The multiverse is here and it’s about to get messier. Spider-Man: No Way Home put some fairly large cracks in the Multiverse and and Doctor Strange may have tried his best to contain it but we’re fully prepared for a multiversal explosion. Between WandaVision and No Way Home, Marvel’s Phase 4 has set the next Doctor Strange installment up as a major moment for the MCU. And luckily the film is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘s Plot
Since Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting in Spider-Man: No Way Home was confirmed, we’ve been curious to see how this will play into Multiverse of Madness. And it sets it up in a pretty big way. So it makes sense that the first teaser dropped as a No Way Home end credit scene. It certainly tees up a bit of chaos to come.
Even better, Marvel Studios is sharing an ominous synopsis:
In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, 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.
Is Mordo an uneasy ally this time? What does Evil Strange have in store for his Avenger counterpart? Where does Wanda fit into all of this and how long will it take for the Darkhold to fall into the wrong hands?
We don’t yet have all the answers, but we do have our first official Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer. Marvel shared a fuller look at the movie during the Super Bowl.
This trailer offered an even more in-depth vision of the now cracked open multiverse. Somewhere between horror and high fantasy, we see Strange contend with a variety of universes and creatures. The trailer also allowed us to glimpse Multiverse of Madness’ heroes, villains, and everything in between; including America Chavez and Scarlet Witch. But most importantly, it seemed to indicate the presence of the Illuminati in the MCU. The Illuminati are a group of heroes that gathers to fight the most intense threats to the universe. Which or may not include Doctor Strange himself at this point.
Who is part of the mysterious group, we don’t yet know… Except for one figure whose voice we hear. A voice that belongs to none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. Stewart, of course, has long played Professor Charles Xavier. Could the X-Men finally arrive in the MCU? This trailer seems to offer a resounding yes.
But they aren’t the only ones.
A new poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness offers us a glimpse at other characters waiting in the wings, including Deadpool, Captain Carter, and others. It looks like this will be one busy film.
Behind the Scenes
Sam Raimi is helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first film was originally tapped to direct, but left the project due to creative differences. Michael Waldron, who created the Disney+ series Loki, wrote the screenplay and Danny Elfman is doing the music. The famed composer, who has worked on several Sam Raimi films, including the first two Spider-Man movies, is replacing Michael Giacchino.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘s Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role at the titular character, with Benedict Wong, of course, returning as well. Elizabeth Olsen is joining them as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, fresh off her turn in WandaVision. Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor are reprising their roles from Doctor Strange, with Michael Stühlbarg and Xochitl Gomez rounding out the cast. The latter will play America Chavez.
What’s the release date?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will premiere on May 6, 2022.
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Originally published on July 20, 2019.