What a year it’s been for Marvel Studios. As well as releasing five full Disney+ shows through the course of 2021 (with the Hawkeye finale out today), they’ve also released four major movies since the summer, all culminating the box office behemoth that is Spider-Man: No Way Home, heavily featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. And now, with 2022 looming, it’s only four moths or so until the (not quite) Sorcerer Supreme will be back on our screen in the much-much-much-anticipated Sam Raimi-directed (!) Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness – heading further into the reality-splintering exploits already established in previous Phase 4 MCU projects, and pitting Stephen Strange against… well, you’ll see. Watch the trailer here.

If you’ve seen No Way Home already and stayed ’til the very end of the credits, you’ll have already seen this teaser – but there’s plenty to pore over now it’s instantly-repayable. Most notably, the final beat teases an extremely Doctor Strange idea: that the villain of Doctor Strange 2 might in fact be, er, Doctor Strange. Specifically, a multiversal Doctor Strange – and very possibly the one we saw go seriously awry in an episode of What If…? earlier this year. Beyond that, we get lots of city-folding trippiness, a brief glimpse of Xochitl Gomez’s incoming comic book favourite America Chavez, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo with a brand new ‘do, and a one-eyed beast rampaging in New York.

But that’s not all – because most prominently featured here, and previously announced to be a major part of this film, is Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff. In fact, we get a mini-scene between her and Doctor Strange, in which she admits things got a little out of hand with that whole Westview situation (see: WandaVision), and he handwaves that (metaphorically, not with his portal-generating rings) and instead asks her to join him in some multiverse shenanigans. It’s an intriguing teaser of their dynamic – and beyond that, we also see glimpses of Wanda back in her full-on Scarlet Witch garb. But, as mentioned, the real draw here is the idea that (a) Strange himself may be the main villain here – one with a spookily unkempt goatee, a maniacal grin, and a voice with a bit more Smaug in it than usual. Gulp. Good luck untangling that one, Stephen!

Check out the official poster here, with multiple Maximoffs and several Stranges:

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness poster

We’ll find out exactly what director Sam Raimi – returning to the super-hero genre with a horror inflection, an ideal sweet spot for the legendary filmmaker behind the original Evil Dead movies and the early ‘00s Spider-Man trilogy – has cooked up in this one when it hits screens on 6 May 2022.

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