Now, if you have seen Spider-Man: No Way Home (and i hope you have by now at time of reading this!) and stuck around right till the end of the credits like a true marvel fan, you would have seen this trailer already. Fans were treated to the first look at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness after the events of No Way Home.
To sum it up before we dive into it, you would have had to watch the Disney+ series of Wandavision, Loki & What If…? to understand the multiverse as well as Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The first footage from Doctor Strange 2 confirms a fair number of Marvel fans theories and leaks: America Chavez’s dimensional portal powers certainly seem like a major MacGuffin in the film. One scene of footage shows Strange locked in a fierce battle with a villain who looks unmistakably like Shuma Gorath, the evil entity from a dark dimension who is rumored to be pursuing Chavez across dimensions, in attempt to steal her powers. The key is that Chavez’s powers could allow the evil entity access to any dimension it has yet to consume – but where does that journey of conquering begin?
What we see in the final sequence of the Doctor Strange 2 trailer could easily be the moment that Strange visits the first dimension Shuma Gorath ruined – or at least one of the ruined dimensions left behind. Marvel Comics fans know the comic book history of Shuma Gorath mentions that the evil entity’s true form cannot be perceived by mortals and that the tentacled monster with one big eye is simply the limit of his form that can be perceived in the physical world. As one of the main demonic powers in the Marvel Universe (even more powerful than Mephisto!), it wouldn’t be surprising to see the villain take several forms in the film – including “Evil Strange”.
So is Evil Strange the Strange Supreme version from What If…? or just a manifestion of Shuma Gorath? Guess time will tell in this one
Either way, this looks dope. Phase 4 of the MCU is going deep dive into the Multiverse and its setting up something very special moving forward.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due to hit cinemas on May 6th 2022