After several theatrical schedule alterations because of Disney, the wait for Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is almost over. The MCU film, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as a neurosurgeon turned Master of the Mystic Arts with the link to different realms, is set to be released on May 6, 2020. After the credits of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Marvel fans were given the first teaser for the flick.
The film is a sequel to Scott Derrickson’s 2016 film, which earned over $677 million in total and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The sequel is directed by Sam Raimi this time, and the crew features Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Sorcerer Supreme Wong, Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.
Raimi took over for Derrickson, who walked out due to artistic disagreements, but Raimi already has a Marvel history, having directed the original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy for Sony back in the 2000s. The storyline for “Multiverse of Madness” was written by “Loki” screenwriter Michael Waldron and Jade Halley Bartlett. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s structure was flipped inside out in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which is presently dominating the box office, here’s what we learned from the post-credits teaser:
The link between “No Way Home” and “Multiverse of Madness” has long been discussed, but using a whole trailer instead of the typical post-credits sequence further deepens that story link. As he dives in and out of a simultaneously fractured Mirror Universe, Strange experiences a wide range of emotions (most of which are quite negative). The inference is completely obvious: whatever Doctor Strange did in “No Way Home” may have temporarily repaired the fissures among universes, but it won’t last much longer.
An alternate future Strange seeks a compatriot and finds one in Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), who is hiding out in a lovely location following the events of the series WandaVision. And, while Wanda first believes Strange is there to correct her — “I’ve made errors,” she confesses the wizard – this is not the case. He requires cosmic-level assistance, which only a witch-like Wanda can give. As the teaser swings to a closing blast, it’s clear why: our very own Doctor Strange is up against a new foe in the shape of a rather evil-looking, another world Doctor Strange.