The sequel to Dr Strange 2 Date is poised to take on the multiverse.
Since Avengers Endgame Dr Strange Multiverse of Madness could be the most important MCU film.
Yes, we said it the follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange, which isn’t at the top of anyone’s list of favourite Marvel films, might be the superhero film that introduces some of the most exciting and engaging additions to the MCU in a long time. That’s because it’ll give viewers their most in-depth look at the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse (MCM) to date, as well as the potential introduction of new characters and aspects from Marvel comics.
Based on what we’ve seen of Spider-Man: No Way Home thus far, Doctor Strange may be on a mission to reverse the damage he helped to cause. Doctor Strange 2’s release date has been pushed back due to some essential reshoots, so it’ll be a long wait.
Except for a few narrative specifics, the film’s release date, and a few cast members, much of the film’s production and plot remain a mystery. So, in the Multiverse of Madness, what do we know about Doctor Strange?
Doctor Strange 2’s release date, confirmed cast members, likely villains, potential story beats, linkages to the wider MCM, and more are all detailed here.
From this point forward, we’ll be dealing with major spoilers from Doctor Strange, WandaVision, Loki season 1, Shang-Chi, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Turn back now if you haven’t followed up on the MCU’s myriad happenings thus far, which is what Disney Plus is for.
Doctor Strange 2 Release Date
On May 6, 2022, Doctor Strange 2 will be released. After No Way Home, the next MCU film was intended to be released on March 25, but it has been postponed for the third time.
Why? Because six weeks of reshoots are required to assist with the film’s pacing, the editing process, and impact on the MCM. The Hollywood Reporter reported in November 2021 that the film’s cast and crew would work six-day weeks for six weeks to ensure that extra footage and reshot scenes were in the can to help the film’s flow.
Benedict Cumberbatch, speaking to Empire magazine via (ComicBook.com) about the reshoots, said: “We’re working extremely hard to put together a schedule that will allow us to realize the full potential of the film – both parts that we want to improve and parts that were simply impossible to do on the day due to logistics, COVID, and other factors. As a result, we were a long way behind schedule in terms of productivity. Fortunately, not too much throughout production. Everything is a little slower, though.”
That will also keep the actors and crew of the film busy until the end of the year, making a May 2022 release date a difficult order. However, we are optimistic that it will not be delayed any further. At the very least, let’s hope.
Is there a trailer for Dr Strange Multiverse Of Madness?
No, not yet. According to a report from supposed Marvel insider Daniel Richtman (via CBR.com), the first teaser will be released in December 2021, however, neither Marvel nor Disney have confirmed this.
Due to the continuing reshoots, any trailer release may be delayed, but there should be enough film in the can for Marvel to give us a tantalizing glimpse at Dr Strange Multiverse Of Madness. Regardless, we’ll update this page as soon as a teaser trailer is released.
Who is playing who in the cast of Dr Strange Multiverse Of Madness?
There are Dr Strange Multiverse Of Madness Loki and Wanda Vision spoilers ahead.
So far, six cast members for Doctor Strange 2 have been confirmed:
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange.
- Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch – Elizabeth Olsen
- Chiwetel Ejiofor – Karl Mordo
- Benedict Wong in the role of Wong
- Christine Palmer is played by Rachel McAdams.
- America Chavez is played by Xochitl Gomez.
Cumberbatch, Ejiofor, Wong, and McAdams all return from the first film to reprise their roles.
Cumberbatch most recently appeared in Avengers: Endgame, but in Spider-Man: No Way Home he will play a supporting role. In Shang-Chi, Wong made a few cameo cameos, and he’ll do it again in No Way Home. In the meantime, McAdams hasn’t been seen since the first Doctor Strange film, though she did appear in episode four of Marvel’s What If? television show.
Ejiofor returns as the wicked Mordo, who was last seen in the post-credits scene in Doctor Strange. Strange’s former mentor was on the quest for other sorcerers and magically endowed humans, intending to strip them of their abilities if he thought them unworthy, but there’s no clue on how his story would conclude.
Olsen will portray Scarlet Witch alongside Cumberbatch in the film, and she will play a significant role in the plot (more on this later).
So far, Gomez (The Baby-Sitter Club) has been announced as America Chavez, who also goes by the alias, Miss America.
Chavez is from the Utopian Parallel in the Marvel multiverse, a reality that exists outside of space and time. When the Utopian Parallel is endangered by black holes that would take it in different directions across the multiverse, Chavez’s moms, Amalia and Elena, make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent this. Chavez, the only survivor of her race, utilizes her skills to discover a new home by opening an interdimensional portal that leads her to Earth.
We’re not sure if Chavez’s comic beginnings will be carried over to Doctor Strange 2 or if she’ll be presented in a new way. Still, seeing one of Marvel’s most popular characters make her live-action debut will be exciting.
Wanda’s twin boys Billy (Jett Klyne) and Tommy are two people that have yet to be confirmed (Julian Hilliard). In Wanda Vision’s post-credits scene, the two were last seen, or rather heard, begging out for their mother. Billy and Tommy, on the other hand, appear to have a role in Doctor Strange 2.
Klyne and Hilliard were observed on-site during the penultimate week of filming, according to the UK publication Somerset Live. Scenes were shot on a big farm known as Burrow Hill Cider Farm, with one episode costing £2 million (about US$2.8 million). Locals claim to have seen Klyne and Hilliard, but there have been no leaked photos to back up these claims.
It’s also possible that we’ll be visiting Earth-616, which is the main Marvel reality in the comic books. Jon Prophet, who starred in Wonder Woman 1984, will play someone known as “New Yorker 616,” according to his Spotlight actor biography.
This may simply refer to the number of an extra – someone who appears in specific sequences as a background figure – but the ‘616’ reference, in our opinion, is more than that. Earth-616, sometimes known as Earth-199999, has been addressed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on several occasions, including in Thor: The Dark World and Spider-Man: Far from Home. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Strange, Wanda or other characters travel to the 616 universes.
Other characters may appear in Doctor Strange 2. Adam Hugill (1917, The Watch) is rumoured to have been cast as an alien minotaur named Rintrah, according to a rumour from The Direct.
Rintrah is from the alternate dimension planet R’Vaal, and he has a past with Doctor Strange in the comics. Rintrah, with his somewhat powerful magical powers, could be a useful ally for Doctor Strange in this situation.
Rintrah isn’t the only strange creature who’s made an appearance. Gargano’s — a massive octopus-like monster – is expected to arrive, according to a recent LEGO set leak, so there’s a good chance this creature will appear as well.
Bruce Campbell is reportedly expected to appear in a cameo role (per Collider). Campbell collaborated on the classic Evil Dead series with Sam Raimi and made cameo appearances in Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. However, it is unknown who he will portray.
According to THR, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki will make a surprise appearance in Doctor Strange 2. Given how important Loki’s season 1 finale was in terms of truly introducing the multiverse, this could be true. Owen Wilson’s Mobius and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie may both feature, according to BGR, but we’re taking these reports with a grain of salt for now, even though Doctor Strange 2’s script was written by Loki chief writer Michael Waldron.
Meanwhile, Daniel Richtman claims that Wanda will be pitted against characters from Fox’s now-defunct X-Men universe, including Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. However, for the time being, we recommend being sceptical of this report.
Finally, a trio of new characters has been presented ahead of schedule, according to reports. A character known as “Maria” is set to debut, according to actress Mara Natuzzi’s Mandy page. Mace Smales and Sandra Chaffey, two other Mandy users, have been cast as “novice archer” and “warrior,” respectively.
The working title for Doctor Strange 2 was reported to be ‘Stellar Vortex,’ hence these actors appear to be in the cast. Hopefully, we’ll hear something official about this shortly.
What is the plot of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
So far, we just have a brief official summary, but other speculations and Marvel projects hint at the story’s potential direction.
Doctor Strange 2 will follow “the events of Avengers: Endgame,” according to a November 2020 casting call on Backstage.com. Dr Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone, but his goals are thwarted by an old friend turned foe, who drives Strange to unleash unimaginable evil.”
What conclusions can we draw from this? Mordo and Wanda are the only two possibilities for this friend-turned-enemy. We know Mordo has gone to the bad side, so we anticipate him wreaking havoc.
Wanda, on the other hand, could be the culprit. Wanda is using the Dark hold to explore her newfound talents, as shown in the Wanda Vision post-credits sequence. The Dark hold, also known as the Book of Sins, is an ancient tome full of spells and unfathomable power, which connects to the synopsis’ phrase about “unspeakable evil.”
The Scarlet Witch would “kill the world,” according to Wanda Vision’s villain Agatha Harkness, which could be a warning that Wanda will be consumed by the Dark hold’s power. She may try to use it to bring Billy and Tommy back for good, but it would be bad news for the MCU and the rest of the multiverse. Wanda may become the vehicle for releasing this ‘unspeakable evil’ as a result of her actions.
In any case, Doctor Strange 2 appears to be the weirdest Marvel film yet. “It’s a bonkers movie,” Olsen stated in April 2021 Glamour magazine interview, “and they’re striving for that horror show atmosphere,” which will no likely be boosted by Raimi’s filmmaking roots — words she backed up in another interview (via Cinema Blend).
Doctor Strange’s cameo in Wanda Vision was eliminated because the Sorcerer Supreme didn’t detract from the Wanda-centric story that Wanda Vision’s crew sought to tell, according to Feige. The script for Doctor Strange 2 needed to be rewritten to change how the two sorcerers met during the plot. We don’t know how this happens, but the opening act is likely to have been drastically altered to match Strange’s Wanda Vision appearance.
Wong also disclosed that many versions of important scenes were shot to prevent spoilers from seeping out while speaking during the Shang-Chi press tour. Wong started Slash Film: “Doctor Strange and the Multi-Schedule, I believe, is a better title. With the number of…honestly, we didn’t know…you’d have, like, three different ways of doing various scenarios at times.”
Finally, Cumberbatch told THR that having the character’s origins story out of the way allowed the ensemble greater leeway in Doctor Strange 2. “He’s got certain Raimi qualities,” he said of Raimi’s contribution to the follow-up. Close-up of a smashed zoom. A blend of horror and camp. There’s a lot of fun to be had, but there should also be some genuine thrills.”
As a result, it appears that the cast of the film has no idea how the plot will unfold. We know it’ll take place after Spider-Man: No Way Home, so we’ll have a better idea after that film is released.
Who is the villain in Dr Strange’s Multiverse Of Madness?
Mephisto was the main villain in Wanda Vision, so he could be the enemy in Doctor Strange 2. After all, Wanda is tinkering with the Dark hold, so releasing Mephisto wouldn’t be too difficult. Mephisto enjoys snatching people’s souls, and the multiverse collapsing – with the prospect of uncountable deaths – would be music to his ears.
Another option is the Marvel character Clea, who appears to be more than just a theory. Supposed Doctor Strange 2 concept image leaked online in March 2021, showing Clea sitting on a throne.
Clea has ties to Doctor Strange in both the books and the MCU, so it’s uncertain if this is official concept art. For starters, she is the daughter of Umar, the Dark Dimension’s ruler Dormammu’s sister. We saw Dormammu in the first Doctor Strange film, so Clea could make an appearance.
In terms of the source material, Strange taught Clea the mystic arts, and the two quickly fell in love. Clea frequently assists Strange in defending Earth against interdimensional threats, although she later goes to the Dark Dimension to spearhead a revolt against Dormammu. She rises to the position of Sorceress Supreme in the Dark Dimension, fending off Dormammu’s attempts to recapture the throne.
Because this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Clea’s role in Doctor Strange 2 may differ from her comic book counterpart. The Sorcerer Supreme made a contract with Dormammu in Doctor Strange to save the Dark Dimension from consuming Earth.
However, Strange’s unleashing of the ‘unspeakable evil’ could be linked to the Dark Dimension, as we speculate. If Dormammu believes his bargain with Strange is now null and void, he may take the risk of destroying Earth. Given that the events of the first film will be fresh in Dormammu’s mind, he may urge Clea to deal with Strange this time around, perhaps establishing Clea as Doctor Strange 2’s main nemesis.
Mordo, Wanda, or Clea, on the other hand, might not be the major antagonist. Shuma Gorath – a giant, ancient octopus-inspired beast – may be the film’s main enemy, according to numerous leakers, including Daniel Richtman and The Illuminerdi.
Shuma Gorath, for those unfamiliar, is one of the Great Old Ones who has already conquered Earth. He is also the ruler of numerous dimensions in the comics, and he has frequently clashed with Doctor Strange. He’s been defeated in those conflicts, but he appears unbeatable, so he always returns to try to conquer Earth once more.
Shuma Gorath would play into the movie’s ‘unspeakable evil’ theme, and his entrance would necessitate a team effort from Strange, Wanda, America Chavez, and possibly Clea (assuming she isn’t a villain) to stop him from invading. Shuma Gorath’s involvement looks to have been confirmed by a recent jigsaw puzzle leak, so this is becoming more likely by the day.
What other MCU shows are influenced by Dr Strange’s Multiverse Of Madness?
The first film in the series is Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will be released on December 17, 2021. Strange offers to help Peter Parker make everyone forget he’s Spider-Man, as the trailers show (Mysterio disclosed Parker’s identity at the end of Far from Home).
However, while casting the necessary magic, Peter forces Strange to lose focus, causing reality to collapse and assisting in the emergence of the multiverse. Meanwhile, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) murdered one of Kang’s versions — the seemingly immortal He Who Remains – in Loki episode 6. (Jonathan Majors). All three occurrences appear to converge and cause the multiverse to come, along with Wanda mucking around with the Dark hold to maybe bring her sons back to life.
Strange appears to regret his decision to assist Peter and will attempt to undo his actions in his solo sequel film.
Quantomania, the sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp, could have some vague ties to Doctor Strange 2. The threequel, according to director Peyton Reed, might delve deeper into the Quantum Realm, a realm where reality is twisted and doesn’t follow the laws of physics.
As a result, the events of the Multiverse of Madness may have an impact on this reality as well, albeit it’s unclear how. It could be related to the entrance of Marvel’s big bad Kang the Conqueror, who will appear in Ant-Man 3’s third instalment. In Loki’s season 1 finale, He Who Remains significantly hyped Kang’s entrance, but there are no storyline details for Quantomania yet.
So, what if? Marvel’s animated anthology series, which airs on Disney Plus, could potentially play a part. Doctor Strange was the topic of episode four, which speculated on what would have happened if strange had truly embraced the dark side of the mystic arts. Could we see this wicked version of Supreme Sorcerer Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie, now that he’s stranded in his reality after The Watcher refused to interfere and save it? It’s conceivable. After all, seeing Cumberbatch portray two versions of Strange in the sequel would be entertaining.
The Fantastic Four from Marvel Studios may have a connection to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This is just guesswork on our part, but the entrance of the multiverse might lead to their long-overdue inclusion in Marvel’s Phase 4 slate. Doctor Doom, the most famous villain of the Fantastic Four, has a comic book past with Kang. Doctor Doom may not be far behind Kang on his arrival to the MCU, allowing the Fantastic Four to come as well.
Could the X-Men eventually make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If the rumours of Professor X and other X-Men from Fox’s defunct reality coming in Doctor Strange 2 are true, we might have a chance. Right now, we’d say this is the least likely scenario, considering Marvel has yet to confirm that an X-Men MCU film is in the works. However, it would be fantastic if Doctor Strange 2 eventually welcomes them into the MCU/MCM, putting an end to those long-standing fan wishes.