Marvel Studios is releasing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at the beginning of 2022. Kevin Feige has explained the multiverse will pave the way for the next generation of MCU films. However, little is known about its plot, direction, and what characters it intends to use. It is scheduled to be the first MCU film to utilize horror and brings in Sam Raimi (director of the Spider-Man trilogy from 2002-2007). There are some intriguing rumors to address, so let us dive in.
The villain from the first film, Kaecilius (played by Mads Mikkelsen), is supposedly making a return in the sequel. Spoiler alert, if one recalls that at the end of the first film, he and his followers were pulled into the Dark Dimension after Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) made a deal with the villainous Dormammu (thanks to the use of the Time Stone). It would be interesting to see where this character falls given his defeat in the first film, and he might have a specific role in the sequel (if he does appear).
Another rumor is that Ghost Rider may have a cameo in the sequel. The flamed-skulled being will please die-hard fans on the big screen, particularly after the character’s introduction in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show. Raimi has been known to surprise us with characters to set up future installments, and if Ghost Rider does have a moment, it may not be long before he gets his work in the canon of MCU films.
Many are aware the WandaVision series from Disney+ will become incorporated in some capacity in this blockbuster, and the storytelling has suggested the villain may be Chthon. Scarlet Witch’s magic comes from this individual in the comic books, and the TV series had indicated runes that could be a fatal weakness to the sorcerers’ powers. Elizabeth Olsen plays the character, and she may end up causing mayhem in the Doctor Strange sequel.
On paper and in theory, this film sounds like a wacky ride. The connections to past movies/TV shows and the dark direction it strives for may make Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness one hell of a movie. The MCU has successfully prided itself on taking risks like with the zany Thor: Ragnarok and the culturally diverse and astounding Black Panther. Let’s hope we receive some more details in the future and pray that Marvel Studios can pull this off wonderfully.