What to watch for Doctor Strange 2: Multiverse of Madness


(Pocket Ribbon) – Ever since Marvel Studios first announced Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it has been one of the most mysterious Phase Four movies. The highly anticipated 2016 sequel to Doctor Strange will serve as a culmination of several Marvel Cinematic Universe plotlines — just as studio president Kevin Feige has repeatedly teased Comic Con and the D23 expo.

So, ahead of the film’s US premiere on May 6, 2022, what should you watch in preparation? Let’s dive into all the movies and shows in the MCU that the new movie could reference or be referenced and why.

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Every Marvel Movie and Show to Watch Before Doctor Strange 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015 – movie)

Age of Ultron introduces Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff – who will play a pivotal role in the new Doctor Strange movie. You will see the first hint of her reality-altering powers when she loses her brother.

Doctor Strange (2016 – movie)

In this film, actor Benedict Cumberbatch makes his MCU debut as Doctor Strange, aka Stephen Vincent Strange, making it a must-see before the sequel hits theaters.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018 – movie)

Doctor Strange plays a vital role in the first battle against Thanos. He uses his knowledge of the future to realize that the only way to defeat Thanos for good is to let him win…for now.

Avengers: Endgame (2019 – Movie)

Endgame marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s third appearance as Doctor Strange, and it sees him take part in the final battle against Thanos.

What if…? ( 2021 – Disney+ TV Show)

Episodes 4, 5 and 10

Episodes 4 and 10 Introduce a variant of Doctor Strange who loses the love of his life instead of using his hands, leading him down a dark path. There is a seemingly evil looking version of Strange that appears in Multiverse of Madness trailers that may be related to these episodes. As for the fifth episode of What If…, it introduces us to a zombie version of the MCU. Fans suspect this episode could be related to an apparently zombified version of Doctor Strange seen in the new Multiverse of Madness trailer.

WandaVision (2021 – Disney+ TV Show)

WandaVision watches the newly detached Wanda Maximoff deal with the trauma of killing her friend Vision, only to see him rise and kill again. Later, she takes over an entire city to create a reality where she can live happily ever after with Vision. But Wanda isn’t the villain in her own story when it turns out that neighbor, Agatha (Kathryn Hahn) has been the evil witch in Westview all along.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (2021 – movie)

Doctor Strange is no longer Sorcerer Supreme. His partner and friend, Wong (played by Benedict Wong), has held that title since Strange was snatched. Wong appears in this film – where he teams up for a moment with former villain Abomination. Maybe we’ll see more of that partnership in the Multiverse of Madness.

Loki (2021 – Disney+ TV Show)

Loki reveals the Time Variance Authority and their efforts to protect the sacred timeline, which is eventually destroyed at the end of the first season, paving the way for the Multiverse of Madness.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021 – movie)

No Way Home sees Peter Parker go from Tom Holland to Doctor Strange in an attempt to undo the public about his secret identity. When Strange agrees to help him by casting a reality-altering spell, the consequences are far-reaching than Strange had originally thought.

X Men (2000 – movie)

The trailers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness feature a snippet of Patrick Stewart – presumably voiced by Professor Charles Xavier, leader of the X-Men. It’s hard to say which version of this character will appear in the Multiverse of Madness, so why not start with Stewart’s first turn playing the character in 2000’s X-Men?

What is the best streaming device for your TV? Our top recommendation is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max† Also excellent are the Google Chromecast with Google TVthe Roku Express 4Kthe Apple TV 4K and the Amazon Fire TV Stick

Want to know more?

Be sure to check out Pocket-lint’s guide to all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and shows to date to see the best order to watch them and how they all fit into one neat timeline:

Written by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.

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