Last year's MCU box office milestone Spider-Man: No Way Home offered a brief understanding of how the multiverse works, making any character's return possible. Now that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is another massive exploration of the multiverse saga that Phase 4 is currently revolving in, we'll have a deeper understanding of how this multiverse storyline will add more anticipation to the MCU's future projects.
Spider-Man: No Way Home was labeled as the biggest crossover film of all time, but not until the Doctor Strange sequel was announced. No Way Home brought back previous Spider-Man villains, together with three-generation of Peter Parkers, reuniting Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire on the big screens. Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange was also heavily involved in the film, and it looks like Doctor Strange 2 will be extremely relevant to MCU's multiverse-story arc.
In a recent interview with Fandango, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi was asked what he could tease as far as surprise cameos and appearances. Raimi responded,
"I guess I would say that... Spider-Man [No Way Home] broke open [the idea that] characters from the multiverse could visit our universe. But this is the first time that characters from our universe will go out into the multiverse and experience other universes. So, it's going to be a continuation, but that, I think, is one of the biggest appeals. Finding other realities, and how they rhyme with our own, or how they are completely the opposite, or variations thereof. I think therein lies the interest of this picture."
Just when we thought Spider-Man: No Way Home was the MCU's biggest film of 2022, it looks like Marvel is entirely on board this year, especially with the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. While No Way Home brought back actors and villains from previous Spider-Man franchises, imagine when Multiverse of Madness brought back a tremendous variety of heroes from different franchises like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and variants of renowned MCU heroes like Tom Cruise's Iron-Man.
More recently, Patrick Stewart's Professor X is already confirmed to return in the Doctor Strange sequel, and the producers have already confirmed that the story will include multiple variants of Doctor Strange and The Scarlet Witch. Now that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one month away from its theatrical release, we will unravel more of the multiverse when it premieres in theaters.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit the big screens on May 4.