May 6th marked another monumental movie release for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness holds the possibility to be a sequel to Doctor Strange, Spiderman: No Way Home, and WandaVision.
In the trailer, several variants of Doctor Stephen Strange are shown. Such variations include Defender Strange, who is a member of the Defenders in the comics, Sinister Strange, who is speculated to be based off or simply a version of Doctor Strange from “What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?," and Zombie Strange, also potentially from an episode of What If…?
There is also potential for several versions of Wanda Maximoff to appear in the movie. Another potential zombified character from What If…? could be the version of Maximoff with glowing red eyes and lacerations on her face. The version of Maximoff comforting herself in her old house from WandaVision is theorized to be a version that did not dispel the Hex, the powerful spell that Maximoff created to control the fictional town of Westview.
One heavily-debated topic from the new movie is who the villain is. It could be one or more of the various variants of Doctor Strange shown in the trailer. Another possibility is that the Scarlet Witch is the villain. In the trailer, Maximoff says to Doctor Strange, “You break the rules and become the hero. I do it and become the enemy. That doesn't seem fair.” She could hold resentment for the hate she got from the Westview Anomaly and try to get revenge on Strange. Doctor Strange 2 could also be the debut for comic book villains such as Nightmare or Mephisto.
A new member of the potential Young Avengers is also depicted in the trailer. America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, is among one of the few Latin-American characters to appear in the MCU. Chavez is also one of the few members of the LGBTQ+ community portrayed in the MCU, and that is shown by the pride flag pin she wears on her jacket throughout the movie. Chavez holds links to the multiverse, and can open star-shaped portals that allow her to travel the multiverse.
This movie is directed by Sam Raimi, director of Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man. This is one of the first full-blown horror movies in the MCU, and lived up to that title. While this movie may not be as scary towards someone who is a horror movie fanatic, it has plenty of jump scares and other aspects of a horror movie. The music expertly composed by horror composer Danny Elfman adds to the scary feeling; he has composed music for The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Coraline. This movie is full of cameo appearances, surprising characters, and unexpected twists. The story was wrapped up with an emotional ending, and a cliffhanger in the mid-credit scene. The entire movie had a much different feel from the average Marvel movie.
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