It’s finally out, after months of waiting, THE MOVIE which is to revive interest in the MCU by introducing new characters and new plots is finally in theaters. Well, the film keeps some promises and gives middle fingers to others, but overall it’s not bad. We’re going to go over together some of the details you might have missed, and like every movie Marvel there’s a plethora of them, so let’s not waste time otherwise Wanda will kick our ass to steal our children.
1. Bruce Campbell’s double cameo
Those who have never seen a movie evil Dead probably didn’t catch the director’s (many) references to his first film saga. The biggest, of course, is the presence of Bruce Campbell as a dumpling pizza vendor on the street. Strange gets rid of him by casting a spell on him that forces him to hit himself.
This actor is actually present in many of the director’s films (he even appears in each part of his Spiderman trilogy) and the possessed hand is a nod to Evil Dead 2 where Ash’s character loses control of his hand which attacks him.
2. The small handkerchief in the wedding jacket
If you look at the small handkerchief in Strange’s outfit at his ex’s wedding you can recognize the color and texture of his famous levitation cape. That’s how he flies away from the reception a little later. Holy wedding outfit.
3. Ultron robots that worked
When they arrive in the world where they meet the Illuminati, Strange and America Chavez are escorted by Ultron robots, the ones Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are trying to build in avengers 2 and which turn against them. This means that in this universe the two inventors were less stupid and succeeded in their invention.
4. “The Baxter Foundation”, the building of the Fantastic Four
When Christine explains to Strange and Chavez that she works for the Baxter Foundation and takes care of renaming the different universes, we can have a BIG clue about the coming of one of the Fantastic Four a bit later in the movie. Indeed, the Baxter building is in the comics the headquarters of the fantastic four, a bit like the tower avengers for the avengers or Place Saint-Anne for punks in Rennes.
5. Famous music
If you have seen the film without having seen the WandaVision series, you have probably struggled at several times and missed a few references. For example, when Wong asks Strange if he knows people who use sorcery rather than magic, we can hear a little music playing and this music is the theme of the series on Wanda.
6. Charles Xavier’s Wheelchair
When Professor Xavier makes his grand entrance into the scene with the Illuminati, he can be seen in a towering golden wheelchair. It’s a reference to the cartoon x men from when we were kids and that’s a lot of fun. Besides, the music that starts at this time is also the theme of the cartoon.
7. A Doctor Strange willing to do anything to win
When Xavier shows Strange how Dr. Strange of his universe died, we can see a short passage of his meeting against Thanos but especially that his fingers are all black. And that just means he used the DarkHoldthat cursed book that also blackens Wanda’s fingers to fight the Titan.
8. Doctor Nic West, wedding guest
The wedding guest who sits next to Dr. Strange and tells him he’s lost his cats and his brother is none other than the doctor who saved his hands at the start of the first movie. You may have missed it but here it is always a pleasure as they say.
9. Clea’s Arrival
Many people probably wondered who the character played by Charlize Theron was at the very end of the film. This is Cléa, niece of Dormammu (the giant demon in Dr Strange 1) who usually fights in the Dark Dimension. In the comics she teams up with Strange several times and even ends up marrying him. In terms of power, she is extremely badass so it promises for the future.
10. A speech already heard
When Xavier decides to support the “new” Strange and tells the other Illuminati he can help them, he says, “Just because someone stumbles and gets lost along the way doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” If this sentence reminds you of something: well done, it’s exactly the same sentence that old Xavier says to young Xavier in X-Men: Days of the future past.
11. Sam Raimi’s iconic car
She appears in almost all of the director’s films, the famous Oldsmobile Delta 88 that you could see among others in the first trilogy Spiderman is also featured floating in the air during the inter-universe travel scene. This is the director’s first car that he had when he was filming the very first evil Dead. Well, there I admit it was not easy to capture.
12. All the events of the movie and the last Spiderman take place because of Loki
Yes, Kevin Feige the creator of a lot of things in the MCU said that the events between the universes of Spider-man: No way home and Doctor Strange 2 were only possible because of Loki and Sylvie in the series Loki (although he’s not even in the movie).
By making “The One Left Behind” go out of place at the end of the series, the two characters caused a huge mess because he was basically the only person who could prevent these kinds of inter-universal events from happening. This series was great by the way, yet another proof that Marvel series are better than movies.