Here’s the first teaser trailer for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which reintroduces Wanda Maximoff and ties back to a ‘What If’ episode…
“I’m sorry Steven, I hope you understand, the greatest threat to our universe is you”
Those are the words spoken by Doctor Strange’s former ally turned enemy Karl Mordo aka Baron Mordo, who sends that warning during the new teaser trailer for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The first footage from the film was released on Wednesday after actually debuting as a post credits scene in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
The teaser reveals how the door to the multiverse has been opened after Strange cast a spell in an attempt to help Peter Parker reclaim his identity after he was revealed as Spider-Man. Strange attempts to erase Peter’s identity from the minds of anyone who knows he’s Spider-Man but a mistake when trying to alter the spell ultimately cracks open the multiverse.
While Strange does his best to stop the multiverse from completely bursting at the seams, it appears he wasn’t able to fix what was broken after all.
The new trailer shows Doctor Strange reaching out to Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlett Witch to get her help as he seeks to stop whatever is happening to allow the multiverse to open up again. As a reminder, Wanda is regarded as arguably the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe so she’s got plenty of tricks up her sleeve where problems like these exist.
The end of the trailer also teases a tie back to a particular episode of the animated Marvel series called “What If” titled “What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands.”
In that alternate universe, Strange’s girlfriend Dr. Christine Palmer dies in the car crash that was supposed to lead to him becoming the Sorcerer Supreme and he becomes obsessed with traveling through time in an attempt to stop the accident from ever happening.
Despite warnings from the Ancient One that Palmer’s death is an absolute point in time and cannot be changed, Strange refuses to accept it. Finally, the Ancient One is forced to split Strange into two separate entities — one who accepts Palmer’s death and the other who refuses. Unfortunately, it’s the Strange who refuses to let Palmer go who wins out by overpowering his counterpart, absorbing him and then using the combined power to resurrect his girlfriend as he becomes Strange Supreme.
Sadly, Strange Supreme discovers that the Ancient One was correct because reality is ripped apart in the wake of Palmer’s resurrection. The universe collapses, Palmer ends up dying anyway and Strange Supreme is left grieving all alone in a cold and empty world.
Based upon that trailer, it would appear that Strange Supreme has returned.
Check out the new trailer for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and get ready for the film to land in theaters on May 6, 2022.