Doctor Strange 2: what you need to see to understand the Multiverse of Madness

What If…?, WandaVision, Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home… Those who are late will have to catch up fissa.

You’ve kinda left the MCU aside lately but Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness catches your eye? Nothing is impossible before May 4, provided you get started quickly. We take stock of the essentials to understand this sequel: a few light spoilers but essentially recommendations so as not to be completely heavy when the release of Doctor Strange 2.

What If…?

Perhaps the cornerstone of the multiverse. Released this summer on Disney+, What If…? is a nine-part animated series that initially seems disconnected from the MCU. The idea is to explore alternate realities with sometimes convoluted scenarios (what if Peggy Carter had become Captain Carter instead of Captain America? What if the world had lost its most powerful heroes? What if Ultron had won? What if zombies were invading the Earth?). Except that towards the end, all these a priori hermetic stories end up coming together, even suggesting that What If…? takes place nicely in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One episode in particular is important: the one where Christine Palmer dies in a car accident while Stephen Strange is driving. In total depression, he uses the Eye of Agamotto to attempt to alter the past but never succeeds. This version of Strange then turns to dark magic in an attempt to become powerful enough, but he loses his soul in the process. This “Dark Strange” seems to be the one seen in the trailer (“OLooks like you lost control “, he lets go) and his role in this story remains to be determined. In addition, we can see zombies on several shots of Sam Raimi’s film, which suggests that the episode of What If…? about undead superheroes will also be included in the storyline. Fans also spotted Captain Carter’s shield on the poster, confirming his presence in Doctor Strange 2. In short, jump on What If…? if it is not done yet.

Loki

A Loki from a parallel universe manages to escape his programmed death but is immediately overtaken by the TVA (Time Variance Authority), a secret organization that we had never heard of until now in the MCU. The TVA is in charge of the “sacred timeline”, the one that should never deviate from its course, and its agents are ready to do anything to maintain order. Series Loki, available on Disney +, was the real entry point to the Marvel multiverse, an infinity of worlds where Variants can emerge: beings who, like Loki, have tried to modify fixed events of the past or future. A first season in six episodes to watch as soon as possible to understand the challenges of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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Wanda Vision

Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) will make her big comeback in Doctor Strange 2after being entitled to a series dedicated to her character and that of Vision, the aptly named Wanda Vision. It’s hard not to spoil too much, but what starts out as a parody of a 50s sitcom spins out completely and ends up in superheroic melodrama. In the trailer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthe Sorcerer Supreme comes to question Wanda about the multiverse and we see her with a double of herself in her “house” of Wanda Vision. Maximoff should have a central role in the film and it seems difficult to escape the series to really know what it is all about.

Doctor Strange

Yes, yes, we know, it’s obvious. Nevertheless: it is more than recommended to take a look at Doctor Strange first of the name before embarking on the sequel. Beyond being a very nice Marvel movie, it lays the foundation for the character and the rules of magic as used in the MCU. We also learn the nature of the complicated relationship between the superhero and Christine Palmer (played by Rachel McAdams), who will be back in Doctor Strange 2 for at least one wedding scene (in a parallel universe?). Essential therefore, even if Stephen Strange has evolved a lot since then. Occasionally also watch the Dytique Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgameless essential to understand Strange, but one scene in particular (that of the 14,000,605 possible futures) makes it possible to better understand the extent of his powers.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

With seven million admissions in France, a priori everyone has seen Spider-Man: No Way Home. If not, know that it takes place just before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and that Stephen Strange plays a relatively important role in it. If he spends a good part of the story on the sidelines, he is the one who opens the multiverse, following a spell gone wrong. If things seem to be a little better at the very end, obviously the Sorcerer Supreme has not sufficiently patched up the barriers between the MCUs and the other universes…

X-Men 1 and 2

Well, that’s coquetry, but since Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) will be in the filmwe might as well go back to the source of mutants with the first two films X-Men by Bryan Singer. Always very good stuff, even if you can probably skip it.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, May 4 at the cinema. Trailer :

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