MCU to Introduce the Next Sorcerer Supreme in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?’
The MCU’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is already set to feature Scarlet Witch in a supporting role, and the movie will proceed WandaVision, as the cross-conversation between the streaming platform and the cinematic space begins. Furthermore, rumor has it that Loki may also factor into the Doctor Strange 2 narrative and that the film plot may exist as a foundation to The Illuminati with Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Professor X to join at a later point in time. Not to mention, America Chaves has all but been confirmed for a debut in the sequel. In other words, this movie is (allegedly) set to accomplish quite a lot.
While these theories remain intoxicating, a new theory — based on a recent casting announcement and a credible Marvel insider — may hold a little more weight. And, while Doctor Strange may receive some assistance via this new character, he may also pave the way for his replacement.
‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ may introduce Brother Voodoo
According to Comic Book Movie (CBM), the second Doctor Strange installment will introduce another powerful sorcerer from the Marvel comics, Brother Voodoo. As CBM notes, a casting call for the movie — searching for a male between the ages of 27 and 42 to play a character of Caribbean/Haitian descent — was reportedly released.
Considering there aren’t many Marvel characters who fit the above-mentioned description – especially after eliminating those without a plausible connection to Doctor Strange — it would be logical to presume that the casting call is referring to Jericho Drumm (Brother Voodoo).
How is Brother Voodoo connected to Doctor Strange, who is Brother Voodoo in the Marvel comics space, and how pivotal of a role will the character possess (if the casting announcement is valid and referring to Drumm)?
What you need to know about Brother Voodoo and his possible MCU entrance
Brother Voodoo possesses numerous mystical and quasi-physical powers derived from the Loa — the spirit God of Voodoo. He can control flames and lower-life forms, and he is able to enter a trance-like state in which he doesn’t feel the heat from fire and his skin becomes resistant to the flame. However, he is also capable of hypnosis, spirit possession, smoke manipulation, teleportation, and more.
Considering he has many different superhuman abilities throughout different comic book iterations, the MCU will probably settle on the core powers most necessary for his role in the films.
As for his connection to Strange, Voodoo is one of his most loyal allies in Marvel comics and, later down the line, he comes to boast a romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch. So, considering Wanda is already confirmed for the movie, the MCU may be trying to cement a new romance as well.
At one point in time, Brother Voodoo becomes the Sorcerer Supreme and, since Cumberbatch has already been in a handful of MCU movies, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him leave soon after The Multiverse of Madness. While anything can happen, the likelihood of Benedict Cumberbatch remaining the supreme through another Phase seems a bit low, and the MCU may be prepping for his exit.