Marvel dropped the first official trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The footage introduced X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The concept of the Multiverse just got more captivating than ever. The new Doctor Strange trailer from Super Bowl LVI revealed some exciting details for the MCU. We see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) coming face to face with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). Several variants of Strange including a Zombie Doctor Strange show up.
The trailer also briefly highlighted America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and her abilities. Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange stands trial for tampering with the Multiverse. And during this terrifying scene, a “Mystery Voice” that potentially belongs to Patrick Stewart says, “We should tell him the truth.” This is when and how the X-Men make their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel has claimed X-Men rights for many years now. However, the studio still hasn’t featured any of the characters into the MCU. In 2019, Disney fully acquired the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four. Ever since the news made it out, fans have speculated on several instances where Marvel could finally incorporate the mutants into the ongoing MCU timeline. WandaVision brought in Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff and gave us hope for an intriguing X-Men introduction. But the tease was eventually just a flick of the wrist, as Evan Peters was nothing but a brainwashed civilian named Ralph Bohner.
Excitingly enough, the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer makes the first introduction of X-Men and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X into the MCU. It seems as if the significance of the Multiverse just became tenfold greater.
Marvel Studios is diving deeper into the Multiverse. Phase 4 brought in Disney+ shows like Marvel’s What If…? and Loki. After that, Spider-Man: No Way Home broke the world into a frenzy by featuring Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s versions of Peter Parker. When it comes to X-Men, the team holds a major significance in Marvel Comics. But the issue of rights was stopping Marvel Studios from officially featuring them in the MCU. Now that Marvel has claimed the rights, the production’s top priority is to find a way to incorporate X-Men into the Multiversal storyline.
The Doctor Strange sequel will lay the groundwork for the upcoming MCU projects. The tease of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in the trailer only ascertains Marvel’s future plans of introducing mutants in the movies and Disney+ shows. The presence of mutants in the MCU’s Multiverse means a number of things.
Marvel now had a direct path towards introducing amazing X-Men characters like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. The upcoming Marvel project could actually surprise us by disclosing how mutants have always existed in the world. And thus, tell stories revolving their individual narratives. Now that the Multiverse is quickly advancing, Marvel does not necessarily have to frame inspiration from Fox’s X-Men movies.
Fox Pictures created incredible installments, but not all of them gained much popularity. The box office saw a disappointing response with movies like Dark Phoenix and New Mutants. Of course, Marvel will plan on fabricating its own storyline for these characters. The studio will either use the Fox characters as they are or use the Multiversal variants of these characters to fit into the MCU.
With that said, the Doctor Strange 2 trailer definitely has more subtle hints for the X-Men than the ones we see. Marvel has a reputation for dropping trailers with misleading details and confusing character teases. Take for example, the shot of Wong (Benedict Wong) warning Doctor Strange from casting a spell in Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. However, nothing of the sorts happened in the actual film.
The introduction of X-Men in the MCU is a huge deal. So if Marvel has revealed the first glimpse of the team through the Doctor Strange trailer, it is safe to assume that there are more details around the corner. Marvel’s June release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to be the epitome of unusual moments.