You have to know it in advance

To really enjoy Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, you need to know some other MCU series and movies. We’ll tell you what’s really important.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” It is already the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Plus, there are still six MCU series on Disney+ (you can get a subscription here) or, in other words: plenty of opportunities to lose track.

Since no one can claim you’ve seen all of this, we want to give you all the information you need to know about Dr. Strange’s presence at the Multiverse of Madness cinema. That’s why we bring you the most important movies and series for the latest titles and almost cover the most important events. Accordingly, there are now some spoilers for the business in question. By the way, the movie stars we interviewed also give you an overview:

Dr. Gharib

Since this is a sequel, no wonder, you should be familiar with the first part. At Dr. Strange, brilliant and arrogant neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) had his hands broken in a serious car accident. As he seeks healing, he discovers that magic is real and trains with the powerful The Elder (Tilda Swinton), who dies during the film. Strange also meets Wong (Benedict Wong), who has been his loyal companion ever since. At first, Mordo (Chewitel Ejifor) is also on his side, but he becomes convinced that witches are abusing their power, which is why he wants to hunt them down and take away their power. Another important figure is Dr. Kristen Palmer (Rachel McAdams), the ex-lover of Stephen Strange, who sacks him with his arrogant, ruthless style.

“WandaVision”

The second main character in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch. Her motivation in the film will be heavily influenced by the events of the WandaVision series. In it, she created the illusion of her great love, Vision (Paul Bettany), because she couldn’t process his death in Avengers: Infinity War. The two had two children together named Billy and Tommy, also known as the superheroes Wiccan and Speed. Over the course of the series, Wanda learns that she is the legendary Scarlet Witch, capable of Chaos magic, perhaps the most powerful type of magic, but also the most dangerous type of magic. At the end of “WandaVision”, Wanda had to dispel her delusion as she accidentally detained and tortured an entire small town. As a result, Vision and her two children also separated. But we hear them in the series’ post-credits scene, begging their mother for help. Their whereabouts are not entirely clear, but the multiverse may hold the key to why the Scarlet Witch has joined Doctor Strange on his new adventure. But she may not do this as a pure ally: in “WandaVision” she gets Darkhold, a book that is said to contain all the magic spells but which spoils its readers.

“Loki”

The multiverse plays a pivotal role in Phase 4 of the MCU, and “Loki” opened the door for it. The god of practical jokes (Tom Hiddleston) met the Time Contrast Authority (TVA) here after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” left him off his intended schedule. Finally, TVA ensures that the true schedule is adhered to, and all skewed variables are mercilessly erased. At the conclusion of the series, Loki learns that TVA was created by the one who stayed (Jonathan Mayers). It was once a scientist from the future who discovered the existence of the multiverse. Many of his other versions of Other Realities were able to do the same, and among his aggressive variants, a war of conquest soon erupted that wiped out almost the entire multiverse. Accordingly, TVA must block any timeline in which a sinister version of He Who Stays could appear. However, the entire structure collapsed because a female variant of Loki named Sylvie (Sofia de Martino) killed the one who remained. So the portals to the multiverse are now open in the MCU. With practically everything possible.

“Marvel, what if…?”

This animated series on Disney+ tells us what the multiverse can do. Show us “what if…?” Familiar scenarios from the MCU, but it changed one important detail, resulting in entirely new stories. Two particularly important episodes of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. First, the first in which Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) receives the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and as a result Captain Carter is born instead of Captain America.

Most important is Episode 4, in which it was not Dr. Strange who had his hands in the car accident, but his great love, Dr. Kristen Palmer loses. As a result, he loses himself in the really dark corners of magic in order to undo her death. However, since her death is a fixed point in time, it would require massive amounts of energy to pull her off. In turn, it ingests a number of demons and creatures, giving it a really unhealthy color, among some other side effects of course. Ultimately, Doctor Strange, who is the Supreme Wizard or Supreme Wizard in this universe, which is why fans called him Strange Supreme by the fans. Undoing the death of Kristen Palmer. However, it creates a paradox that leads to the collapse of his entire universe, as Strange, realizing his mistake too late, is threatened with fate at the end of having to spend eternity in this world alone. At the end of the season, Strange Supreme help Captain Carter, the Guardians of the Multiverse, defeat the Ultron equipped with the Infinity Stone. Despite his questionable actions, this Doctor Strange isn’t necessarily evil, but we’ll likely find out more about his stand in cinema soon, since Strange Supreme also appears in the new MCU movie.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

In addition to the events of “Loki”, Strange himself has succeeded in stabilizing the multiverse. In “No Way Home” he just wanted to use a magic spell to make everyone forget that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is actually Spider-Man. However, he interfered with executing the spell, eventually causing Strange to corrupt it. This caused quite a few people who really knew Spider-Man to be pulled from their reality into this reality instead. Along the way, we also learn that, in the meantime, in the main reality of the MCU, Wong has risen to become the supreme wizard and thus the mysterious guardian of Earth. In the end, Doctor Strange manages to avoid the worst by completely erasing all memories of Peter Parker’s existence.

But the multiverse suffered a few fissures from the accident and the Marvel hero will have to deal with the consequences resulting in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. New MCU movie opens in May 4 In German cinemas and we hope you are ready for that now.

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