Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness features several cameos that have Marvel fans on screen cheering.
As has become the norm with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, the latest release features several shockers in the form of surprise characters.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen direct the film and are supported by co-stars Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and Xochitl Gomez. The film follows the Wizard of Cumberbatch as he adventures through the Multiverse, a series of alternate worlds filled with different versions of recognizable Marvel characters.
Of course, Marvel saw this as a chance to bring new characters to the MCU – as well as reintroduce recognizable faces.
*Spoilers follow – you have been warned*
At one point in the film, as the trailer teases, Doctor Strange comes across a secret society known as the Illuminati.
In the comic book series, this group is made up of a multitude of different characters who join forces to work together behind the scenes.
The scene is particularly exciting for Marvel fans as it contains a number of surprise intros.
Let’s get the most obvious 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 signature yellow hoverboard.
Chiwetel Ejiofor also appears as a variant of Karl Mordo and is the one who introduces Cumberbatch’s Strange to Illuminati members.
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As was spoiled in a TV spot released a week before the film’s release, Hayley Atwell appears in the film as Peggy Carter. Dressed in a Union Jack costume, this version of the character is Captain Carter – who was first seen in the animated series What if…?released in 2021. This is his live debut.
Another character that appears Black Bolt, here played by Anson Mount.
Mount previously played this character in Inhumans, which was canceled after just eight episodes in May 2018. Black Bolt is one of Marvel’s strongest characters, with a voice that can cause massive destruction, even when whispered.
Lashana Lynch also appears in the film and, in this universe, is Captain Marvel 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).
Although it was reported last year, it’s still a surprise to see John Krasinski show up as Mr. Fantastic himself, Reed Richards. It’s unclear if Krasinski is now playing the official MCU version of the character, or if Krasinski is simply playing a different, otherworldly iteration.
In a flashback featuring these characters, based on Titan, viewers may also get a glimpse of Thanos (Josh Brolin), but this version of the character is sidetracked.
*Further spoilers follow – you have been warned again*
There’s also a post-credits scene with a surprise MCU addition: Oscar-winning star Charlize Theron has joined, playing Clea.
Clea is a character who is romantically dubbed with Doctor Strange in the comics. The words “Doctor Strange will return” seem to confirm that Theron will be the lead in a potential third outing for the character.
Interestingly, she is the niece of Dormammu, who starred in the first strange doctorand was once the ruler of the mystical realm to which he had been banished.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently in theaters. Lily The IndependentThe review here.