We got one of our first, truly extended looks at Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness this weekend and man did it ever point to another true blockbuster coming out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was almost too much going on in this trailer, looking like a movie that’s been setting up over the course of the first three phases. But it will also be tying together elements of this third phase of films and series. And while we are getting some nods to ideas of Doctor Strange’s past, there’s also a sense that this movie will begin introducing new characters into the universe as well. It just looks like a blockbuster on nearly every front.
In addition to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch return as Doctor Strange, it looks like he will also play different versions of himself in the romp through the Multiverse. We got a look at Defender Strange, but also Strange Supreme a version of the good Doctor who has become much more powerful by absorbing the powers of those he’s killed. This version is not to be messed with, having nearly destroyed the entire universe in a failed attempt to bring back Christine Palmer. But there are other issues for Strange here. Check out Benedict Cumberbatch in the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Oh, baby, where to even start with this trailer? For starters, it’s clear that Benedict Cumberbatch has created all kinds of problems for himself following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. After opening up the Multiverse in an effort to help Peter Parker out of a predicament, the issues have only compounded now because he’s clearly put something in motion that is well out of his control. All kinds of things have come through and now he’s drawn the ire of some very powerful folks.
Though Benedict Cumberbatch has called on the aid of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, it’s not exactly clear which side of the coin she’s landing at this point. The trailer suggests the two are clearly on the same side, but it’s not a certainty that’s the case all the way throughout. We know from the events of WandaVision that this character very much has issues of her own she’s dealing with.
And on the antagonist front, there are a few folks who definitely want Benedict Cumberbatch to answer for what he’s done in tearing apart at least some of the fabric of the Multiverse. We get Chiwetel Ejiofor back as Karl Mordo who is definitely not happy with Doctor Strange taking things into his own mystic hands. He is on the warpath, hunting down sorcerers and it looks like he gets Strange into custody. It’s there that he answers to a tribunal (led in by Ultron’s robots?) at the head of which appears to sit Professor X. We never see him, but it looks like he oversees other aspects of the universe now.
On top of that, we also get a look at Shuma-Gorath in the trailer as well, the ancient demon-like creature that is extremely powerful. The character is able to exist across different dimensions and might be on the hunt for America Chavez, another new character introduced in this movie. Xochitl Gomez will play the character who can also travel inter-dimensionally and has the chance to become one of the more powerful folks in this universe.
In all, there’s a ton to dissect from what Benedict Cumberbatch encounters in the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. All signs are pointing to a darker, scarier movie that we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until this point, totally in line with what you would think would come from director Sam Raimi. The movie will hit theaters this summer on May 6th.