Rumor Control: Multiverse of Madness

Rumor Control: Multiverse of Madness

BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME

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If you thought the rumor mill for No Way Home was crazy, you should see what’s being said about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In fact, I’ve made a list for you.

Between What If…?’s first season, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and even the DCEU’s The Flash with its multiple Batmen, audiences have been conditioned to expect anything when it comes to Marvel and DC movies. All three projects have not only broken all the rules of superhero franchises, but they have completely obliterated them. I would say it’s opened the door to infinite possibilities, but it’s more like the door has been torn off its hinges. Where franchises were once standalone universes that were often rebooted whenever a casting change was needed, now everything is on the table. 

It could prove to be a slippery slope in the long run. Fan expectations are higher than ever, and that is evident with the sheer volume of gossip and rumors for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The rumor mill is churning at a breakneck pace, and practically every Marvel character to grace the silver screen outside the MCU is theorized to make an appearance. In fact, there are so many rumors that I couldn’t fit them all into one post. With that in mind, let’s explore some of the most bold MOM predictions making the rounds.

TOM CRUISE

Out of all the rumors on today’s list, this one could be the most likely, as far as major A-list celebrity cameos go, and it comes from a supposedly leaked set photo from the Doctor Strange sequel.

The word on the internet is that Tom Cruise - that’s Mister Professor Doctor Scientology to you - will play an interdimensional Tony Stark in Multiverse of Madness. This bit of gossip has been circulating for several months now, but No Way Home has given it added weight. 

Before Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield suited up as Spider-Men from their respective franchises, the idea that anyone but Robert Downey, Jr. would don the Iron Man armor was laughable. Now that the Multiverse has opened the MCU to unlimited possibilities, the idea that Cruise would appear as Tony Stark doesn’t sound so far fetched anymore.

In a sense, this would bring Iron Man full circle. Years before RDJ made fans believe in a shared cinematic universe, the scuttlebutt was that Tom Cruise wanted to bring Iron Man to the big screen. These rumors date back to the early 2000s, and many fans thought he would make for the perfect choice, especially considering his standing as one of the biggest names in all of Hollywood at the time. 

The core idea at the center of the rumor is that Cruise would appear as Tony/Iron Man, probably in one of the original suits, and it would serve as little more than a cameo. Then again, the same was said about those No Way Home surprises as well.

THE X-MEN

 

If there’s a running joke among MCU theorists that rivals Mephisto, it’s the X-Men. After WandaVision, I’ve learned my lesson. As the adage goes, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. And when it comes to the X-Men’s introduction into the MCU’s multiversal action-comedy, Marvel is intent on playing games.

Before Disney acquired Fox and all its film and television rights, there were rumblings of Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine. Shortly after filming wrapped for the vastly underappreciated Logan, Jackman remarked in an interview that he would only consider returning to the part if it was for the MCU, and he wanted to see Wolverine fight Hulk in a massive CGI battle sequence. From there, the gossip has been unending, and it only amplified things when Disney purchased Fox. 

Then came an interview with Patrick Stewart last year, who divulged that he and Kevin Feige had had conversations, but the actor professed that he had no intention of taking another turn in the most famous wheelchair in the world. That was followed by Evan Peters and WandaVision’s middle finger to X-Men fans everywhere. 

Just when it seemed WandaVision’s elaborate joke on the fans had quelled the X-Men rumors, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier dropped direct Easter eggs for Wolverine during their Madripoor adventure. That spawned the gossip that Wolverine would star in his own Disney+ series. 

For a time, all was quiet on the X-Men front, save for the debunked rumor that a movie was in development with the working title, The Mutants. That was until No Way Home made fans believe anything is possible in the Multiverse, and it leads us to the present. The gossip sites are reporting that Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan will cameo in Multiverse of Madness, thus establishing the Fox X-Men pocket of the MCU. Personally, I think we could get a swerve and see Deadpool troll us instead.

 

GHOST RIDERS

 

Ghost Rider is beginning to get the Moon Knight treatment when it comes to the MCU. Fans practically begged Marvel to bring Moon Knight to life in the MCU, and they were sure that it was coming one way or another. Since MK has his own Disney+ series on the way, the torch has been passed to Ghost Rider.

Granted, there already is a Ghost Rider in the MCU. Gabriel Luna played the muscle car-driving Spirit of Vengeance, Robbie Reyes, in Agents of SHIELD, and there is speculation that he isn’t done with the role. More recently, The Walking Dead’s own Norman Reedus, who plays fan favorite Harley aficionado Daryl Dixon, has been the subject of numerous rumors. The gossip sites claim that he has signed a contract with Marvel Studios to play a motorcycle-riding Ghost Rider, which would mean either Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch. The talk is that he could debut in Multiverse of Madness to set the stage for a Midnight Sons/Suns team up.

There’s more to the Ghost Rider talk. In addition to Luna and Reedus possibly appearing in the film, there is speculation that Nicolas Cage could ride in from the Fox universe. When Cage’s name is being tossed around, we can officially say the rumors have reached the ridiculous stage. 

WESLEY SNIPES

Speaking of the Midnight Sons, there is talk that Kevin Feige has had discussions with Wesley Snipes about an future Marvel project. Wishful fans have crossed their fingers that Feige wants Snipes to return as Blade. Before Fox and Sony brought the X-Men and Spider-Man to movie theaters, respectively, there was New Line Cinema’s Blade franchise that started all the way back in 1998. 

Over the years, the behind the scenes turmoil between Snipes and Blade: Trinity director David Goyer has become more famous than the entire franchise. Still, fans have a soft spot in their hearts for the original Daywalker. It’s more likely that we will see Mahershala Ali rather than Snipes, but it could still make for a cool moment to see them both.

 

CHRIS EVANS…BUT NOT AS CAPTAIN AMERICA

 

Another hot rumor (pun intended) making the rounds has it that Chris Evans will make his return to the MCU in Multiverse of Madness. Only, he won’t be playing Steve Rogers/Captain America. Instead, he will roll the clock back to his first Marvel role as the Human Torch, Johnny Storm. In fact, there’s plenty of gossip that the entire cast from the initial Fox FF franchise will make a tongue-in-cheek cameo. Let’s face it, there is practically zero chance that Marvel Studios will use the same actors from some of the worst superhero movies ever made, at least on a full-time basis. Considering this is Marvel and how much they love their sight gags, it would be perfect to see them just long enough for the humor of it. 

TOBEY MAGUIRE REUNITES WITH SAM RAIMI

 

With Doctor Strange’s role in No Way Home, it makes sense that Spider-Man would be rumored to appear in Multiverse of Madness. Only, the word is that it won’t be Tom Holland. Instead, Tobey Maguire will be back as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. 

Since the last time we saw either Doctor Strange or the original big screen Peter Parker was in No Way Home, there is a logical connection between the two characters. My suspicion is that the root of this gossip comes from Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi. Remember that Raimi directed the Maguire-led Spider-Man movies, even the abomination known as Spider-Man 3. There’s talk that Sony is interested in bringing the cast back together for a fourth Spider-Man movie, and this could provide the proper setup. 

Considering the link between Raimi and Maguire, I think most fans would settle for a dancing Bully Maguire cameo and be quite happy with it.

 

MEPHISTO

 

The running gag among the MCU faithful, Mephisto’s name is back for another round of gossip. While most fans don’t take the Mephisto talk seriously, there is always the chance that he will appear in an MCU film, especially one involving magic and the occult. Considering Doctor Strange’s comic history with Mephisto, logically, it would make sense for Marvel’s very own Satan to be the mastermind behind the events of Multiverse of Madness. In fact, I would be surprised if there’s not a joke or two on that very subject.

NIGHTMARE

 

Although we see Baron Mordo and a Doctor Strange doppelganger in the trailer, the main villain and the official plot of Multiverse of Madness isn’t known. The general consensus going back two years ago has been that Strange will face one of his earliest villains, Nightmare. What seemingly validates this is the subject of another rumor of his own, Sleepwalker. If a character who deals with dreams is indeed part of Multiverse of Madness, then it would add up to Nightmare as the movie’s primary antagonist.

 

BROTHER VOODOO

 

Jericho Drumm was one of the first rumored characters mentioned in the same breath as Multiverse of Madness. When the movie was first announced, fans automatically assumed that Brother Voodoo would make his MCU debut in the film. As the gossip snowballed, the Brother Voodoo talk has subsided. There was no indication of him being included in the trailer, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make a surprise appearance. 

At this point, it would be a disappointment if Marvel didn’t include Brother Voodoo. Over the years, he has gained a fan following after he became the Sorcerer Supreme for a brief period. In recent years, he has been part of the Savage Avengers as well, and it would feel that now is the perfect time to bring him to the MCU.

WICCAN AND SPEED

 

From day one, we’ve known that Scarlet Witch will be a major part of Multiverse of Madness. She’s a fixture in the trailer, and we can imagine that she will be one of the film’s protagonists. Going back to WandaVision, the original concept was that Doctor Strange would cameo in the series finale, but Kevin Feige nixed the idea because he didn’t want the Sorcerer Supreme to save the day. 

Since WandaVision ended with Scarlet Witch paging through the Darkhold, and we could hear Billy and Tommy’s voices, it stands to reason that she will be searching for the Multiverse for her children. Many theorists have pointed out that the Multiverse of Madness initials spell out MOM, which could be a direct hint to the film’s plot revolving around Scarlet Witch in some fashion.

It all leads to a theory that Wanda Maximoff will find her children in Multiverse of Madness. Only, they won’t be small children anymore. They will be fully developed into their superhero guises as Wiccan and Speed. With so much talk about the Young Avengers coming to Disney+, this would allow them to help form the team in the near future.

 

SLEEPWALKER

 

Could the dream police arrive in the Doctor Strange sequel? The upcoming line of Marvel Legends figures suggests just that. Reportedly, the line based on Multiverse of Madness includes Sleepwalker. Created in 1991, he is part of a race that hails from the Mindscape dimension, a space that exists between the minds of intelligent creatures. Some beings from the Mindscape use the space to invade human minds while they’re sleeping, and it’s the Sleepwalkers that monitor these mental invasions.

Having the action figure for Sleepwalker included with the MOM Marvel Legends is a massive indicator that the character will arrive on the big screen. The prevalence of Sleepwalker would also indicate that Nightmare is in the film as well since they both exist in the dream worlds. 

RINTRAH

 

Doctor Strange’s short-lived apprentice is all but confirmed for MOM. Like Sleepwalker, he was featured as a toy in the upcoming Marvel Legends figure line. There’s also what appears to be a minotaur in the trailer, and fans of the Sorcerer Supreme’s comic adventures know there’s only one minotaur that fits the bill: Rintrah.

An obscure character, Rintrah is a green interdimensional minotaur with mystical powers. When Doctor Strange needed the Cloak of Levitation repaired, he went to Rintrah’s homeworld, seeking out the minotaur’s magical master. Soonthereafter, Strange would take Rintrah under his wing and further his magical education. The magical bull-man would later suffer mortal wounds during a battle. Strange then left him in a pocket dimension while he sought a cure. Apparently the doc completely forgot about his bovine apprentice because Rintrah was never heard from again until now.

Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.


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