Will Doctor Strange Continue on in the MCU After ‘The Multiverse of Madness?’

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will directly follow the Disney+ series WandaVision. The Marvel Cinematic Universe installment will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s second outing as the Sorcerer Supreme. 

After introducing parallel universes and various timelines in Doctor Strange 2, what will the sorcerer do next? Will he continue to feature in the MCU? If a new Sorcerer Supreme is on the way, who will fill his shoes? 

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch ‘Doctor Strange’ | XPX/Star Max/GC Images

If Strange sticks around…

The Multiverse of Madness will likely feature Doctor Strange cleaning up Scarlet Witch’s mess: a fracture in reality that brings Vision back to life (with a couple of loving kids to boot). 

According to insider reports, Strange could be left to handle threats entering the earth, as was as other planets in galaxies far and wide, that the new Avengers are unsuited to handle. Strange may come to form The Illuminati — with help from Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Professor X — by the end of Multiverse of Madness.

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Strange would then play a role in catalyzing the X-Men and Fantastic Four sagas in the MCU. Such a role would lead Strange down a path towards leadership, innovation, and mentorship, which could transpire into the Strange Academy. 

The Strange Academy — similar to Hogwarts — is a place where young sorcerers learn to wield magic; Strange operates as headmaster, while Scarlet Witch and other magical beings become professors. Yet, what if Strange is going to die? Could Cumberbatch be prepping to leave the MCU, and who would take his place? 

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Brother Voodoo and Magik have both been rumored for ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Brother Voodoo and Magik have both been rumored for Doctor Strange 2. The former could play a potential new love interest to Scarlet Witch, while Magik could come to assist Doctor Strange in defeating one of the film’s reported primary villains, Nightmare. 

Both individuals have comic book histories as Sorcerer Supreme; Magik recently took on the role, while Brother Voodoo held the title in the past. Yet, the MCU is known to adjust the source material appropriately to deliver an intoxicating and logical narrative. 

Doctor Strange could pass on the mantle, allowing Cumberbatch to step away from the role. Or, Strange could die in combat against Nightmare, or come to his demise via an unintended foe— Scarlet Witch. 

The MCU has a few options here. In the best-case scenario, Strange remains a while longer and goes on to become headmaster of the Strange Academy, before someone steps in to take his place. The Ancient One was in and out too quick; it’s not Strange’s time yet.