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‘Doctor Strange 2’: Ending Explained, All Your Questions Answered

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A bunch of universes clash in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so the ending might need a little unpacking even before you get into its post-credits scenes. The Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel came to Disney Plus on Wednesday, ahead of the DVD and Blu-ray release on July 26.

Multiverse of Madness saw director Sam Raimi return to Marvel for the first time since his Spider-Man trilogy wrapped up in 2007. The flick kicks off when an encounter with new hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) forces the former Sorcerer Supreme to step outside the main Marvel Cinematic Universe and explore new realities, seeking aid from fellow Avenger Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) along the way.

“Even if the nominal hero of the film feels a little lost, a strong central chase keeps the narrative moving and the mix of adventure, horror and action is balanced with a swagger worthy of cocky superhero Doctor Strange himself,” CNET’s Rich Knightwell said in his review.

These events take place after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw Strange helping Peter Parker after Mysterio revealed the teen’s secret identity to the whole world.

It’s time to see how Doctor Stephen Strange’s adventure in the Multiverse of SPOILERS wraps up. We also have a separate article diving into the post-credits scenes, if those intrigued you, a look at the Illuminati and a list of WTF questions the movie left us with.

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Scarlet Witch, corrupted

Determined to reunite with her magically created sons Billy and Tommy after losing them in the WandaVision finale, Wanda Maximoff has taken America Chavez to her drafty Scarlet Witch temple at the top of Mount Wundagore.

She’s been corrupted by the Darkhold, a book of forbidden magic, and starts casting a spell to steal America’s power to create portals between realities — which is a little mean, since it’ll prove fatal for the new hero.

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Wanda Maximoff won’t be getting her Avengers membership card renewed any time soon.


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However, doing so will allow Wanda to cross into a reality where her boys exist. Previously, she’d only been able to enter that universe through dark magic known as dream-walking, which allowed her to temporarily take over the body of her counterpart on Earth-838, interact with her sons and hunt our heroes.

It seems like Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) has been killed, since Wanda dropped him off a cliff after he tried to stop her plan to sacrifice America.

Undead Strange

Strange and the Earth-838 variant of his ex-girlfriend Christine Palmer are trapped in a reality where Sinister Strange — a warped version of him who tapped into that world’s Darkhold — caused an apocalyptic event.

They defeat that world’s Strange, leaving him impaled on a fence, and MCU Strange uses the Darkhold to dream-walk into the corpse of Defender Strange — a version of him who’d been killed while helping America.

Undead Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness

Extremely badass.


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This forbidden act prompts the spirits of the damned to hunt Strange, but the undead hero manages to tame the wraiths and turns them into an awesome shadowy cloak — I may need an action figure of this.

Confronting Wanda

Since there was no way being thrown off a mountain was going to kill Wong, he manages to climb back up to the temple just as his corpse-inhabiting pal arrives. They free America, who sends Wanda to Earth-838 and exposes her evil to that reality’s Billy and Tommy.

Seeing how much her whole “demonic witch” vibe upsets the boys makes Wanda realize the horror she’s wrought. Returning to the MCU, she tears down her temple, destroying the Darkhold in every reality and seemingly crushing herself. It’s a sad end for the former Avenger, who’s really had a tough time in life.

A happy ending?

Strange parts ways with Earth-838 Christine, admitting that he always loved her MCU counterpart. At magical temple Kamar-Taj, America learns the mystic arts — presumably as a means of controlling her reality hopping abilities. Strange bows before Wong, apparently accepting him as the new Sorcerer Supreme.

Strange fixes the fancy watch Christine gave him on one of their early dates, suggesting he’s moving on (at least I hope so, since she’s married). Seemingly content, he strolls along the New York City street until a third eye sprouts in the middle of his forehead, confirming that he’s been corrupted by the Darkhold.

Is Wanda dead?

It sure looks like Wanda lost her life as she destroyed the temple and Darkholds across the multiverse, but her status as a powerful magic wielder leaves the door open for her return — her terrible deeds could be blamed on the Darkhold corrupting her mind. WandaVision also created the possibility that her lover Vision could come back, and he might be eager to track her down.

Wanda’s arc in this movie echoes the comic story where grief over her lost, magically created sons caused her to create the House of M, an alternate reality where mutants ruled, and the subsequent Decimation, where she wiped the powers of most of Earth’s mutant population. She was ultimately redeemed, so her MCU counterpart could follow that path.


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Is Strange evil now?

No, the mid-credits scene robs this cliffhanger of any tension by showing him strolling down the street again and calmly opening his third eye when he meets Clea.

We might see him grappling with the Darkhold’s corruption in a later appearance though. It’s unclear where he’ll show up next, but Agatha Harkness — former owner of the Darkhold — is getting her own Disney Plus show sometime in the future. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also seems like it’ll continue the multiverse plotline when it comes out next February.



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Overwatch 2 Beta Begins Tomorrow: Start Time and What to Expect

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Overwatch 2 starts its second beta on Tuesday, June 28, for PC and console players. The beta begins at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT and runs through Monday, July 18. Sign-ups are still open for a chance to participate, and you can still get guaranteed access if you’re willing to spend some cash.  

The next beta will be our first look at Junker Queen, a new tank hero who first appeared in posters on the Junkertown map that was released in 2017. Fans have been hoping to play her ever since, and five years later, we’re finally getting the chance. The new beta also adds a new hybrid map, Paraiso. The developers have laid out their goals for the beta, which include testing server capacity and hero balance. 

Overwatch 2 is the sequel to Blizzard’s class-based shooter, featuring two teams of five players fighting over objectives. Overwatch devs announced in June that the game will be free to play and will launch in early access on Oct. 4. The first beta injected a frantic pace into the game, which was a welcome change from the slower, more grinding pacing that’s plagued Overwatch in recent years. The free-to-play PvP element will bring the game more in line with other competitive shooters, like Valorant and Apex Legends.

How to sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta

Anyone can sign up for Overwatch 2’s second beta, but it’s not technically an open beta. The game will add people gradually as it ramps up server capacity, and the first big wave of beta access will happen on July 5, according to the beta FAQ page. Even if you were in the previous beta, you’ll need to sign up again. 

Here’s how to sign up:

1. Go to the Overwatch 2 beta site.
2. In the top right corner, log in to your Blizzard Account.
3. At the bottom of the Overwatch 2 beta page, choose your platform (and region for PlayStation players).
4. Then hit Request Beta Access.

If you want guaranteed beta access on June 28, you can purchase the Watchpoint Pack ($40). In addition to beta access on day one, you’ll also get two legendary character skins, a unique player icon and enough digital currency to buy the first two battle passes.

How do I download the Overwatch 2 beta?

Blizzard hasn’t released details on downloading the second beta, but it should follow the same process as the first beta. Here’s how that worked:

1. Log in to your Battle.net account and navigate to Overwatch on the game launcher.

2. In the bottom left, click the Game Version drop-down.

3. Select Overwatch 2 Tech Beta to install.

4. When the download is complete, hit the blue Play button to start.

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Junker Queen’s ultimate ability helps her close distance and end fights quickly.


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Junker Queen abilities

The new beta finally gives fans a chance to play as Junker Queen, a hero we’ve all been excited about and/or thirsting over since she was first teased on the Junkertown map. Here’s what we know about Junker Queen’s abilities, from the Overwatch Twitter account:

New Hybrid Map: Paraiso

The beta also adds Paraiso, a new hybrid map that explores Lucio’s home, including the DJ’s Clube Sinestesia. As with all hybrid maps, players will start by attacking or defending a control point, and if the attackers succeed, players will spend the rest of the map attacking or defending a payload. 

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Clube Sinestesia is where support hero Lucio found fame as a DJ.


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For more Overwatch 2 news, check out everything we learned from the Overwatch 2 reveal event.



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Icebergify: How To Create an Iceberg of Your Most Listened to Spotify Artists

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Been on social media today? Seen those bizarre musical Icebergs floating around in your feed? You’re not alone. Screenshots like this have been doing the rounds today, particularly on Twitter. 

It’s all created via the magic of a website called Icebergify.

Using the data from your Spotify listening habits, Icebergify creates an Iceberg of your most listened to artists ranked by popularity. At the tip of the iceberg? Your favourite “mainstream” artists. Your Taylor Swifts, your Beyonces, your Drakes, etc. The further down you go, the more obscure it becomes. It looks a little like this…

If you want to see your own iceberg, you can head to the website directly. Be warned: it does require your Spotify log-in. 

The Icebergify website was developed by Akshay Raj, a freshman studying Computer & Data Science at Rice University. He says he has no plans to monetize the site or use the data collected — which is limited to your username, Spotify account ID and the top 50 tracks and artists listened to over the past few years. 

How does it work? It’s fairly simple. Icebergify takes your most listened to artists and sorts them according to popularity rankings. Streams, shares, saves, likes, and followers are all taken into account. This is why Beyonce might be at the top of your iceberg, but lesser known artists are at the bottom, beneath the ocean. Also worth noting: It seems like Icebergify is being flooded due to its surprising popularity. Head back later if it doesn’t immediately work.





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Apple’s First Mixed-Reality Headset May Sport New M2 Processor

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Apple’s first mixed-reality headset could come with the company’s flagship M2 processor, just one of the “deluge” of new products the company is expected to unveil in the next year, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported Sunday.

The M2, unveiled in June, features redesigned central processing units and a significant memory increase, which would provide a significant boost to the much-rumored headset over the previous M1 chip.

The much-rumored headset incorporating both virtual and augmented reality environments is expected to provide a boon to the gaming industry. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier week that the headset — expected to be announced in January 2023 — would be the most complicated product Apple has designed yet.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been vocal about his excitement about AR. Earlier this week, he explained that the tech industry is still in the “very early innings” of this technology’s possibilities.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space, and sort of stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer,” Cook told China Daily.

Other products Gurman expects to debut in the next 12 months include four iPhone 14 models, three Apple Watch variations, several Macs with M2 and M3 chips, iPads, updated AirPods Pro earbuds, a fresh HomePod, and an upgraded Apple TV. 

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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