Doctor Strange 2: every character seems to appear
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, currently playing in theaters.
With recent Marvel Cinematic Universe installments opening the multiverse, the floodgates are open for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to unleash a host of extradimensional variants for the ancient Sorcerer Supreme to encounter. Spider-Man: No Path Home has proven that Marvel Studios has no problem bringing characters from other universes into the MCU, and it’s extremely likely that Stephen Strange’s second solo release will follow.
Let’s break down each character that we say appears in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Loki and his TVA allies could appear in Doctor Strange 2
Considering the fact that the Disney + Loki the series was where the MCU’s multiverse first opened up, it seems very likely that its main characters will return for Multiverse of madness. Both Loki and his variant Sylvie are eager to appear after their interactions with The One Who Stays in their show’s finale, while the return of fan-favorite character Mobius M. Mobius also seems entirely possible. According to many rumors, these three characters are expected to return in Multiverse of Madness, and the fact that film writer Michael Waldron also served as LokiThe executive producer makes their return a virtual certainty.
Wiccan and Speed return could be Wanda’s goal in Doctor Strange 2
The first official trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness revealed that the film will follow the events of WandaVision, with Wanda directly mentioning her Westview buyout that took place in the Disney + series. The post-credits scene from this show’s finale showed Wanda hearing the voices of her magically created children, Billy and Tommy, while studying the Darkhold, which seems to be a pretty clear indication that the two will be returning in Multiverse of Madness. It stands to reason that Wanda could join Strange specifically with the intention of getting her children back, so viewers shouldn’t be too surprised if the future Young Avengers reappear somewhere in the multiverse.
Professor X could appear as a member of the Illuminati from Doctor Strange 2
Ever since Disney acquired 21st Century Fox (and all the Marvel properties it owned), fans have been eagerly awaiting the day the X-Men make their MCU debut. This day can finally come with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as Patrick Stewart is rumored to reprise his iconic role of Professor Charles Xavier from the X Men movie theater. According to these rumors, Stewart’s Xavier will be portrayed as a prominent member of the Illuminati, whom Strange is said to have met during his journey through the multiverse with America Chavez.
Mister Fantastic could make MCU debut in Doctor Strange 2
Another Fox-owned Marvel character believed to be returning in Multiverse of Madness is Reed Richards, who was played by Ioan Gruffudd in Tim Story The Fantastic Four duology. Reports claim that Mister Fantastic will be a member of the Illuminati alongside Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, although more details on his supposed role have yet to be revealed. The return of Gruffudd’s Reed Richards would be an interesting callback that could help set the stage for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Fantastic Four solo film.
An unnamed Fox-Marvel character has been rumored for Doctor Strange 2
In addition to Professor X and Mister Fantastic, reports have claimed that another character from Fox’s Marvel films will be making their MCU debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. No details have been given as to who this character is, but it has been claimed that Scarlet Witch will engage in a fight with them, potentially delivering one of the MCU’s craziest action scenes to date. . It seems likely that the character will be linked to the X-Men, given Professor X’s alleged status as the leader of the Illuminati, but as of yet nothing has been confirmed.
What if Captain Carter would have been back in Doctor Strange 2
Captain Carter has proven to be one of the most popular characters introduced in Marvel’s What if…? animated series, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that she’s supposed to return in Multiverse of Madness. Specifically, it was claimed that the Super-Soldier variant of Peggy Carter would appear as another member of the Illuminati, alongside Professor X and Mister Fantastic. What if…?The creators of have already confirmed that Captain Carter will be returning to the MCU in the near future, so what better place for her than a movie about multiversal variants and shenanigans?
Ultron (and / or his sentries) can serve the Illuminati in Doctor Strange 2
The same report that claimed Patrick Stewart’s Professor X would come back in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also said the film will mark Ultron’s cinematic return – or at least his Sentinels. The Illuminati would use Ultron’s sentries as infantry, and they would apparently engage in battle with Strange before capturing him and bringing him to the main council. Considering the fact that What if… depicts an incredibly powerful variant of Ultron with the ability to travel between dimensions, the return of his Sentries would tie into this series while also establishing just how powerful the MCU’s Illuminati really are.
Sleepwalker’s debut was teased by Doctor Strange 2 merchandise
Some recent announcements of toys for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hinted at the beginnings of a fairly obscure Marvel character called Sleepwalker. In the comic book source material, Sleepwalker is a supernatural hero with the power to travel through dreams while his host body sleeps. It’s currently unclear what role Sleepwalker will play in the next film, if any, but its inclusion in its product line seems a bit too specific to have been placed at random.
D’Spayre could bring a Shang-Chi connection to Doctor Strange 2
Another character whose introduction was mentioned by Multiverse of Madness’ Toy lists is D’Spayre, a demonic villain who uses telepathic powers to induce fear in humans. In the comics, D’Spayre is a servant of the Dweller-In-Darkness, the latest monstrous villain of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. While the beast was defeated by this film’s titular hero, the inclusion of D’Spayre in Multiverse of MadnessThe merchandise could signal that the Dweller-In-Darkness could return for a battle with another Marvel Hero.
Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man could take another trip through the Multiverse of Madness
The return of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Path Home sent comic book fans everywhere in a frenzy of excitement, and if reports are to be believed, he’s not done with the MCU. It was widely rumored that Maguire would return to the Doctor strange sequel, and while the extent of his role has not been revealed, it is undeniable that a reunion between him and Sam Raimi (who led the Maguire with Spider Man trilogy) would be absolutely magical. Other somewhat less credible reports have even gone so far as to claim that Marvel and Sony are considering a solo project starring Tobey Maguire as Web-Head again.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set for release on May 6, 2022.
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