Marvel’s Latest Multiverse of Madness Teaser Introduces the Illuminati

Only a week until Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness but instead of waiting for word of mouth to spread, Marvel just released a new teaser featuring a cameo that could change the future of the MCU.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Steven Strange Headlines Upcoming Marvel Studios Multiverse of madness, but he’s not the only heavy hitter to appear in the film. Both the Scarlet Witch and America Chavez will somehow feature in the second Doctor Strange the film’s story about the entire MCU collapsing into itself – an event that has raised more than a few questions about the narrative realm that Marvel is traveling to.

While Multiverse of madnessThe latest teaser doesn’t explain what happened to the multiverse or how Steven is involved, but it does confirm that he will come face to face with the MCU’s Illuminati at some point in the movie. In the Marvel comics, the Illuminati are a secret group of heroes made up of representatives of various groups such as the Avengers, the magical community of Earth, Wakanda, Atlantis and, perhaps most interestingly, mutants.

Someone who sits on some yellow chair.
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A number of classic Illuminati members from the comics such as Iron Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther have already made an appearance in the MCU. But what’s notable about this teaser is the implication that Patrick Stewart appears as a variant of Charles Xavier, a longtime teacher of gifted youth and a well-known member of the Illuminati. Although you can’t see Stewart’s face, his voice is instantly recognizable, as is the Day-Glo yellow glider he appears to be sitting in, suggesting that Multiverse of madness‘ Xavier variant will bear some resemblance to the Xavier of the 90s X-Men animated movie. Interestingly, the teaser also includes the smallest glimpses of what appears to be a live-action Captain Peggy Carter and a Captain Marvel who definitely prefers Lashana Lynch more than Tom Cruise.

Just a few years ago, Marvel Studios wouldn’t have teased fans about the potential of mutants running around the MCU due to complications with the characters’ movie rights that were finally resolved in 2019 when Disney bought 21st Century Fox. Wild as it is to consider, Multiverse of madness‘ story of heroes from different dimensions coming together in a moment of crisis is the perfect way for Marvel to introduce some “new” characters that X-Men fans have been waiting for.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens in theaters on May 6.

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