Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer reveals first look at Defenders costume
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness released a great Super Bowl trailer, and like every other Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel, this new chapter in the Doctor Strange story includes a major costume change. In the case of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the new costume we’re going to have in the movie is the one from Doctor Strange Defenders that fans love in the comics. He only appears briefly in the new footage, so be sure to watch carefully. It’s easy to miss amid the many Marvel movie cameos this Doctor Strange 2 Super Bowl trailer kicks us off!
The Doctor Strange Defenders costume was made famous in Hawkeye writer Matt Fraction’s Defenders series with Terry Dodson in the 2010s. Strange kept the look in Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting’s New Avengers run, and it could be a key link. Patrick Stewart also made an appearance in the Doctor Strange 2 trailer, and fans are pretty sure he’ll be playing Professor Xavier again, in the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.
There are two versions of Doctor Strange’s new costume in the trailer: one with the full red is seen on Stephen Strange when he looks beaten and near death – this costume was actually revealed in leaks from figurines some time ago. A TV spot for Doctor Strange 2 showed another version with a yellow imprint, seen here:
In fact, the theory goes further by saying that MCU Xavier is really part of an MCU version of Marvel’s Illuminati; Well, Doctor Strange’s time in this particular costume also coincided with his dealings with The Illuminati – a secret cabal of Marvel leaders whose ranks included Iron Man, Reed Richards, Professor X, Namor the Submarine, Black Panther, Captain America Doctor Strange – among others. If Doctor Strange wears his Defenders garb, could he go from just being Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme to being a member of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse Illuminati?
Right now, Marvel fans are looking for a form of The Defenders, as well as a form of Marvel’s Illuminati group. Both avenues open up all sorts of new storytelling doors that Marvel fans wanted to see in the MCU (Secret Wars), as well as potentially help tie together all sorts of new characters who might later make their MCU debut (de Young Avengers to the X-Men).
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be in theaters on May 6.