‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Trailer Released, and a Familiar Villain From ‘What If…?’ Is Ready to Ruin Everything

Marvel fans who went to the theaters to see Spider-Man: No Way Home have already seen the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer. It appears as one of the post-credits scenes since it directly follows the events of the third Spider-Man film. But now, the teaser is available to watch online. And fans can finally express their excitement for the Doctor Strange sequel and a particular villain in the video.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Spider-Man: No Way Home.]

'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appears as both a hero and villain in the trailer, wears orange-tinted glasses and a black suit over a white-button up shirt and black tie.
Benedict Cumberbatch | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Marvel releases the first trailer for ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Marvel Studios posted the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer less than a week after Spider-Man: No Way Home premiered in theaters. It’s the same video fans saw in a post-credits scene. And it teases the rippling effects from Doctor Strange’s botched spell in the Spider-Man movie.

Unfortunately, Peter’s sacrifice did not end the madness of the multiverse on Earth-616. The whole world had to forget who Peter Parker was to stop the multiverse from breaking the world. But, as fans can see in the trailer, Doctor Strange is still dealing with their mistake.

Strange enlists the help of Wanda Maximoff, who is dealing with her own mistake regarding Westview in WandaVision. Together, they will hopefully be able to defeat whatever evil they’re facing. And that evil is teased in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer as a familiar villain from What If…?

Per Deadline, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige claimed that the Doctor Strange sequel is heavily influenced by horror. Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor reprise their roles from the first film, while Xochitl Gomez makes her debut as America Chavez. And Sam Raimi serves as the director.

The evil Doctor Strange in the trailer looks a lot like a villain from ‘What If…?’

At the end of the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer, Mordo tells Strange, “The greatest threat to our universe is you.” Then, an evil version of Doctor Strange appears and says, “Things just got out of hand.”

The fourth episode of What If…? Season 1 centered around the possibility of Doctor Strange losing his love, Christine Palmer, in a car accident instead of his hands. Strange, stricken with grief, tries to use the Time Stone to save Christine. But no matter what he did, she still died. Her death is an “absolute point,” meaning it cannot be undone.

Stephen’s mad attempts eventually turn him into Strange Supreme, an evil version of himself. After gaining infinite power, he gets Christine back but tears apart reality. Strange’s entire universe collapses, and he loses Christine all over again.

Although What If…? is animated, its version of Strange Supreme and the one in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer look hauntingly similar. Could the two be one and the same? Strangers things have happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What happened to Stephen in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’?

Doctor Strange helped Peter Parker perform a spell to make the world forget he is Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Unfortunately, Peter interfered with the spell and accidentally opened the multiverse.

Five villains from other universes showed up in the MCU. And Doctor Strange wanted to send them all back to their universes. However, knowing that they would die, Peter set out to help the villains. To do so, he trapped Strange in the Mirror Dimension, where he spent most of the film.

Toward the end of the movie, Strange breaks out. Peter realizes the only way to save the multiverse is to follow through with the original spell. So Strange uses his magic to make the world forget who Peter Parker is, including himself.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters. Fans can watch the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness online, and it premieres on May 6, 2022.

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