Doctor Strange 2 Leak Spoils the Main Plot of the Sequel

By Russ Milheim Updated:
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, America Chavez

Fans around the world have their sights firmly set on Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. The film will see Benedict Cumberbatch's titular hero journey across the Multiverse to stop an unknown threat from destroying everything. Along the way, not only will he be meeting some of his Variants, but he'll also meet newcomer America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, a Multiversal hero who will be instrumental to the plot.

A new trailer for the project was only recently released, and it gave audiences plenty to be excited about. From the potential return of Professor X to new Ultron Bots and a bloodied-up Scarlet Witch—there's plenty to keep that anticipation at a breaking point.

Speaking of Elizabeth Olsen's MCU hero, this film will see the consequences of her actions in WandaVision hit the MCU in full force. In fact, rumors indicate that she might be the key threat Strange and co. will be facing.

Besides rumors and heresy, even after two teasers, fans still don't truly know what Multiverse of Madness will be about. Well, thanks to some new reports, that information may finally have been revealed.

Key Doctor Strange 2 Plot Details Revealed

Thanks to The Cosmic Circus, fans now have a better understanding of what they might expect to see going into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The site revealed that one of the main elements of the film will be the Book of Vishanti, which can actually be seen on the movie's poster. For those who don't know, this mysterious book is the antithesis of the Darkhold—think light against dark. One corrupts, the other contains pure light and magic.

Book of Vishanti Doctor Strange

Cosmic Circus went on to tease that the location of this mysterious book can be seen in the trailers for Multiverse of Madness. Specifically, the location is shown in the scene where Doctor Strange, America Chavez, and Christine Palmer are seen in a doorway, floating above an ornate structure with a blinding light emitting from a podium.

Doctor Strange Trailer Shot

Given the Book of Vishanti's associations with light, it is possible that the glowing light seen in the trailer could be the artifact itself.

According to their information, the MCU's Stephen Strange is not aware, at least initially, of where the Book of Vishanti is. Instead, his Variant, Defender Strange is the one who knows where it is. It's the site's understanding that both Defender Strange and America Chavez are potentially from the same universe and are fighting the threat looming over the Multiverse of Madness.

Doctor Strange Trailer Shot

As audiences saw in the trailer, things didn't go well, and Defender Strange is unable to both stop the threat and save himself—but he is able to cast America Chavez out of the pocket dimension they're fighting in and into the MCU fans know, therefore jumpstarting the plot of the movie.

So, in summation, Multiverse of Madness will see Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, alongside America Chavez and Wong, journey across the Multiverse searching for the book of Vishanti in order to stop the corrupted Scarlet Witch from destroying all of reality.

The Darkhold Vs. The Vishanti

The Book of Vishanti is something that plays a big part in many of Doctor Strange's comic adventures, so it was only a matter of time before it hit the big screen—especially when other books of power started coming into play such as its adversary, The Darkhold.

Recently, Marvel announced Doctor Strange: The Book of Vishanti, a new book that's touted as "a magical exploration of the Marvel Universe." While the product will focus on the comics and that world, the timing is certainly suspicious.

With Vishanti becoming a part of Strange's world, could audiences see Benedict Cumberbatch's power levels increase tenfold by the time the movie ends? It's that, or possibly becoming bed-ridden, as some unused Spider-Man: No Way Home concept art may hint at—though, he could simply remain the same ol' sorcerer.

Either way, with the stakes as high as they are, there are bound to be some significant changes to the status quo when the film is said and done. It's hard to think the Multiverse will be destroyed or anything similar; it's only just arrived, and tossing it out this early would be a waste. After all, Marvel has a Secret Wars project they have to build to.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6 later this year.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.