Marvel fans surprised by 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' trailer cameo

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Watch: New trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Marvel treated its devoted fanbase to a surprise over the weekend as viewers noted a shocking vocal cameo in the new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Directed by The Evil Dead and Spider-Man filmmaker Sam Raimi, the movie will follow Benedict Cumberbatch's title character dealing with the devastating fallout of his multiversal meddling in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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The film will see him cross paths with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and, based on this new trailer, she's not happy — seemingly leading to her being pitted against Strange.

Eagle-eared fans, meanwhile, noticed that one scene from the jam-packed teaser appeared to include the sonorous tones of Patrick Stewart's X-Men leader Charles Xavier.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios/Disney)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Stewart's voice can be heard as Strange is taken to a mysterious room, seemingly to face punishment for the ways in which he has destabilised time and space.

As he is led into the room, a character intones "we should tell him the truth" in what certainly sounds like the distinctive timbre of Professor X.

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This mysterious council of wise folk looks likely to be the Marvel Illuminati, which appears in the comics as a superhuman equivalent of the United Nations.

Patrick Stewart looks set to reprise his 'X-Men' role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (20th Century Studios/Marvel)
Patrick Stewart looks set to reprise his X-Men role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (20th Century Studios/Marvel)

Notably, the group has featured a variety of characters over the years, including its founder Iron Man, Black Bolt of the Inhumans, Namor the Sub-Mariner and, excitingly, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Strange himself has also been a member of the Illuminati, even though he appears to be facing their wrath in this film.

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The idea of "variants" of MCU characters looks set to be a major part of the Doctor Strange sequel, with the sorcerer meeting a darker incarnation of himself in this trailer.

(L-R): Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios/Disney)
Rachel McAdams as Dr Christine Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Stephen Strange, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

This would allow for the film to utilise the version of Professor X from the 20th Century Fox X-Men universe, while also leaving the door open for a new cast of mutants further down the line.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has previously said that fans would have to wait "a very long time" for the X-Men to appear in the MCU, with Phase Four planned out prior to the 20th Century Fox merger.

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But certainly, with Spider-Man: No Way Home's parade of secret cameos, the MCU has shown a willingness to reach into past Marvel-adjacent properties to crowd-pleasing effect.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be the next Marvel film out of the blocks, ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later this year.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Marvel Studios/Disney)
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

It will feature return appearances from characters established in the first Doctor Strange movie from 2016, including Rachel McAdams' surgeon Christine Palmer and Benedict Wong as Wong — the current Sorcerer Supreme.

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There's also a return for Chiwetel Ejiofor as former Strange ally Baron Mordo, who broke bad at the end of the first film due to the sorcerer's time meddling — and can only have become more furious since.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due to arrive in UK cinemas from 6 May.

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