On the occasion of the cinema release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a look back at the important Marvel films and series to (re)watch to understand the challenges of the new part of the adventures of the superhero embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch
The twenty-eighth MCU feature film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a landmark film for Phase IV of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the helm of this highly anticipated blockbuster for fans, we find Sam Raimi, master of horror who has already cut his teeth among Marvel superheroes with his Spider-Man trilogy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe unlocks and pushes the boundaries of the multiverse even further with Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Xochitl Gomez and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous realities of the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Before discovering Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we offer you a great catch-up session with the 5 Marvel films and series that you must have seen to understand the challenges of the Doctor Strange sequel.
5. Spider-Man: No Way Home
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Stephen Strange cast a spell using Kof-Kol runes to make the world forget the identity of Peter Parker revealed by Mysterio. The spell, interrupted and corrupted by Peter’s demands, wreaked havoc on the Multiverse. Even though he has settled the situation, Stephen Strange will have to face the consequences of his actions in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The series centered on the God of Malice marks a turning point in the MCU since it introduces and explains the notion of Multiverse, which was only mentioned until then. And this, by means of the adventures of Loki of 2012 in an alternate reality created by the Temporal Heist of the Avengers. The character played by Tom Hiddleston will help the Tribunal of Anachronistic Variations, which protects the Eternal Time Stream, to find an alternate version of himself who is wreaking havoc on the Multiverse. In his time travel, Loki will face other Loki just as crazy as him.
3. What If…?
After the theory with Loki, place to practice with What If…?, the animated series which explores the Multiverse frontally by offering divergent versions of the history of the main characters of the MCU. We can thus see Peggy Carter become Captain Britain, T’Challa become Star-Lord and the Avengers die or become zombies. Importantly, a Doctor Strange-centric episode explores the Multiverse and sees another evil Doctor Strange, like the Sinister Strange seen in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer…
2. Wanda Vision
Wanda Maximoff is a central character in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and is expected to get at least as much screen time as Benedict Cumberbatch’s character. The series dedicated to the heroine embodied by Elizabeth Olsen is of crucial importance since it tells how she became the very powerful Scarlet Witch after creating an alternate reality mixing sitcom and family life in the town of Westview.
1. Doctor Strange
Even if Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is bound to be as big as an Avengers movie with its cast of characters, its deep dive into the Multiverse, and its major importance in the Phase IV storytelling, the fact remains the sequel to the first Doctor Strange. It is therefore essential to know this character, his origin story but also his acolytes and his antagonists told and presented in the first part.
With the catch-up of these Marvel films and series, all available on Disney +, you are in a good position to discover and understand the challenges of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, from May 4 at the cinema.
The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer: