While an Avengers film is not officially on Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 slate, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness drew in fans with its massive crossovers. The sequel to the 2016 film brought Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange together with Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, as well as newcomer Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez. The three main characters, however, were far from the only superheroes on the planet.
Fans were treated to various versions of numerous Marvel characters thanks to a concept like the Multiverse serving as the vehicle for Doctor Strange 2’s tale. Earth-838 Variants made surprise entrances and made shocking debuts in the post-credits scene, giving the supporting cast a character count nearly treble that of the poster. Here’s a list of every Marvel character who appears in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness so you can keep track of who’s who on this otherworldly journey.
The rest of this article contains Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness spoilers.
Despite being marketed as an Avengers-lite film, Benedict Cumberbatch is the star of this Doctor Strange sequel. When America Chavez enters his realm and the Scarlet Witch begins to undermine the fabric of reality, Doctor Strange is dragged into yet another unforeseen war. While his journeys across the Multiverse are not without consequences, Strange emerges relatively unhurt from the Multiverse of Madness. In fact, his vision is becoming better.
Elizabeth Olsen starts up where WandaVision left off, pursuing America Chavez across the Multiverse using the Darkhold’s terrible teachings. Unlike WandaVision, Olsen is fully transformed into the Scarlet Witch. The human Wanda Maximoff appears onscreen at times, but the chaotic magic wielding is in control for the duration of the show.
Throughout the 126 minutes of the film, Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez is pursued by the Scarlet Witch as she seeks out her Multiversal powers. Chavez has the extraordinary capacity to generate star gateways that take her to other universes. While this power is first only activated in times of crisis, by the end of the film, Chavez has mastered it. She ends Doctor Strange 2 by enrolling at Kamar-Taj for sorcerer training.
Despite being one of the film’s most prominent characters, Michael Stuhlbarg’s Nicodemus West appears extremely briefly in Doctor Strange 2. West attends Christine Palmer’s wedding, admitting his agony during the Blip and mocking the MCU’s Stephen Strange for his failure to marry Christine.
The Sorcerer Supreme makes his third appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in less than a year and survives. Wong spends the majority of the movie with Scarlet Witch, dragging her to Mount Wundagore against her will. In the film’s final battle, he assists an undead Doctor Strange in his struggle against Scarlet Witch, before returning to Kamar-Taj to oversee the reconstruction and youngling training.
Master Mordo Variant, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, has a lot of screen time. This version of Mordo has dreadlocks and is the Sorcerer Supreme in his realm, as seen in the trailers. Master Mordo is also a member of the Illuminati, an organization comprised of Earth-838’s sharpest minds. Master Mordo barely escapes the carnage scene alive, but his comrades meet their deaths at the hands of the Scarlet Witch.
Rachel McAdams reprises her role as Stephen Strange’s long-lost love. Christine Palmer marries another guy in the first part of the film, much to Stephen’s chagrin. Christine’s talk with her ex-fiancé, on the other hand, encourages Stephen to pursue the happiness he’s long neglected.
Christine Palmer, a Variant of Stephen Strange’s love interest on Earth-616, is Rachel McAdams’ most important role in Doctor Strange 2. Palmer works for the Illuminati and claims that Supreme Strange’s death prompted her to join the Baxter Foundation. Despite the massacre at Illuminati headquarters, Palmer survives. She assists Doctor Strange in his dreamwalking adventures before bidding him farewell as he returns to his realm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In one of Doctor Strange 2’s early battles, the tentacled titan makes his MCU debut. Gargantos, first thought to be Shuma-Gorath, pursues America Chavez in the Scarlet Witch’s direction. Gargantos gets a horrific death at the hands of Doctor Strange, despite wrecking a shop on a New York City block.
Doctor Strange visits a dismal realm in the final universe he visits. The only live soul he encounters is a three-eyed Doctor Strange, who appears to have gone years without a good night’s sleep. He gets into magical and musical brawls with Strange from the MCU, leading to Strange’s win.
The first Doctor Strange that fans encounter is not from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Defender Strange, the ponytail-rocking Variant, and America Chavez pursue the Book of Vishanti while a demonic monster closes in. Although this parallel Strange is slain by the creature, he is able to assist Chavez in escaping before dying. By the end of the film, Defender Strange has been resurrected, as the MCU’s Strange dreamwalks into his zombified form to confront the Scarlet Witch.
Earth-838’s Supreme Strange is another Doctor Strange that fans encounter. The general populace thought this version of the sorcerer died honourably fighting Thanos, but he was instead executed by the Illuminati for his reckless use of the Darkhold.
Minotaurs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Rintrah makes his MCU debut as a student at Kamar-Taj, but his role is limited to assisting in the protection of the dojo during the Scarlet Witch’s siege. Rintrah will, without a doubt, survive the assault.
Apart from Rintrah, Kamar-Taj is home to a slew of other named sorcerers who play distinct roles in the film. Topo Wresniwiro returns as Master Hamir from Doctor Strange (2016), while Sheila Atim and Ako Mitchell make their first appearances as Sara and Charlie, respectively. The London Master is likewise played by Daniel Swain, and the Hong Kong Master is played by Momo Yeung.
As Professor Charles Xavier, Patrick Stewart makes his long-awaited MCU debut. Professor X, the Illuminati ‘s leader, is introduced in his distinctive yellow wheelchair from the animated series. Professor X says that the Illuminati killed his universe’s Doctor Strange in order to defend the Multiverse. This revelation sets the stage for Scarlet Witch’s invasion of the Illuminati ‘s headquarters, which ends in a mental fight between the two.
Hayley Atwell returns to Marvel in a live-action role, this time as an animated Variant. Earth-838’s Super Soldier, Captain Peggy Carter, sits on the Illuminati council with Professor X and four other members. Carter goes beyond lecturing Doctor Strange by fighting the Illuminati ‘s unwelcome visitor, but she ends up with a vibranium frisbee in her stomach.
Lashana Lynch, who played Maria Rambeau in 2019’s Captain Marvel, is another Illuminati member verified by trailers. Rambeau is Captain Marvel in this dimension, dressed in a sleek silver and black outfit. Rambeau tries everything she can to stop Maximoff, but she is crushed by a statue.
Black Bolt is an Illuminati member with the capacity to destroy cities with a single word. He is entrusted with killing his universe’s Doctor Strange. Strange is reduced to atoms with a single whisper of “I’m sorry.” Scarlet Witch uses her ability on Black Bolt in his final moments, removing his mouth and causing a shocked scream to bounce back into his own head.
The fan campaign was successful. Reed Richards, the captain of the Fantastic Four and the brightest man alive in his reality, makes his MCU debut as John Krasinski. Richards admits to the Scarlet Witch that he is a father, implying a bloodline that ends with Kang the Conqueror, and that he is married, implying Sue Storm is somewhere nearby. Mr. Fantastic’s stretching talents are turned against him when Scarlet Witch shreds him into strings, as they are with most of his fellow Illuminati members.
A sweeping shot of the Illuminati on Titan is shown just before Strange is killed. This occurs shortly after their victory over Thanos, whose body is briefly displayed. Supreme Strange fought this version of Thanos by using the Darkhold to dreamwalk into various versions of himself in order to find new strategies to fight the Mad Titan.
In Doctor Strange 2, Jett Klyne and Julian Hilliard reprise their roles as the Maximoff boys from another dimension. While Billy and Tommy don’t get to show off their abilities, assuming they have any at all, they do bring back the same youthful exuberance from WandaVision. In Multiverse of Madness, Billy and Tommy do survive, but it’s uncertain what comes next for the future Young Avengers.
Wanda in the MCU is all Scarlet Witch, but on Earth-838, she’s still the motherly Maximoff fans know from WandaVision. Wanda of Earth-838 is utilized by the Scarlet Witch for dreamwalking, but she also has private times with her boys.
Earth-838’s “Pizza Poppa” is played by Bruce Campbell in his trademark Sam Raimi cameo. Campbell mocks Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, culminating in him being imprisoned for days in a punching himself spell.
In the first post-credits sequence of Doctor Strange 2, Charlize Theron makes her MCU debut. On the comic page, Theron plays Clea, Strange’s love interest and eventual Sorcerer Supreme. On Earth-616, Clea confronts Doctor Strange, noting that his efforts have resulted in an “incursion,” and orders him to follow her into the Dark Dimension.
Doctor Strange is now in theaters across the world.