After Spider-Man: No Way Home, all signs point to Marvel Studios preparing for another box office hit in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch previously expressed confidence in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, saying that the upcoming sequel will match No Way Home. Now, with a few weeks left before Doctor Stranger 2 hits theaters, Cumberbatch's words have become an understatement. Several reports suggest that Marvel Studios is treating the follow-up to 2016's Doctor Strange like 2019's Avengers: Endgame.
NEW: Disney will be giving #DoctorStrange the STAR WARS and ENDGAME treatment. No one sees the full film until 5/2. Reactions will follow the premiere. Reviews to drop the next morning. This is due to spoilers & keeping the surprises hidden till as close to release as possible pic.twitter.com/i1EETLiVhb
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 11, 2022
Multiverse of Madness is the culmination of Marvel Studios' post-Endgame efforts. The Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki first introduced the multiverse before No Way Home gave audiences a taste of the possibilities. Now, all bets are off with Doctor Strange 2 as the former Sorcerer Supreme will have to face off against alternate versions of himself and deal with the Illuminati, among other entites.
As Dr. Stephen Strange tries to keep the fabric of reality from spinning out of control, the MCU is heading in a new direction, which is probably why Marvel Studios wants to keep everything a secret.
In addition to leading movie commentator, Erik Davis, several other industry insiders are corroborating all the potentially universe-altering events that Multiverse of Madness will show. John Campea, for example, shared details about an email suggesting that Marvel Studios will not screen this year's first MCU film to prevent leaks. Campea also added that the Cumberbatch-led movie will have more surprises than Infinity War, Endgame, and No Way Home, combined.
Multiverse of Madness was never just going to be a second solo outing for Doctor Strange. Everything that happened in No Way Home and the film's first trailer guaranteed that the sequel will be Marvel Studios' biggest flick in years. The revelations about the lengths that Disney and Marvel Studios have gone to hide details about the Avengers-level event only reinforce the significance of what's sure to be another box office draw for the MCU.
With weeks to go before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premieres in theaters on May 6, we're sure audiences wish they had the Eye of Agamotto to make the agonizing wait go by in a snap.