Marvel has just released the first poster and teaser trailer for Sam Raimi-directed sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” due in U.S. theaters May 6, 2022.
If you haven’t seen “Spider-Man: No Way Home” yet, this new trailer won’t spoil that film for you.
If you have seen it, and stayed to the end like a good Marvel fan, then you’ve already seen this trailer as that film’s final credit scene, but now you can study it further.
Take a look at the trailer, and then we’ll discuss:
“Don’t cast that spell. It’s too dangerous,” pleads Wong (Benedict Wong) as the trailer starts.
“The Multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little,” says Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as the voice-overs continue.
“Your desecration of reality will not go unpunished,” a voice that sounds like Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) says, as Strange steps out into what appears to be the Mirror Dimension (a parallel dimension in the comics that allows the user to practice their magical abilities and fight their enemies without the public’s knowledge).
We then get a glimpse of Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) in a bridal gown, but wedding someone other than Strange, who is in attendance.
Following the Marvel logo, Strange seeks out Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) who thinks he’s there to talk about the events in Westview (aka “WandaVision”), but he’s there to ask for her help.
We then see some trippy multiverse visuals, Mordo in the flesh, Wanda in full Scarlet Witch mode, and a battle ensuing as Mordo tells Strange “The greatest threat to our universe…is you.”
We briefly see America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a future Young Avenger, making her film debut. What’s interesting about her appearance in this movie is that in the comics, one of her powers is the ability to kick open star-shaped holes in reality, allowing her to travel through the multiverse and into other realities.
We also get quick glimpses of the tentacled sea-monster Gargantos, who is an enemy of Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and America Chavez, throwing a bus at both Strange and Chavez.
The trailer ends with Strange walking up to face…himself…or another multiverse version of Doctor Strange, to be precise.
So much to unpack and figure out how it all fits into the greater scope of the movie. What are your theories? Let me know in the comments.
While you’re thinking, take a look at the first poster for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”: