fight with him, they managed to steal the Soul Stone and escape to Ultron's home universe. With that universe's Natasha Romanoff joining the team, the group fought united against Ultron. When the Infinity Crusher failed to destroy the stones, they were able to improvise and managed to upload Arnim Zola's analog consciousness into Ultron. Zola then subsequently erased Ultron from existence from the inside.

The Watcher vows to protect the Multiverse

While celebrating their victory, they were betrayed by Killmonger, who took the Stones and Ultron's armor for himself. However, once Zola took over Ultron's body, he also attempted to take the Stones. As the two fought over the Stones, they were separated as Strange managed to capture both Killmonger and Zola, along with the Stones, in a pocket dimension, which the Watcher shrunk down to hand-held size. Bringing Strange back to his home universe, he entrusted him with guarding the pocket dimension, which Strange happily agreed to. The Watcher then returned everyone to their home universe, except for Romanoff, who refused to return to her destroyed world. Instead, the Watcher brought her to the universe where her counterpart had died, which was currently in the middle of Loki's invasion. The Watcher then watched over the collective Multiverse, stating how every world and every story is his home, and that he would protect it to the end.[66]

Spider-Man Multiversal Crisis

The spell causes damage to the Multiverse

"Parker, don't you realize that in the Multiverse, there are an infinite number of people who know Peter Parker is Spider-Man?"
Doctor Strange to Peter Parker[src]

In 2024, Peter Parker, who had his identity as Spider-Man exposed, wanted it to be fixed, so he asked Stephen Strange at the New York Sanctum to cast a spell which would remove everyone's memory of his identity. Strange agreed to cast the spell, although after he started, he told Parker that the spell would also remove the memories of those who were close to him. Parker asked Strange to make sure the spell did not include certain people, causing Strange to alter the spell several times. However, the alterations led to the spell going wrong and causing damage to the Multiverse.

A fissure in the Multiverse transports people aware of Spider-Man’s identity over

As a result, Curt Connors, Otto Octavius, Norman Osborn, Max Dillon, Flint Marko, Eddie Brock, Venom, and two counterparts of Parker were transported from their universes over to the native Parker's universe. One of the Parker counterparts quickly realized that he was in another universe, having studied multiversal theories. Strange captured Lizard in the sewers and put him in a cell in the undercroft of the Sanctum. He then captured Octavius and revealed that many people had slipped through a crack in the Multiverse, demanding Parker, Michelle Jones, and Ned Leeds capture all of the visitors from other universes.

Peter Parker is sent into the Astral Dimension by Doctor Strange

Parker successfully captured Dillon, Marko, and Osborn. Strange then prepared to use the Macchina di Kadavus to send them to their native universes, until Parker discovered that many of them would die soon after returning. Refusing to allow them to die, Parker attempted to steal the Macchina, but was instead sent by Strange into the Astral Dimension. However, Parker maintained control over his body while in the Dimension, surprising Strange.

The Mirror Dimension gets shattered

Parker returned to his physical body and was sent into the Mirror Dimension where he continued to evade Strange. Eventually, he managed to trap Strange in the Dimension and gave the Macchina to Leeds and Jones.

A rift in the Multiverse forms due to the destruction of the Macchina di Kadavus and release of the unstable spell

After Parker cured Octavius, Osborn transformed into his Green Goblin persona. Dillon and Marko then escaped before Parker could help them. While looking for Parker, Leeds and Jones discovered his alternate selves, and they went to talk to their Parker, who was angry and emotional about Osborn killing his aunt. The three Parkers gathered in Midtown School of Science and Technology to work on making cures for Connors, Dillon, Marko, and Osborn.

The fissure in the Multiverse opens up above New York City

After a battle at the Statue of Liberty, Osborn caused the Macchina to explode, releasing the unstable spell. This caused the Multiverse to begin to open again, causing every person across the universe who knew Parker's identity to move toward his universe. While Strange attempted to contain the spell, Parker decided to allow Strange to cast the original spell, which would result in every person in their universe forgetting his identity. All of the visitors were subsequently sent to their native universes, including those who had arrive prior, sealing the breaks in the Multiverse for the moment.[67]

Scarlet Witch's War

To be added[68]

Void at the End of Time

At the end of time, a dimension known as the Void existed. It became the place where the Time Variance Authority sent anything they destroyed, including a number of Loki Variants. The Loki variants teamed up and developed inner politics, with some remaining loyal to Kid Loki and others to President Loki. Another Loki variant, as well as Sylvie Laufeydottir, were sent to the Void, where they found the Citadel at the End of Time.[69]

Dimensions

"This universe is only one of an infinite number. Worlds without end. Some benevolent and life-giving. Others filled with malice and hunger."
Ancient One to Stephen Strange[src]
  • Earthly Plane: The dimension where Earth is located, alongside the other Realms and a vast number of other planets and galaxies.[70]
  • Quantum Realm: The closest realm to the Earthly Plane, as it can and has been accessed by means of decreasing one's size to the extent they enter a different realm. Even though time and space behave differently in this realm, it's difficult to determine at which subatomic level does matter leave the Earthly Plane and enter the Quantum Realm.[20]The Quantum Realm can be used as a gateway to travel to alternate universes.[11]
  • Astral Dimension: A parallel dimension in which the astral form of organisms exist purely detached from our physical bodies. In a simplified way, the Astral Dimension contains the 'soul' while the Earthly Plane merely contains the physical form of organisms. This dimension is incredibly close to the Earthly Plane, as some actions made toward the individual within the Earth Plane can have dramatic effects on their form within the Astral Dimension.[6] This dimension is also a realm in which, according to Wakandan lore, the soul settles after death. For Black Panthers, it is where they can go to commune with their ancestors after ingesting the Heart-Shaped Herb.[27] While in Sokovia in hiding, Scarlet Witch used the Astral Dimension to read the Darkhold, a mystical and demonic book that can access the Multiverse.[56]
  • Mirror Dimension: An exact parallel dimension as to the Earthly Plane. It shows all movement and action that occur within the Earthly Plane, and yet no action within the Mirror Dimension can ever be witnessed nor will ever have an effect on the Earthly Plane. In this way, the Mirror Dimension is used as a battleground away from the Earthly Plane, in order to keep the public safe. While it can be accessed through the use of the Sling Ring, both the Ancient One and Doctor Strange have demonstrated being able to enter the dimension without it.[6]
  • Mandelibus Dimension: The Mandelibus Dimension is an ever-shifting realm that resembles an unending cavernous tunnel that branches off into different, separate tunnels. Light enters from an unknown source through openings above. The continuous shifting surreal landscape had the ability to cause continuous repeating infinite fractal patterns to appear.[6]
  • Dark Dimension: The ruler Dormammu, a primordial entity, feeds off the planets and stars from the Earthly Plane in order to expand the Dark Dimension. Magic practitioners have the capacity to draw power from this dimension.[6] The Dark Dimension is also composed for specific domains, including one that involves the Loa[71] and another that involves Morgan le Fay.[72] Within this same dimension, there is a realm called Hell. A mysterious and mostly unknown place, with most of its characteristics and inhabitants left unrevealed. The only known inhabitant of this place is the Spirit of Vengeance, and, considering that it does not want to return to Hell, this realm must not be a desirable nor pleasant place.[28]
  • K'un-Lun Dimension: The mysterious mystical city of K'un-Lun is located in a different dimension, and can be accessed on Earth from a range of mountains in China.[21]
  • Izel's Realm: also known as the Fear Dimension, is a realm home to a species of non-corporeal, emotionless beings. This realm is connected to the Earthly Plane through the Temple of the Forgotten.
  • Ta Lo: A dimension within the Multiverse only accessible through a portal, protected by a constantly moving bamboo maze forest, which opens a safe path every year at the start of the Qingming Festival.[14]
  • Duat: A dimension within the Multiverse that contains ancient Egyptian mythological beings.[75]

Inter-Dimensional Travel

Traveling between dimensions is incredibly difficult and usually requires a lot of energy. Yet several shortcuts do exist. The Masters of the Mystic Arts use Sling Rings to travel between dimensions, as long as they can invoke a clear enough image in their minds as to where they want to go. However, it has been shown that some dimensions can be accessed without the use of the Sling Ring, but only by extremely powerful and knowledgeable people. Notable dimensions that have been accessed without the Sling Ring are the Quantum Realm, Dark Dimension, Astral Dimension, Mirror Dimension, K'un-Lun Dimension, Soulworld, and Ta Lo.

The Astral Dimension can be accessed by souls through Astral Projection; physical bodies cannot enter that dimension. Similarly, the Mirror Dimension can be accessed without using a Sling Ring; however, one needs a Sling Ring in order to get back to the Earth plane, otherwise they get stuck in the Mirror Dimension.[6]

Others have also been able to travel between dimensions. Aida, with the help of the Darkhold, constructed an Inter-Dimensional Gate to free Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz and Robbie Reyes from being trapped between two dimensions.[28] The Ghost Rider also developed the ability to open inter-dimensional portals between the Earthly Plane and Hell Dimension with his Hellfire Chain.[76]

Once in a few years, the gates to the K'un-Lun Dimension open naturally in the mountains of China and the transition between Earth and the dimension is free.[13]

The creature called the Abilisk is capable of crossing between alternate dimensions.[77]

When the time, creation and space Monoliths were destroyed by an explosive Kree Orb, they created a rift to Izel's Realm which leaked to Earth.[37]

In order to travel to Ta Lo, one has to make it through a forest maze that is nearly impossible to travel through due to its rapidly changing form as well as a gateway behind the waterfall at the end of the maze. Shang-Chi, Xu Xialing, Katy Chen, and Trevor Slattery were able to make it past these obstacles with the help of Morris.[14]

The Nexus of All Realities could only be accessed and noticed by those that have great power such as having all the Infinity Stones as seen when Ultron noticed the The Watcher observing him. Ultron could break through the barriers to the Nexus using the Infinity Stones. With such force, it is possible to break through into other universes within the Nexus as seen during Uatu's fight with Ultron.[65]

America Chavez is able to traverse dimensions and alternate universes within the Multiverse by creating star-shaped portals, which she used to bring her and Doctor Strange to the universe of the Illuminati. She also opened this portal during her confrontation with Wanda Maximoff in the Darkhold Castle.[68]

With the Darkhold, powerful sorcerers and witches are able to dreamwalk, thus taking the form of alternate versions of themselves. Wanda Maximoff was able to dreamwalk into an alternate version of herself and communicate with another universe. Doctor Strange was able to dreamwalk into a corpse of his alternate self and reanimate him.[68]

Trivia

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