Scene 2: Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness Trailer
Speaking of Raimi, we have his triumphant return to the superhero genre to look forward to. The second post-credits isn’t a scene but rather the first official trailer for Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the second Doctor Strange installment, which is due next May. As solid as the first Strange movie is, the immediate takeaway from this teaser is obvious: having a technical wizard like Raimi elevates the look and feel of your film instantly.
In about two minutes worth of footage, Madness takes the already impressive visual template established in the first Doctor Strange and crafts an extravagant spectacle. As the teaser begins, we hear some critical reminders of the spells Strange cast in No Way Home and begin to see the consequences of the good Doctor’s actions as he emerges from the Sanctum Sanctorum to a fractured reality. “I never meant for any of this to happen,” he exclaims, right before falling through a star-shaped portal. The polygonal design is courtesy of America Chavez, aka Miss America (relative newcomer Xochitl Gomez), who, in addition to being super-strong, can kick star-shaped holes in reality to travel between worlds. Considering the fracturing of the multiverse, it seems like her ability will come in handy as she and Strange traverse these new worlds together.
To help him patch reality back together, Strange also recruits none other than Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), last seen in WandaVision. When Strange visits her, she mentions her time in Westview, marking a significant confluence: this is the first time we’ve seen the events of a Disney+ series bleed into the cinematic arm of the MCU. As Strange questions her about the multiverse, the rest of the teaser kicks into gear with Strange and Miss America peering out over (presumably) the remains of Kang’s Citadel at the End of Time, destroyed during the finale of Loki’s first season. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s villainous Baron Mordo, last seen in Doctor Strange, shows up to warn Strange of impending doom, then we see Wanda performing a ritual while Strange and Wong face down various threats, including an attack on the mystic arts headquarters Kamar-Taj in Nepal and a battle in the middle of NYC against the one-eyed monster Gargantus.
Those events pale in comparison to the teaser’s final reveal: the first live-action crossover from the What If . . . ? animated Disney+ MCU series, in the form of the evil Strange Supreme. The doppelganger doctor is most likely just the first of a few What If . . . ? crossovers, so don’t be surprised if you end up seeing Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter in this movie as well. (if you need more convincing, the character will feature in her own mini-series next March, which is when Madness was initially set to release).
As to whether Strange Supreme’s will be a primary antagonist, there’s likely a bit of a bait and switch at play. Considering how coy Marvel played about the involvement of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, it’s not unlike the studio to obfuscate what’s really at play. Wanda is still likely the real villain here, as she leverages the corrupting power of the evil Darkhold book in search of her missing children, Tommy and Billy (as seen at the end of WandaVision). While the May 2022 debut of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a long wait from now, this first teaser provided plenty of excitement to hold fans over until it releases.