Spiderman: No Way Home has finally arrived in theatres, bringing with it the first trailer for next year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The unexpected teaser serves as the film’s closing post-credits sequence, providing Marvel fans with their first peek at the eagerly awaited Doctor Strange sequel. Since its announcement, the film has been the topic of much debate and conjecture, and it is expected to pick up many of the multiversal strands left dangling by titles such as No Way Home, WandaVision, What If…?, and Loki.
Fortunately, the debut trailer for Doctor Strange 2 suggests that it will accomplish all of this and more. It’s a delightfully trippy teaser, packed with surprises and hilarious moments that should leave Marvel fans speechless. Here are the five most enormous Easter eggs and reveals from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ premiere teaser.
MEET SHUMA-GORATH, DOCTOR STRANGE 2
One of the most stunning speculations about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that began circulating online earlier this year was that it would include none other than Shuma-Gorath as a villain. The comic book monster is a green, one-eyed tentacle monstrosity banished many years ago but has set its sights on returning and conquering Earth.
Those same reports have stated that Shuma-Gorath will attempt to use America Chavez’s (Xochitl Gomez’s) dimension-hopping abilities to accomplish this. While the veracity of that particular rumor is unknown, the Multiverse of Madness trailer confirms Shuma-appearance Gorath’s in the film, displaying a brief scene in which Gorath hurls a bus at Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), only for the sorcerer to split it in half with a spell.
DOCTOR STRANGE 2: MS. AMERICA
America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, appears several times throughout the video and can even be seen sporting a gloriously comics-accurate rendition of the character’s signature jean jacket.
Chavez, among other things, can build portals that let her freely move across the multiverse. She’ll make her film debut in the Doctor Strange sequel, and given her comic-book ties to the Young Avengers, she’s likely to become a significant MCU hero. However, the nature of her role in Multiverse of Madness remains unknown.
Some say she’ll be fleeing Shuma-Gorath, while others say it’ll be Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) who wants to use America’s powers for her advantage. However, the Multiverse of Madness trailer only shows a brief shot of her standing close to Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, implying that the two characters would most likely travel together for at least a portion of the film.
BARON MORDO IS HERE IN DOCTOR STRANGE 2!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marks the long-awaited return of Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and the film’s debut teaser contains plenty of material. Mordo appears to be continuing his crusade to rid the universe of its so-called sorcerer issue, telling Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home that his “desecration” of time and space will not go unpunished. The film then teases Strange and Mordo’s clash, with the latter informing Strange that he’s gravely mistaken about who the most severe threats to the multiverse are.
THE SCARLET WITCH RETURNS IN DOCTOR STRANGE 2
Doctor Strange also pays a visit to Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff in the Multiverse of Madness trailer, who informs him, “I knew you’d show up sooner or later.” I committed mistakes, and others were harmed as a result.” Strange, on the other hand, cuts her off, saying he’s not there to “discuss Westview.” Instead, he’s come to ask for her assistance, and when Wanda asks what he requires, he replies, “What do you know about the multiverse?”
Strange isn’t going for Wanda because of something she did, but because he legitimately needs her aid undoing the multiversal harm he made in Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s unclear how Wanda’s involvement in the film will progress from there, though there’s another shot in the trailer of Wanda wearing her full Scarlet Witch costume while executing some spell.
Considering this, Wanda’s voyage in Multiverse of Madness appears to be as dark as has been assumed. However, the trailer also hints that, according to common opinion, Wanda will not be the film’s main antagonist.
DR. STRANGE VS. DR. STRANGE SUPREME
The teaser for The Multiverse of Madness concludes with a huge reveal: the live-action debut of a dark otherworld Doctor Strange, most likely the same variant featured in What If…? The first season.
“I hope you get it. “The biggest threat to our universe… is you,” Mordo is heard saying to Strange just before the clip shows him confronted with his alternate self. The malevolent incarnation, also played by Cumberbatch, is suitably terrifying and appears to reside in a spooky replica of the Sanctum Sanctorum that floats near a vast cosmic vortex.
The dark Strange, who has been smiling the entire time, informs his other self that “things just got out of hand.” It’s a scene that confirms not just that the highly anticipated MCU sequel will tie to the multiverse-centric first season of What If…?, but that it will also go to scarier areas than any other live-action MCU picture.
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS WILL BE RELEASED IN THEATER ON MAY 6, 2022.