I guess the cat’s out of the bag. Marvel has officially released the Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness teaser trailer, which was originally included as the second post-credits scene for the recently-released Spider-Man No Way Home. That was definitely faster than expected.
Well, I already analysed the Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness teaser in my Spider-Man No Way Home breakdown article, but if you still want to avoid spoilers for that movie, keep on reading for my breakdown of only the Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness teaser trailer below.
Marvel’s What If…? Connection And Doctor Strange Supreme
The trailer begins with a live-action version of what happened in Marvel’s What If…? Episode 4. If you don’t remember, a Doctor Strange variant destroyed his own universe by going back in time and changing the Absolute Point (a fixed point in a timeline). This Doctor Strange variant also absorbed dark magic and beings to become powerful.
He’s not entirely evil though, as he helped to defeat Infinity Ultron, Killmonger and Arnim Zola in their attempt to conquer the multiverse. At the end of Marvel’s What If…? Season 1, he was in charge of keeping the pocket dimension containing Killmonger and Arnim Zola safe to keep them from escaping.
Is this the same Doctor Strange Supreme from Marvel’s What If…? or is this a different Doctor Strange variant? Perhaps an even more powerful or darker version?
Doctor Strange Is Marrying Christine Palmer?
This scene is weird because Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) hasn’t been mentioned or seen since 2016’s Doctor Strange. We have no idea if Stephen is even still in a romantic relationship with her. That is why this scene might be featuring a variant of Doctor Strange and Christine Palmer, or it might be the MCU version for all we know. Who knows?
The Branches Of Yggdrasil And Huginn/Muninn?
This might be a stretch, since this might just turn out to be a normal bird. However, that looks a bit like one of Odin’s ravens, either Huginn or Muninn. They’ve actually been seen in several MCU movies, including 2010’s Thor and others. Plus, the branch it’s sitting on might be one of the branches of Yggdrasil, the tree of life connecting the nine realms in Norse mythology.
Our First Look At America Chavez
In the Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness teaser, we also catch a glimpse of America Chavez (or Miss America, but she rarely goes by that superhero name). Who is she? Well, she will be played by actress Xochitl Gomez, and the upcoming movie will be her MCU debut. In the comics, America Chavez is from the Utopian Parallel, a reality that is out of time and in the presence of the being known as the Demiurge (who Wanda’s son, William ‘Billy’ Kaplan, is destined to become).
She later joins the Young Avengers, along with Kate Bishop and others. She is super strong and she can fly, but what makes her unique is that she can open star-shaped portals to other universes, which means that she can easily traverse the multiverse, something that even Doctor Strange finds hard to do.
Wong Gets Captured By Someone Or Something
Ever since the events of Avengers Endgame, we’ve seen Wong play a more active role while we’ve seen relatively little of Doctor Strange. We saw Wong in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, taking charge of the Abomination’s training and then the investigation of the origins of the Ten Rings. Now we know why he was the one doing all that and not Doctor Strange.
In Spider-Man No Way Home, Doctor Strange himself confirms that he is no longer the Sorcerer Supreme, due to the fact that he was gone for five years after the Blip/Thanos Snap. As a result, Wong apparently officially replaced him and is now the Sorcerer Supreme. There have been several occasions in the comics where Doctor Strange momentarily or temporarily loses his title as Sorcerer Supreme, so this isn’t exactly completely unprecedented. Stephen could always regain the title in the future, perhaps as soon as Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
Doctor Strange Asks Wanda For Help
In the Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness trailer, we see Doctor Strange asking Wanda for help with the multiverse. Perhaps to fight against Shuma-Gorath, since the MCU version of Wanda has already been confirmed to be a user of chaos magic.
The last time we saw Wanda was in WandaVision Episode 9, with Wanda somewhere in a remote location near the mountains (Wundagore Mountain?), sitting on a porch sipping a drink before we see an astral projection of the real Wanda who is reading the Darkhold. We then hear the sounds of her children screaming for her help.
However, in the trailer, she looks more ‘normal’ and less unstable. Doctor Strange does mention ‘Westview’ when he says that what he needs help with has nothing to do with that, which means that he does know what transpired in WandaVision.
It’s interesting to keep in mind that she might even turn out to be a potential villain. Maybe the multiverse is finally her way to bring her children (Tommy and Billy) back to life. If that happens, we might be getting to Avengers The Children’s Crusade in the near future (it’s not a coincidence, since Kang The Conqueror is the antagonist of that story.
Baron Mordo Is Back
Last but not least, Karl Mordo finally returns as he makes an appearance in the trailer. The last time we saw him was in 2016’s Doctor Strange, where he vowed to hunt down all magicians and sorcerers who practice unnatural magic. According to him, Doctor Strange is one of those people. However, it’s weird that it’s taken him this long to go after Doctor Strange.
In the trailer, he says this to Doctor Strange:
“I hope you understand the greatest threat to our universe is you.”
That’s actually when the trailer ends with the MCU’s Doctor Strange meeting the aforementioned Doctor Strange Supreme (see above) from Marvel’s What If…? series.
Shuma-Gorath Has Arrived
Shuma-Gorath is an ancient force of chaos, the immortal, nigh-invincible, and godlike ruler of nearly a hundred alternate universes, capable of energy projection, shapeshifting, teleportation, levitation, altering reality, and sympathetic magic, among many other feats.
He is one of the Old Ones (or Many-Angled Ones), so he’s basically like Cthulhu from Lovecraftian lore. He even looks the part with one eye and tentacles.
However, in Marvel’s What If…? Episode 1, we only see the tentacles and no eye so the monster is not confirmed to be Shuma-Gorath. Still, it could very well be. What else could it be? An octopus?
Plus, Shuma-Gorath is one of several villains that I predict could potentially be in 2022’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
What Will Happen In Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness?
Obviously, there’s too little and too early to say too much about what will happen in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. It is slated to release on 6 May 2022, so we still have a while yet before it comes out. Marvel will probably still have a few cards up their sleeve to reveal before and leading up to Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
We’ll probably be getting a few more Disney+ series before that movie, including Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and more. All I can say for now is that it’s a damned good time to be a comic book fan, and I’ll be there with you guys for everything Marvel-related.
We already have a few potential villains to look forward to, including Doctor Strange Supreme, Shuma-Gorath, Mordo, and maybe even Wanda herself.
Until then, Excelsior!
Check out the teaser trailer below: