WARNING: Major Spoilers below for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Benedict Cumberbatch is back in his wizard cloak and costume for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The sequel to the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film reunites Cumberbatch, 45, with stars Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, with Elizabeth Olsen and Xochitl Gomez rounding out the main cast.
However, there were many shocking cameos that literally made fans gasp at the cinema.
The film follows Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch), who teams up with America Chavez (Gomez) to stop Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Olsen) through multiple universes.
About halfway through the two-hour film, directed by Sam Raimi, a mix of characters make an appearance in a series of surprising guest appearances.
WARNING: Stop reading to avoid spoilers.
There is a point in history when Dr. Strange encounters a secret society known as the Illuminati in another universe of the Multiverse. The party consists of a cast of heroes from near and far from a variety of parallel worlds.
dr Strange meets in the prison of the universe with heroes like Captain Peggy Carter, Professor Charles Xavier, Maria Rambeau/Captain Marvel, Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four and Blackagar Boltagon/Black Bolt.
All of these characters have appeared in the Marvel film series in one way or another. However, several of the actors who play her made their official live-action debuts in the Doctor Strange sequel.
Hayley Atwell cemented her place in the MCU as Captain America’s love interest and right-hand wife, Peggy Carter. she appears in a suit with the flag her home country, the United Kingdom, and wields a shield resembling that of her long-lost love.
Actor Anson Mount returns as Black Bolt on the 2017 ABC series Inhumans. He appears as part of the Illuminati and with a voice that can wreak havoc with just a quiet whisper.
Lashana Lynch reprises her remarkable role from 2019’s Captain Marvel, when she played an Air Force pilot and one of Carol Danvers’ (the original Captain Marvel’s) best friends. Lynch took on the role of “Doctor Strange” as another version of the superhero.
While Marvel’s motley crew of characters – the Fantastic Four – have appeared on screens several times in the past, a new adaptation of Mister Fantastic has surfaced.
Prior to his appearance in the film, John Krasinski was cast by fans as the very stretchy, blue-clad leader of the Fantastic Four. Along with Captain Carter, Captain Marvel and Black Bolt, he is also a member of the secretive Illuminati.
Perhaps the wildest cameo of all is Patrick Stewart, returning to his role as Professor X, the all-powerful telepath and leader of the X-Men.
Marvel’s X-Men universe (a world filled with mutant characters with incredible powers) has thrived in its own franchise of films and television series since 2000.
However, since Fox held the rights to the mutant characters for decades, the heroes could not appear in any other MCU project. But when Marvel Studios acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019, it opened up plenty of opportunities for more X-Men to appear in other Marvel works.
Charlize Theron also appears in the credits scene as Clea, a sorceress from the Dark Dimension. she sees dr Strange and asks for his help as they jump through a portal at the end of the film.