CinemaCon 2022: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Opening Footage Description

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The Marvel Cinematic Universe multiverse was teased in Spider-Man: No Way Home when Spider-Man heroes and villains from other universes came to the world of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it is going to explore the other universes when it hits theaters next month. During the Disney presentation at CinemaCon 2022, Kevin Feige was present to show off the opening sequence of the film to an audience of theater owners and managers. What was shown includes America Chavez in another universe running away from creatures trying to capture her and also what Doctor Strange and Wong are up to after the events of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Welcome to the Multiverse

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness begins in the fabric of space between the multiverses. A fire creature comes flying through (that may or may not be Dormammu). Doctor Strange (in the live-action version of his Defenders costume) and America Ferrara are running for their lives. Strange and America converse in Spanish and tells America that they can’t let the demon take her powers. The creature attacks and injures Stephen, but Strange casts the Icy Tendrils of Ikthalon to try and entrap the fire creature, but it doesn’t seem to work. “It’s too strong, I can’t hold it,” Strange says. 

The Wedding of Christine Palmer

Afterward, Strange gets up, puts on a suit (magically), and goes to the church for the wedding of Christine Palmer. As Doctor Strange sits in the pew, Doctor West sits right next to him and catches up with him. West reveals to him that, during the blip, he lost both his cats and his brother. West asks if that was the only way and if there was any other path. However, as we all know from Avengers: Infinity War, there was only one path, and Strange took it. “The best surgeon and the best superhero,” West replies. “But you still didn’t get the girl.” 

At the reception, Strange looks sadly at Christine and her new husband as he guzzles down on martinis. Christine comes to the bar and asks for some wine, and Strange uses his powers to give Christine the wine. She tells him that she wants to introduce her new husband, Charlie, to Strange because he’s a big fan of his. Stephen admits to Christine that he had to make the sacrifice of separating to protect her. “It was never going to work between us because Stephen you always have to be the one holding the knife, ” she says. He says he’s happy for her, and she asks if she’s happy too. “I am,” he says. 

Doctor Strange and Wong vs. A Creature That May or May Not Be Shuma Gorath

A car crash happens outside, and as Strange looks upon the sudden chaos below, he realizes that he needs to go to work. He jumps off the balcony and puts on the cloak of levitation to fly into action. He casts multiple spells to prevent the anarchy from hurting people. The Shuma Gorath-looking creature is attacking a transit bus where America Chavez is hanging for her life. As she falls, Stephen sends the cloak to catch America. As Strange looks at her, he suspects that he knows her from somewhere. Unfortunately for him, that distraction gave the creature an opportunity to knock him out. As she’s running away, she gets captured, and Wong portals in to help out.

Wong uses a combination of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and a sword to attack the creature. Meanwhile, the cloak is doing the best it can to wake up Stephen by trying to slap him awake. Then, it realizes that America needs help and comes in and saves America once again. However, as the cloak is flying away, the creature throws a motorcycle at it—trapping it with the bike’s weight.

Now awake, both Strange and Wong try to hold back the creature while it relentlessly tries to go after her. After many spells to try and take it down, Stephen uses a spell to grab a light pole to stab the creature in the eye.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Strange and America Reunite

As Strange and Wong figure out who the new girl is, America steals Strange’s sling and runs away. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t realize that Wong also has a sling. Strange admits to her that she was in her dream. However, things are much more complicated than that. “That wasn’t a dream, that was another universe,” she says. In other words, dreams are a look into our multiversal selves.

“How much do you know about the multiverse,” she asks. Strange is talking about their time in the multiverse with Spider-Man. She reveals to this Strange that she can travel through the multiverse, but she doesn’t know how to control it, and it only happens when she’s afraid.

Then the conversation changes to the Book of Vishanti. Wong says that the Book exists, but it’s unreachable. However, she tells them that it is reachable, and she can get to it. Wong shows that Defenders Strange is dead. At this point, Stephen realizes that the dream he had, wasn’t a dream at all. As they try to figure out who is chasing after America, they realize that the creature had runes on it. The only way a creature can have runes on it is through witchcraft. That means that there’s only one expert in the art of witchcraft…

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Elizabeth Olsen

Enter Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch is back living with Tommy and Billy once again. She’s making them food and tucking them in—being the best mother she could be. Sadly, it was all just a dream as Scarlet Witch woke up. As Wanda is outside snipping at the apple trees, Strange comes in. Scarlet Witch tells him that her magical days are behind her. She also was expecting Strange to show up one day to talk about the Westview incident. Of course, he’s not there to talk about that. He needs an Avenger and not just any Avenger, but one of the most powerful Avengers. “Come to Kamar-Taj,” he says as we cut to the trailer of the Multiverse of Madness.

Of course, you can experience all this when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6th.

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