The primary teaser trailer for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness debuted in theaters this previous weekend as a post-credits addition to Spider-Man: Now Way Home. Marvel has simply launched it to most of the people, and it seems like we’re in for one more eye-popping, mind-bending trip.
(Spoilers for prior occasions within the MCEU under, significantly in Loki, What If? and No Approach Residence.)
The sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange has been within the works for years, with director Scott Derrickson initially signed on to make the movie. Derrickson left the venture in January 2020, citing artistic variations, though it appears it was a mutually amiable parting. (Derrickson continues to be an govt producer.) Sam Raimi took over directing duties.
There have been been conflicting statements made to the press about whether or not or not Multiverse of Insanity would possibly high quality as Marvel’s first horror movie or whether or not it simply has just a few scary sequences. Actually the alternatives of Derrickson and Raimi, respectively, to direct—each of whom are nicely versed within the tropes of fine horror—point out that the studio wished to include at the very least a number of the Gothic horror components of the comics. Feedback from forged members appear to verify this. Nonetheless, the in depth extra pictures and reshoots are rumored to incorporate extra humorous components, plus just a few key cameos (one of the fulfilling points of Spider-Man: No Approach Residence).
Plot-wise, we all know the movie is ready after the occasions of No Approach Residence, WandaVision, and the primary season of Loki. The latter launched us to the Time Variant Authority (TVA), with our mischievous protagonist encountering a number of variations of himself from varied totally different timelines, together with a feminine incarnation named Sylvie (Sophia di Martino). The finale featured a confrontation with a variant of Kang the Conqueror, who had been controlling the Sacred Timeline—till an impulsive act by Sylvie unleashed extra timelines than the TVA may prune, destabilizing the multiverse.
What If? launched us to Unusual Supreme, an evil alternate model of Steven Unusual who gained huge energy by absorbing different mystical beings, thereby tearing actuality aside. The Watcher ultimately recruits Unusual Supreme to be one of many Guardians of the Multiverse who collectively defeat Ultron.
As for the occasions of No Approach Residence, we cannot spoil something right here, because the movie simply opened in theaters. Suffice to say that Unusual’s multiverse meddling in that movie (revealed within the trailers) goes to have unexpected repercussions that may possible play out in Multiverse of Insanity. (“Your desecration of actuality is not going to go unpunished.”) Per the official synopsis: “After the occasions of Avengers: Endgame, Dr. Stephen Unusual continues his analysis on the Time Stone. However an outdated friend-turned-enemy places an finish to his plans and causes Unusual to unleash unspeakable evil.”
That outdated buddy is Karl Mondo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Unusual’s fellow Grasp of the Mystic Arts, who grew disillusioned with the order and now hunts down different mages to remove their energy. Benedict Wong reprises his position as Wong, now the Sorcerer Supreme (as a result of Unusual disappeared for 5 years within the wake of the Snappening). The movie may even introduce Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez/Miss America, and it seems like Rachel McAdams will return as Dr. Christine Palmer, maybe as Christine from one other timeline, since we see her in a marriage costume within the teaser.
Elizabeth Olsen returns as Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch, chastened after the occasions of WandaVision, whom Unusual seeks out as an ally because the teaser opens. “The best risk to our universe is you,” Mondo tells Unusual throughout one among their confrontations. (Two thumbs up for Mondo’s new hairdo.) After which we see what seems like a live-action Unusual Supreme, clad all in black, insisting that “issues simply received out of hand.” Colour us intrigued.
Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity hits theaters on Might 6, 2022.
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