What does the latest Dr Strange 2 theory say? In the Multiverse of Madness, Stephen Strange could be the real villain of Doctor Strange. There’s a sense that Marvel Studios has been preparing for Doctor Strange’s arrival in the Multiverse of Madness since Phase 4 of the MCU. WandaVision sited Wanda Maximoff for her role in the film, while Loki and NWH reaffirmed the multiversal themes in the films. As of this writing, the trailers for Doctor Strange 2 are intentionally leaving more unanswered questions than answers – including who the real villain is, creating further room for this Dr Strange 2 theory.
With several trailer shots showing Scarlet Witch’s costume darkening as she reads the book of forbidden magic known as the Darkhold, there has been a lot of speculation that she is the villain. It is implied in the comics that Wanda Maximoff’s Chaos Magic is linked to the Elder God Chthon, which could indicate that he is the true villain.
But Shuma-Gorath, another Elder God, has appeared in trailers, and merchandise confirms that he has been renamed Gargantos – likely because Marvel does not own the rights to the name Shuma-Gorath. They’ve also implied at the Nightmare Dimension, which means that Doctor Strange may have to face Nightmare, the ruler of that dimension. In order for Marvel to produce its best trailers, they must conceal as much as they unveil, and the ones for Doctor Strange 2 are succeeding admirably.
However, there’s still a chance that the film’s antagonist has been teased in the trailers from the beginning and his name appears in the title. It’s possible that the multiverse of madness is the result of Stephen Strange himself. There have also been hints in trailers and TV spots that this could be deliberate, and it’s possible that it is.
There have been a few Doctor Strange 2 trailers released, and one shows Stephen Strange facing a doppelganger from another aspect who cautioned that he is the biggest threat to all of reality. Despite the fact that multiple versions of Doctor Strange have been shown in the trailers, it’s possible that the main MCU’s Dr. Strange is the one being referred to in this statement.
As in NWH, he affected the fabric of the multiverse to help a friend, despite Mordo’s warning that there is always a cost associated with using magic. What’s more, he appears to have used that spell to erase Wong’s memory of a party at Kamar-Taj, which suggests that even the most complicated and risky of spells are no problem for him.
However, the trailers for Doctor Strange 2 suggest that Stephen Strange may go even further, with disastrous consequences. As a prisoner, he’s brought before an unidentified group at the center of the multiverse, one of whom appears to be a variant of Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart. Clearly, this is the multiverse Illuminati, a group that is tasked with policing all of existence, and they see Doctor Strange as a threat.
As part of a recent interview in which he addressed his return to the role of Charles Xavier, Patrick Stewart talked about the relationship between Doctor Strange and Professor. His comments were so specific they couldn’t possibly be coincidental; they almost seemed to admit that he was in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, even though they were initially treated as hypothetical. “Professor X would be extraordinarily cautious, and watchful, and perhaps feel a little insecure,” Stewart said, “because there is something that is… potentially dangerous about this man, and I think that would put Professor Xavier on guard.”
If that’s the case, it would clarify why Doctor Strange is bound in manacles in front of the Illuminati. Professor X, on the other hand, appears to believe Doctor Strange could be dangerous, and Stewart doesn’t appear to question that.
All of this innately brings up the question of why Doctor Strange became a villain. Trailers and TV spots have shown Stephen Strange using spells from the Darkhold, which may have provided the answer since WandaVision. If you want to succeed in the Darkhold, you must be careful because it is bound to the Elder God Chthon and his spells. The Avengers and the Midnight Sons had to deal with heroes who had been corrupted by these entities and turned into monstrous incarnations of themselves as a result.
In the trailers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Scarlet Witch’s costume begins to darken due to the dark magic she is using. When it comes to the Darkhold, there’s literally no justification to believe that Doctor Strange would be avoided the same fate.
There is a standard for Doctor Strange to use magic from a spellbook without fully understanding the risks. First, he discovered how to manipulate the Time Stone after reading The Book of Cagliostro in Doctor Strange, the first film in the franchise. While investigating his activities, Mordo was horrified to learn that he wasn’t merely tampering with spacetime, but actually breaking it. There are no warnings in the Book of Cagliostro, and Strange couldn’t endure fiddling rather than reading on, so he was blessedly oblivious of his actions. If a sorcerer like Doctor Strange had access to The Darkhold, he could use it without fear of the consequences to his very soul, which is even worse than the Book of Cagliostro.
This would be the best villain twist for Doctor Strange 2! Doctor Strange and Spider-Man: No Way Home have already set the stage for Stephen Strange’s transformation into a threat to the multiverse, and this would be a logical continuation. What’s more, this would be an MCU movie unlike any other; because the hero of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would truly be the main villain, with his friends and allies battling to save him from the dark magic he has unleashed.