Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness features multiple on-screen cameos that will have Marvel fans cheering.
As has become the norm with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, the latest release comes with several surprise figure shocks.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen direct the film and are joined by co-stars Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and Xochitl Gomez. The film follows Cumberbatch’s wizard on his adventure through the Multiverse, a series of alternate worlds filled with different versions of recognizable Marvel characters.
Of course, Marvel saw this as an opportunity to bring new characters to the MCU – and reintroduce recognizable faces.
*Spoilers to follow – you have been warned*
At one stage in the film, as hinted at in the trailer, Doctor Strange encounters a secret society known as the Illuminati.
In the comic series, this group consists of a variety of different characters who band together to work together behind the scenes.
The scene is particularly exciting for Marvel fans as it features a number of surprising introductions.
Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way: The X-Men finally make their MCU debut with Patrick Stewart’s Charles “Professor X” Xavier. This version of the character (not the one previously seen in the X-Men franchise) uses the character’s iconic yellow hoverboard.
Chiwetel Ejiofor also appears as a variant of Karl Mordo and is the one who introduces Cumberbatch’s Strange to the Illuminati members.
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As revealed in a TV spot released a week before the film’s release, Hayley Atwell will appear in the film as Peggy Carter. Dressed in a Union Jack costume, this version of the character is Captain Carter – who debuted in the animated series What if…?released in 2021. This is her live-action debut.
Another character featuring Black Bolt, played here by Anson Mount.
Mount previously played this character in in people, which was canceled after only eight episodes in May 2018. Black Bolt is one of Marvel’s strongest characters, with a voice capable of wreaking havoc – even when whispering.
Lashana Lynch also appears in the film and is Captain Marvel in this universe instead of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. Lynch appeared in the character’s 2019 standalone film as Maria Rambeau, the mother of WandaVision character Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris).
Despite being reported last year, it’s still a surprise to see John Krasinski turn up as Mr. Fantastic himself, Reed Richards. It’s not certain if Krasinski is now playing the MCU’s official version of the character, or if Krasinski is simply playing a different iteration from another world.
In a flashback featuring these characters, based on Titan, viewers also get a glimpse of Thanos (Josh Brolin), however, this version of the character is deceased.
*More spoilers to come – you’ve been warned again*
There’s also a post-credits scene with a surprise addition to the MCU: Oscar winner Charlize Theron has joined the group and plays Clea.
Clea is a character romantically linked to Doctor Strange in the comics. The words “Doctor Strange will return” seem to confirm that Theron will star in a possible third appearance for the character.
Interestingly, she is a supreme sorceress and the niece of Dormammu who starred in the first part Doctor Strangeand was once the ruler of the mystical realm to which he was banished.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in cinemas now. Read The Independent‘s review here.
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