DR STRANGE 2. What should we understand from the post-credits scenes of Doctor Strange 2? What does the Illuminati scene mean for the future of the MCU? We take stock of the big spoilers of Multiverse of Madness.
After Spider-Man No Way Home, the Marvel universe at the cinema returns to dark rooms with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This second episode of the adventures of the sorcerer Stephen Strange is directed by Sam Raimi who brought his special touch to horror cinema. Benedict Cumberbatch once again plays Doctor Strange and is accompanied, among others, by Elizabeth Olsen in the role of the Red Witch aka Scarlet Witch, whose character the Disney+ series WandaVision had greatly developed. Promised to an impressive box office, Doctor Strange 2 should create the event in theaters in France and around the world.
Should we stay until the very end of the film to discover one or more post-credits scenes in Doctor Strange 2? Like all Marvel movies, the answer is obviously yes. There are two post-credits scenes: one after the animated credits and one at the end of the credits. Without spoilers whatsoever, however, don’t expect any big implications for the future of the MCU in the post-credits scene which contains a funny nod and not an announcement for the future of the superhero franchise. Anyway, lovers and fans of Marvel movies will stay until the end to discover this mini-scene.
Who is the character in the Doctor Strange 2 post-credits scene?
Attention Doctor Strange 2 spoilers in the next five paragraphs: In the first post-credits scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Stephen Strange can be seen strolling down the street before being challenged by a woman with blond hair. platinum blond in a costume reminiscent of those of the Eternals. This is actress Charlize Theron. Long in the state of rumors, his arrival in the MCU is now confirmed. In the credits, we can read that her character is called Cléa. She announces to Dr. Strange that he has caused an incursion (understand, the telescoping of two dimensions) and that she needs him to solve this problem. Clea then appears to tear reality apart to open a portal to this dimension. Doctor Strange then follows her with great pleasure.
Appeared in comics in 1964, Cléa is a superheroine of the Marvel universe in comics where she rubs shoulders with Doctor Strange in different versions. Alternately, she could be his enemy, his lover, his wife… Cléa has many powers, including that of being able to move between dimensions in the Multiverse. Originally from the Dark Dimension (also sometimes called the Underworld, governed by Dormammu), she is sometimes the guarantor depending on the comics in which she appears.
It should be noted that the participation of Charlize Theron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been rumored for a very long time but had not yet been confirmed. The first post-generic scene of Dr. Strange 2, therefore, formalizes this arrival for the Oscar-winning actress who therefore joins the clique of actors who have made an appearance in Marvel films. Given the short duration of this cameo, it is easy to imagine that Charlize Theron will soon appear in a film, perhaps in a potential Doctor Strange 3 which has not yet been announced.
The second post-credits scene is more of a wink than anything else. It is certainly not essential but it has the merit of being quite funny. During the film, Dr. Strange and America Chavez meet a pizza seller played by none other than Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi’s sidekick in the Evil Dead saga. As he insists that America pay him, Strange casts a spell on him. The pizza seller is going to bang on it for three weeks. At the very end of Dr. Strange’s 2 credits, we find this man, still beating himself up until his hand finally stops punching him and he exclaims, relieved: “It’s finished!” At first glance, nothing extraordinary, but the whole sequence of the pizza seller is a reference to Evil Dead 2, a film in which Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell) sees his hand possessed and acts on his own until he decides to cut it with the chainsaw. Fans of Sam Raimi’s cinema will appreciate it.
Who are the Illuminati in Doctor Strange 2?
This is undoubtedly the scene that will make the most talk about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the famous passage of Stephen Strange before the tribunal of the Illuminati during a visit to an alternate dimension. The Sorcerer Supreme discovers the Avengers equivalent of this alternate reality. These are called the Illuminati and are made up of superheroes well known to fans of the Marvel universe. We have already discovered the Captain Marvel version of Maria Rambeau, but also Black Bolt (Black Arrow) already crossed in the series The Inhumans. At their side, we discover Captain Carter already seen in the series What If and played by Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter). We also find Professor Charles Xavier, or Professor X, camped once again by Patrick Stewart. And finally, it is undoubtedly the surprise of the chef reserved by Marvel Studios, the appearance of John Krasinski in the role of Reed Richards alias Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. This appearance of John Krasinski does not necessarily mean that the actor will play this role in the future film Fantastic Four of Marvel because everything is possible in the Multiverse. In any case, this will make many fans curious to see the sequel for the Fantastic Four of Earth 616 after.
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Fiche film de Doctor Strange 2
What should you have seen before Doctor Strange 2?
The MCU has given us several releases a year since 2008 and Iron Man. With the arrival of the series on Disney+, there are even more elements of this shared universe for fans and the general public to watch. Is it necessary to have seen everything to enjoy Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? As always, Marvel Studios got it right: it’s possible to watch Doctor Strange 2 with minimal knowledge of everything else, but those who’ve seen it all will enjoy it all the more. Here, the minimum to have seen would undoubtedly be Doctor Strange 1, Avengers Infinity War, and Avengers Endgame. Add the Wandavision series to it if you wish, but Sam Raimi’s film does the job of hanging up the wagons for those who do not have a Disney + subscription. Fans who have seen the Loki series will already know everything there is to know about the Multiverse, while fans who have seen the animated series What If? will capture all the better the many winks of the film, but all this is not necessary for a good understanding of the film.
- Should you have seen Doctor Strange 1? Yes, it is still essential to know who the character and his adventure companions are.
- Should we have seen Spider-Man No Way Home? The film takes the direct sequel to No Way Home for Stephen Strange. It is better to have seen it.
- Do you have to have seen the WandaVision series? Doctor Strange 2 quickly hangs up the wagons but seeing it tells you more about Scarlet Witch.
- Do you have to have seen the Loki series? The film does not refer to it but the series is still a good introduction to what the Multiverse is at Marvel.
- Do you have to have seen the What If series? Not necessary but some references appear in the film.
For Le Figaro, Sam Raimi “has not denied himself and even signs an auteur film”. Doctor Strange 2 is “a vertiginous and pop big 8, packed with action and full of visually incredible digital effects”. Le Figaro criticizes, however, that this great entertainment is “sometimes incomprehensible but so jubilant”. Le Parisien regrets “a deluge of images designed by computer, to the point of disgust” and a film “totally disconnected from reality, evolving in extraterrestrial dimensions far too complex and phantasmagorical for us to get attached to it.” The criticism of the Ile-de-France newspaper also announces the color: “we didn’t understand anything about the film”. The reason? “The Multiverse encompasses so many dimensions that the plot is difficult to follow.”
Numerama, like many media, praises Elizabeth Olsen’s performance as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch. The actress “had demonstrated her talent in WandaVision: she once again captured all the attention. Magnetically, terrifying, touching, Elizabeth Olsen delivers a great performance”. In the columns of Large Screen, we wonder about the style of Sam Raimi in the service of Marvel Studios. Was it erased or not? “Hardcore Sam Raimi fans will find the filmmaker’s so recognizable style diluted like well-wasted syrup, but the usual MCU blandness is shown to be darned lifted by this added flavor.”
Première answers the question “is Doctor Strange 2 a film by Sam Raimi? Good news: yes, undoubtedly, and we play Samraimian bingo with a certain pleasure in front of Multiverse of Madness by spotting cut effects stamped with sound stalwart editor Bob Murawski […] and some very startling gore visions within such a locked the franchise.” For the Journal du Geek, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness “is a success. In front of the camera, the MCU sports a new hue: that of blood. If the cursor could have been pushed further, the filmmaker’s incursion into the franchisee benefits from a singularity that we can salute.”
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Marvel films are traditionally made to be seen by the greatest number, this is also the case with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In France, Doctor Strange 2 is rated for all audiences. In the United States, Doctor Strange 2 has been given a “PG-13” rating which means that some images may not be suitable for children under 13. The MPAA, which distributes these ratings, specifies that this judgment was made because the film contains intense sequences of violence and action. There are also scary pictures and some swear words. We’ve seen the movie and can confirm that Doctor Strange 2 might not be the eye-catcher. The film, directed by Sam Raimi, allows itself some violent and sometimes frightening sequences such as we have never seen in a Marvel film to date. However, it is difficult to decide on the minimum age to see this film as the children and their level of maturity differ. Between 10 and 13 years old maybe? No less anyway. Either way, if you’re unsure if your child can watch this footage, we recommend going to see Doctor Strange 2 without him to confirm whether or not you want to show it to him later.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released on May 4, 2022, in France and was very well received from its first day of operation. For its first 24 hours of operation, the new Marvel feature film attracted 335,459 spectators in 619 theaters in France. This constitutes the best start in France for 2022. Doctor Strange thus beats The Batman, which had achieved 257,000 admissions on its first day of operation. For comparison, Doctor Strange 2 also takes 5th place among the best MCU starts in France behind Avengers Endgame (692,142 admissions), Infinity War (405,058 admissions), Spider-Man No Way Home (476,494 admissions), and Spider-Man Far From Home (453,503 entries). Doctor Strange 2 is therefore promised a bright future in France, it seems!
After appearing in Doctor Strange, Avengers Infinity War and Endgame, Thor: Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange is back in a second solo film. Entitled “The Multiverse of Madness” (which can be translated as The Multiverse of Madness), the feature film once again features Stephen Strange in the role of Marvel’s magician. A time expected for the end of 2021, Doctor Strange 2 was released on May 4, 2022, in France.
Synopsis – In this new Marvel Studios film, the Marvel Cinematic Universe unlocks and pushes the boundaries of the Multiverse even further. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange who, with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous realities of the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
As usual, Marvel Studios unveiled several Doctor Strange 2 trailers ahead of its release. We discovered Stephen Strange there to call for help from Wanda Maximoff but also to travel in the alternate dimensions of the Multiverse. The film is titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and focuses on the endless possibilities unlocked by these alternate realities that the Sorcerer Supreme will have to explore.
Benedict Cumberbatch reprises the role of Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness. In the casting, Elizabeth Olsen appears in the role of Wanda Maximoff / The Scarlet Witch, a logical outcome after the post-credits scenes of the Wandavision series (Disney +). Rachel McAdams also stars as Stephen Strange’s ex Christine Palmer, while Benedict Wong stars as Wong. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also cast as Mordo.
- Benedict Cumberbatch: Stephen Strange / Dr. Strange
- Elizabeth Olsen: Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
- Benedict Wong: Wong
- Xochitl Gomez: America Chavez
- Chiwetel Ejiofor : Karl Mordo
- Rachel McAdams: Christine Palmer
- Michael Stuhlbarg: Dr West
- Bruce Campbell
Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange 2, by its full name Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is directed by Sam Raimi. The filmmaker, to whom we owe in particular Evil Dead as well as the very first Spider-Man trilogy, was tipped to take over from Scott Derrickson after his departure for creative disputes. During an interview with ComingSoon in the United States, Sam Raimi confirmed that he was working on the sequel project to the Marvel film released in 2016 and worn by Benedict Cumberbatch. The American website reported a sequence in Spider-Man 2 in which Jonah Jameson and an associate consider a name for Otto Octavius (Dr. Octopus) when his partner proposes to Doctor Strange. It is at this point that Jameson explains that this pseudonym is already taken. Many years later, Sam Raimi, therefore, directs the sequel to the adventures of the Supreme Sorcerer.
Regarding this reference almost two decades earlier, the filmmaker explains that it is a pure coincidence but takes the opportunity to confirm for the first time that he is indeed involved in the Doctor Strange 2 project: “J loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always behind Spider-Man and Batman in my mind, probably number 5 on my list of greatest comic book characters because he was so original. But when we were shooting that scene in Spider-Man 2, I had no idea that we would ever make a Doctor Strange movie. It was very funny to see the coincidence of this line in the movie. I must admit that I wish I had known that I will be involved in this project one day.”