The film also featured a bunch of supervillains like Green Goblin, Electro, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Lizard from earlier non-MCU Spider-Man films.
Spider-Man: No Way Home brought the concept of the multiverse to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and now it is expected that the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be all about the multiverse, as the title of the film suggests.
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There have been strong rumours that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature 25 characters from Marvel Comics.
It has also been rumoured that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be the film that will unite Avengers with X-Men and will bring Fantastic Four to the MCU.
Besides that, the film is also expected to mark the return of Iron Man in MCU, however, with a twist.
So, here are 25 Marvel characters that are likely to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:1. Spider-Man played by Tobey Maguire
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Reportedly, Spider-Man: No Way Home wasn’t the last of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man we saw. He is expected to return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will be interesting to see what plans Marvel Studios has for the OG web-slinger in the MCU.
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One of the most talked-about rumours is the entry of Tom Cruise in the MCU as Iron Man aka Tony Stark. Before casting Robert Downey Jr, it has been reported that Marvel Studios wanted Tom Cruise.
Well, it is quite possible that we may finally see how Tom Cruise would’ve been as Iron Man. Tom Cruise’s version of Tony Stark will be a variant from another universe.3. Hulk played by Edward Norton
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Before Mark Ruffalo, there was Edward Norton. He played the incredible Hulk in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk before being replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the 2012 film Marvel’s The Avengers.
It has been rumoured that he may make a comeback as another variant of the Hulk. I wonder though how that’s going to work out since Norton was the Hulk in MCU as well.4. Captain America played by John Krasinski
Before casting Chris Evans as Captain America aka Steve Rogers, Marvel Studios were in talks with The Office and A Quiet Place star John Krasinski. He is now expected to finally dawn the star-spangled suit in MCU.
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Similarly, Emily Blunt too was almost cast as Black Widow in MCU before she backed out and Scarlett Johansson was roped in. She may make an appearance as Black Widow from another universe.
Before immortalising Loki, Tom Hiddleston had auditioned for Thor. We may finally see how he would’ve looked like the God of Thunder.
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Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, who will soon be seen as superhero Soldier Boy in the upcoming season of The Boys, had initially auditioned for Captain America. He was later offered Hawkeye which he turned down due to scheduling conflicts.
The actor is now expected to appear as a Clint Barton variant from another universe.8. Doctor Strange played by Joaquin Phoenix
Besides Benedict Cumberbatch, Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix was also in the running to play the Sorcerer Supreme. He is now likely to appear as a variant of Doctor Strange in the upcoming film.
Even though Hugh Jackman has time and again said that he has no interest in returning to his most iconic character, a little cameo won’t hurt anybody, I guess.
There are strong rumours that he is returning but the question remains, will he?10. Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed superhero will join MCU with the upcoming Doctor Strange film.
Before playing Captain America, Chris Evans played another Marvel superhero Human Torch in Fantastic Four films. He is rumoured to be returning to his early superhero character with the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer.
Other characters expected to make a cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness include Loki, Sylvie, Kang the Conqueror, Magneto, Professor X, Agatha Harkness, Mr Fantastic, Vision, Wanda’s sons Wiccan and Speed, Captain Carter, Infinity Ultron and Strange Supreme.
Since Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange 2, Bruce Campbell, who starred in Raimi’s The Evil Dead and appeared in cameos in his Spider-Man trilogy will most probably be making a guest appearance in the upcoming MCU film as well.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated to release on May 6, 2022.