Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) | Transcript

Doctor Strange, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.

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(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(CREATURE ROARING)

(CREATURE ROARS)

(CONVERSING IN SPANISH)

Did that kill it?

No.

That’s how we kill it.

(HIGH-PITCHED HUMMING)

(IN ENGLISH) The Book of Vishanti!

(ICE CRACKING)

(CREATURE ROARS)

DEFENDER STRANGE: We can’t let it take your power.

Get to the book.

How do we get across?

Jump.

(BOTH YELLING)

(GIRL SCREAMING)

Hold on!

GIRL: No, no, no!

(GIRL GRUNTS)

(CREATURE ROARS)

(GROANING)

(ROARS)

(GRUNTS)

(SNARLING)

(GASPS)

(GRUNTS)

(STRAINS, GRUNTS)

(STRAINING)

(PANTING)

(CREATURE SNARLS)

DEFENDER STRANGE: It’s too strong.

I can’t hold it.

(GROANS)

(FLESH SEARING)

(GROANING)

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(GASPS)

(GASPS)

(PANTING)

I’m so sorry.

This is the only way.

(GASPS)

What’re you doing?

I can’t let that thing take your power.

You can’t control it.

But I can.

But we’re friends.

You’re killing me.

I know.

But in the grand calculus of the Multiverse, your sacrifice is worth more than your…

(DEFENDER STRANGE GROANING)

(GRUNTS)

(GRUNTING)

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(GRUNTING)

(SNARLS)

(GRUNTS)

(SCREAMS)

(EXPLODING)

(DRAMATIC CHORAL MUSIC PLAYING)

(GRUNTS)

(GIRL SCREAMS)

(SCREAMING)

(GASPING)

(PANTING)

(WATCH TICKING)

(SIGHS)

(SNAPS FINGERS)

(SOFT ORGAN MUSIC PLAYING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Excuse me. May I?

Thanks.

Doctor Strange.

Doctor West.

Haven’t seen you in a while.

Yeah, I was a little preoccupied being dust there for five years, so…

So were a lot of us.

While I was gone, thank you for asking, I lost both my cats…

and my brother.

I’m very sorry.

Thank you.

I, uh… I guess what keeps me up at night is wondering, did it have to happen that way?

Was there any other path?

No.

No, I made the only play we had.

Well, of course you did.

The best surgeon and the best superhero.

But you still didn’t get the girl.

(BRIDAL MARCH PLAYING)

(PENSIVE MUSIC PLAYING)

(CHRISTINE CLEARS THROAT)

Glass of red, please.

Oh, allow me, miss.

CHRISTINE: Mm.

Ah.

Little too on the nose?

What? For you, at my wedding?

Nah. I think it was perfect.

(CHUCKLES)

Congratulations.

Thank you.

Mm. There’s Charlie.

I have to introduce you because he’s kind of…

It’s embarrassing, but he’s a big fan, so…

Hey, uh, Christine. Um…

I should’ve…

(SIGHS)

I wish I’d have been different.

I never stopped caring about us.

But I had to make sacrifices to protect you.

I’m sorry.

It was never gonna work out between us.

Why not?

Because, Stephen, you have to be the one holding the knife.

And I always respected you for it, but I couldn’t love you for it.

(SIGHS)

How long you had that one in the barrel?

Long time.

Yeah. I bet.

Look, um…

Truly, I’m just glad that you’re happy.

CHRISTINE: Mm.

I am.

I really, really am.

Good.

Are you?

I’m happy.

Good.

You deserve it.

(TIRES SCREECH)

(CRASHING)

(PEOPLE SCREAMING)

MAN: Oh, man. Look out! What is that?

(PEOPLE CLAMORING)

Dude!

(CAR HORNS BLARING)

(PEOPLE SCREAMING)

(DOCTOR STRANGE THEME PLAYING)

DOCTOR STRANGE: Thank you.

(PEOPLE EXCLAIMING)

(PEOPLE SHOUTING)

(WHIMPERING)

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(PEOPLE SCREAMING)

(CREATURE SNARLS)

(PEOPLE SCREAMING)

(GIRL WHIMPERING)

Wow!

(CREATURE SNARLS)

(GRUNTS)

(SCREECHING)

(GASPS) No, no.

(GRUNTS)

(GASPING)

(GRUNTS)

(GRUNTS)

(CREATURE SNARLS)

Look out!

Do I know you?

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(GIRL SCREAMS)

(GRUNTS)

(ROARS)

(LOUD HEARTBEAT)

(SQUELCHING)

(ROARS)

(SCREAMS)

(YELPS)

(CRACKLING)

(HEROIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(CREATURE ROARS)

(GRUNTING)

(YELLS)

(GROWLS)

(YELLS)

(WONG SHOUTING)

(GROANING)

(WONG STRAINING)

(CREATURE SCREECHES)

(WONG YELLING)

(GIRL SCREAMING)

(CREATURE SNARLS)

(MAN GROANING)

(ENGINE REVVING)

(GIRL GROANING)

(CREATURE GROWLING)

(PEOPLE WHIMPERING)

WONG: Help!

(DOCTOR STRANGE GRUNTS)

You’re welcome.

You know it’s ancient custom to bow in the presence of the Sorcerer Supreme?

Yeah, I’m aware of the customs.

(BOTH GRUNTING)

DOCTOR STRANGE: Hold it, hold it! Whoa!

(BOTH GRUNT)

(CREATURE GROWLING)

(SCREAMING)

(EXCLAIMING)

(GRUNTS)

(GIRL EXCLAIMING)

(PEOPLE GASPING)

(CREATURE SNARLING)

(CHRISTINE SIGHS)

(LAUGHS) Whoa.

That’s incredible.

CHRISTINE: Yeah.

(DOCTOR STRANGE GRUNTS)

Oh, God!

(YELLS, GRUNTS)

(DOCTOR STRANGE GRUNTING)

(GIRL GRUNTS)

(CREATURE SNARLS)

(GRUNTING)

(GRUNTS)

(STRAINING)

(DOCTOR STRANGE YELPING)

(CREATURE GROANS)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(SIRENS WAILING)

(INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER)

Who’s this?

Yeah, I was gonna ask the same question.

Hey, kid.

What did that creature want with you?

Where’re your parents?

We’ll take her back to the Sanc…

She took my Slingie.

She took your Slingie.

(PANTING)

WOMAN: Yeah, it was crazy, man.

Oh, my God!

I’m not gonna kill you, kid.

I just bust my ass trying to save your life, remember?

Giant monsters I can clearly handle, but what bothers me is that last night, you were in my dream.

That wasn’t a dream.

It was another universe.

How much experience do you guys have with the Multiverse?

We have experience of the Multiverse.

Most recently, there was an incident with Spider-Man.

(SCOFFS) What man?

Spider-Man. He has the powers of a spider.

Hence the name.

Gross.

Does he look like a spider?

No. No, more like a man.

Climbs walls, shoots webs.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Yeah. Bingo.

Out of his butt?

No.

No.

Well, maybe, I don’t know.

Honestly, I hope not.

GIRL: Super weird.

You’re gonna get a stomach ache.

I’m from another universe.

How do you know my stomach works the same as yours?

I don’t.

I don’t even know if you’re from another universe, which is why I’m still sitting here, waiting for you to enlighten us.

(SPEAKING SPANISH)

Gotta say, of the two Doctor Stranges I’ve met so far…you’re not my favorite.

(WONG SNICKERS)

(IN ENGLISH) Which means?

(SPEAKING SPANISH)

Does he not know Spanish?

I’m not sure he even enjoys speaking English.

(CHUCKLES)

(IN ENGLISH) Look, I left a very nice wedding to save a smart-ass kid from getting eaten by an octopus.

Whose wedding?

Now tell me…

Christine’s.

You went?

Holy shit, you married Christine?

Do you mind?

Yes, I do.

No, I didn’t. Yes.

You need to explain to me what’s going on.

Why was that octopus trying to eat you?

That thing was trying to kidnap me.

It’s like a henchman who works for a demon.

All we knew is that they wanted to take my power for themselves.

What power?

I can travel the Multiverse.

What?

You can physically move from one universe to another?

GIRL: Mm-hmm.

How?

That’s the problem. I don’t know how.

Can’t control it.

Only happens when I’m really, really afraid.

Okay. And did Other Me know how to defeat this demon?

GIRL: Well, you guys knew

of this magical book of pure good that gives a sorcerer whatever they need to defeat their enemy.

The Book of Vishanti?

It’s not real.

It’s a fairy tale. It doesn’t exist.

Actually, it does.

I found out in the secret book you get when you become Sorcerer Supreme.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Unbelievable.

You’re not the Sorcerer Supreme?

No, I’m not the Sorcerer Supreme.

Other You was Sorcerer Supreme of his universe.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Right. Yeah.

Although it does exist, the Book of Vishanti is said to be unreachable.

It is. Except… we reached it.

Then the demon caught up with us.

I thought you’d protect me… but you didn’t.

That was the fight in my dream.

That wasn’t a dream.

Prove it.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS)

It wasn’t a dream.

That means… dreams are windows into the lives of our Multiversal selves.

That was his theory.

So, that recurring nightmare where I’m running naked from a clown…

Somewhere out there, it’s real.

Somewhere out there I had a ponytail.

WONG: There could be more creatures coming for her.

The power is dangerous enough in the hands of a kid.

Imagine if a real threat acquired it?

It occurs to me, young one, we don’t know your name.

America Chavez.

Miss Chavez, will you come with us to Kamar-Taj?

You’ll be safe there.

How do I know you won’t betray me like he did?

I guess you’re just gonna have to trust me.

WONG: What do we do with him?

(CLEARS THROAT)

That’s gotta violate an ordinance.

Ah, I’ve buried worse.

The creature that killed him, did… did it have the same markings as the octopus?

Runes.

This isn’t sorcery.

It’s witchcraft.

Do we know anyone who’s faced such a thing?

(WANDAVISION THEME PLAYING)

I think I might.

Chocolate!

Hey! What did I say?

But we couldn’t wait.

But what did I say?

Oh! (LAUGHS)

Go wash your hands.

(TENDER MUSIC PLAYING)

Mom, come on. We’re too old for that.

Oh, okay.

You can tuck me in, Mom.

I will.

You know, a family is forever.

We could never truly leave each other, even if we tried.

Mom, I changed my mind.

You can come tuck me in if you want.

Okay.

(CHUCKLES)

Love you.

(WANDA SHIVERS)

(WANDA CHUCKLES SOFTLY)

(GASPS)

(MUSIC STOPS)

(SIGHS SOFTLY)

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

Apples, right?

Eventually.

Hmm.

(SNIFFS)

Smells…

Sweet.

I was gonna say real.

Oh, it’s all very real, thanks.

I’ve put the magic behind me.

So I can see.

Well, I knew sooner or later you’d show up, wanting to discuss what happened at West view.

I made mistakes, and people were hurt…

But you put things right in the end, and that was never in doubt.

I’m not here to talk about West view.

Then what are you here for?

We need your help.

With what?

What do you know about the Multiverse?

WANDA: The Multiverse.

Vis had his theories.

He believed it was real, and dangerous.

Well, he was right about both.

We found a girl who can somehow travel across it, but she’s being pursued.

Pursued by who?

Some kind of demon.

One that covets her power for itself.

Ah.

We’ve taken her to Kamar-Taj, and we’ve got our defenses, but we could use an Avenger.

There are other Avengers.

Yeah, but given the choice between the archer with the mohawk and several bug-themed crime fighters, or one of the most powerful magic-wielders on the planet…

(LAUGHS)

…it’s an easy call.

Come to Kamar-Taj.

It’ll get you back on the lunch box.

What if you brought America here?

Here?

Yeah. I know what it’s like to be on your own, hunted for abilities you never wanted, and I can protect her.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS)

You never told me her name, did you?

No.

Mm.

No, I didn’t.

You know, the Hex was the easy part.

The lying, not so much.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

The Dark hold.

You’re familiar with the Dark hold?

I know it’s the Book of the Damned, and that it corrupts everything and everyone that it touches.

I wonder what it’s done to you.

The Dark hold only showed me the truth.

Everything I lost can be mine again.

What do you want with America?

What do you want with the Multiverse?

I’m going to leave this reality and go to one where I can be with my children.

Wanda, your children aren’t real.

You created them using magic.

That’s what every mother does.

If you knew there was a universe where you were happy, wouldn’t you want to go there?

I am happy.

I know better than most what self-deception looks like.

What you’re doing is a flagrant violation of every natural law, and if you take that child’s power, she won’t survive.

I don’t relish hurting anyone, Stephen.

But she’s not a child.

She’s a supernatural being.

Such raw power could wreak havoc on this and other worlds.

Her sacrifice would be for the greater good.

Well, you can kiss the lunch box goodbye, ’cause that’s the kind of justification our enemies use.

Is it the one you used when you gave Thanos the Time Stone?

That was a war, and I did what I had to do.

You break the rules and become a hero.

I do it, and I become the enemy.

That doesn’t seem fair.

What happens now?

Return to Kamar-Taj and prepare to hand over America Chavez by sundown.

Peacefully.

After that…

You’ll never see me again.

And if we don’t?

Then it won’t be Wanda who comes for her.

It will be the Scarlet Witch.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(SOFTLY) The Scarlet Witch.

Wanda’s gone.

She’s got the Dark hold, and the Dark hold has her.

The Scarlet Witch is a being of unfathomable magic.

She can rewrite reality as she chooses, and is prophesized to either rule or annihilate the cosmos.

She took over a whole town using her mind.

If she gets America’s power, she could enslave the entire Multiverse.

So, the person you went to ask for help, and told exactly where I am, is the person that’s trying to kill me?

Yeah.

Suspend teaching at once and arm the students.

Kamar-Taj must now become a fortress.

(DRUMS BEATING)

(BELL RINGS)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

Wow.

It’s the masters of the Hong Kong and London Sanctums.

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

It’s an honor to court death alongside you once again.

The honor is ours.

(IN ENGLISH) Whatever the Sorcerer Supreme asks of us, it shall be done.

SORCERER: Extra duty men, follow me.

It’s ancient custom.

(INDISTINCT SHOUTING)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC CONTINUES)

(RUMBLING)

(WIND WHOOSHING)

(FAINT EERIE CRIES)

(RUMBLING STOPS)

(ALL BREATHING NERVOUSLY)

(SOFT WHOOSHING)

(RUMBLING)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS)

Choose your words wisely.

The fate of the Multiverse may depend on it.

Got it.

No pressure, then.

(BREATHES DEEPLY)

All this for a child you met yesterday.

Wanda, you are justifiably angry.

You had to make terrible sacrifices.

I blew a hole through the head of the man I loved, and it meant nothing.

Do not speak to me of sacrifice, Stephen Strange.

If you give me what I want, I’ll send you to a world where you can be with Christine.

(BREATHES SHAKILY)

The full might of Kamar-Taj stands against you.

Defensive positions, now!

(SORCERERS GRUNT)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

Do not dare to enter these sacred grounds.

You have no idea just how reasonable I have been.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Yeah.

Book of the Damned, calling yourself a witch, conjuring creatures to abduct a kid,

I don’t exactly call that being reasonable.

Sending those creatures after her instead of myself was mercy.

And in spite of your hypocrisies, and insults, I have begged you to safely get out of my way.

You have exhausted my patience, but I do hope you understand that even now, what’s about to happen, this is me being reasonable.

(GRUNTS)

(SHIELD REVERBERATING)

WONG: Hold!

Hold!

Nailed it.

(BREATHING SHAKILY)

Reinforce the shield.

SORCERER 1: Reinforce the shield!

SORCERER 2: Reinforce the shield!

(RUMBLING)

(PANTING)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

She’s trying to get in their heads.

Sorcerers, fortify your mind!

(ALL GO QUIET)

(WHISPERS) Run.

(CRACKLING)

(WHIMPERING)

(SHIELD POWERING DOWN)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

WONG: The shield is down!

(SORCERERS CLAMORING)

(YELLS) Fire!

(YELPS)

Yes!

(SCARLET WITCH GRUNTING)

(SORCERERS SCREAMING)

Take cover!

(SORCERERS SCREAM)

Fire at will!

(GRUNTING)

(SORCERERS SCREAMING)

Fall back.

Wong!

Get out of here!

Go, go.

Go!

(RUMBLING)

(GASPING)

(GRUNTS)

(SCREAMING IN PAIN)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(EXHALES SLOWLY)

SCARLET WITCH: (WHISPERS IN SOKOVIAN) America…

(WHISPERING CONTINUES)

(GASPS)

You want the girl, you’ll have to go through me.

Fine.

(MECHANICAL WHIRRING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(WHIRRING STOPS)

(GASPS)

(GASPS)

(MYSTERIOUS MUSIC CHIMING)

(GRUNTS)

(GASPING)

(GRUNTS)

(RICOCHETING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

We gotta get you out of here. Now.

AMERICA: Wong, what happened?

WONG: Kamar-Taj has fallen.

(EERIE, DISTORTED SCREAMING)

(SCREAMING CONTINUES)

(GASPS)

(GRUNTS)

Reflections.

She’s using the reflections. Cover them.

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(SHRIEKS)

(SCREAMS)

(SINISTER MUSIC PLAYING)

(PANTING)

(BONES CRACK)

(SIGHS)

SCARLET WITCH: You gave all those lives just to keep me from my children.

You took those lives.

You cannot be allowed to cross into the Multiverse.

I’m not a monster, Stephen.

I’m a mother.

Wanda, you have no children.

They don’t exist.

SCARLET WITCH: Oh, but they do.

In every other universe.

I know they do.

Because I dream of them every night.

(LAUGHTER)

BILLY: We’re gonna show it.

TOMMY: Mom, watch us. Mom!

BILLY: Go long. Got it!

All right, go on back, go on back.

TOMMY: All right, yeah. Don’t…

SCARLET WITCH: Of my boys.

TOMMY: Billy, don’t you dare! No!

Of our life together.

838 WANDA: Here.

BILLY AND TOMMY: Yes!

838 WANDA: And then back to front.

Back to front.

BILLY: Can I have some?

Please?

Are you guys ready?

TOMMY: It’s okay.

BILLY: I love you, Mom.

SCARLET WITCH: Every night… the same dream. And every morning… the same nightmare.

DOCTOR STRANGE: What if you reach them?

What happens to the other you?

What happens to their mother?

(CREATURES SCREECHING)

(GRUNTING)

(HISSES)

(SCARLET WITCH GRUNTS)

(GRUNTS)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(BOTH GRUNTING)

(AMERICA SCREAMS)

(WONG YELPS)

(EXPLODES)

(AMERICA GRUNTING)

(GRUNTS)

(DOCTOR STRANGE SCREAMING)

(DOCTOR STRANGE GRUNTING)

(INSECTS BUZZING)

(GURGLING)

(SLOW-MOTIONED SCREAMING)

(TIRES SCREECHING)

(AMERICA GRUNTS)

(BELL CHIMES)

(DOCTOR STRANGE GRUNTS)

(STATIC)

(LIVELY CARTOON MUSIC PLAYS)

(CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYS)

(GLITCHY AND SLOW-MOTIONED SCREAMING)

(SQUELCHING)

(DOCTOR STRANGE GURGLING)

(WICKED LAUGHTER)

(WHIRRING)

(BOTH GRUNT)

(PANTING)

You okay?

You saved me.

I hope so.

Surprised you didn’t puke.

It’s not my first weird trip, kid.

So, this is New York in the Multi… (GAGS)

(VOMITING)

Yep.

There it is.

(CONTINUES VOMITING)

(SPITS, GROANS)

Crap.

(GROANS)

Cut it out.

Yeah, you got pretty dinged up.

We’ll get you fixed.

All right, America.

You gotta open a portal and get us back there right now.

I don’t know how.

You just did it.

Not on purpose.

Wong is back there alone with Wanda, and I’m the only hope he has.

I can’t control my powers…

You must be able to control it somehow.

Even I could…

Sorry.

(SIGHS) Well, what about this universe’s version of you?

Maybe she could control her powers.

This universe doesn’t have a me.

What?

None of them do.

But how do you know that?

‘Cause I’ve looked.

And ’cause I never dream.

(SIGHS)

That’s okay, kid.

And even if you could get me back there, I have no way of fighting Wanda.

What about The Book of Vishanti?

What about it?

Other You thought it could stop whoever was after me.

Yeah, well, good for Other Me. He’s not here, is he?

I don’t know where it is, so unless there’s another Other Me…

We need to go find…

Other Other Me.

(BRIGHT MUSIC PLAYING)

(GASPS)

(AMERICA PANTING)

We go on red?

Rule number one of Multiversal travel, you don’t know anything.

Right.

It’s red.

So, what’s rule number two?

America?

America!

Rule number two, find food.

Preferably pizza. Pizza balls.

DOCTOR STRANGE: How’d you pay for that?

AMERICA: It was free.

Food’s free in most universes, actually.

It’s weird you guys have to pay for it.

Hey! You didn’t pay for that.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Right.

Crap.

Maybe it’s not free here.

Pizza Poppa always gets paid.

All right, Pizza Poppa, relax. She’s just a kid…

She was hungry.

Relax yourself, there, (LAUGHS) Doctor Strange.

Where’d you get this cape from, anyway?

Oh, that feels authentic.

It’s not a cape, it’s a cloak, and I suggest you let go.

You took this whole suit from the Strange Museum, didn’t you?

Strange Museum?

You’re a taker.

Why don’t you take some mustard, huh?

(WHOOSHING)

(GRUNTING AND SPUTTERING)

(GRUNTING AND WHIMPERING)

Come on. It’s not permanent.

(PIZZA POPPA YELLING)

Like he’ll stop in a few minutes?

About three weeks.

(CHUCKLES)

(PIZZA POPPA GRUNTING)

DOCTOR STRANGE: Those universes we went through, were we paint in one of them?

Yeah, you don’t wanna get stuck in there.

It’s really hard to eat.

How many universes have you been to?

Uh…

Seventy-two.

Seventy-three, counting this one.

That’s…

That’s a lot.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Memory Lane.

Replay your significant memories, now at a discounted price.

We remember so you don’t forget.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYING)

CHRISTINE: This is pretty fancy.

Did you have to take out another student loan?

Nah. I just sold one of those kidneys that we operated on last week.

(CHRISTINE LAUGHS)

So, um, got you a little something.

Congratulations.

What is it?

CHRISTINE: Open it and see.

Christine, this is…

This is amazing. Thank you.

We don’t have time for this.

(MEMORY STOPS PLAYING)

AUTOMATED VOICE: Memory Lane.

Replay your significant memories, now at a discounted price.

We remember so you don’t forget.

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

DOCTOR STRANGE: Where’s this?

Home.

My moms.

(SPEAKING SPANISH) Son mis madres.

¿Para mí? Ay, qué Linda.

Gracias.

A ver, te la pongo.

Mm. Tan hermosa.

Te ves Bella.

Ándale, nos van a dar otra flor.

(GASPS)

(INSECT BUZZING)

(SCREAMS)

(CRACKLING)

ELENA: America!

(SCREAMING)

(SCREAMING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(MEMORY STOPS PLAYING)

You know, you were right. This is just a waste of time.

Hey, kid.

That was the first time that you opened a portal, right?

AMERICA: Doesn’t matter.

It does matter. You lost your parents.

I didn’t lose them. I killed them.

No. No, you did not. Don’t even think that.

Okay, I opened a portal with the powers I can’t control and sent them to a random, probably deadly universe, with no way to escape.

Listen, if your moms are anything like their daughter, they survived.

I’m sure you’ll meet them again someday.

Not bad.

Thanks.

That woman in your memory bank thing, that was Christine, right?

(SIGHS) Yes, that was Christine.

How do you know her?

From Other You.

Were they together?

No, they didn’t talk anymore.

He blew it.

Of course.

Did you blow it with your Christine?

Yes, I guess I did.

Why?

(SIGHS) Complicated.

More complicated than being chased by a witch through the Multiverse?

Yes, actually, it is.

(SOFT MUSIC PLAYING)

(SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING)

“Gave his life defeating Thanos”?

Yeah. See? We’re not all bad.

If Other You’s dead, who’s Master of the Sanctum?

(DOOR OPENS)

Oh, shit.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

You know him?

Yeah. Mordo.

He was actually the first guy who let me into Kamar-Taj.

Oh, great.

And then he snapped and dedicated his life to trying to kill me.

Oh.

Great.

838 MORDO: I always suspected this day would come.

You did?

Yes.

Because you always suspected this day would come.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS)

(SIGHS)

My brother. (CHUCKLING)

(CHUCKLES)

(838 MORDO LAUGHING)

All right.

838 MORDO: Come in, and tell me everything about your universe.

You go on red.

838 MORDO: And you’re quite formidable too, it seems.

A Multiversal traveler.

Well, thank the stars you brought Doctor Strange to safety.

Well, just ’cause we jumped ship doesn’t mean we’re safe.

Our Wanda has the ability to conjure demons and monsters to attack America in other universes.

So she has the Dark hold?

Oh, you know of the Dark hold?

Oh, yes. We have a Dark hold in this universe, too.

I guard it here in this Sanctum.

We would never risk a weapon that dangerous falling into the wrong hands.

Damn right.

But if your Dark hold is anything like ours, I’m afraid she can do far worse than just summon monsters to come after you here.

What do you mean?

There is a spell contained within those pages…

(SOFT CREAKING)

…corrosive to the soul, a desecration of reality itself.

Dream walking.

(WIND GUSTS)

A Dream walking sorcerer projects their own consciousness from their universe into another, possessing the body of an alternate self.

They may puppeteer this unholy doppelganger and pursue their enemies from afar.

The possession is not a permanent link between realities.

But in the fleeting time they Dream walk, they can do irreparable damage to the universe they invade.

So it may not be a demon that you face.

It may be the Scarlet Witch.

Why didn’t she do that to begin with?

DOCTOR STRANGE: Because that was her being reasonable.

What do you know of The Book of Vishanti?

The Darkhold’s antithesis?

It can give a sorcerer whatever power they need to vanquish their enemy.

(VOICE DISTORTS) I need your help to get me to it.

(DISTORTED ECHO)

I’m sorry, Stephen.

But I hope you, of all people, understand that it is not Wanda Maxim off (DISTORTED) who threatens our reality,

(ECHOING) it’s the two of you.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Oh, God.

What was in that tea?

(GASPING)

(DISTORTED) You son of a bitch.

(GRUNTS)

(GROANS)

The Sands of Nisanti.

I’m only acting as you would.

She’s coming.

(PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(DISTANT SCREAM)

838 WANDA: Boys, it’s time for bed.

BILLY: Can we have a little more ice cream?

TOMMY: Please.

BILLY: Please, please, please!

A little more, please!

838 WANDA: Hey, don’t make Mom out to be the bad guy.

BILLY: You know who’s the best?

TOMMY: Who? BILLY: 2003 Tigers.

TOMMY: They suck.

(RATTLING)

They’re so bad they suck egg.

BILLY: No, they don’t. They’re the best.

TOMMY: Doofus. BILLY: Doofus 2.

TOMMY: Triple infinity doofus.

BILLY: Infinity infinity googolplex quadruple doofus.

TOMMY: Quintuple infinity… Crazy doofus.

BILLY: Googolplex doofus.

(EERIE SCREECH)

(LIGHT CREAKING)

(EERIE SNARLING)

(WIND GUSTING)

(SCREECHING)

(GASPING)

(SCARLET WITCH WHISPERS IN SOKOVIAN)

(WIND GUSTS)

(GASPS)

(GASPING)

(EERIE MUSIC PLAYS)

(GASPS)

(WAVES CRASHING)

(SEAGULLS CALLING)

(LIGHT RATTLES)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS)

(HISSES)

(GRUNTING IN PAIN)

(WHOOSHING)

(GASPS)

(SIGHING)

(SHUDDERS)

BILLY: Mom?

Yes, sweetheart?

BILLY: Where are you going?

Just to take out the trash.

BILLY: Can we show you something?

TOMMY: Mom, hurry, come on!

BILLY: Come on, it’s important.

TOMMY: Mom.

BILLY: You’ll like it.

TOMMY: Come on. Hurry up.

BILLY: It’s important.

Okay, so, Mom, listen to this…

I’m gonna start it.

No, I wanna start it.

I wanna start it.

I want to start!

No, I want to start!

No! I want to start.

I want to start.

Why don’t you both start it, whatever it is, together?

Okay.

Okay.

You ready?

Yeah.

Three, two, one, go.

(SINGING) We like ice cream

Like every child should

And if we get some ice cream

We promise to be good

(SOFT MUSIC PLAYING)

You’re alive.

Yes.

But so many others were lost.

Set me free.

I need to destroy the book.

No. It cannot be you.

Sara. No, no!

(SARA GRUNTS)

(YELLS)

(WIND GUSTING)

(EERIE CRIES)

(SARA WHIMPERING)

BILLY: Mom!

(GASPS)

TOMMY: What happened?

What?

Are you okay?

(SHUDDERING)

Okay. Billy, Tommy.

What?

(GASPING)

(WHIMPERING) No, no, no.

(GASPING)

(SINISTER MUSIC PLAYING)

(GRUNTS)

I need the Darkhold’s spells.

You are the Sorcerer Supreme.

Tell me what you know.

You’re gonna have to kill me, witch.

Not you.

Them.

(ALL GRUNTING IN PAIN)

WONG: Wanda, stop.

Wanda, please!

(GROANS)

(SORCERERS SCREAMING IN PAIN)

The Dark hold was a copy!

(GASPING)

A copy?

Legend speaks of a mountain with the wretched spells you seek carved into its walls.

It’s there the Dark hold was transcribed.

Mount Wundagore.

Wundagore?

No one has survived the journey.

Perhaps we will be the exception.

(MUFFLED THUDDING ECHOES)

(GROANS)

AMERICA: (MUFFLED) Hey!

(GROANS)

Hey!

(GLASS POUNDING)

(GRUNTING)

This universe sucks.

Cloak?

(GRUNTS)

(SIGHS)

Hey.

Hey, lab coat.

Where the hell are we?

Look, I don’t know who you are, or what you think you’re trying to do here, but these situations don’t usually…

WOMAN: Thank you.

…work out well for the nameless scientists, so just…

(SIGHS)

Christine?

Hello, Stephen.

Ay Dios.

Miss Chavez.

Uh, to answer your question, you are in a highly secure research facility.

The two of you, along with your sentient cloak, are here for surveillance and testing.

Uh… Uh, testing?

Well, yes. You’re visitors from another universe.

Your magnetic signatures could be radioactive, you may be carrying diseases we just don’t have treatments for.

Hence, these amazing polycarbonate fish bowls.

I assume I have you to thank for these then?

Yes. I developed those using the Sands of Nisanti.

One of 838 Stephen’s magical relics.

838 Stephen?

Is that some kind of cyborg me, or…

Our universe is 838, and we’ve designated yours 616.

Oh. You guys sure must know a lot about the Multiverse if you got someone going around naming realities.

Yes.

Me.

I’m a senior fellow with the Baxter Foundation, and I specialize in Multiversal research.

DOCTOR STRANGE: So, how’d you end up working here?

Wherever here is.

838 CHRISTINE: Well, I volunteered.

At your funeral.

Thank you for going.

Your injuries, they’re similar, but they’re not identical.

It’s fascinating.

What were we to each other in this universe?

We never quite figured that out.

Yeah?

Well, that’s something we got in common.

(CHUCKLES DRYLY)

Christine, you gotta let us out of here.

Everyone’s in real danger.

Look, I know you don’t know me…

And I don’t want to.

Whatever I was to you in your universe does not matter.

Why not?

(SIGHS)

Because you’re dangerous, Stephen.

Someone from my universe wants that girl, and she’s gonna rip this place apart atom-by-atom until she gets what she wants.

So I don’t care if you’re from the Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D…

838 MORDO: We’re neither.

Well, what then?

HYDRA?

The Illuminati will see you now.

The Illumi-what-y?

(GASPING SOFTLY)

Don’t let anyone hurt that kid.

It’s gonna be okay.

(BREATHES SHAKILY)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(WIND GUSTING)

You couldn’t portal us up there?

My magic can only take us so far.

Masters of the Mystic Arts weren’t meant to tread upon the forbidden grounds of Wundagore.

(WONG GRUNTS)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC CONTINUES)

WONG: Eons ago, the first demon, Chthon, carved his dark magic into this tomb.

These same spells were later transcribed into the Dark hold.

(STONE CRUMBLES)

(WANDA GASPS)

There’s no telling what soulless monstrosities lie within.

(ROARS)

(GASPS)

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(GASPS)

(GASPS)

(ROARING)

(GRUNTING)

(PANTING)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

They’ve been waiting for me.

This isn’t a tomb.

It’s a throne.

(MENACING MUSIC PLAYING)

(GRUNTS)

838 MORDO: Stephen Strange, you are now called before the Illuminati.

I, Baron Karl Mordo, the Sorcerer Supreme, do hereby…

“Karl”?

838 MORDO: Captain Carter.

(CAPTAIN AMERICA THEME PLAYS)

The first Avenger.

Blackagar Boltagon.

Keeper of the Terrigen Mists, the Inhuman king.

Blackagar Boltagard? Huh.

Hidigy hid it here.

Captain Marvel. Defender of the cosmos.

And the smartest man alive, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Hello, Stephen.

“Fantastic Four.” Didn’t you guys chart in the ’60s?

I’m sorry, is this a joke to you?

Well, there’s a guy over there with a fork on his head, so, yeah, a little bit.

Be grateful Black Bolt doesn’t engage you in conversation.

Why? Does he have bad breath?

This Strange is even more arrogant than ours.

Hmm.

No, just more alive.

For now.

REED: Stephen, your arrival here confuses and destabilizes reality.

The larger the footprint you leave behind, the greater the risk of an Incursion.

Incursion?

REED: An Incursion occurs when the boundary between two universes erodes and they collide,

destroying one or both entirely.

Your alternate self created the Illuminati to make difficult decisions that no one else could.

Today, we’re here to determine what to do with you and the child.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: So, before we vote, if you got anything serious to say, now’s the time.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Yeah, I do.

If it’s Incursions you’re worried about, do you seriously think I’m a bigger threat than the Scarlet Witch?

Oh, we can handle your little witch if she decides to Dream walk.

No. No, you cannot.

Not unless you give me The Book of Vishanti.

We appreciate your concern, Stephen, but it’s not the Scarlet Witch that we fear.

From our experience, the greatest danger

to the Multiverse, it turns out,

is Doctor Strange.

Wait. Your Doctor Strange?

Earth’s mightiest hero who died defeating Thanos?

MYSTERIOUS VOICE: We should tell him the truth.

(X-MEN ’97 THEME PLAYING)

838 MORDO: Our final member, Professor Charles Xavier.

What truth?

That’s not how our Strange died.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

You’re wondering what happens now.

No.

That I’ve already accepted.

But I do wonder when you could force America to send you to any universe you want, why take her power for your own?

You know it would kill her.

For Billy and Tommy, to protect them.

What if they get sick?

In the infinite Multiverse, there’s a cure for every illness.

A solution to every problem.

I won’t lose them again.

Try as you might, Wanda, you cannot control everything.

But I can.

Look around you.

It’s carved in stone.

I was meant to rule everything.

But that’s not what I want.

I just want my boys.

At the cost of a child’s life?

Is there no peace in knowing that even though you can’t be with the ones you love, there are worlds where you are together?

Is that not enough?

(GROANS)

No.

(WONG GRUNTS)

(WONG SCREAMS)

(SINISTER MUSIC PLAYING)

(WIND GUSTS)

Our Strange did not die defeating Thanos.

We were at war.

While the rest of us banded together to try to stop Thanos, Stephen, as always, chose to go it alone.

838 MORDO: He turned to the Dark hold, began Dream walking, in hopes that our salvation might lie in the Multiverse.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: And guess what?

It didn’t. But he kept doing it anyway.

REED: One night, you called us all together, confessed that you had been Dream walking, and in your words, “Things had gotten out of hand.”

You never told us the details of what had happened, only that you had inadvertently triggered an Incursion.

You, our friend, had caused the annihilation of another universe.

Everyone in that reality died.

Everyone.

PROF CHARLES XAVIER: Stephen renounced the Darkhold’s evil and helped us find The Book of Vishanti, a weapon we did use together to defeat Thanos.

But one final threat remained.

(TELEPATHIC TRILLING)

(EXHALES SHARPLY)

(SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING)

I shall miss you, my friend.

I’m ready.

(ECHOING) I’m sorry.

(ECHOING CONTINUES)

(HIGH-PITCHED TRILLING)

(PANTING)

(MELANCHOLY MUSIC PLAYING)

Did you tell Christine?

Yes.

The statue…

What about the statue?

You built a statue.

The world needs heroes.

We made the difficult choice because we knew what our Strange was capable of.

What, perhaps, every Doctor Strange is capable of.

(ALARM BLARING)

The building’s been breached.

No shit, genius.

(RUMBLING)

Status report on sentries.

ULTRON SENTRY 1: Stop where you…

ULTRON SENTRY 2: Get back!

(GRUNTING)

ULTRON SENTRY 3: (DISTORTED) Stop where you are…

She’s heading for the child.

Watch him. We’ll vote on our return.

Stephen, should you manage to escape this chamber, you must guide America Chavez.

What the hell are you saying?

Save the girl and get to The Book of Vishanti.

What? You have the book here?

PROF CHARLES XAVIER: Yes. You built a way point.

Charles, we cannot trust him.

I believe we can.

Just because someone stumbles and loses their way doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.

We will see what kind of Doctor Strange you are.

Thank you.

ULTRON SENTRY: Perimeter breakdown.

(ALARM BEEPING)

All sentries engage.

Everybody out.

Intruder approaching.

838 CHRISTINE: Now!

It’s Wanda.

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(RUMBLING)

(SHOTS FIRING)

ULTRON HEAD: Ultron commands you to halt.

(SINISTER MUSIC PLAYING)

Ultron commands… (MALFUNCTIONING)

Hurry, hurry! She’s coming!

Oh, no.

(CAPTAIN AMERICA THEME PLAYING)

REED: Wanda, stop.

You’ve possessed an innocent woman, but you can still do the right thing.

Let her go.

Please.

I have children of my own. I understand your pain.

Is their mother still alive?

Yes.

Good. There will be someone left to raise them.

Wanda, Black Bolt could destroy you with one whisper from his mouth.

(EXHALES MENACINGLY)

What mouth?

(MUFFLED SCREAM)

(GRUNTS)

(STRAINED GRUNTING)

(SCREAMS)

(SIGHS)

(ALL GRUNTING)

(GRUNTS)

Take me to The Book of Vishanti, so that we can fight her together.

You are in no position to give orders.

(DOCTOR STRANGE SCOFFS)

My vote will conclude these proceedings when they return.

(PANTING)

(SILENT FOOTSTEPS)

(BOTH GRUNTING)

Haven’t you had enough?

(SPITS)

Oh, I could do this all day.

(BOTH GRUNTING)

(SHIELD SLICES)

(GASPS)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(RUMBLING)

(GRUNTING)

Get the hell out of my universe!

(STRAINING)

(GRUNTS SOFTLY)

(GRUNTS)

(SCREAMS)

(GRUNTS)

(GRUNTS)

(GRUNTS)

(LOW RUMBLING)

They’re not coming back.

And you just cast your vote now to kill your friends.

Not that that ever bothered you before.

You know, you hated me where I came from.

And I bet secretly, my brother, you hated me here.

You must’ve been so jealous.

Do you know what?

I bet you were thrilled when you heard I’d been corrupted.

Hell, you probably gave me the Dark hold to begin with…

You know nothing of this universe!

I know that killing Stephen Strange was your ticket to getting the Sanctum, to becoming Sorcerer Supreme, and to joining your little circus of clowns, the Illuminati.

(SHOUTS) I’m ready… to cast my vote now.

(INHALES)

(YELLS)

(GRUNTING)

(CRACKLING)

(GROANS)

(SHOUTS)

(GROANS)

(GASPS)

(BOTH YELL)

(BOTH PANTING)

(GRUNTING)

I think I’m beginning to understand why your Mordo didn’t like you very much!

(BOTH GRUNTING)

You’re sealed shut!

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(AMERICA WHIMPERS)

(GRUNTS)

Okay. Get back.

(GRUNTING)

(GRUNTS)

Whoa.

Whoa.

(GASPS)

PROF CHARLES XAVIER: Enough!

(PANTING)

(TELEPATHIC TRILLING)

(SCREAMING)

(DOOR CREAKING)

(GASPS)

(BREATHING SHAKILY) Help me. Please.

Wanda Maxim off, your mind is being held hostage by your alternate self.

(DISTANT EXPLOSIONS)

(GRUNTING)

(AIR-RAID SIREN BLARING)

Grab my hand.

Perhaps, if I can pull you from under the rubble, the spell will break.

(BOTH GRUNTING)

(SCARLET WITCH WHISPERING IN SOKOVIAN)

(GASPS)

(PANTING)

(WHISPERING CONTINUES)

(GASPS SOFTLY)

(SHRIEKS)

(BONES CRACK)

(BOTH PANTING)

(SCREECHING ECHOES)

(FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)

(SHOES SQUEAKING)

Hey! You all right?

You okay?

Hey.

You all right?

AMERICA: Yeah.

Hey.

She fixed him.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Thank you.

Yeah.

Xavier said I built a way point to The Book of Vishanti.

Can you take us there?

How am I supposed to trust you?

I know what happened, and I’m sorry for what he did, but believe me, The Book of Vishanti is the only way.

838 CHRISTINE: Yeah. Your way.

You sound a lot like my Stephen right now.

He had to be the one holding the knife, and then that knife killed a trillion people.

AMERICA: This Stephen is different.

He is.

It doesn’t matter about all the other Stephens.

You’re not like them.

(SIGHS)

Smart kid.

(MUFFLED RUMBLING)

(LIGHT BUZZES)

(SIGHS) Give me your hand.

(BEEPS)

(SIGHS) Do not make me regret this.

I won’t.

(MUFFLED BLAST)

Okay, can we go now?

Yeah, follow me.

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(GLASS CRUSHING)

(EERIE GROWL)

Where’s that tunnel go?

Under the river.

(DOOR SHUTS)

(DOOR CLANGS, CREAKING)

Go, go, go, go, go!

(GRUNTS)

(SWITCH CLICKS)

(DOOR WHIRRING)

(PANTING)

(ALL PANTING)

(SWITCH CLICKS)

(DOOR WHIRRING)

(ALL PANTING)

(WATER TRICKLING)

Where did she go?

(SCREAMS)

(PANTING HEAVILY)

I warned you.

Other Wanda, if you’re in there, hold your breath.

(GRUNTS)

Did you kill her?

No, just bought us some time.

The Book’s through here.

But only Stephen’s ever opened it.

(CLANKING)

Shit.

(SIGHS) An enchantment that’s specific to me, something only I would know.

Wait. Stephen.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Come on.

(HUFFS) Come on.

Stephen.

Yeah.

Thank you.

Sure.

(CLEARS THROAT)

DOCTOR STRANGE: Open sesame.

(ETHEREAL MUSIC PLAYING)

Come on, kid.

You got this.

We got this.

Yeah.

You all right?

Yeah.

This is the Gap Junction, the space between universes.

(HIGH-PITCHED HUMMING)

(WIND WHOOSHING)

All right, Book.

(FAINT, INDISTINCT WHISPERING)

Give me what I need.

(WHOOSHING)

(YELPS)

(SCREAMS)

No!

No!

(GRUNTS)

(BOTH YELP)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(BOTH GRUNTING)

(CRACKLING)

(BOTH YELPING)

(YELPING)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(PANTING)

My boys.

This isn’t what your children would want.

(GROANS)

(SHRIEKS)

(PANTING)

They’ll never know.

Maybe not.

But you will.

Oh, no.

(GASPS)

Oh, crap.

838 CHRISTINE: It’s like this reality collapsed in on itself.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Yeah.

Or two realities collided.

(WHOOSHING)

Come on.

America doesn’t have long.

838 CHRISTINE: So where are we going?

DOCTOR STRANGE: Well, if there’s still a sanctum in this universe, then there might be another Other Other Me, and that’s our best shot of getting back to her.

(RUBBLE RUMBLING)

(METAL CREAKING)

Well, I can see why you guys were so worried about Incursions.

838 CHRISTINE: Whatever happened, this universe’s you didn’t do a very good job of stopping it.

I’ll tell him you said that.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(GASPS)

(STAIRS CREAK)

Hello?

MAN: Stop where you are.

How did you get here?

By accident.

Who are you?

What are you?

I’m just one of us.

From the Multiverse?

That’s right.

Prove it.

We had a sister.

Donna.

But she, um…

She died when we were kids.

How?

We were playing on a frozen lake and, uh… she fell through the ice.

I couldn’t save her.

Sounds about right.

But we don’t talk about that, do we?

No, we don’t.

Suppose your reality wasn’t always like this.

SINISTER STRANGE: I suspect it was somewhat like yours until…

DOCTOR STRANGE: Until?

Until I lost.

To whom?

What do you want?

I just want to get home.

Yeah? Believe me, I’ve been trying to leave this place for a long time.

Dark hold.

You guard the Dark hold in this universe?

Yeah.

For good reason.

That’s a start.

I could use it.

It could help me to communicate with my universe.

Careful.

The Dark hold exacts a heavy toll.

I don’t mean to be callous, but how much of a heavier toll is there left to exact?

Not just on its reality.

On its reader.

Look, I’m sorry you couldn’t save your universe, but maybe you could help to save mine.

Are you happy, Stephen?

What?

Are you happy, Stephen?

It’s the question that… Christine Palmer asked me at her wedding.

I said, “Yes, of course I’m happy.

“I’m a sorcerer with the power of gods.

“What man wouldn’t be happy?”

And then I came back to this goddamn haunted house, sat down, and wondered why I’d lied.

I never meant for any of this to happen.

I was looking for a world where things were different.

Where I had Christine, where I was happy.

But I didn’t find it.

All I found were more of us.

So I did those Stephens a favor.

You ever had that dream where you’re falling as if you’ve been pushed off a tall building?

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS)

That was probably me.

(SINISTER MUSIC PLAYING)

The Dark hold exacts a heavy toll.

Okay.

All the more reason to give it a rest and let me have it.

Here’s the deal.

I’ll let you use the Dark hold if you give me your Christine.

Yeah.

I don’t think she’s gonna go for that.

No?

(CLICKS TONGUE) Didn’t think so.

(BOTH GRUNTING)

(PIANO CLANGS)

(GRUNTS)

(PIANO NOTES CLANG)

(PIANO NOTES TRILLING)

(GRUNTS)

(MUSIC DISTORTS)

(DISTORTED GRUNTING)

(GRUNTS)

(ORCHESTRAL MUSIC PLAYS)

(BACH’S TOCCATA AND FUGUE PLAYS)

(VOICES SCREAMING)

(BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 5 PLAYS)

(JARRING NOTES PLAYING)

(STRAINING)

(PANTING)

(PANTING)

(STRAINING)

(GASPING)

(MELODIC TUNE PLAYS)

(MUSIC FADES OFF)

(SHARP MUSIC PLAYS)

(SCREAMS)

(SINISTER STRANGE SCREAMING)

(GROANS)

(SCREAMS)

(WIND GUSTING)

(CLINKING)

(GASPS)

(GRUNTING)

(SCREAMS, GROANING)

(AMERICA STRAINING)

(SCREAMING)

(ROUSING MUSIC PLAYING)

(SCREAMING)

Hang on, we’re coming.

What are you doing with the Dark hold?

Are you going to Dream walk?

It’s a little bit more than just Dream walking.

All you Stranges, you’re the same.

I know.

You’re right.

We are all the same.

But right now, that kid needs me.

And I can’t do any of this without your help.

While I’m under, I need you to protect my body in case they attack me for trespassing.

Who’s “they”?

The souls of the damned.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(GASPS)

(WHOOSHING)

Okay.

But doesn’t a version of you need to live in that universe, so that you can Dream walk into them?

Who said they had to be living?

(THUNDER RUMBLING)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(SNARLS SOFTLY)

(WHEEZES)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC CONTINUES)

(GRUNTING)

(GROANS)

(BREATHES HEAVILY)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(SOULS WAILING)

(SOUL SNARLING)

(BONES CRACKING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(GRUNTING)

(SOULS CACKLING MENACINGLY)

FEMALE SOUL 1: (DISTORTED) Stephen Strange, possessing a dead body is forbidden.

FEMALE SOUL 2: Forbidden.

Trespasser!

MALE SOUL: Trespasser!

FEMALE SOUL 1: Cease your Dream walk, or face the eternal consequences.

(GROANING)

(SHIVERING)

838 CHRISTINE: Stephen!

(SOFTLY) They’re pulling me down.

838 CHRISTINE: Stephen!

(DOCTOR STRANGE WHEEZES)

(SHIVERING)

(YELPS)

Hang on, hang on, hang on.

Where are you?

(SOULS SCREECHING)

(SNARLING)

(YELPS)

(SOUL SNARLING)

(SCREAMING)

(SOULS SCREECHING)

(SNARLING CONTINUES)

(GRUNTS)

(GASPS)

The Brazier of Bom’Galiath.

(GRUNTS)

(SNARLING)

Go back to hell.

(SOULS SCREAM)

(SOULS SCREECH)

(DOCTOR STRANGE SHIVERING)

(838 CHRISTINE PANTING)

Stephen.

I’ve got you.

You’re a Master of the Mystic Arts.

They’re spirits.

Use them.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS)

Use them.

Use them.

(GASPS)

(SOULS SHRIEKING)

(SNARLS SOFTLY)

(DEAD STRANGE SNARLING)

(SOULS SHRIEK)

(SOULS WAILING)

(DEAD STRANGE GRUNTS)

(SOULS SCREECHING)

(SOULS CACKLING)

FEMALE SOUL: No!

(DEAD STRANGE GRUNTS)

(SOULS YELPING)

(SOULS CACKLING)

(DEAD STRANGE GROWLING)

(SOULS SCREAMING)

(MENACING MUSIC PLAYING)

(GROWLS)

(GRUNTS)

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

Come on!

(CREATURES GROWL)

Uh-oh.

(GRUNTING)

(WHOOSHING)

(SOULS CACKLING MENACINGLY)

Strange! (LAUGHS)

(GASPING)

Dream walking. You hypocrite!

(SOULS SCREECHING)

This time, it’s gonna take more than killing me to kill me.

(SOULS SNARLING)

(SOULS SNARLING)

FEMALE SOUL: Murderer! Murderer!

(SOULS SNARLING AND CACKLING)

I don’t even wanna know.

(GRUNTING)

(SOULS SHRIEKING)

(GRUNTING)

(SCARLET WITCH GRUNTING)

SOUL 1: No!

SOUL 2: No!

SOUL 3: No!

She’s breaking free!

Hold her!

Strange, take America’s power!

(PANTING)

There’s no other way.

Yeah.

This is the only way.

(STIRRING MUSIC PLAYING)

It’s me in Other Me’s body.

(SIGHS)

You’re here to take my power, aren’t you?

Before Wanda can.

It’s okay.

I understand now.

No, America.

I’ve come here to tell you to trust yourself.

Trust your power.

That’s how we stop her.

I can’t control it. I…

Yes, you can.

You have been all along.

Every time you opened a portal, you sent us exactly where we needed to go.

What about the first time?

Even that led you to this moment… when you’re gonna kick that witch’s ass.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC BUILDING UP)

(GRUNTING)

(WONG AND SOULS YELPING)

(GRUNTING)

I’ve got you.

(GROANING)

(SEARING)

(YELLING IN PAIN)

(GROANS)

(WIND GUSTS)

(GROANING)

(AMERICA YELLING)

(BOOM)

(WHOOSHING)

(PANTING)

Uh-huh.

Mm-mm-mm.

(GASPS)

(YELLS)

(GASPING)

I can’t beat you.

So I’ll give you what you want.

(GRUNTS)

(CHOKING)

Billy. Tommy.

(SCREAMING) Mommy! It’s the witch!

What have you done?

Mom!

Mommy!

Wait! Boys!

It’s okay, it’s okay. It’s okay.

I’m your mother!

Get away from them.

(YELPS)

BILLY: Mom!

DEAD STRANGE: No.

Not yet.

TOMMY: Mommy!

BILLY: Get away from our mom!

You’re not our real mom!

Hey, boys. Stop. Please.

Please. Boys, stop it.

TOMMY: Get out of our house!

BILLY: You’re not our mom!

TOMMY: Get out!

BILLY: Go away!

TOMMY: Go!

(YELLS) Stop it!

(BOTH WHIMPERING)

Please don’t hurt us.

Please.

I would never hurt you.

Never.

I would never hurt anyone.

I’m not a monster.

I’m a…

(GROANING IN PAIN)

I’m…

(BOYS CONTINUE WHIMPERING)

(MELANCHOLY MUSIC PLAYING)

(SOBS) I’m sorry.

Mom!

Are you okay?

838 WANDA: Hi.

Hi. Okay.

I’m okay.

I’m okay. I’m okay.

(MELANCHOLY MUSIC CONTINUES)

Mom, don’t go. Don’t go.

No, Mom. Don’t.

(SOFTLY) It’s okay.

Mom.

It’s okay. It’s okay.

(CRYING SOFTLY)

(MELANCHOLY MUSIC CONTINUES)

Know that they’ll be loved.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(CRIES)

(RUMBLING)

What now?

Get out of here.

I’ll find you.

We have to go. Now!

I opened the Dark hold.

I have to close it.

No one will ever be tempted by the Dark hold again.

(STRUCTURE CRACKING)

(DRAMATIC CHORAL MUSIC PLAYING)

(838 CHRISTINE GASPS)

You all right?

Is it over?

Yeah.

Is America okay?

She’s on her way here to get us.

(SIGHS IN RELIEF)

Wanda?

No.

So she destroyed the Dark hold in every universe.

She did the right thing.

Yeah, she did.

838 CHRISTINE: What’s your universe like?

It’s very beautiful.

Hmm.

I wish I could show you.

I’d really like that.

But I have to go.

Yeah.

Yeah, I know.

It’s too bad, though.

Could’ve been one hell of an Incursion.

I love you.

(SIGHS)

I love you in every universe.

It’s not that I don’t wanna care for someone or have someone care for me.

It’s just…

I get scared.

Yeah.

Yeah.

(SOFT MUSIC PLAYING)

Face your fears… Doctor Strange.

(PORTAL WHOOSHES)

(TEACHER AND STUDENTS CHANTING IN MANDARIN)

(CHANTING CONTINUES)

(SIGHS) Ay! How is this so much harder than a Multiversal portal?

She needs to slow down and be more patient.

Reminds me of another student I knew.

(DOCTOR STRANGE CHUCKLES)

How you feeling?

Why do you ask?

You used the Dark hold to Dream walk into your own corpse.

Oh.

Yeah, right, that.

Fine.

But I do wanna ask you something.

Are you happy?

That’s a, um, interesting question.

You’d think that saving the world would get you there, but it doesn’t.

Sometimes, I do wonder about my other lives.

Yet I remain grateful in this one.

Even with its tribulations.

At least we don’t have to go through it alone, huh?

No, we don’t.

Hmm.

(PORTAL WHOOSHES)

Wait.

‘Sup?

‘Sup.

Made some sparks.

Great.

Your parents would be proud.

I hope you’ll get to show ’em one day.

Stephen.

I’m glad I fell into your universe.

So am I, kid.

So am I.

(SENTIMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING)

(WATCH TICKING)

(UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING)

Hmm.

(YELLING IN PAIN)

(SCREAMING)

(RIVETING MUSIC PLAYING)

CLEA: Doctor Strange?

Can I help you?

You caused an Incursion, and we’re gonna fix it.

(PEOPLE EXCLAIMING)

Unless you’re afraid.

Not in the least.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING)

(GROANING TIREDLY)

(GRUNTS)

(LAUGHING)

It’s over!

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