Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promises to be an installment that changes Marvel’s Phase Four. Without knowing too many concrete things, just the title alone combined with what we know of his character means big things. He can’t be diving into the Multiverse without it changing the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that come after. While it’s always exciting to find out who the villain is in a Marvel movie, it therefore feels even more enticing in this one. What problem is Strange going to attempt to solve when everything gets messy? Who will the Doctor Strange 2 villain be? Well, a new rumor points to a long history from the comics.
According to what insider Daniel Richtman shared with his Patreon page, they’ve heard that Shuma-Gorath will be in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe project. While that’s only a rumor, and it could point to any upcoming project (including ones we don’t know about), all signs immediately point to Shuma-Gorath as a strong contender for the Doctor Strange 2 villain. Their history goes back far in the comics. Shuma-Gorath is a character from the Marvel comics. They’re a demon from another realm. They look like a big giant eye with spikey eyelashes and long green tentacles, so the special effects for a Marvel movie would be pretty extraordinary.
Doctor Strange has run into Shuma-Gorath a few times. Strange is the best opponent for Shum-Gorath since Strange knows how to banish the demon back to its realm. Since the demon seems near impossible to slay once and for all, Strange is always finding new ways to stop the demon, who is one of the Old Ones. As far as possible choices for a Doctor Strange 2 villain go, Shuma-Gorath is a good one. When he showed up in the video games for Marvel vs Capcom, he would yell things like “Embrace chaos!”. As a villain in the comics, the character frequently has some pretty dramatic lines, which also adds to the fun.
In the above comic frame, Shuma-Gorath says, “I fed on the screaming souls of the universes. I drank the spoiled milk of dead stars. I am the emptiness outside all understanding. I. Am. Shuma-Gorath.” To be a great villain for Strange, you need to have a lot of powerful magic, a big goal, and an inflated sense of ego. Shuma-Gorath is a strong contender.
Shuma-Gorath isn’t the only character rumored to be a possibility for the Doctor Strange 2 villain. One of the fun theories has been that Elizabeth Olsen will appear in her role as Scarlet Witch and cause all kinds of Multiverse Madness. After WandaVision, many just want to see more of her character, so having her show up anywhere will be fun. It seems like they’re setting her up for a big character arc during Phase Four, so an appearance in one of the pivotal movies sounds appropriate. Others have strongly theorized that Mordo may be the villain.
We have less than a year to go to the March 25, 2022 release date, so we’ll surely be discovering more contenders in the months to come.