The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for having tiny moments that play out larger narratives later in the franchise. This was seen in the case of the prime antagonist of the Infinity Saga, the Mad Titan Thanos himself. The character was present in the franchise from the very first Avengers film and this allowed for him to play an essential role in the future of the narrative. Another major Easter egg has to be the scene where Captain America almost ends up wielding the Mjolnir, which would play out brilliantly later in the franchise. It seems that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will finally retcon the Illuminati Easter egg of Iron Man 2.
Multiverse of Madness
Ever since the title for the sequel to Doctor Strange was announced, fans started wondering about what we might get to see. Considering the last film in the franchise allowed us to get a taste of the multiverse, it was only fair to assume we will see more of that. But the latest trailer took things up a notch with an interesting take on the multiversal chaos. This trailer only promises that we will get to see a lot more than we might have expected to see. A lot of new theories have started to make rounds about the movie and some of these indicate what will happen in the sequel.
But of all the exciting details, one has been a part of major discussion amongst the fans. The trailer features a sequence that might be indicating some of the theories surrounding the movie are actually true. We see Mordo telling Strange that he will have to suffer the consequences of meddling with the multiverse. This is followed by a sequence where some Ultron bots are seen escorting a handcuffed Strange. He is brought in front of a council and one of the voices in this council sounds exactly like Patrick Stewart. This has fans wondering if this council is the Illuminati since Patrick Stewart might be reprising his role as Charles Xavier.
Illuminati Easter egg of Iron Man 2
This is not the first time that the Illuminati has been referenced in the MCU. There was an Easter egg for this council of superior beings in the Marvel in Iron Man 2. During the court hearing scene, we see that Tony Stark uses his smartphone to pull up some essential details. He is about to screencast these onto the screens in front of him when we see another app on his device that is titled ‘Illuminati’. This was a very tiny reference as this did not have any connection to the rest of the movie and fans were left wondering what this could mean.
Who Are They In The Comics?
The Illuminati is a council or a fraternity of some of the most essential characters in the Marvel universe. They come together to discuss essential decisions to be made and also share information that is considered important. The most common members of his council include Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, Namor, Charles Xavier, and Dr. Reed Richard. This team has been responsible for making sure that the future of Earth is not under threat from some future developments. At the same time, they also take decisions regarding certain other heroes.
Doctor Strange 2’s Multiversal team
Ever since the full-length trailer for Doctor Strange 2 was released fans have been stating that it confirms the Illuminati theory. According to this theory, the Illuminati will be a council of the superior renditions of the MCU characters. They will come together and look over the multiverse and take some decisions against the people who might be causing chaos. This is the reasoning for Strange being summoned by them as we are well aware of the chaos that Strange’s failed spell led to in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Fans have even worked out the possible candidates for this council of superior beings.
There are a lot of possible members of the Illuminati in the MCU. Considering Defender Strange will be seen in the movie, he has been considered to be a possible member. Patrick Stewart’s presence might be an indication that Xavier will be the other member. The poster for the movie indicated that Captain Carter will be appearing in the movie and since she was a member of the Guardians of the Multiverse, it won’t be surprising to see her appear either. If the Illuminati does end up appearing in the movie in the way that we are wondering, it would make for a challenging opposition for Strange.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in theaters worldwide on May 6.