Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Doctor Strange Binge List

The multiverse has been opened and nothing will ever be the same. Or something like that. Doctor Strange is certainly in for something crazy. Multiverse of Madness premieres in about a month, so now’s your chance to refresh your memory on the adventures of our esteemed doctor thus far.

Doctor Strange (1 hour 55 min)

If you’re rewatching Stephen’s adventures, the natural place to begin is Doctor Strange (duh, right?). Our not-yet-magical doctor gets in his accident and goes soul-searching… sort of. Along the way of trying to heal himself, he learns magic, stops a group of fanatical zealots (perhaps that’s redundant), and basically makes himself Sorcerer Supreme. And there he is. Master of the Mystic Arts. Don’t forget it also introduces his rival Mordo, who’s set to return in the Multiverse.

Thor: Ragnarok (2 hours 10 min)

Half of Doctor Strange’s scenes in this movie are also in the Doctor Strange post-credit scene. The mystical doctor finds Thor and Loki in New York City. Detaining Loki for a moment, the good doctor takes a moment to talk with Thor before directing the two brothers to their father Odin. If you’re just trying to prep for Strange’s sequel, you can skip this movie. Though I do still love it.

Avengers: Infinity War (2 hours 29 min)

When Bruce Banner crashes through the roof of 177A Bleecker Street, Doctor Strange is pulled into an Avengers level conflict. First during the fight in Greenwich Village and then into space. While waiting for Thanos on the titan’s home planet, Doctor Strange fast-forwards to millions of different futures to find one in which they’d win. In order to make their victory a reality, Stephen gives up the Time Stone and is dusted not much later.

Avengers: Endgame (3 hours 2 min)

After the core Avengers snap half the universe back into existence, Doctor Strange opens his portals to bring probably hundreds of heroes to the destroyed Avengers Compound to fight the Mad Titan and his followers, who’ve arrived from 2014. It took the sacrifice of Tony Stark for the good guys to win, leaving Doctor Strange the leader of the Avengers, but Iron Man will not soon be forgotten.

WandaVision (Episodes 1-9)

We don’t know exactly what role Wanda will play in Doctor Strange 2. Many have speculated she’ll be the villain. Seems like there’ll be multiple versions of Wanda, so anything is possible. But before you watch Doctor Strange 2, it’s a good chance to rewatch WandaVision. In her grief post-Endgame, Wanda ends up trapping the town of Westview in her chaos magic. As she tries to hide from her grief, things get progressively worse and convoluted in town, finally climaxing in a witch fight against Agatha. Also, check out Wanda’s history prior to Westview.

Loki (Season 1, Episodes 1-6)

During the Avengers time travel shenanigans in Endgame, Ant-Man and Iron Man accidentally set free a version of 2012 Loki. It doesn’t take long before this Loki is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority. Working on their consultant, he betrays them (naturally) and teams up with a female Loki who ends up killing a Kang variant at the end of the universe, bringing us the multiverse. We don’t know exactly what way Loki will tie into the movie, but it’s rumored that Loki and Sylvie will appear. Maybe even Mobius. If you’re interested, you can also check out Loki’s previous adventures too. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2 hours 28 min)

Following the events of Far From Home, Peter Parker wants a quick fix from Doctor Strange to save his anonymity. Unfortunately, things are never that simple. So a botched spell brings two other Spider-Men and their respective villains to the main MCU branch of reality. So Spider-Man fights Strange, the villains fight Spider-Man, and in the end Doctor Strange ends up casting a spell to make everyone forget Peter Parker. It’s horribly heart-breaking and tragically beautiful. But the breach in the multiverse wasn’t solved that easily. 

And that brings us to the Multiverse of Madness. We’ve got lots of other characters teased and rumored. If you want more Wong, make sure you watch Shang-Chi. If you’re one that believes Professor X will appear (though Patrick Stewart has denied his involvement), I’d recommend at least watching the original X-Men trilogy. At least two new versions of Doctor Strange are appearing, possibly Strange Supreme, so you can also check out What If (episodes 4, 8, and 9). Captain Carter from What If is also rumored, so check her out as well (episodes 1 and 9). But regardless of who you think you’ll see, it’s going to be an exciting ride.

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