Doctor Strange will “anchor” the Marvel Cinematic Universe according to President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may be the most anticipated comic book movie of the year. That’s including The Batman. The combination of Stephen Strange, Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch), and the trailers we’ve seen have gotten fans amped up for the movie’s premiere.
Speaking of, the Super Bowl trailer showed a lot. It also left people with questions.
Did we just see Doctor Strange from the What if…? Disney Plus series? Was Wanda right about people being hypocritical about her being a villain and Strange being a hero even though they both messed with reality? What about the Illuminati? Was that Charles Xavier’s voice and Superior Iron Man in the trailer? After thinking about this, Kevin Feige saying that Doctor Strange will “Anchor” the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes sense.
During Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, The Direct reported Feige saying,
"“Because somewhere you knew what this could be and you’ve always seen the tremendous potential in this character. Because of that, you’ve become the anchor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the only actor capable of guiding us through the madness of the Multiverse.”"
Doctor Strange being the anchor makes sense
Stephen Strange anchoring the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes sense. What he did in Spider-Man: No Way Home won’t be forgotten by the powers that be. This writer doesn’t mean the TVA (although, Kang will likely have words with Stephen). He’s talking about the Illuminati.
We can assume that we’ve seen that the Illuminati will appear in the Multiverse of Madness trailer. If it is, they’re doing what they tried in Marvel Comics. They wanted to prevent things that only they could. However, their plan didn’t work out as they thought. It actually caused more harm than good.
For example, they accidentally got the ball rolling for Secret Invasion. These are the kind of things the MCU’s Illuminati could be into. They think they’re right, in reality, they’re playing god and doing it poorly. Strange joining the Illuminati could damn him in the MCU like it did the comics.
There’s likely more to the story as well. Who knows what else Marvel Studios has planned for Doctor Strange. He could be the head of the Avengers.
In the comics, he’s in New Avengers. A team much like the Illuminati. He’s joined by Hank McCoy, Iron Man, Reed Richards, T’Challa, Namor, and Black Bolt. Or, maybe he’s a crucial part of a Disney Plus Illuminati show. Regardless of what it is, if Kevin Feige says he’s the anchor, this writer believes it and it will be fantastic.
What do you think, readers? Is Doctor Strange the right character to anchor the MCU? Let us know in the comments below.