Doctor Strange 2 Coming Soon: Ultimate Marvel Movie Guide to Avoiding “Lost” in the Marvel Multiverse

Doctor Strange 2 Coming Soon Ultimate Marvel Movie Guide to Avoiding Lost in the Marvel Multiverse

It’s almost here! In less than two weeks, the highly anticipated blockbuster of Madness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse ( Doctor Strange 2), will hit theaters around the world.

With the volume of characters and massive content that the Marvel Multiverse is about to bring, there will be many viewers who can’t grasp the details and will be confused as to why other audiences are howling when a certain character appears.

So if you don’t want to “get lost” in the Marvel Multiverse, let’s check out our ultimate Marvel movie guide to get you up to speed!

“Doctor Strange 2” is Coming Soon

Marvel and Disney’s official announcement of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is enough to make all fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) excited.

Doctor Strange 2 Trailer

Doctor Strange 2, which is scheduled to premiere on May 6, 2022, will be a sequel of sorts to the original Doctor Strange movie that premiered in 2016; however, this one promises to bring us multitudes of new characters, along with nods to long-time favorites.

The movie is an ambitious project for Marvel; it’s their first real foray into the “multiverse” concept, a concept that sees things like alternate versions of characters and other worlds being explored.

The multiverse concept was teased at the end of Spider-man: No Way Home, a movie that Marvel also announced recently that is scheduled to come out in December 2021; it’s expected to directly impact the plot of Doctor Strange 2 in some way.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the main character, who debuted in the first film. Elizabeth Olsen will also return as Scarlet Witch (who has had an important role on the big screen since her debut in Avengers: Age Of Ultron), with plans for other characters from WandaVision to appear as well.

Ultimate Marvel Movie Guide to Avoiding “Lost” in the Marvel Multiverse

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) is the first film to feature Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), a sorceress who has a very tragic past and mental problems, which often makes her stand on the line between “hero” and “villain”. In this movie she fights against Ultron robots, who are also believed to be an antagonist in the upcoming Doctor Strange 2.

Avengers Age of Ultron 2015
Avengers Age of Ultron 2015

The battle against Ultron will help you understand Wanda Maximoff‘s arduous path to becoming an Avenger, as well as her unstable personality that often makes her stand on the line between “hero” and “villain”.

In addition, this movie also explains to you the appearance of the Ultron robots in the trailer, though they come from a different reality, which means they may have a completely different origin.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

As one of the most important events in the MCU world, the Civil War took place indirectly by the accidents that Scarlet Witch carelessly caused while carrying out missions to protect the world with the Avengers team, leading to her death. Not only that, the civil war of the Avengers team made Wanda more confused between her good and evil nature.

In Captain America: Civil War (2016), she was shown as a superhero who had to shoulder a lot of responsibility. She was constantly haunted by past trauma and painfully tried to make up for it; even though she is hated by humans because of her mistakes, she still tries to do good for herself and for everyone around her.

Captain America Civil War 2016
Captain America Civil War 2016

Even though she does not have any superpowers like Spiderman or Iron Man, Scarlet Witch also has extremely strong magical powers. However, without being able to control it properly, she caused great damage around her that led to conflicts between countries over whether or not they should regulate those superheroes who have superpowers.

An article by Forbes reveals that Captain America: Civil War is the most successful movie in Marvel’s history with a total revenue of $1 billion at box offices worldwide. This movie has been chosen as one of the best superhero movies of all time by many critics and fans.

Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film is the fourteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the second installment of Phase Three. It was released in China on October 28, 2016 and in the United States on November 4, 2016.

Doctor Strange 2016
Doctor Strange 2016

The story revolves around protagonist Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) – a successful New York surgeon – who makes a journey from a gifted doctor to one of the greatest wizards after a car accident robs him of his dexterity.

This film will explain to you Doctor Stephen’s strange powers, as well as a brief introduction to the concept “reality”, mysterious dimensions, and most of all, returning cast of characters like Wong (Benedict Wong), Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) and Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) marked a turning point for Scarlet Witch, as it was the culmination of a series of tragedies in her life. Scarlet Witch has been through a lot over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She lost her entire family, she lost her homeland, and then, in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), she had to watch her lover Vision (played by Paul Bettany) die in front of her eyes—twice. 

Avengers Infinity War 2018
Avengers Infinity War 2018

This event is a culmination of a series of tragedies that have impacted Scarlet Witch psychologically and emotionally, as will be explored later in the upcoming WandaVision series on Disney+.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame (2019) is a film that was highly anticipated by many audiences. The movie is also a good place to try to understand what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be like, in terms of its dramatic development. Although not possessing much time, Endgame is still a place to affirm the “heavy” power of “big sister” Wanda when she can single-handedly make Thanos “cry”.

Avengers Endgame 2019
Avengers Endgame 2019

More importantly, the time travel of the Avengers in this movie is the key to the expansion of the Marvel Multiverse that Loki’s variant is involved in. This is an important part of what WandaVision will focus on in Phase 4. And because Doctor Strange 2 has been confirmed by Marvel Studios, there are also rumors that Scarlet Witch will appear in this project.

That means, Doctor Strange 2: Multiverse of Madness will most likely also explain the real reason why Doctor Strange chose to sacrifice Iron Man to destroy Thanos between 14 million possible futures.

WandaVision (2021)

WandaVision is a 9-episode show on Disney+ that takes the form of an homage to classic TV sitcoms. The series follows Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, through her mysterious journey through life in the town of Westview. How did Wanda get to this place? Why does she seem trapped in a world of imagination? And how does it all tie into the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

WandaVision 2021
WandaVision 2021

WandaVision is unique in that it allows us to see directly into Wanda’s mind as she processes trauma and loss. The show lets us learn about her past and experience her pain as she deals with it in real time—all while watching her powers develop and grow stronger than ever before.

The show also brings back some fan-favorite characters from previous MCU films, including Paul Bettany as Vision and Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis. Additionally, new characters will be introduced who will give us more insight into how Wanda has come to be where she is today.

Loki Season 1 (2021)

Loki Season 1 (2021) has opened Marvel’s Multiverse to the world, and moviegoers everywhere have their eyes glued to the screen. We’re all wondering: Who is this mysterious “God of Trick” and what will he do next?

Loki Season 1 2021
Loki Season 1 2021

In the first season’s six episodes, we learned that the “Loki” we’ve come to know and love (played by Tom Hiddleston) is just one version of many. The concept of “Multiverse,” “variations,” and “alternate realities” (also known as timelines or universes) were introduced over the course of the season, and audiences got a glimpse into Divine Timeline—the primary universe in which most Marvel Studios movies have taken place—and its manipulator: He Who Remains (HWR).

HWR is a variation on Kang the Conqueror, who is played by Jonathan Majors. While it’s unlikely that Kang will appear in Doctor Strange 2, it seems likely that the time police organization TVA (founded by one of his variations) will also be involved in upcoming battles.

What If…? Season 1 (2021)

The first season of What If…? (2021) is a collection of 9 animated episodes that tells stories about different realities within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In this series, a mysterious entity known as The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) narrates each episode to answer the question “What If…?” with regard to events that happened in previous live-action MCU movies.

What If... Season 1 2021
What If… Season 1 2021

These animated episodes all have the look of previous MCU movies, but their distinct details create an entirely new story. And while they might look similar, the characters involved all have completely different personalities or fates. 

Even though it’s a cartoon, What If…? manages to connect seamlessly with the live-action works of the MCU. This is especially evident in episode 4, which retells the events of Captain America: Civil War from an opposing point of view.

And some fans believe we will get to see a superhero version of Peggy Carter (voiced by Hayley Atwell) in the upcoming Doctor Strange 2.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

The Multiverse is back! But it’s not exactly like before.

As the Multiverse returns to its original state, it’s inevitable that realities will start to come together.

Spider Man No Way Home 2021
Spider Man No Way Home 2021

The “No Way Home” event—where Doctor Strange is the author and “Little Spider” Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) is the protagonist—has recently marked the convergence of the “Spider-Man Multiverse,” and other characters have come from four separate realities: Divine Timeline, Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire version), The Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield version), and SUMC (Sony’s Spider-Man universe).

All of the Multiverse troubles of this movie, although neatly solved by Doctor Strange, are still believed to have consequences leading to the upcoming “Chaotic Multiverse” event in Doctor Strange 2.

So let’s start “plowing” right away in time to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6!

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Conclusion

It’s time to dive into the Marvel Multiverse!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ultimate Marvel movie guide to prevent getting “lost” in the Marvel Multiverse. Now there’s no excuse for skipping Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Doctor Strange 2) on May 6!

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