Here’s What to Watch Before ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Doctor Strange is back! Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases May 6 and tickets are on sale now. As you probably know, Marvel likes to tie all of its movies together, so you don’t want to do yourself a disservice by seeing the new movie without seeing everything that lays the groundwork for it. That said, there is a lot of movies and TV shows in the Marvel Universe, and if you haven’t seen them all, you probably won’t have time until the premiere (I mean, you could quit your job and devote every second to it). So, cheat sheet, here are the movies and shows you absolutely have to watch to understand Doctor Strange 2!

One thing before we get to the heart of the matter. You might assume you have to watch Infinity War and End of Game, since Strange is in both, and Phase 4 begins after the Blip. (Also, if you don’t know what Phase 4 or the Blip are, then you might now double believe that you need to brush up on your basic Marvel knowledge.) I know I’m choosing violence in saying this, but you You can probably skip those two movies if you’re just looking to get to grips with the essentials of Strange, and you’re okay with a few references that are beyond you. Personally, I wouldn’t skip them because they’re fantastic movies, but they’re probably not 100% crucial to understanding what’s going on in Doctor Strange 2.

The following films and series are visualization essential, however. Do not enter this theater without having seen them!

strange doctor

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The movie that started it all! 2016’s Doctor Strange introduces us to Stephen Strange, an arrogant neurosurgeon known for his photographic memory and steady hands in surgery. But when Stephen’s hands are injured in a car accident, he sets out to find a cure and instead finds himself on the path of mysticism and sorcery.

I won’t lie. As superhero movies come along, strange doctor is a fairly stereotypical origin story. Do you want me to spoil the whole movie for you? Here it is (skip if you want to watch):

Stephen goes from an ordinary (albeit gifted) surgeon to a super-powered, magical wizard in the span of two hours. If you jump strange doctoryou are not going to be totally lost in Doctor Strange 2 when you see him wearing the mantle of levitation and brooding in the Sanctum Sanctorum. He’s a wizard, that’s what wizards do. You’ll catch up pretty quickly.

However! strange doctor lays the groundwork for Stephen’s character and story. You will meet Christine, his ex-girlfriend and the only non-witch person who can handle it. (Hint: She’s the woman getting married in the Doctor Strange 2 trailer.) You’ll also meet Baron Mordo and Wong, both of whom will likely play major roles in the sequel, especially since Wong is currently Sorcerer Supreme. Again, you might be able to roll with it if you skip this one, but knowing each other’s backstory will make their characters that much richer and more enjoyable.

Wanda Vision

Promotional image for Marvel Studios' WandaVision showing a black-and-white Wanda and Vision separated by modern colors
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You may have noticed that Doctor Strange 2 trailers and promos feature a lot of Wanda Maximoff. In fact, if the trailers are to be trusted, it almost seems like his story will be even more compelling than Stephen’s. If you’re wondering why trailers sometimes show Wanda in a suburban living room — and why she’s kissing two kids in the latest promo — then you need to watch. Wanda Vision AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Wanda Vision, Disney Plus’ first Marvel limited series, is a little mind-blowing at first. Wanda and Vision, two Avengers, suddenly find themselves in a black and white sitcom from the 60s. At first the show consists mainly of normal sitcom stuff, but it quickly becomes clear that there is something sinister which lurks in the background.

If you want to figure out what’s going on with Wanda, make sure you don’t jump Wanda Vision. Not only will you be able to follow the plot, but you will understand why everyone in the theater cries so much.

Loki

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The Multiverse is right there in the Doctor Strange title in the Multiverse of Madness, so you’re going to want to get a sense of what the Multiverse is really about. Fortunately, the Disney Plus series Loki explains it all – with an adorably quirky cartoon clock!

To like Wanda Vision, Loki deals with the fallout from the events of End of Game, so if you haven’t seen this movie, you’ll have to agree to have no stuff at first. Loki talks about the God of Mischief, who finds himself arrested by the Time Variance Authority for accidentally creating an alternate timeline. The series explores how Loki (and an alternate version of himself) completely destroys the forces that control the multiverse. Additionally, Loki, Sylvie, and TVA Agent Mobius are all supposed to make appearances in Multiverse of Madnessso you’ll want to know who they are if they show up.

Spider-Man: No Coming Home

A green box surrounds the presence of Green Goblin on the new Spider-Man: No Way Home poster
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Looks like Multiverse of Madness will pick up where Spider-Man: No Coming Home left out, so you won’t want to miss this one. Plus, it’s streaming now, so if you missed it in theaters last December, you can rent it on Amazon Prime or other digital platforms.

In No coming home, Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange for help after his identity is revealed to the world and he is framed for murder. Doctor Strange agrees to cast a spell that will erase Spider-Man’s identity from everyone’s memory, but the spell is botched and Strange ends up opening portals to other realities. When Wong and Mordo berate him for “casting that spell” and “desecrating reality” in the trailer, they’re likely referring to the events of No coming homealthough Marvel has already been known to be misleading.

What if…?

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I know, I know, this list is getting pretty heavy. What if…?, Marvel’s animated anthology series exploring different realities in the multiverse, consists of nine episodes, but you probably don’t need to watch them all. There are rumors that some of the events of What if…? will bind to Doctor Strange 2, so if you want to make sure you understand them, watch episodes 1 and 4 to cover your bases. Maybe episode 5, just to be sure.

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What? Oh, no, you don’t really have to watch them to understand the new strange doctor film. They are just a lot of fun. Trust me, if you’re going to binge on all the movies and shows I just listed, then you’ll want to have some palate cleansers on hand while you absorb all that Marvel history and history. Seriously, that’s a lot.

Marvel can sometimes be a rabbit hole. All movies are so interconnected, and each premise is built on so many events that preceded it, that it can feel overwhelming trying to jump in the middle. Don’t worry, though! All of the titles listed above are only about…eighteen hours of content. So you don’t have to quit your job. Maybe just take a few days off from work. Your boss will understand.

Come to the theater for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness May 6!

(photo: Wonder)

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