Game-Changing No Way Home Theory Reveals Scarlet Witch’s Secret Role

A Spider-Man: No Way Home theory suggests Scarlet Witch was behind sending the Sinister Six villains to Earth-616. In No Way Home, Doctor Strange's memory-erasing spell, which was meant to make everyone forget that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, is interrupted by Peter enough times that the spell gets out of hand. The movie suggests this is what caused Strange to accidentally bring villains from the other non-MCU Spider-Man movies to the main universe.

However, the logic of that premise doesn't exactly make a lot of sense, especially with everything the audience learns about the multiverse in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So, other than Doctor Strange's spell going wrong, bringing, very specifically, Spider-Man villains into the MCU, what is another good explanation for why they suddenly appeared on Earth-616?


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One Reddit theory outlines the possibility that Scarlet Witch sent the villains to hunt down America Chavez, as part of her plan seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This is possible because, per the MCU's timeline, Wanda Maximoff was already the Scarlet Witch during the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Through her research into the Darkhold at the end of WandaVision, she is bound to have tested various spells and ways to either bring back her children or to find a universe in which she could be with them. During that testing phase, it's only logical she would practice with lower-powered beings like the villains in No Way Home. This theory claims that this may have been Scarlet Witch's first foray into using other-dimensional figures to try to capture America Chavez. However, in this case, Scarlet Witch couldn't control them since Doctor Strange contained them within his particular memory spell, leaving them with free will. And what will Sinister Six villains do with free will? Go on the hunt for Spider-Man, of course.

Why No Way Home's Scarlet Witch Theory Makes Sense

Scarlet Witch using her powers in Doctor Strange 2

It's also important to take into account the fact that America Chavez was originally supposed to be in No Way Home as Doctor Strange's apprentice. Though shifting release dates led to her role being cut from the script, it is interesting to think of how much easier her appearance in that film would have made it for Scarlet Witch to potentially send the Sinister Six villains after her.

The theory also claims that Scarlet Witch's meddling is a more sound reason for why they showed up than simply Doctor Strange's spell going wrong. Why would the consequences of a ruined spell bring a specific character's villains into one universe? It is never fully explained why they come to Earth-616. Given that Spider-Man: No Way Home was the MCU's first exploration of the multiverse in film, there's no precedent for how Doctor Strange's spell would have affected things. So, it stands to reason that Wanda may have been the one behind it all. The original premise seems a little too convenient for the plot, whereas the Scarlet Witch theory offers a more direct explanation for why those particular beings came to Earth-616.