“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” trailer has been released, and we are not ready for what’s about to happen. The trailer teases the appearances of several new and returning characters, including Rintra (a human-Minotaur from another dimension) and Mordo, who we last saw in “Doctor Strange.” It shows that Strange and Wanda will have some kind of conflict. But hold the horses, is that Patrick Stewart’s voice at the 1:20-mark in the trailer? And is that him in the reverse shot that follows? Is this a sign of the arrival of the Illuminati in the MCU? And that’s Doctor Strange Supreme at the end of the trailer! Nothing is impossible anymore.
What Isn’t Fair For Wanda?
Wanda returns in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” after her Westview incident in “WandaVision.” She is now the Scarlet Witch, the beholder of Chaos Magic and one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe. Strange’s use of his memory-loss spell in “Spider-Man No Way Home” resulted in the cracking of the multiverse. Knowing just how dangerous it can be for all the universes, Strange seeks help from Wanda. However, she is in a different mood. Strange becomes a hero despite breaking the rules, but Wanda is deemed a villain for doing the same. Perhaps this is what sparks the conflict that leads to a face-off between the two, something that has been rumored all along. Considering just how powerful Wanda is, Strange might just need help from other dimensions to fight her, perhaps even the Dark Dimension.
Mordo Isn’t Sorry
Mordo didn’t support Strange when he used the Time Stone to defeat Dormammu. Moreover, Strange broke the rules of magic in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” too. Mordo has always believed that misusing such power would have consequences, which we will see in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
Is That The Iron-Legion?
There is a scene in the trailer where Strange is put in handcuffs and escorted into a facility by a group of androids. These seem to be Ultron bots or Stark’s Iron Legion. There is also a statue in the facility that resembles Iron-Man, Superior Iron-Man to be precise. Furthermore, all of us have heard of the rumor that Tom Cruise will play the Tony Stark variant in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Well, it seems that we have the answer now.
The Captain Marvel Variant
The trailer depicts a scene where a powered being in a suit is fighting Scarlet Witch. The suit is not unlike that of Captain Marvel. Even the energy has the same color as that of Captain Marvel (photon energy). We cannot really say for sure that it isn’t Brie Larson but it seems like it is someone else as a Captain Marvel variant. Considering the multiverse nature of the movie, variants will be a common aspect of it.
The Mutants Are Here
The Iron Legion escorts Strange in front of a tribunal. And the voice that follows is clearly that of Patrick Stewart, aka Professor Xavier. What confirms it, even more, is the reverse shot that follows. Due to his motion, we can clearly make out Stewart’s bald head, his blue suit, and that he is in a wheelchair. The tribunal with Xavier only points towards one thing: the Illuminati. There are four people sitting, so if one is Tony Stark and the other is Professor Xavier, we still have two places to fill. We know that Reed Richards was also a member of the Illuminati in the comics. And we do see a man sitting on the extreme left. So it could be Reed. As for the other person who is visibly a woman, it is still a mystery. However, Professor Xavier’s arrival signifies that the mutants are not far from their arrival in the MCU either. And that’s so cool!
Doctor Strange Supreme
As we mentioned earlier, Strange’s fight with Wanda might lead him to borrow help from the Dark Dimension. This may have resulted in the last scene of the trailer showing Strange in his dark Supreme avatar. The scene is by far the most extraordinary scene in the trailer and one of the best scenes in any MCU trailer. A demonic Strange with all those hands reminds us of his dark variant from Episode 4 of What If, where each hand corresponds to a different kind of demon or magical monster. This scene just ups the ante of the MCU, all thanks to Sam Raimi.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be Marvel’s first venture into the horror genre. We will have Defender Strange variant, America Chavez, and Wong, along with maybe even Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Chris Evans’ Captain America, as well as Human Torch (Fantastic Four). The movie has already turned into a fiesta of a superhero movie, and we have no idea what to expect. But all that can be said is that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will open the doors to the MCU multiverse and usher in characters from our “nightmares.”
The Madness of the Multiverse will be unveiled exclusively in theaters on May 6, 2022.