Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is quite possibly going to be the MCU film that officially jumps the shark. We thought Avengers Endgame was the peak. Spider-Man No Way Home upped the audacity. But now, Doctor Strange is here saying “hold my beer”.
Let’s get into the top five takeaways!
1. The Illuminati
Fair warning, everything I have to say may be generated off of this one snip of the trailer. But holy $#*t, they are actually bringing the Illuminati to the big screen. If you are not familiar, the Illuminati is a self-righteous group of Marvel men that decided “hey, we should be in charge of like… everything”. They are Professor X, Black Panther, Namor, Reed Richards, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, and Blackbolt. I believe Captain America was also in the boys’ club at some point, but proved to be too “golly gee” to handle the hard stuff and they rudely erased his memory… but so what?
The possibilities are literally endless. But most importantly, this may be a door wat to fold in the continuity of all preexisting Marvel properties into the MCU. Everything from Blade to that awful Inhumans is on the board as a possible different part of the multiverse set to be discovered by our MCU Strange. How did I come to this conclusion?
2. Patrick Stewart’s Head
I guess his voice is more iconic, but at 1:20, that is the bald back quarter of Patrick Stewart’s head. This is not a drill, people! Patrick Stewart is in the MCU! Now, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is likely to not make him the same Professor X of the 20th Century Fox era films. Stewart is on record telling Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, that he is not interested in reprising his iconic role in the MCU. He felt that Logan brought a fitting emotional close to that character. But what if he is not THAT Charles Xavier. Feige probably sold him on the chance to reprise the role, bring something new to the “name”, but leave the “old” Charles respectfully resting evermore. Who else could be on the council at his side?!
3. The Savage Land?!
At 1:24 we get a brief glimpse of Dr. Strange falling through universes and we see dinosaurs in the background. Could Marvel be doing the Savage Land? For the uninitiated, the Savage Land is a stretch of Earth in the Marvel comics where the dinos are alive and well. Why? Comics! This is of note because the X-Men frequent the Savage Land, in case you needed more proof that they are on the way. Now, I could be wrong. Strange could be just falling through time and passing by the Jurassic era. But why would Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness not commit to going full tilt at this point?
4. Wanda is a Villain
Wanda is going to end up being a problem. When we last saw Wanda, she was studying the Darkhold, trying to find a way to get back to her children. Does that sentence sounds like I’m playing Marvel Malibs and you have not the slightest clue what I’m talking about? You need friends with a Disney+ subscription! Earlier in the trailer, we see Strange seemingly channeling spells from that same book, right before slamming it shut. In his attempt to stop whatever damage he may have caused in Far for Home, could he have shut Wanda out of the multiverse. Is she going to get pissed and seek revenge?
5. Wong needs a new Job
I think Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be the nail in the coffin for Wong. While he literally owes his life to Strange’s overconfidence and rule breaking, at what point is enough going to be enough? How many times can Wong survive the blatant disrespect of telling Stephen “no” only to have to help him fix the universe later. I’m sure this is not what he signed up for when he was first walking through the streets of Kamar-Taj so many years ago.
I failed to mention a disgusting amount of actual trailer content. But that’s sort of what Marvel wants. The MCU is basically a soap opera now. We need to feel connected in the A plot while being prepped and excited for more to be revealed in the B plot later. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness feels like Marvel Studios kicking the door of possibilities wide open. The story could go in any direction and have ripple effects for entire rest of the MCU. I am excited, as should you be!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens domestically in theaters on May 6th, 2022.