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We all look forwards to see what will happen to the Multiverse, and KnowInsider will cover the release date, where to watch, cast and trailer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Where and How to watch Doctor Strange 2

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theaters on May 7th, 2021, which means it should be available on Disney+ in late 2021 or early 2022.

Release date Doctor Strange 2

We were originally supposed to be getting this movie on May 7 of this year, but the pandemic put a stop to that.

It was first rescheduled to November 21, but the date changed again — this time because Sony pushed up the release date of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" to move into this slot.

"Doctor Strange 2" now has a US release date of March 25, 2022, which would make it the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of next year.

Cast Doctor Strange 2

For the basic cast, it's confirmed that Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor will reprise their roles from Doctor Strange.

Things got more interesting at December 2020's Investor's Day event. There, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness will tie into two other Marvel projects, which gives us pretty big clues about who's going to be in it.

This meant that Elizabeth Olsen (as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) will be in the film, and we would not be surprised if Tom Holland (as Peter Parker/Spider-Man) also shows up. Olsen was confirmed by Marvel, Holland was not.

Here's the cast as we know it:

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

Benedict Wong as Wong

Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez

Trailer Doctor Strange 2

There is no Doctor Strange 2 trailer. Not in this universe, or any other multiverse. Since we're more than a year away from the release date, we're not expecting the trailer to materialize soon.

Plot Doctor Strange 2

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The official, but leaked, plot synopsis (according to Backstage) reads "After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Dr Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone. But an old friend-turned-enemy puts an end to his plans and causes Strange to unleash unspeakable evil."

That old friend is likely Mordo (Chiwetel Eijofor). In the Doctor Strange post-credits scene, we saw Mordo re-paralyze Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt). Mordo accused him of wanting to steal their power, and said there were too many sorcerers in the world.

That said, this may just be the red herring to set up the real villian, who fans theorize is Mephisto. Fans thought Mephisto, the Marvel world's version of the devil, would appear in WandaVision, and are now grasping for clues. The main thing they're pointing to is a possible Easter egg in WandaVision episode 9, where an "M&B" logo appeared on a billboard behind Agatha Harkness. M&B could stand for Mephisto and Blackheart, the latter being the son of the devil himself.

And then there's all the possible insanity to be found in how Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to be playing around with the concept of multiverses. Rumor has it that Spider-Man: No Way Home will have both previous Spider-Man leads (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) making cameos, so we're basically thinking all bets are off for the content of this sequel's storyline. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers could even make appearances.

Also, spoiler alert for the end of WandaVision: it looked like Wanda's trying to track down her kids and she's using The Darkhold to track down Billy and Tommy, whose voices were heard in the final scene.

The concept of the Multiverse

Within the Marvel comics, the multiverse is basically the popular science-fiction trope that infinite parallel universes exist containing radically or slightly different versions of the world we know.

The main Marvel comics universe is dubbed Universe 616, and occasionally visitors and villains from other universes cross over for hugely important stories, including the Spider-Verse miniseries (which inspired animated movie Into the Spider-Verse).

In Spider-Man: Far From Home the multiverse was mentioned onscreen for the first time when con artist Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) falsely claimed to be from a parallel world.

However, it’s been suggested that just because Beck lied doesn’t mean there isn’t a multiverse at all, with the fact that Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) took the backstory at face value suggesting that he may have been aware of the real multiverse.

If Doctor Strange does introduce the concept properly, it could allow for parallel versions of the characters we know and love, evil versions of heroes, heroic versions of villains and even some deceased Avengers coming back for a surprise cameo.

One of Marvel’s most popular alternate universes is titled Marvel Zombies, depicting a world where a terrible virus has transformed the Avengers into flesh-eating monsters.

Many fans have also posited that the introduction of the multiverse could be the perfect way for Marvel to introduce the X-Men franchise to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – so watch this space.

**READ MORE: WandaVision Episode 9 Spoiler: Is it good? How The Story ends?

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