There’s a lot to explore in Doctor Strange 2. Adding to the bucket is Endgame’s regret. A sequel to NWH’s events, Doctor Strange 2 is expected to delve deeper into the ramifications of the multiverse. Sorcerer Supreme, who returned in Avengers: Endgame with his title stripped, won’t be the only one.
Because Marvel is known for its anonymity and the sequel focuses on the Multiverse, anything is possible. However, the film’s trailer showed Strange in handcuffs, as well as a sense of retribution, to fans.
However, new information claims that the cast will not only be dealing with culpability from recent films and series, but also from 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Cumberbatch has defended his character as a “calculated risk.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi teased that audiences will “see the repercussions of that in this film:” in the Marvel Studios press release for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
“Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are interested in the characters. Who are they? What could they have become? Did they make the right choices? Even in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ choices were made that some of the characters in our movie regret. They see the repercussions of that in this film, which is really interesting. The continuance of Marvel Studios stories can be so rich, and we’re able to explore it in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’’
The film’s director also confirmed that the sequel will feature “a journey through different realities in the Multiverse,” based on the trailers’ depiction of Strange’s travels:
“The first Doctor Strange film really opened up people’s minds, and in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ we are going to push it further. This film takes us on a journey through different realities in the Multiverse.”
It has been confirmed that multiverse travel is in the works, but Benedict Cumberbatch has also noted that this will have an impact on the MCU as a whole. “The stakes are real. There’s earthbound jeopardy. So, it molds together very beautifully:”
“You’ve got travels through many different universes in a couple of sequences, which I think are going to be truly mind-blowing. The stakes are real. There’s earthbound jeopardy. So, it molds together very beautifully.”
With Loki on Disney+, Tony Stark’s Endgame quote took on a new meaning, and given what we know about Multiverse of Madness, we can expect it to do so again.
After two years in Phase 4 of the MCU, fans are still waiting to see the full impact of Avengers: Endgame. In addition to Doctor Strange from 2016, the 2019 film is the only other one that relies on time travel so heavily. Because of this, it makes complete sense that this upcoming film will link back to Endgame. The Avengers who have survived Infinity War, Endgame, and the five-year period between, has earned the right to deal with the consequences of their actions.
Sam Raimi and Benedict Cumberbatch have confirmed that the film travels through multiple universes, so it’s going to be a bit of a balancing act. As Loki did, maybe the MCU’s cast of characters will need the help of Variants to confront their past mistakes? There are a few rumored cameos in the film that could be from Endgame-related flashback scenes or alternate views of the events of that film.