The moment of the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiere is almost upon us, and it’s introducing The Illuminati!
We are now only 10 days away from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the anticipation nearly has us levitating out of our bodies. Every day seems to give us a little more…a tv spot, a new poster, a new interview…like breadcrumbs leading us into the wormhole of bombastic insanity of this movie. And no, I’m not being dramatic, you’re being dramatic.
Well, if you’re as hungry as I am for this movie to release, then feast your eyes on this my nerd brethren! Because the latest 30 second TV spot has just given us a brief glimpse at some new footage, as well as the first official mention of the Illuminati. Check it out below:
FIRST CONFIRMATION OF THE ILLUMINATI
While the TV spot features a few quick shots that we haven’t seen before, it also namedrops the secret society of Marvel heroes known as the Illuminati! Besides a brief mention in a Variety article last month, this is the first official confirmation of the appearance of the secret society in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While it’s something everyone assumed was coming (and which we got a sneak peak of in past trailers), the would be the first time that Marvel Studios has officially mentioned the name.
But who will the Illuminati consist of?
The Doctor Strange trailer that released during the Super Bowl gave us our first confirmation that Patrick Stewart would be returning as the mutant leader Professor X, and he seems to be a key member of the Illuminati. Based on the trailer, it also seems that variants of Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Christine Palmer (Rachel Mcadams) could also be members of the group. They seem to be present in the hall when Dr. Strange is brought before the council for judgement, so if they aren’t full on members, then they seem to at least have some level of association with the secret society.
Another character who has been heavily rumored to appear is Captain Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), reprising her role from the animated What If… series. Beyond that, there have been countless rumors about who else could be showing up, including a Tony Stark variant played by Tom Cruise, a variant of Mr. Fantastic played by Ioan Gruffund from the Fox films, a Maria Rambeau variant of Captain Marvel played by Lashana Lynch, a Black Panther played by Michael B. Jordan, and several others.
If even half of the rumors are true, Doctor Strange 2 will be an absolute bonkers wild ride!
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait another 10 days…
“In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.“
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases in theaters May 6, 2022.