/Warning this article contains plot spoilers for Doctor Strange 2/

This was the big surprise of this feature film by Sam Raimi. Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness introduced the highly anticipated group of Illuminati. A tribunal of the multiverse’s mightiest superheroes. The band originally consisted of Charles Xavier, Namor, Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Black Bolt and Doctor Strange. marvel studios knew how to readapt the group of characters by bringing its own touch and openly drawing inspiration from its animated series What If?Spoiler alert !

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What If? ©Disney+; marvel studios

By escaping from Wanda Maximoff thanks to the powers ofAmerica Chávezthe Doctor Strange and the young woman arrive in a new New York from another dimension. To seek help, they go to the Sanctum Sanctorum of this universe where it is the Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Eijofor) the new Sorcerer Supreme and Guardian of the temple. Mordo dope America and Strange and locks them up to submit them to the judgment of the Illuminati. After months of dithering around their official composition, several nice surprises have come to fill the cinema screens:

Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), a variant of Strange and Mister Fantastic (John Krasinski) were therefore the Illuminati from Multiverse of Madness. A radical choice of marvel studios making it possible to establish a direct bridge with What If? Or Captain Carter was at the heart of the first episode. It’s likely the studios had to rack their brains over who to position as there were a few unknowns to introduce the original team:

First of all, Namor can only be introduced in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and will therefore require an entire film to start its run. Tenoch Huerta will play the character. Many were also waiting for the arrival of Tom Cruise in Superior Iron Manbut nothing happened, although it is suspected that the actor signed a contract with Marvel.

Superior Iron Man – Design © diamonddead (Instagram)

If they were to be the most powerful beings in the universe where Strange and Chávez set foot, Wanda Maximoff executed them, one by one. Some have in particular been able to ask questions about the need to kill on the screen Mr Fantasticwhen we know that a reboot of 4 Fantastic must take place and John Krasinsky is still hoped for in the title role. Moreover, Patrick Stewartthe iconic interpreter of Charles Xavier let it be known that he could potentially return to the spans of the mcudespite his third death on a movie screen:

“You know, the whole X-Men comic book series is so huge, so vast, there might be an opportunity that he’ll come back to,” Stewart said. ” We’ll see. – Variety

Many were disappointed with the minimalistic impact of Illuminatijust there to serve as a demonstration of the power of Wanda Maximoff, which literally crushed them. While Multiverse of Madness was to be a gigantic demonstration of cameos, the film remained nice. This drastic choice no doubt hides a desire to readapt the Illuminati within the universe 616 (basic MCU universe) with members of the original team.

Especially since the characters already introduced in variants ” you are beautiful “ by Wanda could, in the 616 world, be interpreted by the same actors. It is therefore not impossible to see John Krasinski return in Mr. Fantastic. Indeed, if the fans pushed for his arrival, it is unlikely not to see him integrate the costume, especially since the vacant place of director of the abandoned reboot of Jon Watts might as well come back to him. Information that Marvel will no doubt validate us in a few weeks.

In any case, it is clear that despite their disastrous end in MoM, the Illuminati should not be abandoned anytime soon by Marvel Studios.

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