Watch: New Doctor Strange 2 Trailer Delivers the Crazy

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch

Marvel Studios is all geared up to begin its new round of movie and Disney+ shows in 2022, which starts with new trailers coming at Super Bowl LVI. While fans are cheering on the matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, the MCU has its annual TV spots ready to air during the big game. One of the biggest is expected to promote May's release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

With under three months until Benedict Cumberbatch's solo sequel debuts in theaters, now is the time for the film to begin truly ramping up its promotional efforts.

Doctor Strange 2's first trailer showed up as the second post-credits scene from Spider-Man: No Way Home, showing just a hint at how wild and thrilling this trip through the Multiverse will be. Teasing Elizabeth Olsen's return as the Scarlet Witch while teasing one of numerous Doctor Strange variants, this sequel could be one of the MCU's biggest solo movies ever made.

That trailer appeared online only a few days after playing on the big screen worldwide, although no new footage has come to light since the end of December. Now, as multiple studios enjoy their moment at Big Game, Marvel is back with another round of insanity with Doctor Strange's Super Bowl spot taking the spotlight.

Doctor Strange's Super Bowl Trailer Arrives

Prior to the start of Super Bowl LVI, Marvel Studios delivered a new spot for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Marvel also released the movie's first official poster, which can be seen below:

Doctor Strange 2 Poster

Things Just Got Out of Hand...Again!

This new trailer may have just confirmed that 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home was just the appetizer to the five-course buffet meal coming in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The sheer basics of what was revealed in this trailer are exciting enough, with director Sam Raimi delivering thrilling visuals and one of the craziest stories in any MCU movie ever. The Multiverse is truly unleashed in the biggest way yet, seemingly after Strange tries to work his magic in more drastic ways than he ever has, and it unleashes pure madness upon the world.

Along with more dramatic footage featuring Strange, Wong, and the Scarlet Witch, some of the movie's new players got their chance to shine amongst the action. America Chavez is seen unleashing some of her Multiversal power alongside new shots of the villainous Gargantos - even the Minotaur known as Rintrah made his first on-screen appearance.

But then, in true Marvel Cinematic Universe fashion, the trailer proceeded to blow fans' collective minds with only a few seconds of material.

Cameos & Variants & Magic, Oh My!!!

If the imagery, voice, and cinematography are to be believed, Marvel Studios may have gotten their hands on Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier.

As Strange finds his way into a dimly-lit gray hall, a mystery voice told Strange "We should tell him the truth" before the shot panned to what seemed to be a bald man. Rumors had pointed to Stewart bringing this role into play from the X-Men universe, and if this turns out to be what fans expect, it could be an absolute game-changer for what this story will bring.

Fans even got a glimpse of what appears to be a Captain Marvel variant, and the poster teases a look at a shield that could confirm the appearance of Hayley Atwell's Captain Carter from What If...?. Another shot confirmed The Direct's exclusive report about Ultron bots showing up in the movie, only adding to the unexpected shocks that Doctor Strange 2 could bring.

All in all, this trailer should be the talk of the comic book movie community until the sequel debuts in theaters. If fans are seeing everything that this trailer put out to the public, it's impossible to predict just how massive the final movie will be.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will debut in theaters on May 6, 2022.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.