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Is Doctor Strange 2’s Trailer Hinting At Cameos From Fox’s X-Men In MCU

By Soniya Hinduja
December 23,2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is rapidly easing into its Phase 4. Ever since the start, Marvel has teased the possibility of the Multiverse in WandaVision. But that is not all. The studio has also hinted at the involvement of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver from Fox’s X-Men in the MCU.

In 2021, the MCU has laid its primary focus on addressing the existence of other universes and various timelines. This includes Marvel’s latest theatrical release, Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film featured Sony’s past web-slingers appearing from the Multiverse. And now, the MCU is all set to move forward in the trend with Doctor Strange 2. 

From the moment Marvel Studios revealed the sequel’s official title to be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans started making their speculations on the internet. The opportunities that lie with who and what can appear in the Multiverse are practically boundless. 

Doctor Strange’s Benedict Cumberbatch has previously acknowledged the nature of the sequel as having a “very busy” plot. Furthermore, plenty of rumors and potential leaks have suggested the possibility of a cameo from Fox’s X-Men or the Fantastic Four. Only recently, Marvel Entertainment released the official teaser trailer for Doctor Strange 2. And fans have already picked out some intricacies that prove their Multiversal theories regarding collaboration between the franchises.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange 2 latest trailer teases the presence of Fox-Verse characters. 

Marvel has a signature trend of rolling its logo in all trailers, movies, and shows. As new films and series make it to the slate, the logo stripe adds the faces of new characters to it. And However, in the latest trailer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Marvel logo seemed a little unusual.  

When the logo first makes it to the screen, it appears to be in fragments, as if shattered into bits. This resembles the tiny broken shards of the Multiverse shown in MCU’s very popular series What If…? on Disney+.  

Although, for fans familiar with Fox’s previous Marvel films, the overall pattern of these severed pieces might not seem so strange. For example, one particular logo is the same as the Marvel logo used in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand starring Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, and Ian McKellen’s Magneto.

Marvel Logo of X-Men
X-Men: The Last Stand

In addition to this, there was another logo taken from 2005’s Fantastic Four starring loan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, and, interestingly enough, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm. 

Marvel Logo of Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four

Specifically, in the trailer for Doctor Strange 2, these different variations of the Marvel logo scour the screen and ultimately stack up to form a singular, more familiar Marvel title card. And at the same time, there are red, orange, and purple explosions occurring behind the font. After which, the full logo of Marvel Studios is presented. 

Full Marvel Logo in Doctor Strange 2 trailer

The full trailer for Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, including the said logo sequence, can be seen below:

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How elaborately huge is the cast for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Marvel Studios’ first box-office release for 2022. And to maintain the hype for the film, there is the recent trailer. And yet, there is little to no information about the story and how exactly things will fall apart in the movie.

However, one thing is for certain. Fans can expect a massive cast ensemble portraying characters like Wanda Maximoff and Wong. Additionally, there is the MCU debut of America Chavez. And both Mordo and Dr. Christine Palmer from 2016’s Doctor Strange will be returning to share the screen. 

Now that Marvel has churned up the excitement by presenting the irregularities in their logo, it seems like the cast is much bigger than what we are expecting. There are possibilities of Marvel characters from the Fox Verse making a grand appearance. Especially after Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home, the idea seems much more believable.  

Elizabeth Olsen Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange and Wanda Maximoff in the Multiverse of Madness

Loki, which arrived earlier this year on Disney+, was the first to introduce the concept of the Multiverse. The show acquainted the audiences with Variants and other timelines that contain different versions of the same characters. On the other hand, Spider-Man: No Way Home brought together the past renditions of Sony’s Spider-Man characters as an interesting addition to the MCU narrative. 

So to consider the fact that Marvel Studios struck a deal with Sony for Spider-Man, they could do the same with Fox’s versions of X-Men and Fantastic Four. Not only that, this collaboration would be comparatively more convenient for Marvel. This is because Fox’s library is now officially owned by Disney. 

What about MCU’s version of Fantastic Four


MCU’s Fantastic Four

However, there is one problem. Reports confirm that Marvel Studios is already developing an MCU reboot of the Fantastic Four. Manning, the director’s chair, is No Way Home’s showrunner, Jon Watts. So teasing the old cast of Fantastic Four before MCU’s big solo project is somewhat unlikely. And yet, Watts’ previous work with a Multiversal film makes us hopeful. 

Not only that, there were once rumors that suggested Chris Evans returning to Marvel for a secret MCU project. So having a flagship hero for a cameo on the big screen as a whole new Marvel character will give the Multiverse of Madness a more interesting turn of events. 

If there are any chances of the Fox-Verse entering the MCU, fans will certainly hear it officially announced by Marvel. The studio has already shown the potential of the idea. And the upcoming months before the sequel’s 2022 release will be crucial for confirmation.  

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will premiere in theaters worldwide on May 6, 2022.

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