WandaVision theories suggest that Dottie (Emma Caulfield) could be Mephisto — but she’s more likely Arcanna and sets up the Doctor Strange sequel.
Warning: SPOILERS ahead for WandaVision episodes 1 and 2.
WandaVision introduced several intriguing figures, but one in particular – Dottie (Emma Caufield) – might actually be the witch Arcanna and could directly set up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The long-awaited return of the MCU found titular heroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in a strange new realm. Inspired by decades of classic sitcoms, WandaVision saw the unusual couple embrace domestic bliss and engage in the traditional hijinks of the genre. In the first episode, they powered their way through hosting a dinner party. Meanwhile, in the second, they upped their efforts to blend in by performing as magicians Glamor and Illusion in the community talent show.Continue scrolling to keep reading
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In the process, Wanda encountered an eclectic cast of characters, including Dottie herself. She was revealed to be head of the local planning committee (among other things) and was generally described as being “the key to everything in this town“. As a result, fans immediately speculated that Dottie may in fact be WandaVision‘s overarching Big Bad. After further allusions to the devil, that speculation turned to outright theories that Dottie might be the MCU’s version of Mephisto in disguise. It wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility — Caulfield even has experience playing somewhat demonic characters that trap people in alternate realities. However, there have been several clues to a slightly less devilish but no less interesting possibility.
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Another standout figure from WandaVision‘s first two episodes was the David Schwimmer lookalike named Phil Jones (David Lengel). He returned during the aforementioned talent show and was seen sitting with Dottie. Their apparent relationship was confirmed when Caulfield’s character was credited as Dottie Jones. As it happens, however, a Philip Jones has existed somewhat prominently within Marvel Comics. Furthermore, he was married to a powerful sorceress known as Arcanna, and that seems unlikely to be a mere coincidence. The duo debuted in 1985’s Squadron Supreme #1 and 1982’s Defenders #112, respectively, before later starting a tragically ill-fated family together.
In the comics, Arcanna was part of an Avengers-like team called Squadron Supreme. Though it doesn’t appear that such a team is being adapted for the MCU, the show could continue the franchise’s trend of offering a new spin on some of what was previously established. In this regard, the unit could potentially instead be a coven of witches. Between Scarlet Witch and Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), who was oft-theorized to be Agatha Harkness, WandaVision already has two. If Dottie is Arcanna, that would make three — and would make her leadership a clever reference, since Head Witches are sometimes called the Supreme.
What would also make Arcanna a fitting inclusion is the fact she originally hailed from Earth-712. It has already been confirmed that WandaVision will play a pivotal part in leading the MCU into the multiverse, and thus Dottie being revealed as a figure from another Earth would make sense. As such, Arcanna (and maybe Westview itself) could be the first sign that worlds are bleeding into each other – or hint to a multiversal threat that necessitated switching Earths. Whatever the case, it could feed directly into Spider-Man 3 and the Doctor Strange sequel.
Though Arcanna and her team were largely heroic, they also had questionable methods. Those included forced behavioral modification and creating pocket realities separate from the world. Both elements would fit the surreal reality WandaVision has currently shown. As such, it’s unclear whether this Arcanna would be more hero or villain — another victim to save or the cause of Westview for Wanda to battle. However, her justifications for such tactics could be tied to such aforementioned threats and similar painful tragedies as in the comics. Whether Dottie will indeed be revealed as Arcanna and connected to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shall remain to be seen. Still, based on the evidence, it would make a lot of sense. Either way, there is definitely more to Dottie than meets the eye, and she’ll likely provoke even closer attention as further WandaVision episodes are released.
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- Black Widow (2021)Release date: May 07, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
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