WandaVision Episode 7 May Have Foreshadowed A Doctor Strange 2 Plot Point – Screen Rant
WandaVision episode 7 introduced a new term into the MCU, "Nexus," which could foreshadow the plot of the upcoming sequel Doctor Strange 2.
WandaVision episode 7's "Nexus" commercial could set up a plot point in Doctor Strange 2. Marvel Studios has always tended to blend their superhero films with other genres, and WandaVision was literally a superhero sitcom - complete with commercials that served as important clues. One of the most interesting was an advertisement for a supposed new wonder antidepressant called "Nexus," describes as "a unique antidepressant that works to anchor you back to your reality - or the reality of your choice." The commercial cautioned that WandaVision's Nexus has some pretty dramatic side-effects, though; "feeling your feelings, confronting your truth, seizing your destiny, and possibly more depression."
All the commercials in WandaVision were generated by Scarlet Witch's subconscious, and most pointed towards her experience of trauma. The "Nexus" commercial, though, is the odd one out; the description matched with Wanda's using her Chaos Magic to rewrite reality in Westview, but the term was never touched upon again. This is even stranger given a "Nexus" is an important word in Marvel lore and relates directly to the kind of multidimensional, reality-warping powers displayed in WandaVision. It's possible the term was introduced as foreshadowing - not for WandaVision but rather for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where Scarlet Witch will next appear.
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In the comics, there are two different meanings to the word "Nexus." The first is the Nexus of All Realities, a location in the Florida Everglades where the fabric of reality has been described as "exceedingly threadbare." The Nexus of All Realities plays an essential part in the natural order, maintaining the balance of the entire Multiverse, and meddling with it can cause chaos; but the advert is unlikely to refer to this, because Westview just happened to be where Wanda had her breakdown, rather than being anywhere special in its own right. But the second meaning is more likely, in that it directly relates to Wanda herself; so-called Nexus Beings were described by the Watcher as  "rare individual entities with the power to affect probabilities --- and thus the future.What If..? #35 revealed Scarlet Witch is herself a Nexus Being, a fact highlighted by actress Elizabeth Olsen back in 2013.
Little is currently known about Scarlet Witch's role in Doctor Strange 2, but she may be an enemy rather than an ally; for one thing, she's currently studying a book of dark magic called the Darkhold, and in the comics, readers don't use the Darkhold - it uses them. WandaVision further confirmed Wanda is now manipulating reality itself using Chaos Magic, and conceptually that is tied to an Elder God named Chthon who used Chaos Magic in an attempt to invade Earth from the dimension he had been trapped in since prehistoric times. Such a plot would fit rather well with the title "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."
Given this is the case, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Doctor Strange 2 build upon the idea of the Scarlet Witch, revealing Wanda is indeed a Nexus Being. That would turn the mysterious, still-undetermined commercial from WandaVision episode 7 into smart foreshadowing, ensuring there's a clear narrative thread between the Marvel Disney+ TV series and their next blockbuster movie. And it's certainly disturbing to ask what would happen if an individual with the power to transform the future wound up under the influence of a book of dark magic.
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Tom Bacon is one of Screen Rant's staff writers, as well as a Peer Mentor for new writers and a member of the Care Team, offering support and a listening ear to members of the Comics group. A lifelong fan of major franchises including Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Marvel, Tom is delighted his childhood is back - and this time it's cool. You can find him on Twitter @TomABacon. A graduate of Edge Hill University, Tom remains strongly connected with his alma mater as a volunteer chaplain. He's heavily involved with his local church, and anyone who checks him out on Twitter will swiftly learn he's into British politics too.


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