A teaser trailer for The Multiverse of Madness hinted at an appearance by the Illuminati and suggested that Scarlet Witch might be the one to bring death to the new superhero team. Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer, in a new look from Marvel Studios, was unveiled during the Super Bowl. With the release of the second trailer for Doctor Strange 2, the film’s cast, story, and multiverse use were all revealed in detail. After WandaVision, it doesn’t explicitly reveal who the main villain is, but there are numerous possibilities, including Wanda Maximoff.
As more Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marketing materials are released, more proof that Scarlet Witch is the movie’s villain is revealed. In the first trailer, the black fingertips hinted at Darkhold’s ability to corrupt Wanda, just as it did Agatha Harkness. It was revealed in the Super Bowl trailer for Doctor Strange 2 that Scarlet Witch will play a villainous role in the film. One of her lines of dialogue even refers to the hypocrisy between her use of magic and Strange’s.
Doctor Strange 2 may not end with Scarlet Witch as a villain because of her status as a popular MCU character. As she travels the multiverse in search of her twin sons, she will no doubt engage in some heinous deeds. Doctor Strange 2’s trailer appears to hint at a different conflict for Wanda, one that could pit her against the Man of Mystery himself. Scarlet Witch may be able to take out the Illuminati.
The second trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced the Illuminati following rumors of their potential appearance in the film. It consists of a group of Marvel Comics’ most powerful superheroes, who work together in secret to prevent major threats from occurring. Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart, makes an appearance in the trailer, but the Illuminati aren’t explicitly mentioned.
It is shown that Professor X, as well as at least five other members of the council, have been summoned to question Doctor Strange. In the comics, the Illuminati are made up of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Professor X, Namor, and Black Bolt. Strange is about to learn that the Illuminati exist and may have been spying on the multiverse, according to Charles Xavier’s remark, “We should tell him the truth.”
The full list of Illuminati members and their roles in the film has yet to be revealed in the Doctor Strange 2 trailer. Besides Professor X, an alternate universe Mordo appears to be a member of this team. Captain Carter and either Maria Rambeau or Monica Rambeau appear as Captain Marvel variants in other footage and promotional materials.
It’s unclear how much of an impact the Illuminati will have on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, no matter who joins them. Doctor Strange and the Illuminati are more than likely to appear in only a few scenes or a single major sequence in the movie. If their roles are limited, that doesn’t imply that it won’t have an impact on the community. In addition to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and an array of other multiverse heroes, Marvel Studios intends to use this Illuminati team sparingly.
The Illuminati team is only hinted at in the Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness trailer, but their evident headquarters is prominently displayed. Doctor Strange is escorted through the building by Ultron/Iron Man Sentry bots, but other scenes in the trailer confirm that Scarlet Witch also stops by. The Illuminati’s base is shown in a few different ways, and each one indicates that this isn’t a pleasant visit. When photon blasts and chaos magic meet in Scarlet Witch’s battle with the Captain Marvel variant inside headquarters, there appears to be an energy explosion.
This is bad news for the Illuminati, as the trailer for Doctor Strange 2 suggests that fighting Scarlet Witch might not go well for them. The trailer ends with a bloodied Wanda inside the Illuminati’s main office. This could be a sign that Scarlet Witch killed the Illuminati team in Doctor Strange 2. Wanda’s blood could very well be her own, the product of wounds she’s sustained while battling the Illuminati. Scarlet Witch’s turn into a villain could also be a sign that the MCU hero must kill all or some of the Illuminati multiverse members.
This would be a smart move on Marvel Studios’ part because there is some evidence that the Scarlet Witch kills the Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Patrick Stewart’s Professor X will only fuel speculation and rumors about other possible multiverse cameos, even if they aren’t part of the Illuminati team. Scarlet Witch’s death of these characters could be a huge surprise for Marvel fans, who are accustomed to seeing them in prominent roles. Scarlet Witch’s power would be made clear to the audience by this act, and it would also serve as a reminder of how dangerous she is for the rest of the movie.
The death of the heroes by Scarlet Witch could pave the way for the MCU to form its own Illuminati group. After meeting with the team, a brilliant neurosurgeon may agree that their strategy is sound. It’s possible that Doctor Strange will help reassemble the Illuminati if they’re defeated by Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It is possible that the next group of Marvel heroes and villains will serve as the main Illuminati in the MCU’s future and return in the speculated Illuminati project that Marvel Studios is reportedly working on right now.