“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” Official Trailer Reveals Colossal Squid Monster
“Every night, I dream the same dream,” says Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) at the start of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness official trailer. “And then…the nightmare begins.”
Here, at last, is our longest look at director Sam Raimi’s film, which sees the director of the beloved Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 stepping into the modern MCU for the first time. Raimi’s working with a heckuva set-up here, seeing as how Doctor Strange’s world is literally falling apart at the seams and becoming, as he said himself, a total nightmare. The last time we saw Strange, he was trying to help Peter Parker erase a few million memory banks in Spider-Man: No Way Home, to disastrous effect. Strange ended up accidentally unleashing the multiverse, sending a slew of villains from other dimensions into his present-day New York. Now, Strange finds himself facing a mysterious new enemy in the wilds of the multiverse, which looks even more unruly and ungovernable than it did during Spidey’s adventure.
“You opened the doorway between universes,” Wong (Benedict Wong) tells Strange, “and we don’t know who or what will walk through it.” We see images of a New York in mid-destruction, a scared-looking Dr. Christine Palmer (newcomer Rachel McAdams), and citizens fleeing for their lives. Strange has meddled with space-time in the past, but in The Multiverse of Madness, it looks like he’s really and truly gone too far.
This is why he recruits Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), who recently had her own issues with reality in WandaVision. The hope is Wanda knows a thing or two about the multiverse and, being one of the most potent superheroes on the planet, she might be able to help him. She’s not the only familiar face we see here—Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo is back, we see him handcuffing the good doctor (they’re magical cuffs, obviously) for his “desecration of reality.” We also see an evil Doctor Strange, no doubt from the multiverse, and a colossal squid monster hurling buses at our poor, beleaguered Sorcerer Supreme.
“You break the rules and become a hero,” a suddenly sinister Wanda says to Strange, “I do it and I become the enemy. That doesn’t seem fair.” No, it doesn’t, but then again, nothing in The Multiverse of Madness seems to adhere to any sense of fair play we know about. The premise, the game cast, and Sam Raimi directing all make this one of the most intriguing films of 2022.
Check out the official trailer below. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.
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Featured image: Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.”