When Doctor Strange finds himself in an alternate universe, he is advised by that universe’s Christine Palmer that with a view to preserve observe of all of the totally different universes inside the multiverse, they’ve given them numerical designations.
The foremost MCU universe the place Strange is from is Earth-616 and he is discovered himself in Earth-838. However, Earth-616 is the primary universe within the comics, which had given the MCU the designation of Earth-199999, which means it may technically co-exist alongside the comics.
As a results of Doctor Strange 2 confirming that the primary universe is definitely Earth-616, that is not doable. It makes whole sense for the MCU to undertake the designation from the comics, nevertheless it has left some followers a bit irritated with it for continuity causes.
Not least of which: may the revelation within the sequel have created a Spider-Man: Far From Home plot gap?
If you solid your thoughts again to Far From Home, Mysterio tells Spider-Man that he is from Earth-833 and that Spidey lives in Earth-616. As we found although, Mysterio was an enormous fats liar and was truly Quentin Beck, who had zero information of the multiverse.
It’s at all times been a problem as to how he ended up utilizing Earth-616, however earlier than we may simply put it right down to Guterman (who created the story for Quentin) plucking a quantity out of the air. It was an Easter egg for the Marvel followers and nothing extra.
However, now that Doctor Strange 2 has confirmed that the primary universe within the MCU is Earth-616, it is simply an excessive amount of of a coincidence that it was beforehand utilized in Quentin’s completely made-up story.
So how the hell did Guterman know not solely that universes had numbers, however that 616 was a major one when no one else even knew the multiverse existed at that time?
In a Rolling Stone interview with author Michael Waldron, it was put to him that possibly it is a results of the revelation that desires are “windows into the lives of our multiversal selves”. Waldron admitted that he did not have a particular reply (“is it just a coincidence?”), however appeared completely satisfied sufficient with the idea.
Either Quentin or Guterman had dreamed of an alternate self who occurred to know concerning the universe designations. Sure, it isn’t probably the most thrilling dream you may consider when you could possibly be seeing actually another life within the multiverse, nevertheless it works properly sufficient.
It can be a large retcon although, so we really feel that is one other Easter egg that the MCU has come to remorse, very like seeing the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor manner again in Phase 1.
Or possibly we’re simply fully overthinking a set of numbers. (We are, we undoubtedly are.)
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