'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' has a release date of March 25, 2022.

The New Multiverse Of Madness Teaser Brings Back 2 WandaVision Stars

This is going to get emotional.

by Dylan Kickham and Ani Bundel
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Marvel kicked off its post-Endgame Phase Four era with a heaping helping of weirdness in WandaVision. And that magical energy will be back and wilder than ever in the upcoming Doctor Strange 2. The new movie will not only serve as a sequel to 2016's Doctor Strange, but also as a major follow-up to the cosmic events of 2019's Avengers: Endgame and the magical repercussions of 2021's WandaVision. So get ready for an epic experience, because Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' release date is fast approaching.

A sequel to Doctor Strange was announced shortly after the movie premiered in 2016, and because so much has happened within the MCU since then, the follow-up flick will look a lot different than the original. Stephen Strange's origin story saw him learning the mystical arts under the tutelage of the Ancient One, culminating in gaining the ability to bend time as the Sorcerer Supreme with the Time Stone. Doctor Strange showed off the full range of his time-mutating abilities in Avengers: Endgame, but that cataclysmic bout with Thanos ended in the destruction of the Time Stone, as well as all the other Infinity Stones.

Fans don't yet know what Strange has been up to since helping to take down Thanos, other than he lost his job as the Sorcerer Supreme to Wong for being dusted. (Oh, and he helped a teenager get his friends into MIT.) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be a big deal in exploring the magical side of the MCU.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Trailer

It took a long time for fans to finally get their first look at Doctor Strange’s sequel. After waiting faithfully through all the filming delays and pushed back release dates, the first teaser finally dropped as the post-credits scene for Spider-Man: No Way Home. It took several more days before it was officially released on YouTube, but it was worth the wait.

One of the reasons for the delays was reshoots, which took place after Loki Season 1’s release on Disney+. These were reportedly inspired by the finished versions of both that series and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

As it is, fans get a good look at Wanda Maximoff in her first onscreen appearance since the events of WandaVision. (Fans will note she talks about her mistakes in Westview and assumes Strange shows up admonish her about them.) But the actual reveal is that this movie will have multiple Stranges, both protagonists and antagonists, including one villainous one fans already met on Disney+ as part of What If?. For those who haven’t yet watched the animated series, now is the time to catch up.

The full trailer was released during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 13. The trailer focused largely on the backlash Strange received from opening the portals to several different realities at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The big reveal in the trailer wasn’t any spectacular, time-bending scene, though — it was one very familiar voice. During a brief scene where Strange confronts a mysterious council, Patrick Stewart’s voice can clearly be heard saying, “We should tell him the truth.”

The moment seems to confirm Stewart will be reprising his role as Professor X from the X-Men movies.

Marvel released another teaser trailer on April 6, which confirmed two surprising WandaVision heroes will appear in the movie. The clip focused on heart-wrenching dreams both Stephen and Wanda had been having, namely Stephen remembering Christine and Wanda reuniting with her twin sons, Billy and Tommy. As fans remember, Billy and Tommy were destroyed along with the rest of Westview in the WandaVision finale, leaving Wanda heartbroken. But there may be a way for her to find her children again through the multiverse.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Cast

Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch with reprise his role as Doctor Strange, but the big new addition to the sequel is Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff. Following her big power boost and new identity as the Scarlet Witch in the WandaVision finale, Wanda is expected to play a major role in the magic-focused movie.


Although not yet confirmed by Marvel, another major player that will reportedly play a role in the new movie is Loki. After the Season 1 finale of Loki aired on Wednesday, July 14, The Hollywood Reporter stated the god of mischief is expected to next appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This will mark the first major meet-up between Loki, Doctor Strange, and the Scarlet Witch, three of the most powerful magic users in the MCU who have yet to have any notable interactions with one another on screen.


The cast is rounded out by Benedict Wong returning as Strange's friend and mentor Wong, Rachel McAdams reprising her role as Strange's love interest Christine Palmer, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the turned-evil sorcerer Mordo. The movie will also introduce Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, who is the Marvel hero Miss America in the comics.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Release Date

Marvel Studios

The mystical new movie will be a mid-Phase Four release, hitting theaters on May 6, 2022. It follows the 2021 releases of Phase Four films Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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