It’s Super Bowl Sunday. And that means we get some supersized trailer for some of the biggest movies of the upcoming year. Which, of course, includes trailers for superhero films. Disney has released a new trailer for “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.” The first film, directed by Scott Derrickson, was a mind-bending trip inspired by Steve Ditko. But the sequel looks like that, but tenfold. Directed by Sam Raimi, the second Doctor Strange standalone is a follow-up to the events of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” where the titular sorcerer botched a memory wipe spell and opened the doors to multiple universes.
IN the trailer, we over hear Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) being what looks like rudely awakened from a terrible dream, and before him a citadel that appears to be falling apart towards the sky. But what’s in that citadel is even a bigger mystery, as one of the door ways leads to a bright and shiny stairway. This is followed by a multitude of chaotic and painful events for many of our heroes including newcomer America Chavez.
“The nightmare begins,” says Strange.
It appears that Strange is being persecuted for his crimes of misusing spells. Now we see the fallout of that, as the MCU seems to be collapsing on itself. Even it is up to Strange to save the day with old friends, new allies, and even adversaries. But things get really strange when the good Doctor confronts his evil doppelganger, who debuted in season one of “What If…?”
But Doctor Strange won’t be alone. He’ll be rejoined by Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), and teams up with fellow Avenger, the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Wong (Benedict Wong), his former friend and now adversary Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and a new ally in America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness:”
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.”
Directed by Sam Raimi, who uses a script written by Jade Halley Bartlett and Michael Waldron, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” opens in theaters on May 6, 2022.