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"It's not the Scarlet Witch that we fear. From our experience, the greatest danger to the Multiverse, it turns out, is Doctor Strange."
Mister Fantastic to Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a 2022 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The film is a sequel to Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home. It is the twenty-eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the eleventh installment of Phase Four. The film was released on May 6, 2022.

The film is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo/Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, with Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer.

Synopsis

To restore a world where everything is changing, Strange seeks help from his ally Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Avengers' most powerful Scarlet Witch, Wanda. But a terrible threat looms over humanity and the entire universe that no longer can be done by their power alone. Even more surprising, the greatest threat in the universe looks exactly like Doctor Strange.[1]

Plot

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In the Gap Junction, a plane between universes, America Chavez and Doctor Strange race to the Book of Vishanti while attempting to evade a Ribboned Creature. Strange's attempts to contain the monster prove futile, leading him to attempt to steal Chavez’s power of multiversal travel, while knowing that the process would kill her. However, the demon kills Strange during the process, and Chavez, in fear, inadvertently opens a portal to Earth-616 which she and Strange’s corpse fall through.

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Doctor Strange wakes up, believing this vision to be a nightmare and continues about his day. He dresses up to attend Christine Palmer’s wedding, there he reminisces about the time they previously spent together, but Palmer insists that the relationship would’ve failed regardless. During the celebration, an invisible entity begins to terrorize the streets of New York. Strange is forced to respond and reveals the entity as a Gargantos, a gigantic tentacled monster. Also present is Chavez, whom Strange recognizes from his "nightmare" and rescues her. Wong arrives at the scene from Kamar-Taj, and together they kill Gargantos by gouging its eye out. Strange and Wong question Chavez, and she explains that the demons were hunting her for her powers. As proof of her claims, she takes them to the alternate Strange's corpse to prove that Strange's "nightmare" was actually a peek into his counterpart across the Multiverse.

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Upon further inspection of the corpse, Strange discovers runes of witchcraft that he realises were also present on the tentacled creature. Knowing that this isn't his area of expertise, he visits Wanda Maximoff at her farm to ask her about what she knows about the Multiverse, but he soon discovers that the farm is a chaos magic conjuration created by Maximoff herself. With the Darkhold in her possession, Maximoff reveals herself as the one who sent the demons after Chavez originally, believing that she could reunite with Billy and Tommy once she is able to take over the Multiverse. She also gives Strange before sundown to surrender Chavez before hunting her down herself. Strange rejects her demands.

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As Chavez is over at Kamar-Taj, the Masters of the Mystic Arts fortify the area in preparation for Maximoff's assault with a magic shield and various other defenses. However, Maximoff's telepathy targets one sorcerer and disables his magic, leading the shield to collapse, allowing her to shred through the resistance of Kamar-Taj. Strange entraps her within the Mirror Dimension, which proves to be ineffective as she escapes using reflections. Cornered, Chavez accidentally opens a portal, allowing herself and Strange to flee across the Multiverse. They land in Earth-838, in a futuristic New York City, where they walk towards the New York Sanctum in search of Strange's counterpart in this universe, but as that counterpart had died defeating Thanos previously, they are instead greeted by this universe's Sorcerer Supreme: Baron Mordo.

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Mordo invites both of them to sit down for tea, and the two warn him of the Scarlet Witch's incoming threat. They soon pass out, as Mordo had poisoned the tea, and awaken in a facility elsewhere. There, they meet that universe's Christine Palmer, who works at the facility as a scientist that helps with managing different Multiversal threats. Strange is brought forth before the Illuminati for his trial, consisting of Mordo, Captain Peggy Carter, Blackagar Boltagon, Captain Maria Rambeau, Reed Richards and Charles Xavier. They believe that Doctor Strange remains the greatest threat in the universe, revealing that their universe's counterpart of Strange had used the Darkhold to look for alternate ways to defeat Thanos. He found the Book of Vishanti, which the Illuminati used to kill Thanos on Titan. But Strange confessed that he had caused an incursion, an event in which a reality is destroyed, and thus volunteered to be executed to prevent further destruction.

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Meanwhile, Maximoff makes use of the Darkhold to dreamwalk into her Earth-838 counterpart in Westview to interact with her children. However, Sara Wolfe manages to destroy the Darkhold, so Maximoff burns her alive in retaliation. She also threatens to kill other sorcerers if Wong does not reveal another method to dreamwalk, leading him to reveal that the book was a copy. He takes her to a castle on Mount Wundagore where the Darkhold was first transcribed. Maximoff uses the castle's power to dreamwalk back into her Earth-838 self and raids the Illuminati Headquarters in search of Chavez. Before they could vote to execute Strange, Carter, Black Bolt, Rambeau and Richards leave to respond to the attack, but Maximoff easily kills them. Xavier enters Maximoff's mind and attempts to liberate her from the Scarlet Witch, but fails as she snaps his neck. Mordo votes to kill Strange himself, who tricks him into destroying his restraints before escaping.

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The Illuminati's efforts have also bought Palmer enough time to free Chavez and the two escape into the sewers, where they rendezvous with Strange. Maximoff continues to pursue them into the Gap Junction, where Strange retrieves the Book of Vishanti. However, Maximoff quickly destroys it and takes control of Chavez, using her to send Strange and Palmer into another universe. She takes Chavez back to Earth-616, abandoning her alternate self who returns home to Westview. Maximoff then prepares a ritual to take her powers. Elsewhere, Strange and Palmer land in a universe that is being destroyed by an incursion and head towards its New York Sanctum. There, they find a sinister counterpart of Strange who had been corrupted by his copy of the Darkhold and possessed a third eye because of it.

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When questioned about the Darkhold, this sinister counterpart warns against using it, however Strange still engages in a musical battle in order to retrieve the book, believing it to be the only way to stop Maximoff. The fight ends with Strange killing his evil counterpart, and Palmer reluctantly agrees to assist him as he dreamwalks into the other alternate Strange's corpse back on Earth-616. As he travels to Mount Wundagore, the spirits of the damned inhabiting the Darkhold attempt to attack Strange in both universes, but Palmer is able to protect Strange as he binds them into a cloak. He reunites with Wong, and they attempt to fight Maximoff, but are easily defeated.

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Despite their loss, Strange manages to inspire Chavez into refining her abilities against Maximoff, which results in her using her powers to send Maximoff back to Earth-838. There, she attacks her counterpart and attempts to comfort her kids, but they openly reject her. This causes Maximoff to collapse into tears, but her counterpart comforts her, breaking her out of the Darkhold's corruption. Realizing the destruction she had caused, Maximoff sacrifices herself to destroy the castle and every copy of the Darkhold within the Multiverse as Wong and Chavez return to Kamar-Taj. Before they both return to their home universes, Strange admits to Palmer that while he has always loved her, he was too insecure about committing to a real relationship. Kamar-Taj begins to rebuild as Chavez starts her training in the mystic arts, while Strange returns to New York and repairs the watch his Palmer had gifted to him. He takes a walk afterwards, only to collapse and cry out in pain as his third eye opens.

Shortly after, Strange encounters Clea, a sorceress who warns him that he has caused an incursion and that they must put a stop to it. She opens a portal to the Dark Dimension and the two walk through it.

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Production

On April 20, 2017, Deadline reported that Scott Derrickson would work on a Doctor Strange sequel after he finished his work on the television series Locke & Key.[2]

On October 19, 2017, Kevin Feige stated that the film would be released a number of years after Doctor Strange.[3]

On March 31, 2018, C. Robert Cargill, a co-writer of Doctor Strange, revealed plans for the film to ideally feature Karl Mordo and Nightmare as villains.[4]

On June 28, 2018, Kevin Feige revealed that there were plans to make a sequel to Doctor Strange.[5]

On December 11, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Scott Derrickson would be returning to direct the sequel. It was also reported that the film's script would be worked on throughout 2019 and that the film was expected to begin production in early 2020 for an expected release in May 2021.[6]

On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige revealed that the title of the film would be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that it was scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2021. After Feige revealed the title of the film, Scott Derrickson stated "If I'm gonna do it, it has to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place, which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific, and we're going to make the first scary MCU film." It was also announced that Elizabeth Olsen would be reprising her Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the film, as it would connect to the events in the Disney+ series WandaVision.[7]

On October 17, 2019, Collider reported that Marvel Studios had tapped screenwriter Jade Bartlett to write the film.[8]

On November 7, 2019, Kevin Feige revealed that the film would tie-in with the Disney+ series Loki.[9]

In January 2020, it was reported that the film would start production on May 4 in London, New York, and Los Angeles.[10]

On January 9, 2020, Variety reported that Scott Derrickson had stepped down as director due to creative differences, but that he would remain on the film as an executive producer, which Derrickson himself affirmed.[11] It was also reported that there wasn't expected to be any delays when it came to production.[12]

On February 5, 2020, Variety reported that Sam Raimi was in talks to replace Scott Derrickson as the director of the film. It was also reported that Rachel McAdams would not be reprising her role as Christine Palmer in the film[13], despite an earlier report that she would be returning.[14]

On February 7, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Michael Waldron, head writer and showrunner of Loki, had been tapped to write the film, replacing Jade Bartlett.[15] That same day, C. Robert Cargill clarified that neither he nor Scott Derrickson ever wrote a draft of the screenplay prior to their departure from the film and that Waldron's script would therefore not be derivative of their work.[16]

On April 3, 2020, it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film had been pushed back from its initial release date to November 5, 2021.[17]

On April 14, 2020, Sam Raimi confirmed that he would be directing the film.[18]

On April 24, 2020, it was announced that the film had been pushed back to March 25, 2022[19] after its November 5, 2021 release date was assigned to Spider-Man: No Way Home.[20]

On June 25, 2020, Chiwetel Ejiofor revealed that he would be reprising his role as Karl Mordo in the film.[21]

On September 2, 2020, it was reported that the film would begin production in the United Kingdom in November.[22] The next day, it was reported that the working title of the film was "Stellar Vortex".[23]

On October 1, 2020, in an interview, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that the film was scheduled to begin production in late October or early November.[24]

On November 20, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the film had started production.[25]

On December 10, 2020, Deadline reported that Rachel McAdams would be reprising her role as Christine Palmer in the film, despite an earlier report that she would not be returning.[26] That same day, during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige announced that Xochitl Gomez would portray America Chavez in the film and that the film would connect to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.[27]

On January 6, 2021, in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Elizabeth Olsen revealed that the production of the film had been suspended due to a lockdown that was implemented in England as a way to try to slow the spread of COVID‑19.[28]

On February 11, 2021, it was reported that Adam Hugill had joined the cast of the film and that he would portray Rintrah.[29]

On February 18, 2021, in an interview with Inverse, Danny Elfman revealed that he would be composing the score for the film.[30]

On February 25, 2021, it was reported that the film would wrap production on April 23.[31]

On April 17, 2021, it was reported that the film was shooting scenes in Somerset.[32]

On July 14, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Tom Hiddleston was expected to reprise his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Loki in the film.[33]

On August 4, 2021, it was revealed that the film had shot scenes in Longcross, Iceland, and Italy.[34]

On October 18, 2021, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its March 25, 2022 release date to May 6, 2022.[35]

On November 12, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the film would undergo six weeks of additional shooting that would be comprised of both additional photography and reshoots.[36]

On January 12, 2022, Deadline reported that the film had wrapped up additional shooting on January 8.[37]

On February 13, 2022, the film's official trailer was released and it was revealed that Patrick Stewart would portray Charles Xavier/Professor X in the film. Stewart previously portrayed the character in 20th Century Fox's X-Men film series.[38] That same day, the film's official poster was released and it revealed that Peggy Carter/Captain Carter would appear in the film.[39]

On February 14, 2022, ScreenGeek reported that Anson Mount had joined the cast of the film and that he would portray an alternate version of Blackagar Boltagon/Black Bolt. Mount previously portrayed Black Bolt in Inhumans.[40]

On April 22, 2022, The Hollywood Reporter reported that due to the inclusion of an LGBTQ character in the film, it had been banned in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar.[41] The next day, it was reported that the film had also been banned in Egypt for the same reason.[42][43]

On April 29, 2022, it was reported that Ruth Livier and Chess Lopez had joined the cast of the film and that they would portray Elena Chavez and Amalia Chavez, respectively.[44]

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Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
All I Have to Do Is Dream The Everly Brothers "Dream" TV Spot
Theme from Doctor Strange Michael Giacchino
Cosmic Beam Experience Francesco Lupica
Joy of Man's Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach, Bertalan Hock Christine Palmer wedding
Prelude to Act III - Bridal Chorus Richard Wagner, Stephen Cleobury Christine Palmer wedding
Every Time We Say Goodbye Cole Porter, Oscar Peterson
WandaVision! Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Sara Mann, Jessica Rotter, Cindy Bourquin, Elyse Willis, Laura Dickinson, Robert Lopez, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White Transition to Wanda's Orchard
The Ice Cream Song Jett Klyne, Julian Hilliard Wanda's sons sing together to ask for ice cream
X-Men '97 Theme Haim Saban, Shuki Levy Professor Xavier first appears
Captain America Theme Alan Silvestri
Symphony No. 5 Ludwig van Beethoven Theme of Doctor Strange during piano battle (sampled in Lethal Symphonies)
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Johann Sebastian Bach Theme of Doctor Strange during piano battle (sampled in Lethal Symphonies)

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External Links

Phase Four

Movies:
Black WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsEternals
Spider-Man: No Way HomeDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Thor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda Forever
Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
The MarvelsBladeFantastic Four
Disney+:
WandaVision (Season One)The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Season One)Loki (Season OneSeason Two)
What If...? (Season OneSeason Two)Hawkeye (Season One)Moon Knight (Season One)
Ms. Marvel (Season One)I Am Groot (Season One)She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Season One)
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday SpecialEcho (Season One)Secret Invasion (Season One)
Ironheart (Season One)Armor Wars (Season One)Agatha: House of Harkness (Season One)
Spider-Man: Freshman Year (Season One)Marvel Zombies (Season One)

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