Now that the Avengers: Endgame and Phase 3 of the MCU is already in the books, it's time to delve into the next part — Phase 4. And one of the most-anticipated movies included in its lineup is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel premieres in 2021, five years after the first Doctor Strange film. As stated in its title, it will further explore the concept of the multiverse. But what is it exactly? If you are one of those who forgot or have no idea at all, we are here to help. Allow us to introduce you to the multiverse.
Back in Doctor Strange movie in 2016, Stephen Strange experienced a very trippy experience when the Ancient One introduced him to the multiverse. While in there, the Ancient One asked Strange the following questions: "You think you know how the world works? You think that this material universe is all there is? What is real? What mysteries lie beyond the reach of your senses? At the root of existence, mind and matter meet. Thoughts shape reality. This universe is only one of an infinite number. Worlds without end. Some benevolent and life-giving; Others filled with malice and hunger. Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?". In other words, there may be multiple or even an infinite number of universes that exist, including the one we live in. These other universes can have a reality different from ours. Because of that, there have been a lot of speculations as to what multiverse will appear in the sequel film. Will we see a cameo of the X-Men or Deadpool in Doctor Strange 2? Will Scarlet Witch be the villain in this movie? Will we see Tobey Maguire again as our friendly neighborhood Spider-man? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list below that can help you answer all those questions and probably have a hunch of what is more likely to happen. Go ahead and check it below!
In 2019, the Walt Disney Company officially closed its $71 billion deal to acquire 21st Century Fox. In other words, Disney now has access to all the characters and movies of the X-Men franchise, Fantastic Four, as well as Deadpool. Does this mean that a cameo from the mutants in the Doctor Strange sequel is possible? We'll find out once the official trailer is out.
With Elizabeth Olsen being one of the confirmed cast, and with Disney's acquisition of X-Men, fans can't help but think that Doctor Strange 2 will perhaps feature the House of M storyline. In House of M, Wanda had a mental breakdown due to the loss of her children and killing some of the Avengers accidentally. Because of that, she created a new multiverse where the mutants were the ruling class rather than the excluded ones. Does this mean that Wanda is the villain here?
With Scott Derrickson withdrawing from directing Dr. Strange in The Multiverse of Madness, Sam Raimi has been tapped to take over the helm. Raimi was the director of the 2003-2007 Spider-Man trilogy, which is set on Earth-96283. His version of Spider-man was responsible for kicking-off this century's comic book films. Will they consider having Tobey Maguire on board?
With Sam Raimi replacing Scott Derrickson in directing the sequel to the 2016 Doctor Strange film, many were quick to think that the Marvel zombies multiverse would be a great one to visit. Considering Raimi's background on directing horror movies, he would be a perfect fit in executing this storyline. This multiverse is simple: There is a zombie virus spreading in the Marvel Universe and to infect, they have to bite people. This is as gross as it gets, yet funny at the same time.
NIghtmare is one of Doctor Strange's infamous archnemesis and is the ruler of the Dream Dimension. He is one of the most notorious supernatural creatures in Earth-616, along with Mephisto, and Dormammu (which Strange already encountered in the first film). Nightmare was also Scott Derrickson's first choice. But, who knows who Sam Raimi, or whoever directs the film would pick? Otherwise, this makes a lot of sense.
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