Disney has released the first trailer for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” The upcoming sequel starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role sees the former Sorcerer Supreme deal the the consequences of casting a forbidden spell in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Not knowing what he unleashed, Strange seeks help from those who have experience dealing with multiversal madness from the likes of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). But he also has to contend with the likes of old adversaries like Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
The “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” trailer was first released in theaters as a part of the end credits sequence in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Which seems like a fitting place to connect the two considering the events that occurred in that film. But it was inevitable that the trailer make its way online. And it comes as no surprise that the film make use of key quotes from the latest Spider-Man film so that it could establish its connection and place within the MCU timeline.
Though there isn’t an official plot synopsis, the trailer hints at the fallout of Strange casting a dangerous and forbidden spell, for which it has broken the multiverse in unforeseen ways and unleashed monsters beyond anyone’s comprehension. There are alternate darker verisons of a Doctor Strange, which we saw in “What If…?” and there the great Marvel Comics cthulhu beast Shuma-Gorath making his MCU debut.
But that isn’t the only new additions to the cast. We also see a glimpse of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). The trailer also teases the return of Wong (BD Wong) and Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer). Of course, we should anticipate a few other surprises that could make its way into the film.
Doctor Strange has been a pivotal part of Phase three of the MCU as the character literally opened the doors to the supernatural and concept of the multiverse. The first film went on to gross $676 million worldwide. And the character would later appear in films like “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” And, of course, most recently, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Suffice to say that he’s going to be the person to look out for if there is some interdimensional aspect to any of the MCU projects.
Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), who steps in for the first Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” opens in theaters on May 6, 2022.