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Doctor Strange 2 guide: what to know before you watch

The latest Marvel juggernaut has hit theaters in the form of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessalso known as Doctor Strange 2. If you are not familiar with the predecessor Wonder Movies (the 2016 original Doctor Strange came out six years ago!) and the Disney Plus TV shows, then maybe there’s some catching up to do.

Before you join the mass pilgrimage to the movies, here’s your cheat sheet for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all things Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Note: Important characters to know about are Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) and Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

First things first, let’s watch the movie that introduced us to the caped, resplendent goatee Doctor Strange.

The central theses:

  • dr Stephen Strange was a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon before he was badly injured in his hands in a car accident
  • Rival surgeon Nicodemus West (Michael Stuhlbarg) operates on Strange’s hands but is unable to fully restore them
  • Strange learns to be a master of the mystical arts in Kamar-Taj, a secret compound in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Wizard Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) helps train Stephen before becoming disillusioned with their master’s conflicting morals and abandoning his life as a wizard
  • Strange and Christine Palmer, an emergency surgeon, were lovers before Strange disappeared to Kamar-Taj. They are still friends after he became a superhero

Wonder

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

This is the movie where Doctor Strange performs his greatest superhero play yet.

The central theses:

  • Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to sift through millions of possible versions of the future to find the only iteration in which the Avengers beat Thanos
  • Despite this, Wanda Maximoff is forced to destroy her love Vision (Paul Bettany) and the Mind Stone to prevent Thanos from securing it (to poor Wanda’s even greater despair, Thanos later reverses time and kills Vision again).

Strange’s master plan will be implemented in the final Avengers film, but the price is high.

The central theses:

  • Doctor Strange disappears for five years when Thanos wipes out half of all life in the universe in the so-called blip
  • Strange returns when Tony Stark uses the Infinity Gauntlet to bring everyone back and destroy Thanos. However, Tony dies in the process – a fate that Strange had already witnessed

Miracle/Sony

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

The idea of ​​the multiverse is a big feature of the latest Spider-Man movie, which stars Doctor Strange.

The central theses:

  • When Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange to cast a spell that will make everyone forget about Spider-Man, things go awry and the multiverse ruptures
  • To protect the multiverse, Doctor Strange casts a spell that erases Peter Parker from everyone’s memory

WandaVision is a miniseries on Disney Plus. It explores Wanda’s growing powers and what happened to her after Vision died in Infinity War.

The central theses:

  • Following the events of Endgame, Wanda travels to many of the locations in Westview where she and Vision had planned to live together. In her grief at Vision’s death, she manifests a new version of Vision and a curse that imprisons the entire city
  • At the Hex, Wanda has twins, Billy and Tommy, who quickly live up to 10 years
  • The twins and Vision disappear when Wanda decides to bring down the hex and finally free the tortured residents
  • As Wanda goes into hiding, she hears the twins screaming for help as she studies the Darkhold, a collection of evil spells

Marvel’s What if…? is an anthological anthology series exploring alternate timelines in the multiverse. Basically, it shows what would happen if different characters became heroes or gained another hero’s powers.

Key taking:

  • In one universe, agent Peggy Carter receives the serum that turned Steve Rogers into a super soldier. She becomes Captain Carter

And that’s it! Hopefully you’ve gathered enough knowledge to tackle the latest Marvel behemoth. Good luck and enjoy the movie!

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Chris Barrese

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