In a new ad from Marvel Studios to buy tickets to the next big-screen sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 strange doctorshort excerpt from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pointed out the terrible responsibility of the eponymous doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for his desecration of reality!
The video is seconds long and was included in a Tweet sent by the official Marvel Studios Twitter account on Thursday, April 21, 2022. It begins with a psychedelic horror sequence that sees two images of Strange and two of Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo ( Chiwetel Ejiofor) spinning in a kaleidoscopic motion. As the shot arrives to reveal another image of two Stranges and two Mordos beyond, we get an “infinite return” vibe as the words Mordo speaks in voiceover appear in the video as text. “I’m sorry, Stephen,” Mordo said. “Your desecration of reality will not go unpunished.”
Who’s the bad guy? Maybe not Scarlet Witch.
Speaking of the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the internet is already ablaze with people who haven’t seen the movie yet but have already decided that Wanda should be the villain. But the truth is, this plot point remains an opening day mystery. What is clear from the trailers is that Multiverse of Madness will build on the last appearance of Scarlet Witch, the first season of Wanda Vision, available to stream now on Disney+. Not only the sets and costumes of Wanda Vision appeared in the Multiverse of Madness promotional material that has been released so far, but the show’s setting, Westview, New Jersey, has even been mentioned in the dialogue. Also, the season ends with Wanda in possession of the Darkholdand the Book of the Damned is so important to Multiverse of Madness; the the film’s props team worked with the Wanda Vision accessories team on design.
According to a quotation from Russell Bobbit included in The art of WandaVision“We ended up coordinating with [the Multiverse of Madness team] in London because this spell book was to play in strange doctor. Their design is what we used, and in fact, London made the spellbook for us. This confirmation that the Darkhold will appear in Multiverse of Madnessand the direct connection it creates with Wanda Vision, calls into question the likelihood of Scarlet Witch being the movie’s villain, especially when promotional material points to Strange’s terrible responsibility for the multiverse he opened up by helping Spidey get into MIT. But what “profanation of reality” will Strange respond to? Is it simply his role in the super-villain debacle at the heart of the plot for Spider-Man 3: No Coming Homeor will we see Strange cast another ill-advised spell at the start of Multiverse of Madnessis running?
The film will arrive in theaters on Friday, May 6, 2022, but as the new music video highlights, you can buy your tickets and secure your spot today. After all, you wouldn’t want your favorite seat in the theater stolen by one of your alternate time variants, would you?
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