It has been a long time since the original was published Doctor Strange a film, like the next by director Sam Raimi Multiverse of Madness sequel comes about five-and-a-half years after the first. Many MCU movies and shows have been released in the meantime, which means that the landscape of the world and the interests are very different.
This film now takes place in a “post-cover” universe, but even more than that is the aftermath of the actions of Peter Parker and Dr. Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Wanda Maximoff are in WandaVision. It won’t be long before fans see for themselves, but there’s plenty of information to prepare between things that seek to become trippy and bloody as the fabric of the multiverse reaches its rupture, and Marvel Comics ’mysterious Illuminati step in to intervene.
The sequel to No Way Home
The most recent introduction for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is, of course, the holiday mega-success that has been Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although a firmly intimate story by Peter Parker – as Spider-Man fans would have it – it did so at the same time setting the multiverse as the next big frontier of the MCU after the Infinity Saga. In Peter’s desperate attempt to correct his past mistakes, Strange spared the young man’s pleas by using a spell to make everyone forget who Spider-Man was.
After Peter messes with the Spell, which Wong has conceded and adamantly warned Strange against using, the multiverse is broken and timelines begin to bleed into each other. This is what enables the aforementioned “variations” of Marvel characters to appear and intertwine with the theatrical versions with which the audience became acquainted. Of course No Way Home was not the first to create this concept for the MCU. Disney + Lokione of the most inventive projects Marvel Studios has put together has heavily tilted that concept to the premise of the series last summer.
Trailers have already revealed that variants of Strange itself will appear in the film, from Defender Strange to the dark incarnation of Sorcerer Supreme. However, it was largely the events of the third Spidey film of this continuity that will push the conflict of Multiverse of Madness forward.
The titular wizard is ready to face most of the backlash due to his botched spell, which leads to one of the most curious collections of Marvel characters to appear.
In the Marvel comics, the Illuminati are a relatively new superhero team. Through an online story, they were revealed in the case of writer Brian Michael Bendis New Avengers having been formed shortly after the giant “Kree-Skrull War” storyline of the 1970s.
The original lineup of this secret society included the likes of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mr. Fantastic, Namor, and Professor X. And considering the revelation of Professor Charles Xavier’s variant of actor Patrick Stewart in commercials for the film, this may be a list to remember as reference material before entering the Multiverse of Madness.
The aftermath of the Kree-Skrull War prompted those heroes – including Black Panther, who did not end up approving – to meet and form the Illuminati as a superhero version of the United Nations to help prevent large-scale disasters like this from ever happening. again. Now, in the upcoming live-action version, the Illuminati seems to be led by a version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X to keep the multi-faceted peace through the MCU.
It is to whom Strange looks to meet and respond in the trailers for what he has done No Way Homewith even Bite of the first Doctor Strange working under them. Bite was one of the wizards of the first film that took Strange in before finally developing a bias against him, believing that Strange should be stripped of his magical abilities.
It looks like Multiverse of Madness will finally give Bite the opportunity to fulfill his ominous threat of Doctor Strangethe post-credits of a scene.
What seems to be one of the most interesting points of the film is that he will co-star against the protagonist of Benedict Cumberbatch. Elizabeth Olsen joins the film as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, but the latter person seems to be the most stressed point after seeing the trailers – and Disney +. WandaVision seriously.
This will be the first time that fans will see her theatrically as a villain as opposed to a direct hero, with the possibility of seeing variations of the character also during the film. WandaVision ends with Maximoff finally freeing the town of Westview from her control and the facade that took away the free will of the citizens, going into hiding.
Strange visits Maximoff, through the trailers, where she admits the bad mistakes she made in her mourning. However, the post-credits scene at the end of WandaVision alludes to the Darkhold’s Wanda Maximoff – the Scarlet Witch – will be at least one of the variations of her released in the film. This is ready to be the conflict at the center of Multiverse of Madness‘plot, with Maximoff seen in promotional clips causing bloody chaos on the threshold of the Illuminati.
Marvel Studios projects have been criticized in recent years for succumbing to a conventional comfort zone, avoiding taking too many risks and simply adhering to a formula that knows how to sell tickets. But this Phase Four film – at least on paper – has the creations of venturing into the strange and ominous.
Many fans will be watching who fills the director’s chair excitedly as Sam Raimi leads his first Marvel project since 2007. Spider-Man 3. That said, perhaps his most important job of looking back for reference will be similar Darkman and The Bad Dead.
The first was a grainy original superhero created by Raimi due to being unable to make a Batman or The Shadow movie, which ultimately became a cult classic anyway. And as for the latter, Raimi can also sink heavily into his love for supernatural terror.
After seeing the surprisingly sad and violent scenes in the movie’s trailers and clips, looking at Sam Raimi’s unique and identifiable vision everywhere Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be the most exciting atmospheric element to see when Marvel Studios tries to venture through possibly more ambitious and unexplored territory.