Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is probably my most anticipated movie of 2022, and Marvel just released the first official trailer for it today. I’m a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and since this is supposed to be the franchise’s scariest movie to date, it feels like it was made just for me.
Plot details are being kept largely under wraps, but the trailer does give us a few hints of what to expect. We know the film is going to pick up some narrative threads from previous Marvel properties like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange, WandaVision, and maybe even What If…?, and the multiverse is going to explode into chaos. Doctor Strange is going to be tasked with fixing this mess and to do so, he’s going to have to face his darker side (quite literally) and enlist the help of the MCU’s strongest magic users.
From a superhero fan perspective, there’s a ton to love in this Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer, including the return of Mordo, the apparent ties to Marvel’s animated show What If…?, and the potential for Wanda Maximoff to unleash her true power. But this is a horror website, so let’s focus on the scary stuff.
For starters, there’s an intriguing scene where Wanda is sitting inside a circle of candles while wearing her Scarlet Witch costume, and although we don’t know what exactly she’s doing, it seems to be some sort of dark, occult-like ritual. A few seconds later, we see a great shot of Doctor Strange unleashing some monstrous tentacles on an unseen enemy, and then immediately afterward, we see a bizarre monster in the streets of New York.
Those are some great teases, but hands down the scariest part of this trailer is when a darker version of Doctor Strange from another universe says ominously, “Things just got out of hand.” It’s just one line, but his look and the way he delivers it are absolutely chilling. It lets us know that something genuinely horrific is coming, and I for one can’t wait to see it.
On top of those overt horror scenes, this Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer is also permeated by a feeling of dread from start to finish. Even when there’s nothing particularly scary happening, you can still feel the weight of a deep, universe-altering sickness lingering over every single frame. Something is clearly not right with the very fabric of reality, and it’s absolutely terrifying.
When we put this all together, we get a great trailer that whets our appetite just enough. It gives us a little taste of what to expect from the movie, but it holds its cards close enough to the chest that it still leaves a ton of questions wide open. It’s a great teaser, and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, we’re going to be in for a real treat.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to hit theaters on May 6.