Marvel Merchandise Ruins Brand New ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Character’s Debut

Shortly after her starring role in Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021) starring Tom Holland and Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch will return as the former Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, in his own sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

From director Sam Raimi and writer Michael Waldron, Scott Derrickson’s sequel strange doctor (2016) sees many familiar faces return to Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as some new ones, and a collection of merchandise has just ruined the debut of an all-new character. Someone call the Time-Keepers!

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Not only will Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness see the return of characters like Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Wong (Benedict Wong), Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), and Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), but, according to the official trailer, the sequel will be also releases a number of Doctor Strange variants.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in
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Marvel fans have already gotten a glimpse of Defender Strange, Zombie Strange, and Sinister Strange; the latter will likely be the big bad in the MCU’s 28th feature, despite comic book villain Shuma-Gorath (renamed Gargantos) definitely appearing in the Marvel movie.

Marvel Studios monster Shuma Gorath aka Gargantos in the Doctor Strange trailer in the Multiverse of Madness
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also sees the debut of newcomer Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez/Miss America in the multiversal adventure set to deal with the fallout from Stephen Strange’s fate. Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Oh, and at one point, sort of, legendary x-men franchise actor Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier/Professor X) will appear in an undisclosed role.

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez aka Miss America in Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer
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A new merchandise reveal has ruined another character’s entry into the MCU. Via Doctor Strange 2 Updates (@DrStrangeUpdate), we can see that not only Doctor Strange will be getting variants, but also the current Sorcerer Supreme, Wong.

Monogram International launches a new line of #DoctorStrange keychains in the multiverse of madness!

Fans can see that along with characters like Defender Strange, Scarlet Witch, and Rintrah, a variant of Wong called Defender Wong is also part of the collection.

This is the first time that Defender Wong entered the list of variants appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Variants as a concept in the MCU were originally introduced in Michael Waldron and Kate Herron. Loki with Tom Hiddleston last June, and it looks like the on-screen Marvel Universe is taking a serious look at this side of the multiverse.

tom hiddleston as president loki and other loki variations
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Wong has been a fixture in the MCU since 2016 strange doctor. The Mystic Arts wizard appeared in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), and Spider-Man: No Coming Home.

It’s also worth noting that the Supreme Strange listed here is different from the Doctor Strange Supreme who appeared as the villain in Marvel’s animated series. What if…?. The evil Doctor Strange has finally destroyed his universe after repeated attempts to bring Christine Palmer back to life end in disaster.

death of doctor strange and so
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Speaking of variants, like Spider-Man: No Coming Homethe strange doctor the sequel hints at several Variant hero arrivals throughout the Marvel movie. In the trailer, fans were teased with the debut of the Illuminati – which, in Marvel Comics lore, included both Professor X and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four – and possibly, Superior Iron Man (hello , Tom Cruise!) and a version of Captain Marvel.

Possibly Nova/Tom Cruise as variant of Iron Man/Captain Marvel firing a beam at possibly Wanda
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That’s all speculation, of course, and fans won’t really know until the film is released on May 6, 2022.

Who else will show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Marvel’s six Phase Four series so far – WandaVision from Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier from Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, Loki from Tom Hiddleston, What If…? from Marvel, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight – on Disney+ anytime.

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