Doctor Strange 2: who are the Illuminati, this new group of Marvel heroes? – Cinema news

In cinemas since yesterday, Doctor Strange’s second solo adventure introduces new superheroes to the Marvel universe: the Illuminati. We take stock of this super-team well known to comic book readers.

WARNING – The article below contains spoilers for Doctor Strange 2 and discusses some of its surprises. You are strongly recommended to go your way if you have not yet seen the film.

Were the rumors true? In recent months, many Marvel characters have been at the heart of hallway noise announcing them in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessamong which the Illuminati team, greatly teased in the latest trailers.

In another universe

And the secret assembly of powerful superheroes each representing the different groups of the Marvel universe is present in the film, with the added bonus of a few surprises on the casting side! However, it is not on the Earth in which the Avengers are already evolving that this alliance was formed, but on another Earth in the multiverse that Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) visit in the movie.

In the comics, the existence of the Illuminati was revealed in the 7th volume of new avengerspublished in 2005. The vocation of the assembly is not so much to fight together but rather to coordinate the actions of their different teams.

Its members are 6 in number: Iron Man, Mr Fantastic, Namor, Black Arrow, Doctor Strange and Professor Xavier, respectively representing Avengers-type heroes, scientific heroes, characters perceived as anti-heroes, Inhumans, mystical heroes and mutants.

Doctor strange 2: who are the illuminati, this new group of marvel heroes? - cinema news
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different members

For the purposes of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the group has been changed a bit since Iron Man (Did Tom Cruise turn down the role or was he not even invited? The mystery remains intact) and Namor are missing, replaced by other MCU characters.

This is Captain Carter, already seen in the animated series what if and which is always interpreted by Hayley Atwellbut also of a Captain Marvel with the face of Lashana Lynch (who played Maria Rambeau, Carol Danvers’ best friend in Captain Marvel). The two heroines had been shown in the last TV spots of the film.

The teaser didn’t lie either : the leader of the X-Men is present, still in the guise of Patrick Stewart much to the delight of fans! Black Arrow is also in the game, camped by Anson Mountwho already played him in the series Inhumans. A nice nod to this Marvel show which only lasted a short season of 8 episodes.

Doctor strange 2: who are the illuminati, this new group of marvel heroes? - cinema news

Anson Mount in the Inhumans series.

But the biggest “surprise” is the interpreter of Mr Fantastic, who is none other than John Krasinsky ! Fans had been campaigning for such a casting for years and they finally got their way. In 2020the actor, himself, had assured that he would love to slip into the skin of the leader of the 4 Fantastic but all this remained in the state of supposition until today.

Finally, it is not Stephen Strange who represents the mystical type heroes in this assembly but Mordo (Chiwetel Ejioforalready on the bill of the first Doctor Strange).

The role of the team in the film

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Illuminati were created on Earth 838 to deal with the greatest threats in the universe. They are therefore the ones who defeated Thanos, but they also condemned their Strange to death for having used the evil powers of the Darkhold, a very powerful and corrupting magic book, at the heart of the plot of the film by Sam Raimi.

The fate of the members of this team is unfortunately fatal in this universe. But who knows, maybe we’ll see the actors in the shoes of other variants of these characters in future Marvel productions? Doctor Strange could also borrow their idea and form his own Illuminati council on his Earth… Case to follow!

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