The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer dropped on unsuspecting masses who did not realize they would get their minds blown. Never has a trailer had this amount of spectacular visuals and Easter Egg hunting potential.
With Spider-Man No Way Home breaking a multiverse glass ceiling, and a title and trailer that implies a crazy multiverse hopping adventure, the possibilities of what can happen in this movie are infinite. Where we're going, there are no rules.
Right now, the internet is scanning every frame of promotional material that is anywhere connected to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to see any clues on where the plot of this movie is going. And Epicstream is now different.
Get your pop-culture detective eye ready. This is going to be a bumpy ride.
The Illuminati Will Make an Appearance
In most movies, The Illuminati is a fictional mysterious, and powerful organization that secretly rules the world. In the Marvel comics, they are 6 individuals, authority figures from different corners of the superhero world, discussing matters behind the scenes and swaying the events of the world for what they think is right. Their roaster usually consists of Charles Xavier, Tony Stark, Black Bolt, Mr. Fantastic, Namor the Submariner, and of course, Doctor Strange.
As we see from the new trailer, there is a scene where some kind of order of authority figures are holding Doctor Strange in some kind of trial, presumably of the universe breaking division of crime. Curiously, there are 6 chairs to represent this order. While we do not know if the other members of the Illuminati will appear, a curious voice that sounds like Patrick Stewart can be heard in this same scene followed by a blurry glimpse of what looks like the back of the head of a bold man.
It is all but confirmed that the Patrick Stewart version of Charles Xavier from the Fox X-Men movies is about to make his MCU debut.Advertisement
Wanda is the Villain
In WandaVision, Agatha Harkness spoke of a prophecy where Wanda is a powerful witch called The Scarlet Witch, destined to destroy the world. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, maybe that time has come for prophecy to be fulfilled.
Influenced by the book of magic, Darkhold, and her depressing state following losing her family in the events of WandaVision, plus her growing power, Wanda is going to have an evil turn. Not to mention that according to the Superbowl trailer, she does not like the hypocrisy that Doctor Strange is hailed as a hero for breaking the rules of reality, while she is considered a villain.
America Chavez is a Macguffin
In the comics, America Chavez is a superhero that came from a pocket universe populated by superhero women. Her punches can open star-shaped portals which she uses to cross to different universes.
In a movie that is about multiverse crossing shenanigans, America Chavez's power may be important to a lot of characters involved, mainly the villain Wanda. In a blink-and-you'll-miss moment in the TV spot, America Chavez will end up in an advanced laboratory in a glass cage, as if she is being experimented on.
This goes nicely with a scene where Wanda is bleeding. The camera zooms in to Wanda's eye, and in a literal blink-and-you'll-miss moment, we see that Wanda is looking at the same laboratory with the glass cages.
One can even bet that the reason Wanda is wounded at this moment, is because she has just done fighting Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel or as Photon who is trying to protect America Chavez.
There is also a scene in the trailer where some kind of interdimensional monster is forcefully activating America Chavez's power similar to how Magneto forcefully used Rogue in the first Fox X-Men movie.
There Will be Other Variants of Doctor Strange
A movie about the multiverse is not complete without different variants of the main hero. Just ask Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and Spider-Man: No way Home.
In the trailer, we have a glimpse of Doctor Strange wearing different costumes. What if the reason Doctor Strange has different costumes and hairstyles is that we are looking at different versions of Doctor Strange from different universes.
From the toy leak, we at least know that a Doctor Strange wearing a ponytail is called Defender Strange.
We also get a glimpse of an evil-looking version of Doctor Strange that might be the same Doctor Strange from the What If...? animated series, called Strange Supreme.
Of course, since Strange Supreme did not end up as a bad guy in the animated series, him looking evil in the trailer, might just mean he looks evil but is actually a good guy. As the trailers have been implying, the movie is about Doctor Strange messing with the rules of the universe causing devastating consequences. Who better to advise him about that than a Doctor Strange that experienced the same thing?
Curiously, in the TV spot, we see Doctor Strange summon demon serpents from his hands, similar to how Strange Surpeme summons serpents in What If...?Advertisement
There will be Superhero Cameos from Different Universes
With Tobey Magure and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the sky is the limit of who can appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. We already covered Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, but literally, anyone can appear from the Fox X-Men movie lineup.
We are already hearing rumblings of Ioan Gruffudd returning as Reed Richards, and even Tom Cruise as a variant of Iron Man. What if the creature made of golden light in the trailer is not Monica Rabeau, but the Human Torch played by MCU alumni, Chris Evans?
Not to mention rumors of Captain Carter from What If...? appearing is also going strong.
Who's to say Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man will not make an appearance? Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is after all directed by Sam Raimi.
The Tentacled Monster is Also the Monster from What If...?
Because of the Lego toy leaks, we now know that the tentacled monster that appears in the trailer is named Gargantos. In the comics, he is an aquatic creature usually associated with Namor, but in the movie, Gargantos seem to be taking Shuma-Gorath place as an interdimensional Lovecraftian creature.
Viewers of What If...? know that a tentacled monster is also featured in the series. At most times the plot has something to do with opening a portal to another dimension, the tentacled monster appears, but we never get to see its face.
Well, what if Gargantos and the monster from What If...? are one and the same? Both after all, are interdimensional giant creatures with tentacles.
If we are going to follow the formula for the MCU, Gargantos might even be the third act monster to fight. In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we have a perfectly complex villain in Xu Wenwu, only to be replaced by a CGI giant monster in the end. In Eternals, we have a perfectly complex villain in Ikaris, yet a CGI monster called a Deviant is also forced in the ending battle. Maybe Gargantos is Wanda's CGI replacement for the ending battle.
The Darkhold's Influence Can Make a Sorcerer Powerful But Zombie-Like
Many believe that the zombie version of Doctor Strange will make its live-action debut based on this image.
The alternative theory would be that anyone that uses some powerful spells from the Darkhold will weaken a sorcerer's mental and spiritual state, which changes their appearance into a zombie-like being. The logic is similar to the One Ring in Lord of the RIngs.
For anyone who needs to know, the Darkhold is a book of magical knowledge hinted to be evil and is currently in the possession of Wanda.
This might explain a scene in the TV spot where Wanda also looks like a horror creature.
There is also a scene in the trailer where Doctor Strange is doing a spell involving red balls of light. If you look closely, the Darkhold is on the ground. Meaning, Doctor Strange is using the Darkhold at this moment to do his spell.
It even looks like Wanda is in the same scene.
It seems the Darkhold will take a very important role.Advertisement
An Animated Universe Will At Least Cameo
There is a scene in the trailer where Doctor Strange and America Chavez are hopping through universes, as you can see from the picture above.
When they are going through a universe full of dinosaurs (Savage Land?) the next universe they are crashing through looks to be an animated universe. We can even see that Doctor Strange is turning from live-action to a more colorful animated version.
What does this mean? Are they visiting one of the universes from What If...?? Or are they going somewhere into the Spider-verse? Is it only going to be a cameo as they cross through universes, or are they going to stay in it for a while?
A Bruce Campbell Cameo
Bruce Cambell always had a cameo when Sam Raimi had the helm in the Spider-Man movie franchise. From being a wrestling announcer in the first Spider-Man, the usher in the second movie, and the French Maitre d in the third movie who was obviously not French. His appearance was always a treat.
Now that Sam Raimi has the helm for Doctor Strange, there is an opportunity for Bruce Campbell to appear again. Maybe it's the long-awaited Bruce Campbell as Mysterio, or a Doctor Strange variant from the Spider-Man Raimi-verse. Who knows?
Sam Raimi's Car Also Makes a Cameo
Director Sam Raimi's car, a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, can be seen in most of his movies starting from the Evil Dead. It also appeared in all of his Spider-Man movies, most remembered as the iconic car of Uncle Ben when he gave the "With Great power, comes great responsibility" speech to Peter Parker that paved the way for him to become Spider-Man.
In the name of tradition, and if we are truly that lucky, Sam Raimi will get to show off his ride once more.Advertisement