Marvel Studios is inching towards the fast lane to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Marvel Cinematic Universe's first theatrical release of 2022 debuts in just over two months, but the marketing campaign for Benedict Cumberbatch's long-awaited solo sequel is imminently shifting into full gear. Even with two trailers for Multiverse of Madness already online, fans have yet to get a real glimpse at what the film's plot has in store.
From what has been shown so far, the narrative centers around the Multiverse being in shambles, but the catalyst and consequences of the storyline remain unknown. Beyond the Avengers-level threats coming in Doctor Strange 2, the film is also set to debut a number of rookies within the vast MCU.
Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez leads that class, with a colossal collection of Variants following suit. Cumberbatch's Strange has at least a pair of alternate iterations, with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mordo and Patrick Stewart's Professor X also getting in on the Variant fun.
Now, new toy images have expanded Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness's already massive cast.
Doctor Strange 2 Ensemble Grows In Funko Form
The Doctor Strange Variants aren't slowing down anytime soon.
A new Variant of Benedict Cumberbatch's titular character arrives, dubbed "Supreme Strange." Unlike What If...?'s Doctor Strange Supreme, this Variant is clean-shaven and dons a lighter-colored costume.
Supreme Strange isn't the only Variant available though, as the previously revealed Defender Strange gets a Funko of his own.
Another Stephen Strange Funko illuminates the sorcerer in blue, including his skin. This is not another Strange Variant, but rather a "limited chase edition" of the titular character.
Doctor Strange also comes in his normal attire from the movie, standing stoically as he casts a magical shield.
Strange's regular attire also gets a variant of its own, depicting the sorcerer in his classic cross-legged pose in mid-air.
Marvel's first Minotaur, Rintrah, is showcased in his green-furred glory.
When taken outside of the packaging, Rintrah is seen in a dojo-style robe while holding a golden lamp.
Doctor Strange 2's first new character, Sara, makes her debut in toy form. This is likely an adaptation of Sara Wolfe, one of Wong's love interests in the comics.
Speaking of Wong, Benedict Wong's Sorcerer Supreme gets his second-consecutive Funko after appearing in the MCU's previous theatrical installment, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Newcomer America Chavez gets her official Funko, rocking the same jacket actress Xochitl Gomez wears in previous Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailers.
Rachel McAdam's Christine Palmer appears in plastic form, suspiciously holding a notebook.
Chiwetel Ejiofor's Master Mordo, a suspected member of the film's Illuminati, strikes a Sorcerer pose.
Finally, Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch works her magic as her eyes glow an intimating red.
The full line-up of the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Funkos can be seen below:
Variants on Variants on Variants
The scales might have just tipped in the good doctor's favor.
The first teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pitted the MCU's Stephen Strange against "Sinister Strange," an evil alternate iteration of Marvel Studios' anchor character. Since then, a kinder "Defender Strange" entered the ensemble, but trailer footage seemed to indicate he was in peril.
Fortunately for the MCU's Strange, his good fight may have just gained an ally.
The name "Supreme Strange" doesn't have the best track record of being friendly, but his appearance indicates he's on the virtuous side. The blue and light gray threads paint this Supreme Strange in a lighter tone, and his pose is less menacing and more welcoming.
That said, things might not end well for Supreme Strange.
Trailer footage showcased a version of Doctor Strange immortalized in statue form. That statue was missing facial hair just like this Supreme Strange Funko, indicating that Supreme Strange may bite the bullet and be given a memorial in return. Or, he is a more cocky version of the Strange MCU fans know and constructed a statue of himself while he's still alive.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.