After the franchise-spanning exploits of Spider-Man: No Way Home, many fans are more excited than ever for the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022. A survey from Fandango showed that the film placed sixth in a measure of next year's most-anticipated blockbusters, alongside both other MCU movies releasing theatrically.
The surreal sequel itself seems poised to deliver heaps of drama, with a recently released teaser trailer providing a mere glance at the significant roster of characters set to star in the film; this includes Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch, Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez, and more.
Other MCU favorites may also return for the project. Shang-Chi, a newer addition to the franchise, is rumored to appear in the film, even as his actor, Simu Liu, remains tight-lipped. Tom Hiddleston's Loki also seems likely to return, with elements from his recent Disney+ series even appearing in the latest trailer.
Beyond the returning cast, rumors point to some extremely interesting appearances from films and franchises and past. Although nothing has yet been confirmed, rumors about characters from Fox's X-Men franchise popping up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have been swirling since the reveal of the film's title. A minor detail from the most recent trailer lends credence to this idea, adding fuel to fan theory fires everywhere.
A whole host of new elements look to be introduced in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, especially for the Doctor himself.
Updated Threads for Doctor Strange
A new piece of promo art, courtesy of Twitter user @AidarSM, has surfaced for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The image shows the titular Doctor in action within the walls of the Sanctum Sanctorum. The picture also provides a new look at the updated costume Cumberbatch will be sporting for much of the film.
A full look at the image can be seen below.
What's New With Doctor Strange?
While at first glance, this costume seems almost identical to the outfits previously worn by Doctor Strange, there are a few key shifts that have been made.
This updated costume keeps the layered blue tunic of previous MCU films, which is Doctor Strange's now standard look. However, the color palette has been slightly altered, with the blues and reds popping a tad more, giving the suit an overall more comic book feel.
Additionally, some small revisions have been implemented, ones that bring it more in line with Doctor Strange's comic book counterpart. The numerous belts stretching across Strange's waist have been consolidated into a single piece of leather. Strange's neckwear, the Eye of Agamotto, now has a smaller chain, with it now resting closer to his chin, not in the center of his chest.
It is certainly interesting to see Strange hold onto the Eye, as it is unclear what powers it will hold without the Time Stone. Audiences may see new depths from the artifact, or perhaps the good doctor has simply grown accustomed to the piece.
Even as this outfit has gone through some slight revisions, Strange will also be donning an entirely new costume. A recent toy leak has provided fans with a look at "Defender Strange," a wholly new look ripped straight from the comics. While it's unclear if this figure is meant to represent the Doctor Strange fans have come to know and love or a variant, it seems evident that this look will show up in the final film in some capacity.
However Doctor Strange chooses to dress in his newest film, it is clear that the filmmakers are taking inspiration from the source material, something fans will likely welcome.