Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one of the most anticipated movies on Marvel’s slate of upcoming blockbusters. After the rousing success that was WandaVision, fans turned to the Sorcerer Supreme for answers. WandaVision was, after all, supposed to lead into the movie directly. That did not shake out the way fans had hoped or expected, and the acclaimed show ended up asking more questions than it answered. Now, though, instead of giving us those answers, Marvel is reportedly mixing things up in an unexpected – but undeniably exciting – way. Buckle up, folks. Things are about to get super wild (as if they haven’t already).
We Got This Covered is reporting that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature the Avengers and the Illuminati, both with a fun twist: both will come from other realities rather than the primary Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. This is exciting and it even builds on the multiversal approach that Marvel is said to be taking with the upcoming third Spider-Man film. Keep in mind that this is only a rumor at this point and should be taken as such. Still, if it is true, this could mark a huge change for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one that would shake things up in some pretty significant ways.
This does come as kind of a shock, though. A good shock, but still a shock. A few months ago, Marvel Studios architect Kevin Feige let slip that the Avengers will not be appearing as a team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s in-progress Phase 4. That’s not to say we won’t see them doing their avenging separately. Obviously, Thor: Love and Thunder is on the horizon, as is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Elizabeth Olsen as the reality-bending Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, and, as we confirmed, Raimi staple Bruce Campbell. Quite a line-up, isn’t it? It will be exciting to see how another Avengers team, along with the Illuminati, will fit into everything that is already happening. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is crowded enough as it is, so Feige and company will absolutely have to be extra careful about how and when they introduce other timelines and realities. The upcoming Disney+ Loki show will explore this a bit, especially because the Loki it centers around isn’t the Loki that was killed by Thanos during the opening minutes of Avengers: Infinity War. As always, Marvel is absolutely planning on tying everything together in a way we will not see coming.
If you are excited about the prospect of new Avengers teams and an Illuminati appearance and can hardly wait, fret not! Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 25, 2022. That is just over a year away, and it is safe to bet that with vaccine rollouts, 2021 will go by much faster than 2020 did. Hopefully, the waning – but still present—pandemic does not push the film’s release back any further.