With Doctor Strange coming soon in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: There’s no way home, it’s easy for Marvel fans to forget that his next cinematic premiere, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is still on the horizon. Set for release on May 6, 2022, the film will hit theaters nearly six years after its predecessor – the longest awaited between solo films by an MCU hero.
Many fans are excited that Sam Raimi will return to the director’s chair for the first time since Spider-Man 3 in 2007. However, even though the film has only been showing for a few months, very little is known about its plot, making the identity of the film’s villain a long-debated mystery – Chiwetel Ejiofor has confirmed that he will be returning as Karl Mordo, but it is still unknown what part Mordo will play in the story. It’s impossible to know for sure until Marvel Studios makes official confirmation, but here are just a few possibilities about the enemies Doctor Strange will face in his multiverse foray.
Arguably Doctor Strange’s third most notorious enemy after Dormammu and Mordo, Shuma-Gorath is a natural fit for a transverse epic. One of the otherworldly beings known as the Great Old Ones, Shuma-Gorath rules over hundreds of dimensions in the comics, and has often fought with Strange as he tries to expand his empire. Though his name is taken from a short story by Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard, Shuma-Gorath has a lot in common with HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Myths, making him the perfect villain for Raimi to get. Show your horror origins. In fact, if a picture of leaked goods is any indication, Shuma-Gorath’s appearance in the film has been confirmed.
Speaking of horror, few of Strange’s enemies are as terrifying as the aptly named Nightmare. Although he may look like a Morpheus hybrid from Neil Gaiman Sandman and David Bowie’s Goblin King in MazeNightmares are no joke. In the comics, Nightmare is one of the feared Demon Lords, like Shang-Chiown Dweller-in-Darkness. He rules the Dream Dimension, where he can capture the souls of sleeping humans and trap them in terrifying nightmares, feeding their fears to strengthen themselves – like cross between Freddy Kreuger and Pennywise. Definitely a villain that can put “Madness” in Madness’s Multiverse.
Of course, any demonic enemies list wouldn’t be complete without Marvel number one demon lord, Mephisto. WandaVision fans will remember that Mephisto raped Scarlet Witch in the original storyline revealing that her and Vision’s twins, Billy and Tommy, were actually constructs created by Wanda’s own powers. But while Mephisto never appeared in WandaVision, Wanda’s story will continue in Madness’s Multiverse. And as a powerful foe who fought both Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch in the comics, Mephisto would be a perfect candidate for the film’s main villain.
That said, Mephisto isn’t the only demon who has bedded both Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange in the comics. Chthon is a dark entity who created the Darkhold – Earth’s first book of dark magic, responsible for to create vampires and the rise of Morgan Le Fay, among other acts of vandalism. Chthon has been aware of Wanda’s power since her birth, and regularly tries to control that power by making her his vessel of life and death. Not only is bringing Chthon into the MCU the perfect thing for a Strange-Wanda collaboration, the introduction of Darkhold and its lore will also set the stage for a sequel. Tongue movie.
However, another possibility is that the sequel could go back to the last part of the original Sorcerer Supreme – Dread Dormammu, lord of the Dark Afternoon. After all, Dormammu was not destroyed or sealed in his final battle with Strange, only intelligently defeated. He’s still out there, lurking in the multiverse, still conspiring to consume all of reality. Bringing him back can provide more background information about one of the The most powerful MCU The characters (but still the most enigmatic), not to mention built on established rivalry.
Speaking of Dormammu’s background, he actually has a younger sister in the comics. Umar is another space creature with the same amazing powers as her brother, but she prefers to manifest in human form rather than a dark and flame maelstrom. Again, the introduction of Umar could further develop the lore surrounding the inhabitants of the Shadow Dimension. And while Dormammu enjoys brute force conquest, Umar is a more sophisticated manipulator, making her a natural enemy of the easily misguided Wanda.
This is admittedly a bit stressful, but it’s not impossible. The inevitable appearance of Doctor Doom in the MCU has been the subject of countless fan theories over the years, but it is still unknown when or how he will make his debut. Since Doom and Strange have clashed many times in the comics, it makes sense Madness’s Multiverse could foreshadow Latveria’s tyrant lord – more likely through a brief reference or post-credits scene than an actual lead role from Doom, but still.
Obviously, Wanda Maximoff is not a villain. She’s not really evil in the way that most MCU villains do, but WandaVision proved that this hero has quite a dark side. She is willing to manipulate, brainwash, and torture thousands of people (including her husband), robbing them of their free will to protect the false utopia she believes she deserves. She showed remorse for her crimes, yes, and in the end she tried to atone for it by defeating Agatha Harkness and break Hex around Westview. However, the film’s post-credits scene shows her scouring the multiverse through soul projection, desperately searching for her lost children. It is possible that Wanda will fall into the path of cruelty in her own right, committing more atrocities for the sake of reuniting with her sons. It would certainly be a dark direction to take her character, but it would also make for a compelling story.
This also has a little more to it there, but it’s grounded in fact. It’s no secret that Bruce Campbell is a longtime collaborator with Madness’s Multiverse director Sam Raimi, from his lead role in Dead Devil his one-time guest series inside Spiderman trilogy of works. However, concept art for the cancellation Spiderman 4 depicts an unprecedented cameo – Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man brings a captured Mysterio to a police station, and the villain’s fishbowl helmet is removed to reveal Bruce Campbell’s unmistakable face . With Raimi directing a new Marvel movie focused on multiverse travel, it would be a real treat if Campbell finally appears as a Mysterio variant. Of course, that’s a slim chance, especially since Sony would have to allow it, but that doesn’t make the idea any less appealing.
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