Less than ten days to go until Doctor Strange in the Madness’s Multiverse storms worldwide theaters. The first action-packed footage from Marvel Studios’ long-awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel has just been revealed, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Xochitl Gomez. The 62-second video throws light on Doctor Strange’s combat with Gargantos, which has been strongly hinted at in previous trailers.
Sorcerer Supreme is up against an invisible creature that is spreading devastation on the streets of what seems to be New York City in the video. Chavez is trapped inside a bus under assault by the monster, but Strange uses his magic to make the beast visible so he can combat it.
One of the most entertaining aspects of Strange and his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it is based on magic rather than science, which means that things may become really bizarre. Strange’s adversary is revealed to be a tentacled monstrosity with a single colossal eye. Although the villain is referred to as Gargantos in the promotion for the film and all official Marvel Cinematic Universe merchandise, super fans will notice that he really stems from Shuma-Gorath, another character from the Marvel comics. Compared to Shuma-Gorath, who is a multiverse-hopping eldritch monstrosity with intentions to dominate the whole universe, Gargantos is a rather simple sea monster that was vanquished by Namor. Gargantos may just be a more understandable name for people since it sounds like the word “gargantuan,” or there may be a licensing problem at play, but Shuma-Gorath from the comics is now known as Gargantos in the movies, okay?
Strange uses magic to dismantle the bus, and his cloak catches poor Chavez, preventing her from becoming a splat on the sidewalk and taking her back to safety like Jasmine on Aladdin’s magic carpet.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, being billed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe horror film, marks the return of Cumberbatch, who resumes his role as Dr. Stephen Strange. The Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, who is fresh off of having WandaVision success, will accompany the Sorcerer Supreme this time around. The events of the sequel are supposed to be intertwined with those of WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Doctor Strange 2 is set to swoop into cinemas on May 6.