Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently dominating the box office, and the spidey-threequel is being talked about by fans all over the world. One hotly debated topic is the film’s post-credits scene, which gives fans their first look at Doctor Strange 2. Marvel Studios has officially released the surprise teaser, which can be viewed below. Since it was announced, the film has been subject to much debate, expecting it to tie up some of the multiversal loose ends left hanging by titles such as No Way Home, Loki and WandaVision.
The teaser for Doctor Strange 2 doesn’t give too much away but hints that the movie will do everything speculated and more, with plenty of shocks and revelations along the way.
Here are five of the most crucial character reveals we noticed in the first trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and what we think they mean.
Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez can be seen a few times in the trailer and is seen wearing a comics-accurate version of her iconic denim jacket. One of Chavez’s many powers is creating portals that allow her to travel across the multiverse. So it makes sense for her appearance to be in a film entitled Multiverse of Madness. Chavez, or Miss America as she’s known, also has close ties to the Young Avengers, something that the MCU is seeming to be building up to with the introduction of some of its new phase 4 characters. Although her role in the Doctor Strange sequel is a mystery, expect to see her stick around the MCU.
Some Rumours on the nature of America’s appearance have suggested that she’s running from the monster Shuma-Gorath. In contrast, others suggest it’ll be Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) who hopes to harness her powers of multiversal travel for her own gain. The trailer only really gives us a brief look at her standing with Stephen Strange, so it looks like the pair will be travelling together for at least part of the film.
One of the biggest rumours circulating the Doctor Strange sequel features the creature Shuma-Gorath as its main villain. The comic character is a green, one-eyed tentacle monster who has his sight set on returning and ruling Earth after being banished long ago.
Some of the same rumours suggest that Shuma-Gorath seeks to use the dimension-hopping powers of America Chavez to rule Earth. Whilst we don’t yet know if that particular rumour is accurate, we know that Shuma-Gorath’s presence in the film is a given after the trailer shows a brief moment when Gorath throws a bus at Doctor Strange.
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo makes a long-awaited return to the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the first trailer features him in plenty of footage. It would seem like Mordo is still set on ridding the universe of its so-called sorcerer problem. The character tells Strange that his “Desecration” of time and space in Spider-Man: No Way Home won’t go “unpunished”.
The trailer teases the conflict between Mordo and Strange, with the latter informing Strange that he is dangerously wrong about who the biggest threats to the universe are.
The beginning of the trailer shows Doctor Strange paying a visit to Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, who tells him, “I knew sooner or later you’d show up. I made mistakes, and people were hurt.” Strange interjects, telling her that he isn’t there to talk about Westview. Instead, he’s seeking her help, and when Wanda asks what it is he needs, he replies, “What do you know about the multiverse?”
The implication is that Strange isn’t coming after Wanda because of her actions during the events of WandaVision, but because he needs her help fixing the multiversal damage he’s caused in Spider-Man: No Way Home. It remains unknown if Wanda’s role in the film will evolve from there, but there is a shot of her wearing her full Scarlet Witch costume and performing some kind of spell.
Rumours have suggested that Wanda’s journey in Multiverse of Madness could end up with her being the villain, becoming darker than we’ve ever seen her before. But the film’s first trailer suggests that Wanda won’t be the film’s main villain.
The trailer ends with its biggest reveal: The live-action debut of a dark alternate reality version of Doctor Strange, likely to be the same variant introduced in the What If…? series.
“I hope you understand. The greatest threat to our universe… is you,” Mordo can be heard telling Strange before the trailer shows him come face-to-face with his alternate self. Also played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the variant is super creepy and seems to be in a dark version of the Sanctum Sanctorum, floating near a massive cosmic vortex.
The dark Strange tells his other self, “things just got out of hand.” It is a moment that confirms that the long-anticipated MCU sequel will connect to the first season of season 1 of What If…? and shows this film will go to much scarier places than any other MCU film.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits cinemas on May 6th, 2022.