The Illuminati will see you now, according to Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, ahead of an epic encounter with a mysterious group of superheroes. The 28thMarvel Cinematic Universemovie is available to stream on Disney Plus after its theatrical release in May.
Last month, the 28th MCU film arrived in cinemas and took the ex-Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch), Avenger/Disney Plus star Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and new hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) on a wild adventure through multiple realities. This brings them in contact with some iconic figures.
In his review, CNET's Rich Knightwell explains that the film wears its continuity fairly lightly, relying on the multiverse concept to go big with comeos and twists on Marvel lore that will surely delight viewers in packed cinemas.
Let's go into a star-shaped portal and look at some of these incrediblely SPOILERY cameos. We have also provided explanations for the movie's ending and post-credits scenes, as well as a list of unanswered questions.
Wanda, a murderous woman, is plotting to steal America's ability to open doors to alternate realities, allowing her to reunite with her lost sons, Billy and Tommy, by seizing control of the multiverse. America and Strange flee to Earth-838, a futuristic reality that is named after the mainline comic universe.
Wanda pursues her prey across realities, using forbidden Darkhold magic to acquire the body of her Earth-838 counterpart.
Fear the Scarlet Witch.
Mordo, a charming but sneaky character, drugs America and Strange, summoning them to the Illuminati's Central Park headquarters. This group of elite heroes will be familiar to longtime Marvel fans let us go through each one, and their horrible, horrible fates.
Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
Reed Richards is the leader of the Fantastic Four, Marvel's first superhero team. The supersmart scientist can stretch his body into practically any shape.
John Krasinski, who bearded, is the subject of A Quiet Place. He has the same facial hair as Reed Richards.
John Krasinski (of The Office and A Quiet Place fame) plays Reed, an actor who has been contacted numerous times to play the character for years. Krasinski plays Reed in almost perfect balance, infusing the character with the necessary amount of charm.
Ol Stretcho explains Wanda's multiversal madness that results in an apocalyptic event when one multiversal reality crashes into another. And then he encounters Wanda.
Reed doesn't always have a beard, but he does look great with one.
In an effort to reconcile with her, I have children of my own. I understand your agony, he adds.
Reed replies in the affirmative. In the comics, she is married to Sue Storm (aka Invisible Woman), and their children are Franklin and Valeria.
Wanda replies, "There will be someone left to take care of them."
Reed tries to hold her down, but she magically leans back, before breaking his body apart like string cheese and bursting his head. I guess Earth-838 has a Fantastic Three now.
This is the Earth-616 version of this character. It's unclear whether Krasinski will reprise his role in the upcoming Marvel Fantastic Four film or if this was simply a thank you to fans who have wished for him to be cast. He's fantastic for this role, but it might be a little too obvious.
Patrick Stewart's performance as Professor X is so reassuring.
Charles Xavier/Professor X
Patrick Stewart is back in the Illuminati's cinematic history, bringing him back to the role he created in the 2000s X-Men. This isn't the same as the powerful psychic mutant we saw in those films, but it's pretty exciting to see Stewart return.
When Xaviers enters the show, Marvel knows how to maximize his emotional impact, including putting the hero in his trademark yellow hoverchair from the comics, and giving us a glimpse of the 90s X-Men animated series theme (the show is also getting a Disney Plus revival).
Xavier exhibits more compassion than his fellow Illuminati, who don't trust Earth-616 Strange due to his Earth-838 counterpart ruining a reality in his quest to defeat this reality Thanos.
He claims that just because someone stumbles and loses their way does not mean they will be lost for the rest of their lives.
When Xavier meets Scarlet Witch, he notices that she has no empathy. However, her Earth-616 counterpart materializes on the mental plain and snaps the X-Men founders' neck.
There are no more mutants in the wild.
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Stewarts Xavier has died the fourth time, as he was disintegrated by a Dark Phoenix-possessed Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand (though he transfers his mind into a comatose patient), Sentinels blast him offscreen in X-Men: Days of Future Pasts dystopian timeline (the past is rewritten shortly afterwards, so its destroyed), and a clone of Wolverine fatally staggers him in Logan
Blackagar Boltagon/Black Bolt.
Anson Mount plays the role of Inhuman king Black Bolt, who previously portrayed the character in the bleak 2017 Inhumans TV program (and more recently appeared in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds). His voice has incredible destructive potential as a leader of a near-human species that learns random abilities from Terrigen Mist.
The Inhumans series, which is nobody's favorite Marvel show, was the last time we saw Black Bolt.
On the orders of his fellow Illuminati, he used this ability to execute the Darkhold-corrupted Earth-838s Strange.
Im sorry, Black Bolt professes, for killing his deceased friend.
Wanda mysteriously seals his mouth, causing him to panic and scream internally, causing his head to scream from the inside. Please forgive me while I get a little cry.
We do not know where Earth-616 Black Bolt is from, but it is interesting to see how he took the Inhumans from their previous home on the moon to Earth and making it their home.
Marvel's Maria Rambeau/Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers, a fellow pilot in this universe, was empowered by the Tesseract, taking on the title of one of the world's greatest heroes, according to the actress Lashana Lynch, who plays the new 007 in No Time To Die.
Baby, you're higher, farther, faster. Maria Rambeau was able to fly without a plane in Earth-838.
Earth-838 Maria wears a green Starforce uniform, suggesting that she might have remained an adversary of the Kree Danvers on Earth-616. She is confident she can defeat Wanda and fights well, but ends up being crushed by a statue (it looks like Jocasta, the female version of Ultron).
Rambeau was denied powers on Earth-616. She was a founding member of Sword, an organization that protects the planet from extraterrestrial and extra-dimensional threats, and died of cancer shortly after Thanos' genocidal Snap. Her daughter Monica developed energy based powers during the WandaVision events, indicating that the Rambeaus are not suitable for superheroes.
Peggy Carter has been empowered by the Super Soldier formula, most likely in place of Steve Rogers (who became Captain America in Earth-616), as previously introduced in the What If? series, but this is a different version of the character.
In What If?, Captain Carter was quite impressive.
Hayley Atwell has played the non-powered Earth-616 Carter many times and voiced Captain Carter in the animated series, but it's our first time seeing her play a superpowered take on the character in live-action. Unlike her What If? counterpart, she increases her capabilities with a jetpack, which is quite cool.
Carter throws her Union Jack shield at the Scarlet Witch, sending it flying back at her, and we see what happens when you fail to catch the vibranium disc, Darth Maul-style.
Peggy lived a life of fun in various situations.
Carter lived through World War II and had a slew of adventures on her two-season TV program. In Captain America: Civil War, she became old and died peacefully in her sleep. Steve Rogers also went back in time and married a different Carter in Avengers: Endgame.
In the first episode of season 1, we saw Captain Carter working as a Shield agent.
Karl Mordo is a German politician.
When Mordo became profoundly jealous of Stranges' power and influence, his friendship with Mordo was roiled. After the Darkhold-corrupted Sorcerer Supreme was murdered by his comrades, Mordo assumed the title and assumed his place among the Illuminati.
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When Earth-616 Strange taunts him, his jealousy bursts, and the pair fight. The more athletic Strange leaves Mordo stuck in a hole in the Illuminati throne room (shouldnt have skipped leg day, Karl), and he ends up as the only survivor of the group.
Illuminati has several members in common with the original comic lineup.
Earth-616 Mordo became disillusioned with his fellow sorcerers after seeing their constant violation of the natural laws. In the first Doctor Stranges post-credits scene, he steals a magic user's energy and declares that there are too many sorcerers in the world.
Comics are a popular pastime.
The Illuminati is a group of superhero leaders who meet and exchange information to avoid catastrophe in the comics. The original roster included Tony Stark, Namor the Submariner, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Doctor Strange, and Charles Xavier.
Earth-838 had a similar cast, although it's highly probable that Marvel ruled it too early to bring Tony back in any universe following his heroic sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. Atlantean prince Namor has yet to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's likely to appear soon, given his long comic history with the Fantastic Four.