A Breakdown of the “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness” Super Bowl Trailer

Marvel’s recent trailer release has heightened anticipation for Doctor Strange’s upcoming second solo film.

By: Christian DiBuono

Near the end of the first quarter of the Super Bowl, viewers were granted a TV spot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming film, “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness”. It features Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, as we are introduced to the multiverse and a horde of new villains and heroes. 

The film will follow on from the events of “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, as Doctor Strange journeys into unknown, alternate realities. He will encounter mystical allies, both new and old, and confront a mysterious new adversary. 

In the Super Bowl TV spot, viewers are exposed to several shots from the movie that were not in the full trailer and a variety of narrative details that indicate what we may see in the upcoming film. 

Let’s break down some of the main spoilers from the latest “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness” teaser. 

Professor X | “We should tell him the truth,” says Patrick Stewart, who played Professor X in the X-Men films.

In a scene that contained arguably the most impactful reveal in this trailer, Doctor Strange is escorted into a council chamber, which is owned by what is likely to be the MCU version of the Illuminati. In the comics, the Illuminati was a secret organization that was comprised of the world’s most powerful heroes; the elusive society included Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Charles Xavier aka Professor X, Reed Richards (the founding member of the Fantastic Four), Namor the King of Atlantis, and Iron Man. 

Shortly after Strange enters the chamber, we hear the startling line: “We should tell him the truth.” The vague statement was spoken by Patrick Stewart, therefore confirming that Professor X will make his MCU debut in “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness”.

Zombie Doctor Strange and Wanda Maximoff | “Careful, Stephen, this path exacts a heavy toll,” says a mysterious voice in the trailer, as viewers are introduced to a zombie version of Doctor Strange.

The concept of zombies in the MCU was initially explored in episode 5 of Disney Plus’ “What if…?” animated series, in which fans were given a chilling visual of what would have ensued if the members of the Avengers, and other prominent characters, turned into zombies.

 It is currently unclear if the zombie variants of Doctor Strange and Wanda Maximoff are coming from the universe depicted in “What if…?” It is entirely possible that this particular variant of Strange is simply a corrupt version of the character, while Maximoff’s variant is enduring the consequences of the dark, magical powers that she has learned through the darkhold. | Defender Strange is a variant of Doctor Strange from another universe.

Considering that the multiverse is filled with many variants of our favorite heroes and villains, it wouldn’t be odd to see variants of Stephen Strange himself. Viewers were treated to just that, through the revelation of several glimpses of Defender Strange-both in the full trailer and in the Super Bowl TV spot.

A question that many MCU fans are likely asking is, who is Defender Strange? This iteration of the sorcerer has yet to be explored on the big screen. 

In the comics, Defender Strange is simply a different version of Doctor Strange and is a member of a group of heroes called the Defenders. Defender Strange essentially has the same powers as MCU’s Strange and will most likely be classified as a variant from a different universe in the movie. 

After numerous delays, “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness” will officially release in theaters on May 6.

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